As a purveyor of health and wellness education, I am no stranger to the controversies that surround seemingly benign topics. While it is uncommon to see the pro- and anti- vitamin camps fight as bitterly as those talking about vaccinations, vitamin supplementation is surprisingly controversial. In its early history, vitamin supplementation in the United States … Continue reading Vitamins: Should You Supplement?
My husband took a week of vacation time, just to spend the whole week on home improvements. Living in a home built in the late 1800s means you have the joy of some unique architectural features. It also means that you occasionally spend time wanting to bang your head against the wall, as you … Continue reading Drugs, Plaster, and The Great Purge of 2016
I had a little bird, Its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. (children’s rhyme) Last week, the flu came to my house. My oldest daughter, the normally healthy one, was out of school for the whole week. On top of the initial virus, she developed a bacterial infection in her sinuses … Continue reading And In-Flu-Enza
Today, I thought it would be great to travel back in time and look at healthy eating during WWII. During the 1940s, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs commissioned Walt Disney Studios to create series of cartoons to provide health education for those in Central and South America. "Health for The Americas: Planning … Continue reading Health For The Americas: WWII, Espionage, & Disney
On Thursday, those of us in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many look at Thanksgiving as a day to sit around with family and friends, consume unreasonable amounts of food, and give into an excess-induced sleep coma while watching a football game. As much as I enjoy this tradition, I would like to remind … Continue reading Giving Thanks is Not Just for Thanksgiving
When I was in high school, my doctor diagnosed me with asthma. I suppose that it was helpful that I had an asthma attack while in the office. Up until that time, I just figured the symptoms I had were a symptom of LEO (low exercise output). Shortly after my diagnosis, I remember visiting my … Continue reading Throw Back Thursday: Asthma Cigarettes
For this week’s installment of TBT, we are going to look at a black pepper and oil earache remedy from a 1954 North Greenfield Community Club cookbook. At the time of publication, the North Greenfield Community Club was located on Newell Pond Road in Greenfield, Massachusetts. It appears that the North Greenfield Community Club no … Continue reading Throw Back Thursday: Black Pepper and Oil Earache Remedy c. 1954
In Tuesday’s post, I discussed one of the most popular quotes about lemons. Today, I would like to focus on the lemon itself. Lemon (citrus limon) is a delightfully sour and acidic citrus fruit that grows on trees. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica (2015), the lemon appeared in Spain and North Africa in the earliest part … Continue reading Citrusy Orbs
I collect antique and vintage cookbooks. They offer a unique window into a particular time and show the changing nature of culture and palates. In the spirit of the popular Throw Back Thursday, I present an excerpt from “Greenfield, Massachusetts Favorite Recipes” compiled by The North Parish Woman’s Club of The First Congregational Church. As … Continue reading Dessert Children (No, That Is Not A Typo)
Enter the Lemons Somehow, in the course of my busy life, I realized that things are not going according to my plans. Not that I generally plan for the long-term, which is a complication (read character flaw) that is far too boring to get into. However, when things are not quite turning out, I always … Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons, Research Them!