January 2011

The Many Uses of Witch Hazel

My assistant tells me yesterday about her aunt’s mother: how every morning of her adult life, she would soak cotton balls in witch hazel and place them on her eyes while she laid on the ground and did her stretches for about 30mins.  Since my assistant is now worried that age is getting the better of her eyes (I personally doubt it, her skin is as good as my seven-year-old’s), she’s wondering if she can co-opt this old-time remedy...

Drooling and Fussy: How to Soothe a Teething Baby

When a dear friend calls and says that her angelic little baby boy, now four months old has turned into a slightly less angelic version of himself, a little drooling fussy version who only wants the breast (thatʼs not how she worded it actually, thatʼs all me, remembering the days of teething myself -- my son had it BAD), I breathe a deep sigh for her...and for me, because, whenever I think its time to expand my sweet family, memories of teething encourage me to circular file that thought. (holding a baby, on the other hand, has the exact opposite effect...)

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