Peddling

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The History of Snake Oil

When Chinese railroad workers came to California, they brought with them a magical elixir made from water snake fat. The fat from these snakes was high in Omega-3 fatty acids which we know today really does work for reducing inflammation, blood pressure and more. Non-Chinese went crazy for the stuff.

Non-Chinese started to make their own snake oil, but either watered it down, or used fat from other animals that were not nearly as high in Omega-3. Peddlers sold this inferior “snake oil” and then it got a bad reputation. (Very Well Health)

And here is one example of modern day “snake oil”:

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Wait, you can INFUSE YOUR SKIN with youth? Why, then, is it on clearance?

 

 

The Lion’s Tooth

 

 

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Dandelion Doodle

The dandelion* is a wondrous flower. Many claim it has medicinal and nutritional value. I don’t know about that. Maybe it’s true. I just find them wildly beautiful. Please watch this time lapse video of a dandelion over one month (Neil Bromhall):

 

 

*dandelion literally means “tooth of a lion” in French

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slo-Mo Hair

Not sure how much bandwidth the blog can handle so I thought I’d test it with this clip our hairstylist took of the daughters and me. We go to see Tyrel twice a year for haircuts and styling and he keeps moving farther and farther away…but he’s well worth the long drive. He could be sylist to the stars, if he wanted to be!

 

 

Full Bloom

Georgia O’Keefe was a great lover of flowers.  She believed that looking into a flower, you were in a new world and she wanted everyone to have that experience. But alas, she knew too many people were in a constant state of hurry. Wouldn’t this world be a better place if more people stopped to admire flowers?

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Blue Heaven*

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Photo by Sebastian Unrau

P is for Poetry**

My passion for poetry is positively preposterous

careful contemplation,

delicate design of discourse,

imagination, inspiration and impact,

I’m in awe: affectionately and alliteratively amazed

 

 

*Ralph Waldo Emerson

**Part of my alphabiography project

Perennially Radiant

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The flower does not ask for anything. She simply looks up to the sky and drinks in the sun. She absorbs the water that comes her way. She gives so much: pollen to procreate, nectar for the birds and bees and beauty for all to see.

Can you imagine the flower complaining? Or arguing? Or gossiping?

Do not succumb to insecurity or ugliness.

Be brilliant. Be brilliantly, bravely, unapologetically you.