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1859 Medical Advice from BEADLE'S DIME RECIPE BOOK



Oil of Vitriol, Aqua Fortis, Spirit of Salt.—Magnesia, Chalk, Soap and Water.

Emetic Tartar.—Oily Drinks, Solution of Oak Bark.

Salt of Lemons or Acid of Sugar.—Chalk, Whiting, Lime, or Magnesia and Water. Sometimes an Emetic Draught.

Prussic Acid.—Pump on back, Smelling-Salts to nose, Artificial Breathing, Chloride of Lime to nose.

Pearlash, Soap-Lees, Smelling-Salts, Nitre, Hartshorn, Sal Volatile.—Lemon-Juice, and Vinegar and Water.

Arsenic, Fly Powder, or White Arsenic, King's Yellow, or Yellow Arsenic.—Emetics, Lime-Water, Soap and Water, Sugar and Water, Oily Drinks.

Mercury, Corrosive Sublimate, Calomel.—Whites of Eggs, Soap and Water.

Opium, Laudanum.—Emetic Draught, Vinegar and Water, Dashing Cold Water on chest and face, walking up and down for two or three hours.

Lead, White Lead, Sugar of Lead, Goulard's Extract.—Epsom Salts, Castor Oil, Emetics.

Copper, Blue-Stone, Verdigris.—Whites of eggs, Sugar and Water, Castor Oil, Gruel.

Zinc.—Lime-Water, Chalk and Water, Soap and Water.

Iron.—Magnesia, Warm Water.

Henbane, Hemlock, Nightshade, Foxglove.—Emetics and Castor Oil, Brandy and Water, if necessary.

Poisonous Food.—Emetics and Castor Oil.


Never venture into a sick room in a violent perspiration (if circumstances require a continuance there for any time), for the moment the body becomes cold, it is in a state likely to absorb the infection, and receive the disease. Nor visit a sick person (especially if the complaint be of a contagious nature), with an empty stomach; as this disposes the system more readily to receive the infection. In attending a sick person, stand where the air passes from the door or window to the bed of the diseased, not betwixt the diseased person and any fire that is in the room, as the heat of the fire will draw the infectious vapor in that direction, and much danger would arise from breathing in it.


If a person swallow any poison whatever, or has fallen into convulsions from having overloaded the stomach, an instantaneous remedy, more efficient and applicable in a large number of cases than any half-a-dozen medicines that we can now think of, is a teaspoonful of common salt and as much ground mustard, stirred rapidly in a teacup of water, warm or cold, and swallowed instantly. It is scarcely down before it begins to come up, bringing with it the remaining contents of the stomach; and lest there be any remnant of poison, however small, let the white of an egg, or a teacupful of strong coffee, be swallowed as soon as the stomach is quiet; because these very common articles nullify a larger number of virulent poisons than any medicines in the shops. In cases of scalding or burning the body, immersing the part in cold water gives entire relief as instantaneously as lightning. Meanwhile get some common dry flour, and apply it an inch or two thick on the injured part the moment it emerges from the water, and keep on sprinkling the flour through anything like a pepper-box cover, so as to put it on evenly. Do nothing else, drink nothing but water, eat nothing until improvement commences, except some dry bread softened in very weak tea of some kind. Cures of frightful burnings have been performed in this way, as wonderful as they are painless. Dr. Hall saved the life of an infant which had been inadvertently drugged with laudanum, and which was fast sinking into the sleep which has no awaking, by giving it strong coffee, cleared with the white of an egg, a teaspoonful every five minutes until it ceased to seem drowsy.


Make a poultice of wormwood, boiled in sweet milk, and apply it to the throat. I have known this to give relief in its worst form in eight hours.


Those subject to sore throats, &c., should bathe the neck with cold water in the morning, and use the flesh-brush at night, which will be found to relieve them very soon.


Take honey in the comb, squeeze it out, and dilute with a little water; wet the lips and mouth occasionally with it. It has never been known to fail in cases where children had throats so swollen as to be unable to swallow. It is certainly a simple remedy, and may be a very efficacious one.


Take one table-spoonful of molasses, two teaspoonfuls of castor-oil, one teaspoonful of camphor, and one teaspoonful of paregoric; take half a teaspoonful frequently. This is of great service when children have symptoms of croup.


Take one teacupful of molasses; add two table-spoonfuls of vinegar; simmer this over the fire; then, when taken off, add three teaspoonfuls of paregoric, and as much refined nitre as can be put upon the point of a small breakfast knife. Of this mixture, take two or three teaspoonfuls on going to bed, and one or two during the day when you have a disposition to cough.


Take beeswax, Burgundy pitch, and rosin, each an ounce; melt them together, and then stir in three-quarters of an ounce of common turpentine, and half an ounce of oil of mace. Spread it on a piece of sheep's leather, grate some nutmeg over the whole plaster, and apply it quite warm.


Roast twelve or more fine turnips in an apple roaster, press the juice from them, and add sugar candy to your taste. Take a teacupful at night and in the morning.


It is not generally known that castor oil may be most easily taken mingled with orange juice, a little sugar being added if the juice of the orange is not sweet. The difference between this and any other mode of taking this valuable medicine is surprising.


Boil bread in lees of strong beer; apply the poultice in the general manner. This has saved many a limb from amputation.


For frosted feet, deer's marrow will be found excellent. For chilblains, tincture of iodine; also muriatic acid, frequently applied, will relieve them.


Take chrome yellow and hog's lard, and make it into an ointment, and apply to the injured parts, warming the same into the skin.


Rub the feet, at going to bed, with spirits mixed with tallow dropped from a lighted candle into the palm of the hand.


1.  For a bruise, &c.—Bathe the part well with warm water, and afterwards apply treacle spread on paper or linen, as most convenient; it soon heals, and no mark will be left. Treacle, if applied also in the early stages of a quinsy or sore throat, will speedily effect a cure.

2.  For the sting of a wasp or bee—Take about a wineglassful of vinegar, put a little common soda into it, and bathe the parts affected. It gives almost immediate ease, and no pain or swelling will afterward be felt.


Bind on the place a thick plaster of common salt or saleratus moistened—it will soon extract the venom.


Take one pint of train oil, half a pound of stone pitch, half a pound of resin, half a pound of beeswax, and half a pound of stale tallow, or in like proportion. Boil them together for about half an hour, skim off the scum, and pour the liquid into cups, and when cold, it will be ready for use. When needed, it must be spread as thick, but not thicker than blister salve, upon a piece of coarse flaxen cloth. Apply it to the part sprained or bruised, and let it remain for a day or more; it will give almost immediate relief, and one or two plasters will be sufficient for a perfect cure.


Wash the ankle frequently with cold salt and water, which is far better than warm vinegar or decoctions of herbs. Keep your foot as cold as possible to prevent inflammation, and set with it elevated on a cushion. Live on very low diet, and take every day some cooling medicine. By obeying these directions only, a sprained ankle has been cured in a few days.


In the Paris hospitals a treatment is practiced that is found most successful for a frequent accident, and which can be applied by the most inexperienced. If the ankle is sprained, for instance, let the operator hold the foot in his hands, with the thumbs meeting on the swollen part. These having been previously greased, are pressed successively with increasing force on the injured and painful spot for about a quarter of an hour. This application being repeated several times, will, in the course of the day, enable a patient to walk, when other means would have failed to relieve him. 


Wintergreen (fresh) leaves put into sweet cream; let it stand, when it is warm, until the little drops of oil arise. This oil, put into the affected eye two or three times a day, has been known to effect a cure.


