Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My History

My History
A Gift To My Children

As we age, we find ourselves spending more and more time in the past reminiscing about days gone by. Older people have this urge, this need, to tell the stories of their youth to their children not only to keep their own memories alive, but also to help the younger generation understand more about who and what they are and where they came from. Back in the days before technology and instant communication, it was up to the elders of the family to pass their history down to the next generation not only to keep their ancestry alive, but also as a form entertainment. Now days your family tree can be looked up online and kids have TV, video games, ipads, smart phones, computers, and who knows how many other forms of entertainment available to them at the push of a button. No one needs grandma to sit by the fire and tell stories of days gone by any more, so much of our history is being shoved aside and lost.
I don't know if any of my kids or grand kids are really interested in my story, but just in case one of them some day wonders what life was like in the “olden” days when grandma was young, I've decided to use this blog to tell it. After all it is called “A Crone's View of the World”and this old crones story starts here.

I was born in Silver City ,New Mexico on December 1st, 1942. The year before my birth Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and threw our country into what was the beginning of WWII. My parents were married in September of 1941 and had moved to Morenci, Arizona where my father was working in a copper mine as a shovel runner (operator), but a few short months later found my father in the Army Air Corp, training to go to war, and my mother back in Silver living with her parents.

When the war ended in 1945, and my father came home he moved the three of us back to Morenci where Phelps Dodge had kept his job open. And that's where I grew up...on the side of a mountain, in a not so pretty town filled with the noise of the mine working on the mountains around and above us and breathing sulfur smoke from the mill, but all things considered it really wasn't all that bad a place to grow up.

This picture was taken from in front of our first house.
We didn't live on blocks and streets, but rather hills and levels.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Many Health Benefits of Oregano

The Many Health Benefits of Oregano

Oregano is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.

Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthmacroup, and bronchitis
It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating
Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions.

The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergiessinus pain,arthritiscold and fluswine fluearaches, and fatigue. It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acneathlete's foot, oily skin, dandruffcanker sores, warts,ringwormrosacea, and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins
Oregano oil is also used topically as an insect repellent.

In foods and beverages, oregano is used as a culinary spice and a food preservative.

How does it work?

Oregano contains chemicals that might help reduce cough and spasms. Oregano also might help digestion by increasing bile flow and fighting against some bacteria, viruses, fungi, intestinal worms, and other parasites.

(Taken from  www.webmd.com/.../ingredientmono-644-oregano.aspx?...644...oregan...‎)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mother Goddess Trees of Life

Mother Goddess Trees of Life

Love Her true and Plant a tree,
Seek all in nature She has given free.
In Her magick green world of peace and Light.
Give back to Her strength and eternal might.
Mother Goddess of the living earth,
Only through your heart may we find rebirth.

Lady Abigail
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Draw a picture or a symbol of the item on a leaf with the end of a burnt stick, a matchstick
will work. 
Tie the leaf around a tree with a vine, then walk around the base of tree
nine times, repeating:

"Ancient One of the Ancient Earth
Older than time can tell
Grant me the power at your command
To work my magic spell".

The leaf may stay up or it may not, it doesn't matter, the item is on its way to you!

My New Hat


I used the pattern from this blog to make my new hat.  Not exactly like her's but not bad none the less.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bay Leaf Magic

Here is a great tip, this method goes back centuries.
Bay leaves are said to have very magical properties.
Write a wish on a Bay leaf then burn it.
Bury the ashes in the earth to make your wish come true.

From: Witchywords.blogspot.com.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

From Science Codex

As colorectal cancer gets more aggressive, treatment with grape seed extract is even more effective                                     

When the going gets tough, grape seed extract gets going: A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Cancer Letters shows that the more advanced are colorectal cancer cells, the more GSE inhibits their growth and survival. On the other end of the disease spectrum, GSE leaves healthy cells alone entirely.
"We've known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE," says Molly Derry, doctoral candidate in the lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Derry notes this is an especially important finding in light of increasing colorectal cancer rates (due in part to increasingly high-fat diets and sedentary lifestyles) and a low screening rate; that means 60 percent of patients diagnosed have already reached the advanced stage of the disease.
"Finding a way to selectively target advanced colorectal cancer cells could have major clinical importance," Derry says.
The group performed their experiments on colorectal cancer cell lines representing various stages of the disease. Whereas it generally takes much more chemotherapy to kill a stage IV cancer cell than a stage II cancer cell, Derry saw that the reverse was true with grape seed extract.
"It required less than half the concentration of GSE to suppress cell growth and kill 50 percent of stage IV cells than it did to achieve similar results in the stage II cells," Derry says.
The group also discovered a likely mechanism of GSE's preferential targeting of advanced colorectal cancer cells: when cancer cells were treated with antioxidants the GSE induced cell death was reversed and so Derry and colleagues consider it likely that GSE targets colorectal cancer through inducing oxidative stress that leads to the programmed cell death known as apoptosis.
"A colorectal cancer cell can have upwards of 11,000 genetic mutations – differences from the DNA in healthy cells. Traditional chemotherapies may only target a specific mutation and as cancer progresses more mutations occur. These changes can result in cancer that is resistance to chemotherapy. In contrast, the many bioactive compounds of GSE are able to target multiple mutations. The more mutations a cancer presents, the more effective GSE is in targeting them," Derry says.
The Agarwal Lab continues its preclinical work studying the effectiveness and action of dietary compounds against cancer and encourages further exploration of their findings in clinical settings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Natural weed killer 
(made with basic items in your kitchen) :)

spray bottle (I had a 34 ounce one I purchased at the $ store a while ago)
Pickling vinegar (It works better than regular vinegar because the acetic acid % is higher)
Salt (1/2 cup for my size bottle)
Dish soap (a squeeze)

Fill a spray bottle almost full with Pickling vinegar. Since my spray bottle wasn't huge, I added only 1/2 cups of salt. If you spray bottle is big, add more salt. Squirt in a dash of dish soap into the bottle. Close the bottle tight and shake, shake, shake. You are done!!!

Go outside on a bright sunny day and spray those weeds. I found the sun sped up the process so try to pick a good day to do it. Remember though, this will also kill your grass and plants too. So don't get trigger happy like me and kill other things around the garden 
Taken from  

Monday, January 14, 2013

~ Spell For World Peace ~

You'll need: 

White candle
Some dirt or small stones

Fill a small dish with some dirt or stones 
Carve a peace symbol into the candle and place it on top of the dirt.

Relax and focus on the energy of peace.
With your hands cupped, place them near the candle and visualize a very bright white light coming down from above, entering the crown of your head, going down to your heart, through your arms, out your hands, and into the candle. 
Light the candle, close your eyes, and see this white light of peace spread to the hearts of all people. 
See all humans everywhere filled with love and existing harmoniously with one another. 
Believe that this is our future! 
 Leave the candle burning for an hour or two (but never leave it unattended!).

I plan on burning the candle for an hour or two every day and visualizing that white light of peace spreading over the Earth and into every person's heart. Let your light shine!

** This spell comes from a wonderful blog called "I Heart the Goddess".