In their dreams they sleep with the moon.--From Mary Oliver, “Death at Wind River” Once pampered, now refugees, at dawn they slink in grimy, forgotten shadows of Oldtown to their den until dusk falls. Their fortress is woven with plastic, glass, and metal discarded by the giver-of-treats who will never again pet their once-luxurious fur.… Continue reading dVerse — prosery — Night Feeders
I talked with my younger son earlier this week. He went to donate plasma and learned that nowadays when someone donates plasma they test for the presence of Covid-19 antibodies. From what I have heard about the swab Covid-19 tests, they are extremely uncomfortable to have done. If you want to learn if you've had… Continue reading PSA Covid-19 antibodies aka Convalescent Plasma Therapy
What will it take to breach the wall? Allow yourself a diff'rent view? Consider I'm the same as you? You must or else we all will fall. A virus scourge that beats them all Is out to slay and hack and hew What will it take to breach the wall? Allow yourself a diff'rent… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #144 — What will it take?
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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)