Place your forefinger upon the cheekbone, having the patient before you; then draw up the finger, and you will probably be able to remove the dirt; but, if this will not enable you to get at it, repeat this operation while you have a netting-needle or bodkin placed over the eyelid; this will turn it inside out, and enable you to remove the sand or eyelash, &c., with the corner of a fine silk handkerchief. As soon as the substance is removed, bathe the eye with cold water, and exclude the light for a day. If the inflammation is severe, take a purgative, and use a refrigerant lotion.


Syringe it well with warm vinegar and water (one ounce to eight ounces of water); take a purgative, and exclude light.


Let the person, under this distressing circumstance, lay his head upon a table, the side upwards that is afflicted; at the same time, let some friend carefully drop into the ear a little sweet oil, or oil of almonds. A drop or two will be sufficient, which will instantly destroy the insect and remove the pain, however violent.


Raise the head; unloose all tight clothes, strings, &c.; apply cold lotions to the head, which should be shaved; apply leeches to the temples, and send for a surgeon.


Remove to the fresh air; dash cold vinegar and water in the face, neck, and breast; keep up the warmth of the body; if necessary, apply mustard poultices to the soles of the feet, and try artificial respiration, as in drowning.


Roll up a piece of paper and press it up under the upper lip.


In obstinate cases, blow a little gum Arabic powder up the nostrils through a quill, which will immediately stop the discharge. Powdered Alum is also good.


Persons are frequently in danger of suffocation from fish bones, pins, &c., which stick in the throat. The moment an accident of this kind occurs, desire the patient to be perfectly still; open his mouth, and look into it. If you see the obstruction endeavor to seize it with your finger and thumb, or a long, slender pair of pincers. If it cannot be got up, and is not of a nature to do any injury in the stomach, push it down with the handle of a spoon, or a flexible, round piece of whalebone, the end of which is neatly covered with a roll of linen, or anything that may be at hand. If you can neither get it up nor down, place six grains of tartar emetic in the patient's mouth. As it dissolves, it will make him excessively sick, and in consequence of the relaxation, the bone, or whatever it may be, will descend into the stomach, or be ejected from the mouth. If a pin, button, or other metallic or pointed body has been swallowed, or pushed into the stomach, make the patient eat plentifully of thick rice pudding, and endeavor to prevent him from going to stool for at least twelve hours.


To be applied as any other lotion: Opodeldoc, spirits of wine, sal ammoniac, equal parts.


Sprinkle sugar on them. The Turks wash fresh wounds with wine, and sprinkle sugar on them. Obstinate ulcers may be cured with sugar dissolved in a strong decoction of walnut leaves.


Wet them with tobacco juice, and rub them with chalk. Another: Rub them with fresh beef every day until they begin to disappear. This last is simple and effectual. 


Take half an ounce of verdigris, two ounces of bees-wax, two ounces of ammonia; melt the two last ingredients together, and just before they are cold, add the verdigris. Spread it on small pieces of linen, and apply it, after paring the corn. This has cured inveterate corns.


When you fear a felon is coming, put a pint tin of boiling water on the stove; then add to that a teaspoonful of saleratus and a wineglass of vinegar; heat this every little while, say from half an hour to an hour, and hold your finger in it till the pain subsides; repeat this till you see all the matter drawn to one place; then have it opened and your finger will heal. A doctor ought to open it if possible, as the skin is always thickened over a felon. I have cured them in twenty-four hours with this.


Take a pint of common soft soap, and stir it in air-slacked lime till it is of the consistency of glazier's putty. Make a leather thimble, fill it with this composition, and insert the finger therein, and change the composition once in twenty minutes, and a cure is certain.


Make a bag the size required, of book muslin; and, after mixing equal quantities of mustard and linseed meal (or a larger proportion of the former, should the case require it) in a basin, with boiling water of a proper consistency, fill the bag; and, sewing it up, apply it to the part affected, covering it with a handkerchief, or piece of linen. The patient will find this a very clean and comfortable plan. After it has been kept on as long as desired, it only remains to remove it, and lay on a piece of old cambric handkerchief, no rubbing nor washing being required. The poultice is perfectly efficacious; and all that is necessary afterward is, to dust it with hair-powder for a day or two.


A little horse-radish scraped, and laid on the wrist of the side affected, will, in many cases, give speedy relief. A better way is to place a little scraped horse-radish in the mouth, or the tooth, and just around the gum. It relieves rheumatic pains in the gums and face also. The mouth may afterward be rinsed with a little camphorated water, lukewarm.


Prepared chalk, to be found always at druggists, is an excellent remedy for this complaint, and all the unpleasant headaches and sickness to which it gives rise. This is one form of dyspepsia, and is sometimes relieved by the use of this simple remedy.


Lay on the orifice, lint; if that is not sufficient, put on flour and then lint.


Take four ounces of castor oil, two tablespoonfuls of pulverized gum-arabic; two teaspoonfuls of pulverized gum-kino; one teaspoonful of laudanum; mix with one pint of warm water, shake well, and take a table-spoonful three times a day. I have never known this to fail in the most severe cases.


Take equal parts of syrup of rhubarb, paregoric, and spirits of camphor; mix together. Dose for an adult, one teaspoonful. If necessary, it may be repeated in two or three hours.


Take a chicken just killed, if possible; boil it in two or three quarts of water and let the patient drink freely of the broth, either with or without salt. It should be boiled several hours.


Take some butter off the churn, immediately after being churned, just as it is, without being salted or washed; clarify it over the fire like honey. Skim off all the milky particles when melted over a clear fire. Let the patient (if an adult) take two table-spoonfuls of the clarified remainder, twice or thrice within the day. This has never failed to effect a cure, and in many cases it has been almost instantaneous. 


The first, the most important, and the most indispensable item in the arrest and cure of looseness of the bowels, is absolute quietude on a bed. Nature herself always prompts this by disinclining us to locomotion. The next thing is to eat nothing but common rice parched like coffee, and then boiled, and taken with a little salt and butter. Drink little or no liquid of any kind. Bits of ice may be eaten and swallowed at will. Every step taken in diarrhea, every spoonful of liquid, only aggravates the disease. If locomotion is compulsory, the misfortune of the necessity may be lessened by having a stout piece of woolen flannel bound tightly around the abdomen, so as to be doubled in front, and kept well in its place. In the practice of many years we have never failed to notice a gratifying result to follow these observances.


This is a very troublesome, and sometimes dangerous thing, for I know an instance of toes having to be amputated in consequence. But the cure is very simple. Take a sharp-pointed knife, and cut a little furrow all along the top of the nail lengthwise. As it fills up, scrape it out again. This will cause the nail to contract at the top, and so loosen its hold from the flesh. Persevere until the difficulty is entirely overcome.


Never sit or lie down in a current of air, or remove any of the clothing after ceasing from active exercise. Instead of lightening the dress, it should be increased under these circumstances, by throwing on a cloak, cape, or shawl, even in summer. Attention to this simple rule would save many lives annually, for the most dangerous and fatal forms of disease are caused by cooling off too rapidly.


A correspondent of the Providence Journal recommends asparagus as a cure for hydrophobia in any stage of canine madness. The directions are: Eat the green shoots of asparagus raw, sleep and perspiration will be induced, and the disease can thus be cured. This remedy proved effectual to a man in Greece after the paroxysms had commenced.


Take yellow-dock root; cut in small pieces, and simmer them in vinegar, and, when the strength is extracted, strain off the vinegar, which apply to the part affected at least three times a day. At the same time, it is well to drink a tea made of the same root; or take some of the extract of yellow-dock root, which can be found at any drug store. This is infallible.


