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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #142 — 12 Monkeys Chattering

The genii is COVID-19, which goes without saying. Allowing myself a moment to think of the genii not getting back into the bottle reminds me of the plot of the movie, “Twelve Monkeys.” The movie starts with the world as a lifeless wasteland for the most part, where humans live in cubicles not quite big… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #142 — 12 Monkeys Chattering

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Mask Contest Winners

  The Mask Contest started last week and ends today.  Read about the contest here. And the winners are....   :::drumroll please::::  those who submitted an entry. Jim Adams, Max, and Ken Gierke. Congratulations! Each one of you shall have a poem constructed by me with a prompt word of your choice. The point I'm trying… Continue reading Mask Contest Winners

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Mask Contest! All are welcome!

Max from the PowerPop blog just gave me a brilliant idea.  In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, masks to protect oneself from the virus and to protect others if you have or are carrying it, need to be worn.  No, it isn't Unamerican; no, it isn't namby pamby to wear one.  It simply is… Continue reading Mask Contest! All are welcome!

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Parasites and Hunter-Killers

  Hunter who has studied us One who knows our ev'ry like Sent by Mother Gaia, who Says it's time for us to shift When our bodies have a foe We send out the phagocytes Killer cells who eat them up Balanced health an unspoke right We are now the parasites Mother's body's had enough… Continue reading Parasites and Hunter-Killers

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Z — Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

In the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 7(4), October 2008, pp. 581-586, an article titled, “Herbal remedies among the Khasi traditional healers and village folks in Meghalaya” provides first hand information on the herbal remedies practiced by the rural folks of Meghalaya. During the study, out of several known herbal plants 54 plant species… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Z — Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Y — Ylang Ylang

Historically, ylang ylang has been used in both the East and the West. In the Philippines, where the flowers grow naturally, healers have used this oil in ointments to treat cuts, burns, and insect and snake bites. In the Molucca islands, people used the oil as the main ingredient in Macassar oil, a hair pomade… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Y — Ylang Ylang

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — X — Xiang Mao (lemon grass)

Xiang Mao is known in Taiwan as the “aromatic grass of rapid enlightenment.” It has been used for centuries as the source of aromatic oil in perfumery, flavorings, and traditional remedies. It was traditionally used to freshen household air, enlighten the mind, and moisturise skin. It was also used in folk remedies for its calming… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — X — Xiang Mao (lemon grass)

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A2Z 2020 — extract — W — Witch Hazel

A myth of witchcraft held that a forked branch of Witch-hazel could be used to locate underground water. – from Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center   Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana L.) Plant appearance: small tree or tall shrub, often multi-trunked, 10-15 ft. tall but can reach 35 ft. in height. It has fragrant, yellow flowers with… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — extract — W — Witch Hazel

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — V — Valerian

This is an herb that was once considered magical, probably because of its hypnotic properties. All varieties of valerian appear to be sedatives. – Valerie Ann Worwood   Valerian (valeriana officinalis) Plant appearance: tall herb 5 feet high, dark leaves, long stems; flower heads comprising many small white flowers with a pink tinge. The roots… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — V — Valerian

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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — U — Umbellularia californica (CA Bay Laurel)

California Bay Laurel has long been valued for its many edible, medicinal, insecticidal, and ceremonial uses throughout its range by native cultures including the Cahuilla, Chumash, Pomo, Kashaya Pomo, Miwok, Yujki, Coos, Concow, Maidu, Costanoan, Yukok, Tongva, Tolowa, Ohlone, Karuk, Karok, Mendocino Indians, and Salinan people. – from Tree Girl California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica)… Continue reading A2Z 2020 — essential oils — U — Umbellularia californica (CA Bay Laurel)