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Home Remedies for Skin Rashes

Having been plagued with allergic skin rashes for over a year now, I can safely say that I have tried just about every home remedy known to man, including the ones listed in the linked article below.

All of them work in varying degrees. Since my skin rashes are due to allergies, I have not found anything that gets rid of it totally, although it does start to heal, and then it comes back.

I have created my own treatments using essential oils which help with the itching. My potions also help repel mosquitoes. You can read about them here.

The MUSC (Medical Univ. of S.C.) dermatologist wants to do the allergen skin test, but that is an expensive test, as many of you know. Meanwhile, I continue to look for new home remedies.

Obviously, one needs to be careful of soaps, detergents, and household cleaners. Any chemical you come into contact with can create a reaction. Outdoor allergens are also to blame.

Many may find it strange, but the zinc in diaper rash cream helps immensely, especially…

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

The Zika virus carried by mosquitoes has become a hot topic and is the basis for many unwarranted fears for most people in the United States. While it is a dangerous virus that can be sexually transmitted (one reported in S.C.), here in the US, it only affects about 1000 people per year.

As of August 18, 2016, there are 34 known cases of Zika virus in South Carolina.

* So far president Obama has asked congress for $1.9 billion to help develop a Zika* The White House also is seeking flexibility to use some of its unspent funding for the Ebola crisis to respond to Zika or other infectious diseases.
You can also learn more about the Zika virus from the Centers for Disease Control

Each state should also provide information. The link for South Carolina is, which provides useful information on symptoms, transmission and prevention.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Regardless of the present threat, it's definitely a g…

How the Rich and Famous are Voting

This election year has been one of the most interesting, and most controversial election years of my life. The politicians and their supporters are confused, angry, and sometimes downright ignorant. The lies and accusations are tossed around easier than a salad.

This political circus has served to inspire many questions for me, not all of which serve a great purpose - such as this one.

Then again, it wasn't that long ago that a movie star was elected president.

How are the rich and famous voting? I found endless resources for celebrity supporters of Hillary, but those supporting Trump are apparently not as vocal about their choice.

I'm With Her (Hillary Clinton)

Music Industry

Katy Perry
Elton John
Pit Bull - In no uncertain terms, it is safe to say that Pit Bull mocks the Trump candidacy. Interview at Reuters.

Television Stars and Industry

Amy Schumer
Ellen DeGeneres
Eva Longoria
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Olivia Wilde (formerly of Hou…

I Began My Voting Life as a Republican

Are you a Democrat? An Independent? A Republican?

Have you ever changed your party affiliation?

More often than not, people become affiliated with a political party based on their heritage (in my experience).

It's a family tradition.

Even suggesting that someone vote differently than their parents can start an argument.

(Now I was born and raised in the south, so this might be a southern thing, but I fear that this is a tradition throughout rural America.)

Naturally, some people do change their party affiliation. Sometimes, they do so quietly, without telling a soul, except for the ones they are trying to please or impress. For instance, a change might be made due to outside influences such as an employer, a church, or a new spouse.

Those that grew up in a two-party household feel free to explore all of their options. I was one of those lucky ones.

I began my voting life as a Republican, then became an Independent, and eventually realized that the only way I could remain true to m…

Hugs - Campaign 2016

As I watch our presidential candidates eagerly campaigning for primary votes, I listen for their words of love as well as their words of wisdom, leadership and strength.  I look for signs of love for their fellow country men and women. I keep my eyes open to see which of them actually hugs people with a genuine smile and warmth that cannot be disguised. I realize that hugging is not something some people are comfortable with, but sometimes a hug is all you have to give in order to show someone that you are truly moved and concerned for their well-being. The candidates are hearing some heart wrenching stories while campaigning across this country. If a candidate is not capable of hugging the people who are out supporting him or her, especially after they share their heartfelt concerns and tragedies, then (IMHO) they are not capable of making major decisions that will affect the well-being of those people.  Fortunately, there are some huggers in the arena. Hillary ClintonandJohn Kasich

The Kardashians

A few months ago, when I was fed up with the ridiculous slurs and insulting memes regarding the Kardashians, I decided to actually watch the show to see what all of this hate drama is about.

I am still watching reruns and trying to keep up with current shows when I have time. Obviously, many more people love them than hate them (I can find reruns nearly every day), or they would not be on television as much as they are, or in magazines, or in newspapers, or online newspapers, or tabloids, on entertainment TV shows, or - well, you get the point.

Here's why I continue to watch their shows.

There is very little "wrong" with the Kardashian family, unless you call being rich wrong, which apparently most people do not or they wouldn't continually allow filthy rich politicians to run the country.

As you may (or may not) know, I study psychology. I am fascinated by it. The Kardashian family is one of the most loyal, unconditionally loving families I have ever had the ple…


I watched the debate last night and today heard some good news. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the Democratic Debate last night and it was a substantial debate.

So many of us are refreshed as we #feelthebern and many democrats and independents are desperately hoping that Bernie Sanders can pull out enough voters to win not only the democratic primary, but also the presidency.

Unfortunately, the media is making even his smallest gains into seemingly much larger accomplishments than they actually are.

Even with small strides and plenty of media coverage, most Americans are not ready for a president Sanders.

Many political analysts have said that Sanders is not going to become our next president - for many reasons. A major consideration is that an extremist such as Sanders is not going to motivate enough people to get out and vote.

Meanwhile, we will just have to wait and see what happens, but I, for one, tend to agree with the predictions.

the Republican party has in rece…

Free Audio Books

Sometimes you want to read but you are just too tired to hold the dang book. Many people use Audible, which is a premium service that provides a free trial. If you want the most current titles, that is where you need to go.

Fortunately, there are a few sites that offer free audio books for your iphone, ipad and computer.

Most of these books are available in the free domain, meaning there is no copyright keeping you from downloading a free copy of the book, or a free audio version of the book.

Remember, current trending authors are not going to be in this group.

However, if you like classics, historical texts and enjoy discovering new books from the past, then you might just like to take a look at the list of providers. has compiled a list of nine... you can see them here.

Obama wept

A few days ago our President wept as he spoke of the massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

If you are one who speaks of this event in mockery, I feel sorry for you and because of you I feel even sorrier for our nation. For it is people like you who have caused the apathy in America.

NO one is coming for your guns. However, below is the educated interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as interpreted by our Supreme Court.

If you are one of the people who says that more laws will not keep guns away from criminals, I would like to remind you that
most gun deaths and injuries occur as unjustifiable homicides and suicides.

For the sake of argument, let's say the government is plotting to eventually take all guns away from us.

Get real. If that happens, the military will win.

Many of you think that our service men and women would not comply with these orders, but even if that were the case, the UN would be called upon to enforce the new laws and those who resist will either be …