Take a quantity of red-oak bark, burn it to ashes; to this add water; boil to the consistence of molasses; apply it freely to the part affected; leave on for an hour; afterward cover the plaster with tar; remove in a few days, and if protuberances appear in the wound, apply the plaster and tar, alternately, until they all disappear; after which apply any healing salve. This remedy effected a cure in the case of a gentleman in Missouri. The cancer was on his nose, and after being treated by the ablest surgeons, and suffering painful operations with the knife, cautery, and otherwise, was speedily cured with the above preparation.


Dissolve half an ounce of opium, one dram of oil of sassafras, in two ounces of spirits of wine. Mix four pounds of treacle with one gallon of boiling water, and when cold, mix together. This is the celebrated cordial so much used for children. 


Wine of colchicum, one ounce; spirit of nitrous ether, one ounce; iodine of potassium, two scruples; distilled water, two ounces. Mix. A teaspoonful in chamomile tea two or three times a day.


Take two ounces of sarsaparilla root, sliced, and bruise it, then one ounce of guiacum wood; boil over a slow fire in three quarts of water till reduced to one; shortly before removing it from the saucepan, add half an ounce of sassafras wood and three drams of liquorice; afterward strain it. This is used after mercurial treatment, and to restore the stomach. It may also be taken in rheumatism and cutaneous disorders arising from impurity of the blood and juices. It may be taken from a pint and a half to two quarts per day.


Take of rue, sage, mint, rosemary, wormwood, and lavender, a large handful of each; infuse in one gallon of vinegar, in a stone jar closely covered, and keep warm by the fire for four days; then strain, and add one ounce of camphor, pounded; bottle, and keep well corked. There is a legend connected with this preparation (called in French Vinaigre a quatre Voleurs), that during the plague at Marseilles certain robbers plundered the infected houses with impunity, and being apprehended and condemned to death, were pardoned on condition of disclosing the secret of their preventive, as above. The mode of using is to wash the face and hands with it previous to exposure to any infection. It is very aromatic and refreshing in a sick-room, if nothing more.


The Repertoire de Pharmacie gives the following simple remedy for the asthma: Take a strongly saturated solution of nitrate of potassa; dip tinder into it, and then allow it to dry. Procure a wide-mouth vial, the cork of which has an aperture in the center, so as to admit any hollow tube whatever—a pipe closed at the end, for example. Light the piece of tinder and place it in the vial. Then cause the patient to inhale the gases that are disengaged, either through the mouth or nostrils. At the end of a few respirations he will find relief which will augment. In regard to an explanation of this mode of treatment, it is supposed that a small portion of oxygen, disengaged by the combustion of the nitrate of potassa, is inhaled by the patient. It is known that in asthmatic patients the sanguinous circulation is incomplete in the lungs, that the blood is imperfectly regenerated, that it is black, and does not burn its excess of carbon. By the oxygen absorbed, therefore, combustion may be facilitated. 


Take a sufficient quantity of ripe blackberries. Put them into a sieve placed over a large, broad pan, and with a clean potato-masher, or something of the sort, press out all the juice. Or having bruised them first, put the blackberries into a linen bag, and squeeze out all the juice into a vessel placed beneath. Measure it, and to every quart of the strained juice allow half a pound powdered loaf sugar, a heapened teaspoonful of powdered cinnamon, the same of powdered cloves, and a powdered nutmeg. Mix the spices with the juice and sugar, and boil all together in a porcelain kettle, skimming it well. When cold, stir into the above quantity half a pint of fourth-proof brandy. Then bottle it for use. This is a good family medicine, and is beneficial in complaints incident to warm weather. It should be administered at proper times (at proper intervals), from a teaspoonful to a wineglassful, according to the age of the patient.


Keep always on the shelf of the washing-stand, or on the mantel-piece or table, or in a corner of the floor, a saucer or small bread-pan, or a shallow mug filled with a solution of chloride of lime in cold water, stirring it up frequently. The proportion may be about a table-spoonful of the powder to half a pint of water. Renew it every two or three days. If the room be large, place in it more than one vessel of the chloride of lime. On stirring it, any unpleasant odor with be immediately dispelled. On going to sea, it is well to take with you one or more quart bottles of this solution, to sprinkle occasionally about your state-room.


The onion is a superior disinfectant. Two or three good-sized ones, cut in halves, and placed on a plate on the floor, absorb the noxious effluvia, etc., which are generated in the sick-room, in an incredibly short space of time. They should be changed every few (say six) hours.


A friend tells of a skunk being captured in a house by a dog, with the usual results of disgust to the victors. The terrible scent was neutralized by burning tar upon live coals of fire by which the air was purified as if by magic. If this kind of fumigation is a sure specific, it deserves to be known and put upon record.


A positive preventive and remedy for this disease is said to be the simple application of beef's gall to the wound. Besides its antispasmodic properties, the gall draws from the wound any particles of wood, glass, iron, or other substances that may cause irritation, when other applications may fail.


Common mullein leaves, smoked in a new pipe—one in which tobacco has never been used—is said to be a simple, innocent, and certain cure for bronchitis.


A friend who has been a sufferer from the disease of small-pox, informs us, that if, when the pustules begin to appear, they are anointed with sweet oil and lime-water, as these are generally prepared for applications to burns or water-scalds, it will operate to prevent or allay all irritation, and hinder the discoloration of the cuticle and the pitting, which are so often the accompaniment of this fearful disorder.


Cotton wool, wet with camphor, or paregoric and sweet oil, hot, and the ear bandaged, will give relief.


Bunions may be checked in their early development by binding the joint with adhesive plaster, and keeping it on as long as any uneasiness is felt. The bandaging should be perfect, and it might be well to extend it round the foot. An inflamed bunion should be poulticed, and larger shoes be worn. Iodine twelve grains, lard or spermaceti ointment half an ounce, make a capital ointment for bunions. It should be rubbed on gently twice or thrice a day. Enlarged joints should be rubbed thrice a day with common salad-oil, care being taken at the same time, not to strain or overtax the feet by too great or too frequent exercise. Slippers, and loose ones, should invariably be worn. Of shoes I may say the same thing; on no account have tight-fitting shoes, slippers, or boots.


As this dreadful disease is becoming more prevalent than formerly, and as the doctors have not discovered any method or medicine that will permanently cure it, we simply state that for some time past a member of our family has suffered most intensely from it, and could find no relief from any remedy applied, until we saw an article, which recommended the application of bruised horse-radish to the face, for toothache. As neuralgia and toothache are both nervous diseases, we thought the remedy for the one would be likely to cure the other, so we made the application of horse-radish, bruised and applied to the side of the body where the disease was seated; it gave almost instant relief to the severe attack of neuralgia. Since then we have applied it several times, and with the same gratifying results. The remedy is simple, cheap, and may be within the reach of every one.


A writer in the Ohio Cultivator says: "I placed a large tub full of water with plenty of ice in it, by the side of a large kettle full of water which was boiling very fast. I then rolled up my sleeves above my elbow, and thrust my arm into the kettle of boiling water up to my elbow, then immediately back into the tub of ice-water, letting it remain a few seconds, then into the boiling water again, repeating this process ten times in a minute, without injury or inconvenience, not even making my arm look red. From this experiment, I suggest the propriety of using cold-water baths immediately after being scalded. Cold water is always handier than hot water. The sooner cold water is applied after scalding, the surer will be the cure.


One of the operations generally intrusted to the nurse is the application of leeches. The part to which they are to be applied should be carefully and thoroughly washed with soap and warm water, then dried, and again just moistened with fresh milk. The leeches having been put into a wineglass or tumbler (according to their number), it should be quickly inverted, and pressed firmly on the skin, so as to prevent them from escaping under the edge of the glass.


