Tuesday Open Thread

It’s Tuesday! And I spent last night watching network news shows, my emotions running the gamut between revulsion and awe.

NBC’s Rock Center featured a phone interview with Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach accused of sexually abusing minors.

He denied the charges and his big takeaway? “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.” Ya think????

My big takeaway is he is an absolute scumbag.

Thankfully I had also recorded Diane Sawyer’s interview with Gabrielle Giffords. I cried throughout at the pain she has endured and her amazing, challenging journey. I also laughed at the flashes of humor and self-deprecation she displayed. I wish her the best and hope she continues her amazing recovery.

Did you watch these interviews? What did you think?

What else is on your mind today? Chat away!


Friday Open Thread

I always thought my mother was a witch. Not the she’s-such-a-terrible-person-so-I’ll-call-her-a-witch-witch, but the hokus-pokus kind of witch. The reason? She had a lot of weird home remedies that she would use on us when we were sick.

If we had an earache, she would put a paper cone into the affected ear and light the other end on fire. If we had a headache, she would cut up slices of raw potato and put a piece on each temple tied with a bandana. If we had a fever, she would put raw slices of tomato on the soles of our feet. And those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head!

As it turns out, I was able to find that one of my mother’s home remedies has some merit! I found a website called Gomestic that lists 12 Amazing Uses of Potato. Yup, you guessed it! #3 on the list was “Take a half sliced raw potato and rub it on your temples to get relief from headache.” Witches brew, indeed.

Here are some other bizarre home cures that I found interesting…

A loved one has stinky feet, wipe the offending feet with a vodka-soaked washcloth. Vodka contains alcohol, which is antiseptic and drying, so it destroys the odor-causing nastiness. (Or you can use regular rubbing alcohol and make yourself a martini with the

Other gems:

•If you suffer from calluses and corns, use licorice!
•If you or someone you love suffers from eczema, use olive oil!
•Got motion sickness? Suck on an olive…or a lemon!
•UTI? Use baking soda!
•Your kid’s got warts? Use duct tape!

For more information about how these items work, click on over to this post for the details.

Do you have any interesting home remedies that have been passed down from generations past? Please share!

Other items in the news that caught my eye:

Hilary Clinton’s mother Dorothy Rodham passed away on November 1st, 2011. She was 92. My thoughts are with the Clinton and Rodham families, and especially Hilary during this difficult time. For a nice slideshow of Dorothy Rodham’s travels with Hilary, click on over to this Jezebel post.

And, in case you didn’t know – Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The interview will air on Monday, November 14th at 10pm on ABC. Don’t forget to set your DVR’s!

What else is going on?


Thursday Open Thread

Happy Thursday, everyone!

On my mind this morning: President Obama’s stirring, heartfelt, pitch-perfect speech at last night’s memorial service in Tucson.

He is a masterful speaker, of course, but he really rose to the occasion at the most delicate of moments.

Here is the excerpt that hit home with me:

“We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved – and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

And here is the passage that made me weep:

“That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions – that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed – they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. We may not have known them personally, but we surely see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis – she’s our mom or grandma; Gabe our brother or son. In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law. In Gabby, we see a reflection of our public spiritedness, that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.

And in Christina…in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

So deserving of our love.”

What did you think of the speech? What happens next? I am praying that this was a watershed moment in the ugly political atmosphere that we’re currently embroiled in. I am hoping that the silent, reasonable majority will finally sit up, take notice and see the difference between good and reasonable leaders, and those who are self-serving at best, and ignorant and vindictive at worst.

This is an open thread, so chat away!