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 It is a common ailment – especially as we grow older. You go to do or get something and when you get there you draw a blank. Someone once told me if you go back to where you were when you first thought of it, you will usually remember what it was. For me, I find it is often true. Strange – but often a welcome gift.

How do you remove a hornets’ nest in the crevice in the roof of a 150-year-old house? Very carefully.  Much as I hate chemicals, my mother did have to resort to them, praying it would be enough to have them decease or leave.

I remember my uncle Paul did it once with a firecracker. Luckily, it didn’t burn the house down, but it sure raised a commotion with the bees! I think they eventually moved on to find somewhere else to live. 

My mind races and does flip flops over the turmoil concerning the medical situation that we are now looking at here in Southern Minnesota. It seems like health care has now become a business, not a caring situation. Biggest may not mean the best. Care doesn’t wait. It is needed not when it is convenient for a health care facility.

Maybe we need to go back to our grandparents’ day and start using some of the home methods that were used back then. Yes, people often died using some of the home methods used, but they still do. Some of the pills, methods and caring situations seem a little unnecessary for the middle man. Sometimes with a little help from the drug stores and basic supplies, or Grandma and the Indians, who had home remedies that were often used, we might be just as well off.

It often comes to mind what my great aunt had. I suppose it was polio, though that name was different then. The doctors packed her in ice – for the whole winter - with a verdict of “there is nothing more we can do.”

The neighbors, not wanting to interfere with what the doctors knew back then, kept quiet until the Indians suggested using cloths dipped into warm to hot water. They wrapped her paralyzed limbs with the cloths and she not only lived but walked again. 

Sister Kenny also used much of the same method in treating polio years later.

My grandmother bumped her leg many years ago while she was milking cows, and a large infection developed. She called it a carbuncle. She went to the doctor again and again but it continued to get worse. 

Then she used “her grandmother’s method.” She cleaned the area really well – then living on a farm – she put a large dab of sour cream (not processed) on the then vicious sore. In a few days that abscess had shrunk with a type of core in the middle. It was the medicine of choice for years as the kids grew up and had open sores or inflammation.       

My mother and her brother, Paul, were susceptible to bronchitis – croup – whatever – often to the point of loss of breath. The doctors prescribed sugar with kerosene on it but for one it was vinegar. The acidity – the smell - whatever – was enough to bring out the phlegm.

It took a lot of winters before my mother and Paul were able to outgrow it. Outgrew to this day, my mother swears by 2 tablespoons of natural, with the mother, vinegar; and water as a beverage of choice to help keep coughs and colds away.

Burdened now with a tracheotomy chocking at her throat, she uses vinegar with maybe a little bit of honey to get the “crud” out, which makes breathing easier.

Incidentally, 2 tablespoons of unprocessed vinegar in a glass of water and about a teaspoon of unprocessed honey is a good everyday tonic too.

Do we run to the doctor too often when something with serious thought could be taken care of just as well at home? Do we knowingly eat less-wholesome foods when eating better foods would keep us healthy enough to stay away from doctors or our computers? You alone can judge. I am not saying that intervention from a doctor isn’t sometimes necessary.

Let’s hope that we all stay happy, healthy and wise. 

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Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, July 27th: Ben Groth, Lori Dirksen, Nita Dooley, Mark Helmers, Nicki Spurr, Rick Spurr, Rhiannon Farr, Alison Underland, Dave Schulz, Kory Klecker, Lillian Rose Olson, Steve & Jinny Nielsen, Travis & Ashley Broskoff, Marguerite & Milton Nelson

• Friday July 28th: Breelyn Marcia Camerer, Mike Luhring, Kari Wayne, DeWayne Jensen, Dennis Jensen, Penny Jensen, Eric Lee, Christian Burnes, Donnie Turvold, Jim & Maryalice Hanson, George & Sue Stieglbauer, Gary & Emily Ayers, Melissa & Scott Michie, Ellie & Chad Schutrop

• Saturday, July 29th: Randy Dokken, Doug Flugum, Candie Underland, Jennifer Huber, Dory Hunt, Jim Misgen, Brent Jepson, Lorrell Beaber, Todd Wangen

• Sunday, July 30th: Gavin Farr Nappin, Tregg Hagen, Levi Horvei, Trevin Andrew Stollard, Scott Briggs, Amy Hohansee VanderSyde, Gary Sloan, Cindy Vaith, Larry Jensen, Kay Cassen, Shane Christensen, Cindy Esplan, Dani Layland, Kurt & Kelly Krumwiede, Nathan & Lindsey Schlaak, Jerry & Tanya Blouin

• Monday, July 31st: Zane Andrew Miller, Michelle Eaker Stevens, Coni Misgen Evenson, Lorie Paulson, Joan Mast, Brian & Pam Muri

• Tuesday, August 1st: Parker Brant Simon, Wendy Schultz, Dale Mrotz, Karen Vaith, Stanley Jensen, Lonny Thostenson, Tad Cornelius, Karen Brockman, Rick Christensen, Larry & Carol Spear, Brian & Nicole Bergland, and Trevor & Courtney (Vallarelle) Tracy

• Wednesday, August 2nd: Kolten Aaron Michael Hanson, Tara Cromwell Lembke, Cole Lehmberg, Vivian Dulas, Cora Lynn Harpel, Ryan Nelson, Scott Sommers, Carol Lein, Melissa Marlin

• Thursday, August 3rd: Arianna Elizabeth Pence/Ortiz, Jo Lerberg, Kristine Dummer, Cynthia Nelson, Kent Swearingen, Jean Molenaar, Matthew Wayne, Nicholas Wayne, Gerald Flugum

• Friday, August 4th: Madysen Grace Waage, Karen Edwardson Loge, Harold Jensen, Bryce Ingvaldson, Terry Vaith, Ryan Wangsness, Michael Hanson, Tom Lang, Bethany Cooper, Rachel Reichl, Gary & Kathy Reichl

• Saturday, August 5th: Wayne Schimek, Corey Wangsness, Gabriella Lynn Olson, Gladys Johnson, John Ramlo, Annette Thostenson, Jennifer Broskoff Dutton, Andrea & Kane Malo, Christopher & Kristen Hanson, Tom & Kari Wayne

• Sunday, August 6th: Lynn Nechanicky, Rick Cook, Matthew Miller, Andy & Mary Lerberg, Wendell & Connie Kuehni

Sending you heartfelt wishes for a great day!  Hope you have a day filled with things that make you smile!

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know.  Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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