In this loathsome disease, the apartment should be large, cool, and well-ventilated. The windows should be open day and night, and the linen changed daily. During the discharge of the pustules, change it twice a day. The patient should be taken into the open air often. Children and others, even if they have been vaccinated, should not visit the sick-room, though they need not leave the house. After the disease is over, the bed and bedding should be scoured, the room fumigated, and thoroughly cleansed.


If the apartment is large, airy, and clean, there is little danger from infection. The simple process spoken of in another part of this work, will prevent any bad effect from the disease. The sheets and body linen should be changed.


Care should be taken to prevent taking cold. Perspiration should be promoted by warm drinks. If there is costiveness, give a gentle laxative. Cover the swelling with cotton, and if painful, bathe it with volatile liniment, or Cheeseman's balsam.


Make a plaster of molasses and flour, or honey and flour, and apply it as often as they get dry. If very painful, make a soft poultice of bread and milk, moistened with volatile liniment and laudanum. This will ease pain, allay inflammation, and hasten a cure. Remedies for cleansing the blood should be freely used.


Pulverize loaf-sugar very fine, and apply it to the part affected. This is a new and easy remedy, and is said to remove it entirely without pain. It has been practiced in England for years.


The greatest care should be taken in the preparation of food for the sick. It should be just right, or the weakened and sensitive appetite will refuse it. If gruel is scorched in preparing, or whatever you attempt fails the first time to be as nice as it should be, throw it away and make more. Be scrupulously neat in serving it up. Use your prettiest dishes and finest napkins. Something depends upon looks; and the eye of a sick person may be unusually critical. Except in the preparation of light puddings, the process of baking is inadmissible for the sick. Roasting is better—a light roast potato is sometimes very acceptable. Meats should be delicately broiled, except when boiled for broths.


One ounce of isinglass, half an ounce gum-arabic, a pint of port wine; sweeten with sugar-candy or loaf-sugar, and then flavor with cinnamon, or a little nutmeg and lemon-peel. The cinnamon may be boiled in a quarter of a pint of water for an hour; strain, and add the isinglass with another quarter of a pint of water; strain when it is dissolved, and add the other ingredients. Take a wineglassful the first thing in the morning, and the last at night, melted; or eat it cold, taking a piece the size of a nutmeg occasionally.


Take three ounces of isinglass, two ounces of candied Eringo root, and one ounce each of conserve of roses, pearl barley, and rice. Put them in two quarts of water, and simmer about five hours till reduced to less than a pint. Put a spoonful of it into tea or any other liquid food, or take it alone.


Take two ounces of fresh mutton suet shred fine, and a half dram of cinnamon, or some grated nutmeg, and boil in rather more than a pint of milk; when boiled, to be set by the fire till the scum rises, which should then be carefully taken off.  Half a teacupful may be given warm or cold, as the patient prefers, three or four times a day. It should be continued till the complaint is quite cured.


This is made by cutting up the chicken, or the lean of veal or beef, and putting in two spoonfuls of washed rice, and boiling until tender. It may be used, if needed in haste, after boiling in less water about 15 minutes, then filling it up and finishing. It should be put by in a bowl or pitcher covered, to keep for use. Warm it, and add crumbs of Boston crackers or bread a day or two old, with a little salt, and there is nothing more palatable for the sick.


Take a thin slice of stale bread, toast it brown on both sides slowly and equally. Lay it in a bowl, and pour on boiling water, and cover with a saucer to cool.


Cut up the whole of a lemon, rind and all, add one teacupful of white sugar, and pour on boiling water. This is good for colds, and is a pleasant drink for the sick.


Having picked and washed a quarter of a pound of rice, mix it with half a pound of loaf sugar, and just sufficient water to cover it. Boil it till it becomes a glutinous mass; then strain it; season it with whatever may be thought proper; and let it stand to cool.


Measure a quart of boiling water, and set it away to get cold. Take one-third of an ordinary baker's loaf, slice it, pare off the crust, and toast the bread nicely to a light brown. Then put it into boiling water, set it on hot coals in a covered pan, and boil it gently, till you find, by putting some into a spoon to cool, that the liquid has become a jelly. Strain it through a thin cloth, and set it away for use. When it is to be taken, warm a teacupful, sweeten it with sugar, and add a little grated lemon-peel.


Boil two feet in three quarts of water until the water is half gone. Take off all the fat, season with a little salt, and, if suitable, a spoonful of white or port wine to a teacupful. This is nourishing and strengthening for an invalid. If a richer broth may be used, boil with the feet two ounces of veal or beef, a slice of bread, a blade or two of mace.


Having pared off the crust, boil some slices of bread in a quart of water for about five minutes. Then take out the bread, and beat it smooth in a deep dish mixing in a little of the water it has boiled in; and mix it with a bit of fresh butter, and sugar, and nutmeg to your taste.


Take one pound of lean fresh beef cut thin, put it in a jar or wide-mouthed bottle, add a little salt, place it in a kettle of boiling water to remain one hour, then strain it, and there will be a gill of pure nourishing liquid. Begin with a teaspoonful and increase as the stomach will bear. This has been retained on the stomach when nothing else could be, and has raised the patient when other means have failed.


Take half a pint of new milk, put it on the fire and the moment it boils, pour in that instant two glasses of wine and a teaspoonful of powdered sugar previously mixed. The curd will soon form, and after it is boiled, set it aside until the curd settles. Pour the whey off and add a pint of boiling water, and loaf-sugar to sweeten to the taste. This may be drunk in typhus and other fevers, debility, etc.


Mix two table-spoonfuls of Indian or oat meal with three of water. Have ready a pint and a half of boiling water in a saucepan or skillet, perfectly clean; pour this by degrees into the mixture in the bowl; then return it back into the skillet, and place it on the fire to boil. Stir it, and let it boil nearly half an hour. Skim it, and season it with a little salt. If it is admissible, a little sugar and nutmeg renders it more palatable. Also, if milk is not forbidden, a small teacupful added to a pint of gruel, and boiled up once, makes a nice dish for an invalid.


This is made nearly in the same way as gruel, only using half flour, and half meal, and half milk, instead of water. It should be cooked before the milk is added, and only boiled up once afterward.


Take one spoonful of rice, a pint and a half of water, a stick of cinnamon or lemon-peel, boil it soft, and add a pint of new milk; strain it, and season with a little salt. If you make it of rice flour, mix one spoonful with a little cold water smoothly, and stir it into a quart of boiling water. Let it boil five or six minutes, stirring it constantly. Season it with salt, nutmeg, and sugar, and if admissible, a little butter. If the patient bears stimulants, a little wine may be added.


Take a quarter of an ounce of senna and manna (as obtained from the druggists), and pour on it a pint of boiling water. Cover it, set it by the fire, and let it infuse for an hour. If the vessel in which you prepare it has a spout, stop up the spout with a roll or wad of soft paper. This should also be done in making herb teas or other decoctions, as a portion of the strength evaporates at the spout. When the senna and manna have thus been an hour by the fire, strain it into a skillet or saucepan (one lined with porcelain will be best), and stir in a large wineglass or small teacup of West India molasses. Add about half a pound or more of the best prunes, putting in sufficient to absorb the liquid while stewing. Then cover the vessel tightly, and let the whole stand for an hour, or till all the stones of the prunes are loose. If stewed too long, the prunes will taste weak and insipid. When done, put it into a dish to cool, and pick out all the stones. This will be found an excellent and agreeable cathartic medicine, as there will be no perceptible taste of the senna or manna. It may be given to children at their supper.

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Friday, May 29, 2020


I'm never mowing the lawn again, but let me begin with water births. Our last four kids were born at home, underwater. And for the last two, we bought a Rubbermaid stock tank for the birth tub, which has been upside-down in our front yard for years now. For some reason, black widows like living in it. If ever I want a black widow, I could go out and tip the birth tub onto its side and catch one. Finally I got to where I decided it's probably not a good idea to have black widows in our yard, so one day, armed with rubber bands, I went out and flipped the birth tub upright and shot the widows dead.

