… where the heck must I put you all??
We’re gradually moving into my deceased M-i-l’s house, as she wanted us to do. It’s no small feat moving a family home of 19 years plus the people in it; more complicated by the fact that her house is also full – of her own furniture, household, niknaks, and clutter. (I suspect when I wrote the post that was highlighted by WP 2 weeks back, I was already in pre-move terror.)
M-i-l loved mirrors, for the way they make rooms look bigger and reflect light.
I find mirrors useful while teaching. (It helps turn violin kids into conceited little narcissists – for more tips, check out this post 😉. ) There are various techniques I show students in front of a mirror so they can monitor themselves while practising. When I was teaching in a primary school in Brooklyn, I had the privilege of being given one of the backstage dressing rooms for a studio. One entire wall was a mirror. (I remember a particularly funny lesson I had with a young boy who decided to practise comedy and faces during his lesson!)
But in M-i-l’s house, even I feel there are too many. I suspect them of breeding. Wherever I go, there is movement in the corner of mine jaded eye, something watching… from the nearest mirror. I even managed to find a place in it where one is caught between two mirrors… (Granny Weatherwax advises strongly against it). I own two mirrors myself that will still have to find places in there… (since childhood, though my kids can vouch that no amount of mirrors have helped me develop dress sense yet.)
E and I had a little competition, but she stands no chance against me when we compete for narcissism. She’s now working on bumping up hers via social media “likes”. Luckily all the mirrors in the house we’re moving into will probably upp++ my scores… 😉
Totally off-topic: Cloves cure cancer
“Cloves have been used for numerous types of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. They also have a way of deadening pain, which is why they are often used for relieving teeth infections. Traditional therapies have used cloves for gastrointestinal disorders, disorders of the kidneys and spleen, and for pain.”
“As it turns out, cloves are not simply antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and carminative: Cloves are also potent anticancer agents.”
The tests were apparently done on various different human cancer cell lines.
“The extract that proved the most efficacious was an ethanol extract. This means basically that the cloves were soaked in alcohol and the resulting solution was used (don’t self-medicate – talk to your doctor). More specifically, the cloves were soaked in 95% alcohol for 72 hours at room temperature. The whole extract was then concentrated.” [Cautionary note by gipsika – watch out what alcohol you use, especially if you’re planning to take the tincture internally. The difference between alcohol containing 0% Xylol and 0.5% Xylol is the difference between alcohol and poison. If in doubt, distill the alcohol yourself. While you’re at it, try making some moonshine. Invite me when you’re done. I’d love to try it.]
If one runs with the concept that cancer is caused by virus or other microbes (the “alternative” theory to the theory “we don’t know what causes it, but search in the chromosomes why don’t you, or see what happens if you cut out XYZ from your diet”), then it is clear to see how an antimicrobial agent can have a powerful impact.
A friend once told me I’m like a dog with a bone. Once I’m onto something I won’t let go of it, just keep on gnawing at it. I guess I’m like that about cancer right now.
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