Friday, December 25, 2015

This is my foot. A simple photo I took while lounging in Florida last June - but I like to have fun with simple photography. So I played around with it and ended up creating a digital piece that I like, so I named it.

Looking closely at the effects on the left side, I seem to have inadvertently created a side of a face, or did I? Serendipity!

"Foot""Foot on Vacation"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Treating a Cold

Treating A Cold...

Yesterday began with a stuffy nose. 
By evening it was a constant drip.

Thankful I am to type my prose

No worries of paper catching a drip.

Drank some Emergen C last night,

Took Benadryl, Ibuprofen & slept alright.

A new day dawns just like the last,

More Emergen C and a 
Colloidal Silver blast.

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Petitions Against Climate Change

“Climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time,” wrote Tutu. “It threatens the health of our planet and people; especially the poorest and most vulnerable. It threatens our children’s future and everything we hold dear. It is time for all of us to wake up and take action together — in our local communities, nationally and globally, as well as in our daily lives."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Launches Petition Against Climate Change

Monday, March 30, 2015

Make Your Own Healthy Facial Mask

Years ago, I remember using the type of face masks that stuck like glue to your skin and dried to a crisp and required plenty of time just to remove it.

I actually miss those masks. It was one of those mother-daughter moments and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Unfortunately, the ones available for purchase today are full of toxins and chemicals that we should not be using.

Now that we know better, more of us are opting to use all natural ingredients to protect our skin.

I found a great recipe using turmeric over at

This is great because I have plenty of turmeric for my morning cup of healthy tea.

Here's how to make your own healthy facial mask that's great for all types of skin. Notice the different recommendations with the flour based on your skin type.

The Mask.

Turmeric is the star ingredient of this facial but yogurt and honey are also healing agents.

Yogurt is nutrient-rich and moisturizers while honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and brings balance to oily skin. The flour helps to reduce staining. You can adjust the ingredients according to your skin type.


  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp flour (rice flour for pimple-prone and oily skin, or almond or oatmeal flour for normal and dry skin)
  • 1 Tbs plain organic yogurt for pimple-prone, dry and normal skin, or 2-3 tsp honey for oily skin

Mix everything together, adding only enough yogurt or honey so that the mask is a thick consistency.

Slather the mask over your face and neck. Avoid your eyebrows and hair as turmeric is a natural hair remover!

Remove the mask with water just before it starts to dry; about 10-15 minutes.

They have plenty of tips in addition to this recipe, so be sure to check it out:

Turmeric Skin Care Recipe

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Natural Bug Repellents

Thank you Ally at The Gerston Institute!

She has written an excellent article especially for me!

Okay, not really, but especially for people LIKE me who are driven nearly bonkers fighting the pesky insects in South Carolina in the summertime.

Fleas, mosquitoes, gnats, bees, roaches, and the list goes on and on. I know we need our precious bees, but I don't want them hanging around my door and entering my home with me because frankly, I'd have to leave and let them have the place.

On the other hand, I do not like using poisonous, toxic substances.

I am always ready and willing to work with natural remedies.

6 Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes and Fleas

This is a great resource for natural methods of repelling mosquitoes, fleas and other bugs and pesky critters.

Did you know that Catnip repels cockroaches?

The others include:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Peppermint

PS: If you're looking for some inspiration on what to do with some of these plants, specifically the marigolds, head over to Yellow Flowers and Some Bargain Pots.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Benefits of Ginger

I've been drinking a hot cup of ginger tea daily for about two weeks now. My recipe varies depending on my mood. I use organic powdered ginger, organic powdered cinnamon, lemon juice, organic raw honey and water.

Some days I leave out the cinnamon, other days I leave out the ginger. The important thing is keep drinking it.

I also have ginger root on hand as well as ginger capsules. You cannot over estimate the benefits of ginger.

Here's an article from Anthony William, Medical Medium, from his FaceBook page:

Ginger is one of the world’s oldest and most popular medicinal spices. It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo. 

Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heart burn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning. 

Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. 

Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans. 

In ancient times, ginger was highly regarded as a spiritual cleanser and used before and during holy days as a way to awaken and purify the body, mind, and spirit. 

Fresh ginger is one of the most potent ways to receive its health benefits. Try making a liter of ginger water or tea everyday by adding freshly grated ginger in water and let steep for 10-20 minutes. Adding some raw honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice will enhance its flavor and add to its protective and healing properties. Fresh ginger is also excellent juiced with apples and celery for an energizing and immune boosting drink. Using fresh ginger in any of your cooking or preparing of food will also provide healing benefits and should be added whenever possible. If you find fresh ginger too strong for your liking, then try using ginger in powder, capsule, tea, or tincture form that can be found online or in your local health food store.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Choosing a Spouse

In 1922 she ( Elsie Lincoln Benedict ) told an audience, 

Most people use less brains in selecting the person with whom they are to spend their lives than they do in choosing an automobile, a bicycle or a cut of steak. Love isn’t enough; there must also be understanding.”

So true... I wonder why. 

We progressed beyond arranged marriages but in the process we seem to have lost all sense of logic when it comes to choosing a spouse. 

Sure, the religious may adhere to the concept of being unequally yoked religiously,  but there are many other ways in which two people can be unequally yoked.

Benedict authored many books and had many interesting things to say for a woman living in the 1920s. 

Joe Vitale has dubbed her the forgotten Wonder Woman. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Blood Types and Brain Function

I remember a few years ago there were some articles circulating that said your blood type could affect your ability to lose weight. I think that idea pretty much fizzled out.

Now, scientific research is showing a link between blood types and brain function.

The article was published in Scientific American, so it can be taken seriously.

Speaking of blood types, I found this informative graphic that lists which blood types can receive transfusions from other blood types.

You can read the article for yourself to find out about blood types and links to dementia, heart disease and other problems.

Here are some interesting risks related to blood types:

  • People with O blood type may be more likely to have depression and intense anxiety; children may be at a greater risk of attention-deficit disorder.
  • People with A blood type may be more prone to obsessive-compulsive disorder; children may be at a greater risk of attention-deficit disorder.
  • Children with B blood type may have a lower risk of attention-deficit disorder.

Link for the article at

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Biblical Passages Concerning Modern Day Issues

Below is a link to a video clip from the TV series West Wing. I loved that show and still miss it.

While I've tried to explain these Biblical passages concerning modern day issues to people who defend their bias against homosexuals, it rarely makes any difference. They tend to defy logic and dismiss the evidence.

Still, this is a great video clip that clearly demonstrates the foolishness of Bible thumpers everywhere..

Even though ancient cultures accepted everyone, the modern day religious, who should know better, continue to condemn.

If we're truly going to have an Old Testament marriage, we need to sell our daughters to husbands and allow multiple wives.

This is how one handles moralizing Bible thumpers (VIDEO)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Depression Linked to Inflammation

The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.

Is Depression a Kind of Allergic Reaction? | Alternet

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