This newly revised and updated edition ofMedicinal Plants of East Africa(originally self-published) remains the only photographically illustrated guide to the most important healing plants of the region. The book describes 136 plant species in everyday use in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Brief descriptions of each species cover that plant’s appearance, ecology and specific medicinal uses. To aid identification, more than 600 colour photographs have been included. Also included are recipes for remedies to treat a wide range of ailments. An easy-to-understand summary of the science behind the treatments concludes each section.
•Introduction to the medicinal virtues and active ingredients of plants
•Common methods of preparing medicines from plant materials
•Summary of ailments and the plants prescribed to treat them
•Glossaries of medical and botanical terminology and extensive reference lists.
Around 900 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still depend entirely on traditional herbal remedies. Medicinal Plants…
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(Causing controversy? Causing controversy? There isn’t a healthy controversy on this subject already?
How many other things are wrong with this picture?
Since when do whole cities~ in America, anyway, worry about “causingcontroversy”?
When did our libraries stop being bastions of free speech and broadly entertained public opinion?
What is happening in our land of free speech?)
“City of Keller orders Keller Public Library to remove post about Banned Books Week
A spokesperson says council members worried the post looked like the city was causing controversy after recent book debates in Keller ISD.”
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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ksv8tq9hptg579b/god%20is%20love.mp3?dl=0
God is Love
In ancient pre-Islamic Persian text
Their devil shares his name with ours, forsooth
And, like our own, “Shaitan” sat, early, next
A God of good self governance and truth
And took, as well, a tumble from that hight
Assigned administration of a realm
Catering to the darkest human fright:
A universe without Good at its helm
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Transformation of Evil
Soft pedalled venality
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You Can Get to Know Me Well
You can get to know me well
Without having lies to tell
About where you might have been
Our last meeting in between
And this one,
Or take me to lunch,
Museums, concerts, tea or brunch,
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“You may have today ~ tomorrow belongs to me!” ~ Tesla, shortly before his death
Posterity Figures it Out
From Hemingway to Tesla
From Dinshah to our day
Seems to get in the constant way
Of certain souls which history
Enjoys itself of sing
But when unto their lives we
Close examination bring
We find at every turn they met
By which, they must have been convinced,
A common life cannot be full
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Outside the Garret Door
Ah, look! The quintessential image
We’ve all seen before
Yet have not found a way to change
No matter how should it abhor
(Because we really, truly don’t
Object to it so very much
In fact, we tend to see in it
Misshapen justice’ touch)
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(Companion to today’s former post “Taking Up Your Slack,” and written about the same household.
Young Jeremiah Rosado finally filled the fourth empty bedroom for which he’d been trying to cadge money from the rest of us.
That roommate’s words to the poet in less than one month appear verbatim below)
Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vu6ccjo88iq05ol/new%20roomie.mp3?dl=0
This place is total trash.
I said what he was too polite to say:
Total white trash, that’s right
I can’t even stay till the end of the month
I find other places to be
There hasn’t been one day
Without drama since I’ve been here
This place is toxic
I’ve been working extra
To get on up out of here
You should too
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(We ask ourselves how it is that we keep falling back into gossipping behaviors specifically forbidden in our Biblical text.
This is how)
uncomfortable with silence
hello, my name is…
my name tag says so
and yours is…
yes, your name tag says so
i have a function
that’s on the tag too
so do you
i do see it on your tag
we’re supposed to talk now
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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/h74vfk307sf2j5r/loved%20and%20loved.mp3?dl=0
Loved and Loved
When I scan the remembrance of this life,
Find many blessings and, again, much strife —
A goodly effort mine own part upon
To be contributive or to be gone
Balanced by such inconvenience
As no one but a poet ever was
To those sufficiently misfortunate
To allow such a creature close to be
Or, even less fortunately, are born
Relationship with it ever to mourn
My good intentions bringing bad result
As oft as do good — some by mine own fault
Or otherwise, shortcoming blamelessly
Brought such about, to the despair of me
And what if my behaviors ever were
Intended but to happiness confer
Upon any action’s recipient?
What if always to good this heart’s been bent?
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A few years ago I led a group of Americans traveling to Puglia, Italy with me. I took them off the beaten tourist path for a surprising glimpse in the Italian living style of the locals.
“Driving through the countryside of Bari in early afternoon is such a pleasant activity. Nobody is on the two-lanes provincial road, we don’t have to wait for the herd of sheep to complete their outing, and neither we have to stay behind a car waiting to make a move until the incoming traffic on the other side has passed, as we would in a different time of the day. The road is all ours and “Mimmo Lovely” (tour manager) wants to amuse us while driving. He can make music using only his lips, I mean he can be the musical instrument himself, or…
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At the Happiness Between Tails podcast page,you’ll also find links to subscribe, hear, and share it via most any platform, fromSpotify andApple Podcasts,toGoogle Podcastsand Pocket Casts,along withRadioPublicand Castbox andStitcherand more, plus anRSS feed. The full list of 50+ places is at LinkTree.
Fiction writing, from short stories to novels, is woefully underrated. When people ask me about my writing, I ask if they like reading. Eyes bright, they answer that of course they do. Argh, then they list their fave non-fiction titles. Any discussion of fiction elicits sighs about their…
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Of all Rosh Hashana foods, this is the most significant, at least in my family tradition. It is only made once a year, and it requires plenty of time and patience. The name, derived from German, actually means “vinegared meat”, but there is no vinegar involved. It is rather sweet, especially in my grandmother’s interpretation, but there is also a sour note, provided by lemon juice or sour salt. Therefore, another name for it is Zis Und Zovar Fleish (Sweet and Sour Meat). Although there are many Essig Fleish recipes, I have not seen one like ours anywhere. I have tasted something very similar on two separate occasions, both times in Sephardic restaurants, and both of them had the same two out of three elements of my recipe present, and one missing. Oh, and both were made of lamb, rather than beef, which is what my grandmother had claimed it…
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Fall is falling in ethereal Alberta.
The Larch Trees,
It snowed last night,
dusting the mountains with powder.
You can just see Jim here on the trail of gold!
Soon the larches will drop their needles and winter will arrive.
I have been surprised by wifi reception, but tomorrow we head further north and should head out of range.
Cheers to you from Alberta in the fall~