Last Tuesday we had our septic tank pumped out, and since the birth tub had been upside-down on top of it, I flipped the tub over, killed another black widow that had spun a big web inside of it, and dragged the tub a few feet away so the man could get to the septic tank. Then it rained the next couple days and the rain water filled the bottom of the birth tub. So I tipped it onto its side to dump out most of the water, but not all. So it was still on its side with some raunchy water in it today when I mowed the front lawn.

I'm 71, and mowing the lawn is taking more and more of a toll on me. By the time I was done pushing the mower, I was feeling pretty tired, and now and then would hang onto the mower to keep my balance. I noticed shadows moving around the lawn, and finally looked up to see several black vultures circling overhead! Not encouraging.

Finally I was done (with that section; our yard has three), and was pushing the mower up the hill to put it away for the time being. I stopped when passing the birth tub, with the intention of once again tipping it upside-down over the septic tank, and I don't even know how it happened. I fell. And like an old man, I couldn't catch myself, and my face went right into the tub and into the brown water, and banged against the hard plastic. It was like getting punched in the nose. My glasses came off and were lying in the water, bent. My lip began to swell, but fortunately my mustache hides it. My first thought was for my glasses, but my second thought was black widows! I had fallen right through the spider web and was now sniffing in and spitting out water full of who-knows-what, along with old venom from smashed black widows.

I was sore and drenched and stumbled to a lawn chair to sit a while. No more lawn mowing for me. Heck, vultures circle me!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020


