Rantz: Seattle Public Health pitches condom earrings gift for New Year’s Eve

Looking for an end of the year gift for a promiscuous friend? Public Health of Seattle and King County recommends “stylish” do-it-yourself condom earrings. Writing for the Public Health Insider newsletter, risk communications specialist Meredith Li-Vollmer pitched “DIY ideas that will express ‘I care’ and also announce ‘I am really, really craftsy!’ None of the gift recommendations relay a message of craftiness, per se. The ideas are all rather lazy, uninventive and ugly, like the bedazzled hand sanitizer bottles. Aren’t you glad we’re using tax dollars to pay for this drivel? One idea that is especially bizarre is the handmade condom earrings set. The gift isn’t thoughtful — it suggests her coworkers are constantly cruising for men to have sex with and now they’re sure to be prepared with condoms they’re wearing on their ears. Li-Vollmer writes: With syphilis and gonorrhea cases on the rise, these earrings can be both stylish and functional on a date night. And they couldn’t be simpler to make! Just put a pin prick in the packaging (make sure to put it in the outer edge so you don’t break the seal) and attach an earring wire using needle nose pliers. Be sure not to pin-prick t...

Smoke cleansing or smoke clearing, called smudging in some indigenous American practices, is the practice of

Smoke cleansing or smoke clearing, called smudging in some indigenous American practices, is the practice of using smoke, often sage leaf smoke, to clear away stagnant or bad energies. I’ve cleared every home I’ve moved into and it makes the entire space feel lighter and more welcoming. I will always recommend a good smoke clearing anytime you move or when you start to feel stuck in a rut. For clearing, you need a couple of things: a smudging herb, fire source, a heat-safe place to rest your smoldering stick, and some kind of hand fan to direct the smoke (but you can get away with waving with your hand if you need to). There are all different types of these tools and I’m here to run down some of the best starter smudge kits so you can see which best fits your needs. This kit offers four different ways to cleanse: white sage, palo santo, sweetgrass, and selenite. There are two white sage smudge sticks, one in a traditional bundle style and the other in a smaller wand style making it easier to hold and burn all the way down. The sage is wildcrafted in California, meaning it is sustainably harvested from wild growing sage instead of sage grown on a farm. While sage banishes negativ...