Illnesses from Food


It has been documented that over 200 illnesses can be foodborne. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and prions. Wikepedia defines a prion as: A combination of the first two syllables of the words proteinaceous and infectious (-on by analogy to virion) — is a poorly-understood hypothetical infectious agent that, according to the […] Read more »

Activities for Retirees


As the “baby boomer” generation enters their retirement years they will be looking for things to occupy their time.  Many will continue to work, some will be caring for grandchildren and aging parents.  Today’s retirees are not like those of generations past.  They are more active and are searching for things to keep their minds […] Read more »

Castor Oil

castor oil

Castor oil comes from the Castor Bean plant which is native to Ethiopia.  It is now cultivated in the other warmer climate areas of the world and is considered a weed in the southwestern United States. The oil doesn’t have much taste or odor and is very light in color. Castor oil is considered by […] Read more »

Aura, What it is

Aura is defined in Wikipedia as: a field of subtle, luminous radiation surrounding a person or object like the halo or aureola of religious art. An aura may be held to reflect the moods or thoughts of the person it surrounds, and depiction of such an aura in religious art usually connotes a person of particular […] Read more »

Chocolate is Humorous but Good for You Too


Chocolate jokes have been around for a very long time.  Quips like, “I’m not overweight, I’m chocolate enriched”, and “Chocolate is cheaper than therapy. And I don’t need an appointment” are only a couple of them.  Chocolate humor can really tickle the funny bone but chocolate also has an interesting history.   Some of the high […] Read more »

A Shade Garden for Enjoyment

shade garden

A shade garden can be more enjoyable than a sun garden.  By planting in the shade you can stay out of the sun which is beneficial to the extremely young, the elderly and sun sensitive individuals. There are many things that can be done in a shade garden.  If you have a single tree in […] Read more »

Christmas Gifts on Limited Incomes

Christmas gifts are always great to receive but as income becomes limited they often not easy to buy.  My husband and I entered this category this year and have been scratching our heads to come up with gifts for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The marketing for Christmas gifts is geared towards the more expensive items out […] Read more »

Back Pain and Aromatherapy

back pain

No matter what started your back pain, it can be miserable.  Back pain can be in the upper back, lower back, occasional or chronic (meaning it never really goes away). There are several causes of back pain.  It can come from lifting something incorrectly, being pregnant, being over weight, poor posture, or ill fitting shoes. […] Read more »

Quilting for Beginners


Quilting can be a fun and interesting hobby.  To get started you could buy “how to” books and pattern books or join a quilting class that’s not too expensive. You can join a quilting club that’s fun and forms friendships. Perhaps your mother, other relative or someone you know knows how to quilt and could […] Read more »

Medication Preparedness


It doesn’t matter if you are traveling in our own country or doing foreign travel you need to be prepared with medication(s) that you need.  You should be sure to take things like Benadryl for insect bits and stings as well as aspirin or Tylenol, cough medicine and perhaps a sleep aid.  Also, take all […] Read more »