Interesting Information: Vaccines: The Forgotten History Of Vaccines

Vaccines:  July 6, 2015


When anyone questions the safety and efficacy of vaccines, someone ALWAYS says “the polio vaccine saved lives.”

But…it didn’t.

And there is a very swarmy and nasty history surrounding the polio vaccine.

I can forgive folks for buying into the smallpox vaccine.  Though that’s a swarmy history as well as it dates to the 1700s and involves many types of vaccines, many of which were killers.  But the polio vaccine comes in 1954, and the developers KNEW THERE WERE PROBLEMS.  They went ahead anyway.

Bottom line, I’m realizing, is that no one understands why a killer disease comes into being and then wanes.  And no one knows how our immune systems work.  We do know that each individual’s immune system is VERY DIFFERENT from all others–so a one-size-fits-all vaccines is a huge problem for way too many people–even if you’re assuming vaccines are safe and work–which is also not true.

This is a longer article with tons of good information from a credentialed, reputable source.  At least scroll down to the polio section if you do nothing else.

The Forgotten History Of Vaccines & Disease Everyone Should Know | Collective-Evolution.

Interesting Information: One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts

Interesting Information:  Jiuly 6, 2015

One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts

Here’s a heartwarming story.

The town is Hamilton, Missouri.  The business is Missouri Quilt Company.  The owner is Jenny Doan.

The business draws people to the town, yes.  But the business also has a terrific web site with tons of free videos.  And the business specializes in pre-cut fabric–which is meant to make quilting FAST and easy.

Now, what is also fun is this piece of history:  JC Penny started in this same little town–as a salesman.  Years later he returned to open his 500th JC Penny store in Hamilton.

Yeah small town businesses.  (I hope you’re supporting yours and not the Big Box stores.)  And yeah quilts!

One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts : NPR.

Books: Winnie the Pooh and Saving Bees

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  July 6, 2015

Winnie the Pooh and Saving Bees

A new Winnie the Pooh book is under way–in which Winnie will encourage readers to work to save bees.

In case you missed it, here’s the story:

New Winnie the Pooh story: In which Pooh encourages children to save the bees – Telegraph.

Turkey Tracks: Chefs Secret Moka Pot

Turkey Tracks:  July 6, 2015

Chefs Secret Moka Pot

Where did June get to?

I cannot believe that it is already July 6th!

This summer is fffffllllllyyyying by so fast I am dizzy.

One of my very favorite things to do these days is to have a coffee some time after lunch.

And not just any coffee-something involving espresso.  Two shots.  Vanilla.  Steamed whole milk.  A latte…

Nothing replaces the espresso that comes from a big industrial machine.  But…  My budget needs help on this one.  And I’m not crazy about the sugar in commercial vanilla flavoring.  Even though I dictate “not too sweet,” the sugar level does not feel great.

A friend told me about Moka pots–which can make espresso on your stove top.

The resulting espresso is pretty darn good.  Especially as I can use my whole raw milk and local wild honey.

I found a STAINLESS STEEL Moka pot at Amazon:  Chefs Secret.  It costs between $11 and $16, depending upon Amazon’s mood.  (Do NOT buy an aluminum pot:  aluminum is toxic.)


This little pot holds 6 ounces of water–so is a good amount of espresso for my BIG coffee cup.

(Note that this 4-cup pot means espresso cups, which are TINY–just a little over an ounce.)

Here’s how the little pot comes apart.

The base has that little gold valve–and you fill the pot WITH HOT WATER (or it will take forever to heat).  I measure the hot water into a measuring cup (6 ounces) as it’s hard to see where the valve is on the inside of the pot with the hot water steam getting in the way.

Then you drop in the espresso cup–filled with coffee.  Do NOT tamp it down.  And you’ll have to experiment to see how fine to grind your coffee.  Too thick, and the coffee is too diluted.  To fine, and things get clogged up.  And, screw on the top–you’ll need a hot pad to hold the now-hot base.



Here’s how the coffee part fits into the base.




Put the little pot on the heat and it will start gurgling.  When it finishes, which only takes a few minutes which pass quickly as the pot is singing to you, remove it from the heat and let it sit for about 45 seconds.  (I don’t know why; that’s just the advice given online.)

NOW I’m going to up the ante.

Years ago, I bought a frother to make heated frothy milk.

I LOVE this frother.

While the pot sings to me, I let the raw milk SLOWLY get warm.  And while the silent pot sits, I froth up the milk.



VOILA!  My homemade latte espresso coffee treat.



I sent immediately for a second pot so I can make a cup for a friend as well.