Saturday, February 16, 2008

CONVALESCING

Update: February 18, 2008 - As I was awakening this morning I knew intutively that the virus was gone from the sinuses. All praises and thanks

Unfortunately, the nearly two weeks of deep bronchial coughing, have possibly been the cause of sprained ligaments/muscle near the ribs in my right bronchial quadrant. And it hurts! So I must continue to rest. I hope to drive to a herb shop I saw on Carrolton Ave and see if I can get some loose herbs for a tea as soon as I feel strong enough to drive. I credit the remedy of fresh crushed ginger, garlic, and honey as bringing the greatest relief from the bronchial coughing and the rejection from my body of the virus/bacteria. My body smells like a clove of garlic though!

peace. your planetary
sister.


On January 26, 2008 your planetary sister began to feel exhausted.

Foolishly, (as I was very exhausted and weak), I rode my bike around the city of New Orleans over Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras. Miles, and miles, and miles.... It was about then, interacting with so many of my planetary brothers and sisters, that I caught the respiratory virus that is going around N'awlins and I have been confined to bed and my home since February 6th.

Being of planetary nature, I have been using many of my plant friends in the healing process as well as other modalities including experimenting on acupuncture points with a cold red laser. (Are you surprised to learn that your planetary sister is experimenting with quantum therapies? I really enjoy reading about particle and quantum physics, even though I am not college educated, nor can I explain to you what I read after reading about it. I just seem to understand the different theories as I read about them and I am fascinated!)

Acquiring this respiratory illness on the heels of being exhausted has created a need for a long recovery process requiring a lot of rest. This means that I may not be back volunteering and blogging until the first of March.

This physical limitation - a tendency towards exhaustion - is ironically part of the reason I can be here in New Orleans donating so much of my time and energies. Exhaustion is also a reality based limitation and I must be careful and more mindful if I would like to continue to serve in New Orleans in the ways that bring me so much joy.

I may be posting in February, if and when I feel I have the energy and wherewithall.

I will definitely be posting and back on the streets of NOLA in early March.


Thank you for your readership.


Peace. Jah bless.
your PLANETARY sister.


p.s. Here's what I have been doing to help my body heal: lot's of natural antibiotics, garlic, echinecea, goldenseal, mullien for the lungs, probiotics. I have been boiling pots of water and keeping my house really humid and moist. Hot salt baths and wrapping up warmly before bed. I spit out everything. Try fasting and drinking veggie juices. If not go for fasting with fruit. The Kombucha green drinks are really helpful. Organic chicken soup for those who eat chicken, with shitaki mushrooms, lots of parsley, celery and garlic, don't forget the carrots and lots of pepper. Someone gave me his mothers recipe of pulping some ginger, adding a clove of garlic (optional, but better with it) and honey. Let the mixture sit in hot water in a covered cup for about 3 minutes, then sip. I found that it tastes horrible, works great in nurturing the deep bronchial cough. Sambucol (elderberries) syrup during the day and at night for a week, I needed to use the horrible blue Nyquil at night to sleep through the night. I always have Riccola cough drops nearby.

And I keep drinking lots of warm fluids like hot water, lemon and honey; hot water maple syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon juice; and herbal teas that I resonate with.

I have noticed a positive unlooked for outcome of this respiratory infection -- my lungs are getting a spring cleaning that has been overdue by some years.

Bless. Bless.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

THE NAME "VALENTINE" is DERIVED FROM the word VALENS (WORTHY) - WE ARE ALL "VALENTINES" MY PLANETARY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, EVERYDAY!


DEO is one of my myspace Help New Orleans Rebuild friends. When he posted the image above on his myspace page www.myspace.com/pauldeo my heart was immediately drawn to it and continues to be so... I experience in DEO's work an innate ability to compose with color, ideals, and innocence, whilst still portraying raw reality in a satirical and sometimes whimsical way. His work as I perceive it, has a way of communicating the mystical through the eyes of the child in a very adult and raw world. I would like to offer to you my dear readers, a Valentine's Day gift for your eyes and your hearts from a local New Orleanian artist - DEO.
















One Love
everyday...


Monday, February 11, 2008

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON FEBRUARY 12 AND 13 TO BUILD A PLAYGROUND: WORTHY CAUSE! THIS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS YOUR LOVE!


Volunteers are needed from 8am-3pm on Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 to begin our playground build.

On these 2 days we will be pre-cutting wood for benches, digging holes for playground equipment, priming walls for murals, and other tasks to prepare the site for build day on February 15th.

Volunteers do not need to have construction experience; all skills necessary can be taught on site.









Breakfast, lunch, and water will be provided.

Playground Build at the Mahalia Jackson Center
2405 Jackson Avenue (at the former Mahalia Jackson School site in Central City) 8am-3pm February 12 and 13, 2008

If you are interested in volunteering on either day, please respond via email or phone: 504-301-9832 aheston@lphi.org


I AM
THE SUM OF ALL THE PEOPLE i HAVE EVER MET.

I AM PART OF THE PLANETARY TRIBE.

ONE TRIBE.

ONE FAMILY.

ONE PLANET.

ONE LOVE.


SHARIN THE LOVE: A RIGHTEOUS MID-CITY NEW ORLEANS RECOVERY PROJECT NEEDS YOU!






Help rebuild New Orleans with the United Saints First Street Recovery Project.

We are currently setting up volunteer housing so more volunteers have the opportunity to help in the recovery, and after that we have many houses lined up for repair and restoration. These people need our help, and we need yours.

Free housing will be available to volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more info,

please contact Daryl Kiesow at 504-895-2922 ext. 108
or email: UnitedSaints@gmail.com

Thank you for caring and helping.