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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005  

Do you know about oscillococcinum? At the first signs of flu, take it and see a big improvement. It's good to keep some on hand because you never know when you might need it.

Something else I use when I have allergies, sinus infections, and a cold is the Nasaline, a nasal irrigator. What's great about it is that is not a drug and does the job without side-effects. Dr. David Ross, my internist, said they used nasal irrigation all the time at the Mayo Clinic but that when he got here, he couldn't get anyone to listen to him and use one, so he just quit mentioning it. For people who can't take antihistimines or decongestants, they are really helpful. It doesn't take long to use it, and I don't feel like I'm drowning which I was afraid I would. It's definitely better than allergy meds and is a good preventive when you know you'll be exposed to allergens. ($20 at Dickson Vitamin Center) I add some colloidal silver to the saline solution and some drops of nasal spray with golden seal and echinacea when I have a cold.

This Acute Cold and Flu Formula is good, too. It's really helped me a lot.

Now that cold and flu season is upon us, I thought I'd offer these helpful suggestions. There's also chicken soup, aka Jewish penicillin! Don't forget much that helps!

Sometimes, though, we have to give in to antibiotics, etc. What works for you?

Michael recommended Sino Fresh on his blog and suggested Jimmie (J. J.) Walker should be the celebrity spokesperson for it. I agree.

Posting this made me remember childhood remedies. I can still smell Vicks Vaporub and Minute Rub that Daddy would put on me when I had a cold. Does anyone else remember Minute Rub? What was it exactly? I sort of remember a eucalpytus smell associated with it. I googled but didn't find anything about it.

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