Interesting Information/Vaccines: An Open Letter to Legislators Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych

Interesting Information/Vaccines:  May 9, 2015

An Open Letter to Legislators Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD

Tetyana Obukhanych is an immunologist with work credentials from Stanford and Harvard.

She offers one of the clearest explanations regarding vaccines I have found to date.

In this piece, which is widely available all over the internet now, she explains why mandating vaccines for ALL children is unnecessary.  AND why discriminating against unvaccinated children is nothing but public hysteria–which has been fueled by media’s total failure in covering this issue fairly and (I would add) the vaccine industry.  (I’ve heard that 70% of media funding now comes from Big Pharma–and I’d like to research that fact.)

Here’s Obukhanych’s opening statement:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

If you are interested in the actual science of this issue, an immunologist would be one of the first places to go.  Obukhanych’s statement peels away the myth that is rampant in our society today.

Obukhanych is the author of VACCINE ILLUSIONS, which is an easy read, easy to download, and full of dependable information from someone whose field this is.

Turkey Tracks: New Deck Railing and “To The Lake” Quilt

Turkey Tracks:  May 9, 2015

New Porch Railing and “To The Lake” Quilt

Lt. Gen. Jammie Mendall Philpott USAF, 1919-1999


Stephen Pennoyer, who is the most amazing carpenter, was here this week–working through the list of needed repairs.

When we first moved to Maine in June 2004, one of the first things we did was to build this deck.

I was all about NOT using plastic anything but keeping materials “natural.”  Husband John went along with me, though he did not agree on this one, as we put in a wooden railing.

Can I tell you that he spent every spring thereafter repainting that railing.

The bottoms of the wooden posts and the spindles all began rotting right away in this challenging winter climate.  Plus, this deck is on the north side of the house.

So, I was double delighted when Stephen came to rebuild the railing with plastic coated sleeves, etc.

No more painting, no more rot.  These railings are standing up super well on the front porch.




And here’s the best picture of all:  a finished quilt draped over the railing, à la a Bonnie Hunter photo of a finished quilt.  (See her blog at


“At The Lake” is dedicated to my dad, Lt. Gen. Jammie Mendall Philpott USAF, 1919-1999, who was a fisherman heart and soul.  My dad was a decorated war hero, courageous, daring, kind, patient, and gentle.  He fished lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and the ocean all across the world.  He taught all of us to fly fish and at one stage, made his own flies.  I remember him patiently unsnarling our fishing lines from nearby tree limbs and bushes until we got old enough to do it.  It would never have occurred to any of us to be squeamish about putting a worm on a hook–not when our corks would shortly start to bob and run under the water as a bream took the bait and ran.  We learned to clean those fish.  And, to cook and eat them with relish, too.  Those were good days.

I like the back of this quilt as much as the front and had great fun piecing it with the loon fabric, leftover blocks, and odd bits of fabric:




Here’s the binding:


And a few of the front motifs:


The writing on the cream fabric is from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address–which seemed fitting as my dad fought to protect this nation.

Here’s a corner:



I quilted with the Bishop’s Fan groovy board with a warm mustard thread.



Here’s a corner–and I liked the piano keys border a lot.




Interesting Information: The Foreskin: Big Business

Interesting Information:  May 9, 2015

The Foreskin:  Big Business


Who knew…

This one takes “follow the money” to a new level…

Here’s a quote from the Living Whole blog, whose author did a bit of research:

(Thanks to niece Nancy for this follow-up post.)


In case you weren’t aware, the CDC for the first time ever, is issuing federal guidelines on circumcision. You see, Christians are realizing that you don’t need to chop off a part of the penis to be saved; parents in general are questioning a long-held practice that serves no useful purpose and leaves many boys who undergo the procedure disfigured (if you assume circumcision in and of itself doesn’t disfigure); and the rate of circumcision is down to 58% in the United States and they’re running out of foreskins to use in high-end cosmetics, face creams, medical products, and cosmetic testing.

Whoa, you didn’t know that baby foreskin is big business?

One baby foreskin can produce $100,000 worth of fibroblasts that can be used in all sorts of anti-aging goodies. The bio-medical and pharmaceutical companies rely specifically on the foreskins from infants to create medical products like insulin and interferon, skin grafts, eyelids, and other skin care treatments.


The CDC Says, Circumcise Your Sons – Living Whole.