Day 1 Genesis 1-2
Day 2 Genesis 3-4
Day 3 Genesis 5-6
Day 4 Genesis 7-8
Day 5 Genesis 9-11
Day 6 Job 1-2
Day 7 Job 3-4
Day 8 Job 5-6
Day 9 Job 7-8
Day 10 Job 9-10
Day 11 Job 11-12
Day 12 Job 13-14
Day 13 Job 15-16
Day 14 Job 17-18
Day 15 Job 19-20
Day 16 Job 21-22
Day 17 Job 23-24
Day 18 Job 25-26
Day 19 Job 27-28
Day 20 Job 29-30
Day 21 Job 31-32
Day 22 Job 33-34
Day 23 Job 35-36
Day 24 Job 37-38
Day 25 Job 39-40
Day 26 Job 41-42
Day 27 Genesis 12-13
Day 28 Genesis 14-15
Day 29 Genesis 16-17
Day 30 Genesis 18-19
Day 31 Genesis 20-21
Day 32 Genesis 22-23
Day 33 Genesis 24-25
Day 34 Genesis 26-27
Day 35 Genesis 28-29
Day 36 Genesis 30-31
Day 37 Genesis 32-33
Day 38 Genesis 34-35
Day 39 Genesis 36-37
Day 40 Genesis 38-39
Day 41 Genesis 40-41
Day 42 Genesis 42-43
Day 43 Genesis 44-45
Day 44 Genesis 46-47
Day 45 Genesis 48-50
Day 46 Exodus 1-2
Day 47 Exodus 3-4
Day 48 Exodus 5-6
Day 49 Exodus 7-8
Day 50 Exodus 9-10
Day 51 Exodus 11-12
Day 52 Exodus 13-14
Day 53 Exodus 15-16
Day 54 Exodus 17-18
Day 55 Exodus 19-20
Day 56 Exodus 21-22
Day 57 Exodus 23-24
Day 58 Exodus 25-26
Day 59 Exodus 27-28
Day 60 Exodus 29-30
Day 61 Exodus 31-32
Day 62 Exodus 33-34
Day 63 Exodus 35-36
Day 64 Exodus 37-38
Day 65 Exodus 39-40
Day 66 Leviticus 1-2
Day 67 Leviticus 3-4
Day 68 Leviticus 5-6
Day 69 Leviticus 7-8
Day 70 Leviticus 9-10
Day 71 Leviticus 11-12
Day 72 Leviticus 13-14
Day 73 Leviticus 15-16
Day 74 Leviticus 17-18
Day 75 Leviticus 19-20
Day 76 Leviticus 21-22
Day 77 Leviticus 23-24
Day 78 Leviticus 25-27
Day 79 Numbers 1-2
Day 80 Numbers 3-4
Day 81 Numbers 5-6
Day 82 Numbers 7-8
Day 83 Numbers 9-10
Day 84 Numbers 11-12
Day 85 Numbers 13-14
Day 86 Numbers 15, Ps 90
Day 87 Numbers 16-17
Day 88 Numbers 18-19
Day 89 Numbers 20-21
Day 90 Numbers 22-23
Day 91 Numbers 24-25
Day 92 Numbers 26-27
Day 93 Numbers 28-29
Day 94 Numbers 30-31
Day 95 Numbers 32-33
Day 96 Numbers 34-36
Day 97 Deuteronomy 1-2
Day 98 Deuteronomy 3-4
Day 99 Deuteronomy 5-6
Day 100 Deuteronomy 7-8
Day 101 Deuteronomy 9-10
Day 102 Deuteronomy 11-12
Day 103 Deuteronomy 13-14
Day 104 Deuteronomy 15-16
Day 105 Deuteronomy 17-18
Day 106 Deuteronomy 19-20
Day 107 Deuteronomy 21-22
Day 108 Deuteronomy 23-24
Day 109 Deuteronomy 25-26
Day 110 Deuteronomy 27-28
Day 111 Deuteronomy 29-30
Day 112 Deuteronomy 31-32
Day 113 Deuteronomy 33-34
Day 114 Psalms 91, Joshua 1-2
Day 115 Joshua 3-4
Day 116 Joshua 5-6
Day 117 Joshua 7-8
Day 118 Joshua 9-10
Day 119 Joshua 11-12
Day 120 Joshua 13-14
Day 121 Joshua 15-16
Day 122 Joshua 17-18
Day 123 Joshua 19-20
Day 124 Joshua 21-22
Day 125 Joshua 23-24
Day 126 Judges 1-2
Day 127 Judges 3-4
Day 128 Judges 5-6
Day 129 Judges 7-8
Day 130 Judges 9-10
Day 131 Judges 11-12
Day 132 Judges 13-14
Day 133 Judges 15-16
Day 134 Judges 17-18
Day 135 Judges 19-21
Day 136 Ruth 1-2
Day 137 Ruth 3-4
Day 138 I Samuel 1-2
Day 139 I Samuel 3-4
Day 140 I Samuel 5-6
Day 141 I Samuel 7-8
Day 142 I Samuel 9-10
Day 143 I Samuel 11-12
Day 144 I Samuel 13-14
Day 145 I Samuel 15-16
Day 146 I Samuel 17-18
Day 147 I Samuel 19-20
Day 148 Psalms 11, 59
Day 149 I Samuel 21-22
Day 150 I Samuel 23-24
Day 151 Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34
Day 152 Psalms 52, 56, 120
Day 153 Psalms 140-142
Day 154 I Samuel 25
Day 155 I Samuel 26-27
Day 156 Psalms 17, 35
Day 157 Psalms 54, 63
Day 158 I Samuel 28-29
Day 159 I Samuel 30-31
Day 160 Psalms 18, 121
Day 161 Psalms 123-125
Day 162 Psalms 128-130
Day 163 II Samuel 1-2
Day 164 II Samuel 3-4
Day 165 Psalms 6, 8
Day 166 Psalms 9-10
Day 167 Psalms 14, 16
Day 168 Psalms 19, 21
Day 169 I Chronicles 1-2
Day 170 Psalms 43-45
Day 171 Psalms 49, 84
Day 172 Psalms 85-87
Day 173 I Chronicles 3-4
Day 174 I Chronicles 5, Psalms 73
Day 175 Psalms 77-78, I Chronicles 6
Day 176 Psalms 81, 88
Day 177 Psalms 92-93
Day 178 I Chronicles 7-8
Day 179 I Chronicles 9-10
Day 180 Psalms 102-104
Day 181 II Samuel 5:1-10, I Chronicles 11
Day 182 I Chronicles 12, Psalms 133
Day 183 Psalms 107-107
Day 184 II Samuel 5:11-6:23
Day 185 I Chronicles 13-14
Day 186 I Chronicles 15-16
Day 187 Psalms 1-2, 15
Day 188 Psalms 22-24
Day 189 Psalms 47, 68, 89
Day 190 Psalms 96, 100-101
Day 191 Psalms 105, 132
Day 192 II Samuel 7, I Chronicles 17
Day 193 Psalms 25, 29, 33
Day 194 Psalms 36, 39
Day 195 II Samuel 8-9
Day 196 I Chronicles 18, Ps 50
Day 197 Psalms 53, 60, 75
Day 198 II Samuel 10, I Chronicles 19
Day 199 Psalms 20, 65
Day 200 Psalms 66-67
Day 201 II Samuel 11-12
Day 202 Psalms 51, 69-70
Day 203 I Chronicles 20, Psalms 32
Day 204 Psalms 51, 86, 122
Day 205 II Samuel 13-14
Day 206 II Samuel 15, Psalms 3-4
Day 207 Psalms 12-13
Day 208 Psalms 28, 55
Day 209 II Samuel 16-17
Day 210 II Samuel 18, Psalms 26
Day 211 Psalms 40, 58
Day 212 Psalms 61-62, 64
Day 213 II Samuel 19-20
Day 214 II Samuel 21, Psalms 5, 38
Day 215 Psalms 41-42
Day 216 II Samuel 22-23
Day 217 Psalms 57, 95
Day 218 Psalms 97-99
Day 219 II Samuel 24, I Chronicles 21
Day 220 I Chronicles 22, Psalms 30
Day 221 Psalms 108-110
Day 222 I Chronicles 23-24
Day 223 I Chronicles 25, Psalms 131
Day 224 Psalms 138-139
Day 225 Psalms 143-145
Day 226 I Chronicles 26-27
Day 227 I Chronicles 28-29
Day 228 Psalms 127, 111
Day 229 Psalms 112-113
Day 230 Psalms 114-115
Day 231 Psalms 116-118
Day 232 I Kings 1-2
Day 233 Psalms 37, 71, 94
Day 234 Psalms 119:1-88
Day 235 I Kings 3-4
Day 236 II Chronicles 1, Psalms 72
Day 237 Psalms 119:89-176
Day 238 Song of Solomon 1-2
Day 239 Song of Solomon 3-4
Day 240 Song of Solomon 5-6
Day 241 Song of Solomon 7-8
Day 242 Proverbs 1-2
Day 243 Proverbs 3-4
Day 244 Proverbs 5-6
Day 245 Proverbs 7-8
Day 246 Proverbs 9-10
Day 247 Proverbs 11-12
Day 248 Proverbs 13-14
Day 249 Proverbs 15-16
Day 250 Proverbs 17-18
Day 251 Proverbs 19-20
Day 252 Proverbs 21-22
Day 253 Proverbs 23-24
Day 254 I Kings 5-6
Day 255 II Chronicles 2-3
Day 256 I Kings 7-8
Day 257 II Chronicles 4-5
Day 258 II Chronicles 6-7
Day 259 Psalms 136, 134, 146
Day 260 Psalms 147-148
Day 261 Psalms 149-150
Day 262 I Kings 9, II Chronicles 8
Day 263 Proverbs 25-26
Day 264 Proverbs 27-29
Day 265 Ecclesiastes 1-2
Day 266 Ecclesiastes 3-4
Day 267 Ecclesiastes 5-6
Day 268 Ecclesiastes 7-8
Day 269 Ecclesiastes 9-10
Day 270 Ecclesiastes 11-12
Day 271 I Kings 10-11
Day 272 II Chronicles 9, Proverbs 30
Day 273 Proverbs 31, I Kings 12
Day 274 I Kings 13-14
Day 275 II Chronicles 10-11
Day 276 II Chronicles 12, I Kings 15
Day 277 I Kings 16, II Chronicles 13
Day 278 II Chronicles 14-15
Day 279 II Chronicles 16-17
Day 280 I King 17-18
Day 281 I King 19-20
Day 282 I King 21-22
Day 283 II Chronicles 18-19
Day 284 II Chronicles 20-21
Day 285 II Chronicles 22-23
Day 286 Obadiah
Day 287 Psalms 82-83
Day 288 II Kings 1-2
Day 289 II Kings 3-4
Day 290 II Kings 5-6
Day 291 II Kings 7-8
Day 292 II Kings 9-10
Day 293 II Kings 11-12
Day 294 II Kings 13, II Chronicles 24
Day 295 II Kings 14, II Chronicles 25
Day 296 Jonah
Day 297 II Kings 15, II Chronicles 26
Day 298 Isaiah 1-2
Day 299 Isaiah 3-4
Day 300 Isaiah 5-6
Day 301 Isaiah 7-8
Day 302 Amos 1-2
Day 303 Amos 3-4
Day 304 Amos 5-6
Day 305 Amos 7-8
Day 306 Amos 9, II Chronicles 27
Day 307 Isaiah 9-10
Day 308 Isaiah 11-12
Day 309 Micah 1-2
Day 310 Micah 3-4
Day 311 Micah 5-6
Day 312 Micah 7, II Chronicles 28
Day 313 II Kings 16-17
Day 314 Isaiah 13-14
Day 315 Isaiah 15-16
Day 316 Isaiah 17-18
Day 317 Isaiah 19-20
Day 318 Isaiah 21-22
Day 319 Isaiah 23-24
Day 320 Isaiah 25-26
Day 321 Isaiah 27, II Kings 18:1-8
Day 322 II Chronicles 29-30
Day 323 II Chronicles 31, Psalms 48
Day 324 Hosea 1-2
Day 325 Hosea 3-4
Day 326 Hosea 5-6
Day 327 Hosea 7-8
