Monthly Archives: April, 2012

The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Dr Smiter’s Super-Keen Quinoa Salad

My friend the Elf and I email back and forth pretty much every day, and every so often I drive her mad by casually mentioning what I’ll be having for lunch. I eat almost everything, with the exception of the obvious gross things involving hooves, snouts or anuses, and (oddly enough) canned pears. Canned pears …

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Dr Smiter and the $70 jar of zit cream

The good news is, it’s not skin cancer. The bad news is that I got hosed. Big time. The story goes like this: about a month ago I noticed a tiny patch of dry skin above my eyebrow that simply would not heal. Having been a lifeguard as a teenager, in the days before sunscreen …

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Dr Smiter’s Handy-Dandy Insomnia Cure

Eight or nine years ago I went through what is euphemistically termed a “bad patch” in my life, full of stress, angst, sturm und drang, and general emotional malaise. Unsurprisingly, one of the side effects was a relentless, crushing insomnia unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I was living and working in Germany at …

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