7 Quick Takes – Vol. 4

1.  So, last week I told you we were going to a concert with the Moody Blues. It was very nice and my husband and I, and our 6 year old enjoyed it.  It was a bit cold though, being outside and on the grass.  I wore my silk long winter underwear, turtleneck, sweater, coat and as a final touch the cashmere gloves & hat my mother gave me for Christmas.  I never get to wear those.  It is a bit much for a warm climate in March, but this is the coldest, longest lasting winter we have ever had here.  I’m enjoying it immensely.
7 Secrets of the Eucharist
2. One of my favorite books is 7 Secrets of the Eucharist by Vinny Flynn.  It has really helped me appreciate, and understand better, the Eucharist.  I just learned that a new study guide has come out that would be great for groups or individually.  Go to the Mercy Song website for information.
3.  Speaking of Mercy Song.  I love Vinny Flynn and his family’s song for the Divine Mercy Chaplet on EWTN.  It sticks in my head whenever I hear it, and when I think of the Chaplet, that is what I think of.  I found one decade of it on YouTube.  
4.  This article is interesting How to Easily Cut Your Calories – Eat Slowly   I believe this.  My husband’s grandmother was a firm believer of chewing slowly, and was thin as a rail her whole life.  She recommended chewing each bite of food 50 times!  That is a lot!  There are some very interesting bits in this article.
5.  If you grow tomatoes this might be a great article for you from Mother Earth News  The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live 
6.  A friend of mine has been sick and wondered what medicines she could take since she is breastfeeding.  This can be a serious problem if you especially need drugs long term, like for high blood pressure, asthma, etc. or if you need cancer drugs.  Mostly moms want to know if they can take cold medicines or antibiotics, etc.  When I was breastfeeding, my lactation consultant recommended Dr. Thomas Hale’s website Breastfeeding Pharmacology.  Dr. Hale is the guru of what drugs you can take during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  He is a professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University.  Honestly, most doctors and nurses, and even pharmacists, do not know this information and will just tell you not to take the drug, or worst of all to quit nursing.  They do this to cover their butt from lawsuits, not because the drug really is in the breastmilk.  This is my pet peeve – because it was my experience that most every drug reference, especially for lay people, would say to just about every drug, to quit nursing to take it, or just that they just did not know if it was in breastmilk or not.  In fact many, many drugs are OK, you just need to know the ones that are not.  So if you know a nursing mother, tell her to go to Breastfeeding Pharmacology and click on Breastfeeding & Medication Forums.  Under no circumstances should you quit nursing until you check this out.  And have your doctor buy his book, Medications and Mother’s Milk.
7.  I love most all things Google.  My favorite tech writer, Harry McCracken, has a great article: The Undiscovered Google: 7 Services You Need to Try.  Go to his blog Technologizer for other great tech stuff too.
Now, check out Jennifer’s 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.

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