Day 328 Hosea 9-10
Day 329 Hosea 11-12
Day 330 Hosea 13-14
Day 331 Isaiah 28-29
Day 332 Isaiah 30-31
Day 333 Isaiah 32-33
Day 334 Isaiah 34-35
Day 335 Isaiah 35-36
Day 336 Isaiah 37-38
Day 337 Isaiah 39, Ps 76
Day 338 Isaiah 40-41
Day 339 Isaiah 42-43
Day 340 Isaiah 44-45
Day 341 Isaiah 46-47
Day 342 Isaiah 48, II Kings 18:9-19:37
Day 343 Psalms 46, 80, 135
Day 344 Isaiah 49-50
Day 345 Isaiah 51-52
Day 346 Isaiah 53-54
Day 347 Isaiah 55-56
Day 348 Isaiah 57-58
Day 349 Isaiah 59-60
Day 350 Isaiah 61-62
Day 351 Isaiah 63-64
Day 352 Isaiah 65-66
Day 353 II Kings 20-21
Day 354 II Chronicles 32-33
Day 355 Nahum
Day 356 II Kings 22-23
Day 357 II Chronicles 34-35
Day 358 Zephaniah
Day 359 Jeremiah 1-2
Day 360 Jeremiah 3-4
Day 361 Jeremiah 5-6
Day 362 Jeremiah 7-8
Day 363 Jeremiah 9-10
Day 364 Jeremiah 11-12
Day 365 Jeremiah 13-14
Day 366 Jeremiah 15-16
Day 367 Jeremiah 17-18
Day 368 Jeremiah 19-20
Day 369 Jeremiah 21-22
Day 370 Jeremiah 23-24
Day 371 Jeremiah 25-26
Day 372 Jeremiah 27-28
Day 373 Jeremiah 29-30
Day 374 Jeremiah 31-32
Day 375 Jeremiah 33-34
Day 376 Jeremiah 35-36
Day 377 Jeremiah 37-38
Day 378 Jeremiah 39-40
Day 379 Psalms 74, 79
Day 380 II Kings 24-25
Day 381 II Chronicles 36, Habakkuk 1
Day 382 Habakkuk 2-3
Day 383 Judith 1-2
Day 384 Judith 3-4
Day 385 Judith 5-6
Day 386 Judith 7-8
Day 387 Judith 9-10
Day 388 Judith 11-12
Day 389 Judith 13-14
Day 390 Judith 15-16
Day 391 Jeremiah 41-42
Day 392 Jeremiah 43-44
Day 393 Jeremiah 45-46
Day 394 Jeremiah 47-48
Day 395 Jeremiah 49-50
Day 396 Jeremiah 51-52
Day 397 Lamentations 1-2
Day 398 Lamentations 3-4
Day 399 Lamentations 5, Baruch 1
Day 400 Baruch 2-3
Day 401 Baruch 4-5
Day 402 Baruch 6, Ezekiel 1
Day 403 Ezekiel 2-3
Day 404 Ezekiel 4-5
Day 405 Ezekiel 6-7
Day 406 Ezekiel 8-9
Day 407 Ezekiel 10-11
Day 408 Ezekiel 12-13
Day 409 Ezekiel 14-15
Day 410 Ezekiel 16-17
Day 411 Ezekiel 18-19
Day 412 Ezekiel 20-21
Day 413 Ezekiel 22-23
Day 414 Ezekiel 24-25
Day 415 Ezekiel 26-27
Day 416 Ezekiel 28-29
Day 417 Ezekiel 30-31
Day 418 Ezekiel 32-33
Day 419 Ezekiel 34-35
Day 420 Ezekiel 36-37
Day 421 Ezekiel 38-39
Day 422 Ezekiel 40-41
Day 423 Ezekiel 42-43
Day 424 Ezekiel 44-45
Day 425 Ezekiel 46-47
Day 426 Ezekiel 48, Joel 1
Day 427 Joel 2-3
Day 428 Daniel 1-2
Day 429 Daniel 3-4
Day 430 Daniel 5-6
Day 431 Daniel 7-8
Day 432 Daniel 9-10
Day 433 Daniel 11-12
Day 434 Daniel 13-14
Day 435 Ezra 1-2
Day 436 Ezra 3-4
Day 437 Ezra 5-6
Day 438 Psalms 137, Haggai
Day 439 Zechariah 1-2
Day 440 Zechariah 3-4
Day 441 Zechariah 5-6
Day 442 Zechariah 7-8
Day 443 Zechariah 9-10
Day 444 Zechariah 11-12
Day 445 Zechariah 13-14
Day 446 Esther 1-2
Day 447 Esther 3-4
Day 448 Esther 5-6
Day 449 Esther 7-8
Day 450 Esther 9-10
Day 451 Esther 11-12
Day 452 Esther 13-14
Day 453 Esther 15-16
Day 454 Ezra 7-8
Day 455 Ezra 9-10
Day 456 Nehemiah 1-2
Day 457 Nehemiah 3-4
Day 458 Nehemiah 5-6
Day 459 Nehemiah 7-8
Day 460 Nehemiah 9-10
Day 461 Nehemiah 11-12
Day 462 Nehemiah 13, Psalms 126
Day 463 Tobit 1-2
Day 464 Tobit 3-4
Day 465 Tobit 5-6
Day 466 Tobit 7-8
Day 467 Tobit 9-10
Day 468 Tobit 11-12
Day 469 Tobit 13-14
Day 470 Malachi 1-2
Day 471 Malachi 3-4
Day 472 I Maccabees 1-2
Day 473 I Maccabees 3-4
Day 474 I Maccabees 5-6
Day 475 I Maccabees 7-8
Day 476 I Maccabees 9-10
Day 477 I Maccabees 11-12
Day 478 I Maccabees 13-14
Day 479 I Maccabees 15-16
Day 480 II Maccabees 1-2
Day 481 II Maccabees 3-4
Day 482 II Maccabees 5-6
Day 483 II Maccabees 7-8
Day 484 II Maccabees 9-10
Day 485 II Maccabees 11-12
Day 486 II Maccabees 13-14
Day 487 II Maccabees 15, Sirach 1
Day 488 Sirach 2-3
Day 489 Sirach 4-5
Day 490 Sirach 6-7
Day 491 Sirach 8-9
Day 492 Sirach 10-11
Day 493 Sirach 12-13
Day 494 Sirach 14-15
Day 495 Sirach 16-17
Day 496 Sirach 18-19
Day 497 Sirach 20-21
Day 498 Sirach 22-23
Day 499 Sirach 24-25
Day 500 Sirach 26-27
Day 501 Sirach 28-29
Day 502 Sirach 30-31
Day 503 Sirach 32-33
Day 504 Sirach 34-35
Day 505 Sirach 36-37
Day 506 Sirach 38-39
Day 507 Sirach 40-41
Day 508 Sirach 42-43
Day 509 Sirach 44-45
Day 510 Sirach 46-47
Day 511 Sirach 48-49
Day 512 Sirach 50-51
Day 513 Wisdom 1-2
Day 514 Wisdom 3-4
Day 515 Wisdom 5-6
Day 516 Wisdom 7-8
Day 517 Wisdom 9-10
Day 518 Wisdom 11-12
Day 519 Wisdom 13-14
Day 520 Wisdom 15-16
Day 521 Wisdom 17-19
Day 522 Luke 1
Day 523 John 1:1-14, Matthew 1
Day 524 Luke 2:1-38, Matthew 2
Day 525 Luke 2:39-52, Matthew 3
Day 526 Mark 1, Luke 3
Day 527 Matthew 4, Luke 4
Day 528 Luke 5, John 1:15-51
Day 529 John 2-3
Day 530 John 4, Mark 2
Day 531 John 5, Matthew 12:1-21
Day 532 Mark 3, Luke 6
Day 533 Matthew 5-6
Day 534 Matthew 7, 8:1-13
Day 535 Luke 7, Matthew 11
Day 536 Matthew 12:22-50, 13
Day 537 Luke 8, Matthew 8:14-34
Day 538 Mark 4-5
Day 539 Matthew 9-10
Day 540 Matthew 14, Mark 6
Day 541 Luke 9:1-17, John 6
Day 542 Matthew 15, Mark 7
Day 543 Matthew 16, Mark 8
Day 544 Luke 9:18-27, Matthew 17
Day 545 Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62
Day 546 Matthew 18, John 7
Day 547 John 8-9
Day 548 John 10:1-21, Luke 10
Day 549 Luke 11, John 10:22-42
Day 550 Luke 12-13
Day 551 Luke 14-15
Day 552 Luke 16-17:10
Day 553 John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14
Day 554 Matthew 19, Mark 10
Day 555 Matthew 20-21
Day 556 Luke 18:15-19:48
Day 557 Mark 11, John 12
Day 558 Matthew 22, Mark 12
Day 559 Matthew 23, Luke 20
Day 560 Luke 21, Mark 13
Day 561 Matthew 24-25
Day 562 Matthew 26, Mark 14
Day 563 Luke 22, John 13
Day 564 John 14-15
Day 565 John 16-17
Day 566 Matthew 27, Mark 15
Day 567 Luke 23, John 18
Day 568 John 19, Matthew 28
Day 569 Mark 16, Luke 24
Day 570 John 20-21
Day 571 Acts 1-2
Day 572 Acts 3-4
Day 573 Acts 5-6
Day 574 Acts 7-8
Day 575 Acts 9-10
Day 576 Acts 11-12
Day 577 Acts 13-14
Day 578 James 1-2
Day 579 James 3-4
Day 580 Acts 15-16
Day 581 Galatians 1-2
Day 582 Galatians 3-4
Day 583 Galatians 5-6
Day 584 Acts 17-18:18
Day 585 I Thessalonians 1-2
Day 586 I Thessalonians 3-4
Day 587 I Thessalonians 5, II Thessalonians 1
Day 588 II Thessalonians 2-3
Day 589 Acts 18:19-19:41
Day 590 I Corinthians 1-2
Day 591 I Corinthians 3-4
Day 592 I Corinthians 5-6
Day 593 I Corinthians 7-8
Day 594 I Corinthians 9-10
Day 595 I Corinthians 11-12
Day 596 I Corinthians 13-14
Day 597 I Corinthians 15-16
Day 598 II Corinthians 1-2
Day 599 II Corinthians 3-4
Day 600 II Corinthians 5-6
Day 601 II Corinthians 7-8
Day 602 II Corinthians 9-10
Day 603 II Corinthians 11-12
Day 604 II Corinthians 13, Acts 20:1-3
Day 605 Romans 1-2
Day 606 Romans 3-4
Day 607 Romans 5-6
Day 608 Romans 7-8
Day 609 Romans 9-10
Day 610 Romans 11-12
Day 611 Romans 13-14
Day 612 Romans 15-16
Day 613 Acts 20:4-Acts 21
Day 614 Acts 22-23
Day 615 Acts 24-25
Day 616 Acts 26-27
Day 617 Acts 28, Colossians 1
Day 618 Colossians 2-3
Day 619 Colossians 4, Philemon
Day 620 Ephesians 1-2
Day 621 Ephesians 3-4
Day 622 Ephesians 5-6
Day 623 Philippians 1-2
Day 624 Philippians 3-4
Day 625 I Timothy 1-2
Day 626 I Timothy 3-4
Day 627 I Timothy 5-6
Day 628 Titus
Day 629 I Peter 1-2
Day 630 I Peter 3-4
Day 631 I Peter 5, Hebrews 1
Day 632 Hebrews 2-3
Day 633 Hebrews 4-5
Day 634 Hebrews 6-7
Day 635 Hebrews 8-9
Day 636 Hebrews 10-11
Day 637 Hebrews 12-13
Day 638 II Timothy 1-2
Day 639 II Timothy 3-4
Day 640 II Peter 1-2
Day 641 II Peter 3, Jude
Day 642 I John 1-2
Day 643 I John 3-4
Day 644 I John 5, II John, III John
Day 645 Revelation 1-2
Day 646 Revelation 3-4
Day 647 Revelation 5-6
Day 648 Revelation 7-8
Day 649 Revelation 9-10
Day 650 Revelation 11-12
Day 651 Revelation 13-14
Day 652 Revelation 15-16
Day 653 Revelation 17-18
Day 654 Revelation 19-20
Day 655 Revelation 21-22

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Michael Robertson was my best friend in Bellingham, Washington. He and his wife Robin lived next to us in the Agate Bay Mobil Estates trailer park, and we were all such good friends that for a time we would freely walk into each other's trailer as if we lived together. We attended a weekly Bible study in town together, and Michael and I would regularly meet at lunchtime to play chess. He was a nice fellow, reminding me of a sort of dignified Dustin Hoffman.

I worked as a finance clerk in the Bellingham City Hall, and would share a break room with the police. Michael and I would play our lunch hour games either there or at a coffee house across the street. But when we'd be playing in the City Hall break room and the police would come in, I noticed Michael stiffen up. Eventually he intimated to me that his past wasn't squeaky clean, that he had spent time in prison, and that police made him nervous. Unfortunately this didn't curb his chess skills though. He usually won.

When a carnival came to town, Michael and I went to it and were passing through the section of booths where you pay for a chance to try your luck and win a prize. Carnies called to us as we went by, offering three balls for a dollar to knock down stacked bottles, or darts to pop balloons, etc. etc. with prizes such as giant stuffed animals or other great things that you can't do without. To my surprise, the always-sensible-Michael turned and walked up to one of the booths and paid his dollar for some rings to ring bottles with. I thought Michael was too smart to be a sucker, and stood there quietly upset. But to my astonishment, my friend had no trouble ringing the bottles, and he won a nice price! Of course the carny, although not happy about it, raved loudly about Michael's success in hopes of attracting more customers.

At the next booth, Michael let me hold his prize as he paid another dollar for balls to knock down three stacked bottles. And he did it! I had never seen it done before! His prizes were getting piled in my arms as Michael went from booth to booth, constantly winning! I was amazed and asked him how he did it. "I used to be a carny," he said.

We continued and I was impressed beyond words as he did nothing but win. Finally a big man stepped out in front of us at the end of a row of booths -- a man with a slight grin that didn't look sincere in his friendliness -- and quietly said to Michael, "We know who you are. You better get outa here."

And so we left, with my arms full of prizes, and my mind full of amazement and curiosity about my friend's not-so-squeaky-clean past. Michael died young, of cancer, leaving me with a great emptiness and a lot of unanswered questions, but with a profound appreciation for having been called his friend.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020


"Opportunity zones are helping Americans like Army veteran Tony Rankins from Cincinnati, Ohio. After struggling with drug addiction, Tony lost his job, his house and his family. He was homeless. But then Tony found a construction company that invests in opportunity zones. He is now a top tradesman, drug-free, reunited with his family, and he is here tonight. Tony, keep up the great work. Thank you, Tony."


"We are supporting the hopes of Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to restore democracy. The United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people. But Maduro’s grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken.

"Here this evening is a very brave man who carries with him the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of all Venezuelans. Joining us in the gallery is the true and legitimate president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. Mr. President, please take this message back to your homeland. Thank you, Mr. President. Great honor. Thank you very much.

"Please take this message back that all Americans are united with the Venezuelan people in their righteous struggle for freedom. Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you very much.

"Socialism destroys nations. But always remember: Freedom unifies the soul."


"In the gallery tonight, we have a young gentleman. And what he wants so badly — 13 years old — Iain Lanphier. He’s an eighth grader from Arizona. Iain, please stand up.

"Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, 'Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.'"


"But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all. Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain’s great-grandfather. Incredible story.

"After more than 130 combat missions in World War II, he came back home to a country still struggling for civil rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam. On Dec. 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you, sir."


"The next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students, 18 states have created school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list.

"One of those students is Janiyah Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia. Janiyah. Janiyah’s mom, Stephanie, is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year, that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children.

"Janiyah and Stephanie are in the gallery. Stephanie, thank you so much for being here with your beautiful daughter. Thank you very much.

"But, Janiyah, I have some good news for you, because I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it’s going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice.

"Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity Janiyah has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act — because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school."


"Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.

"And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I will now ask the first lady of the United States to present you with the honor. Please.

"Rush and Kathryn, congratulations. Thank you, Kathryn."


"As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive. Born at just 21 weeks and 6 days, and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today, Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the Gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.

"Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life. And thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive. It’s an incredible thing. Thank you very much.

"Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients.

"That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies. Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God."


"Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In sanctuary cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed.

"Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the sanctuary city of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman. The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would still be alive today.

"The state of California passed an outrageous law declaring their whole state to be a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants — a very terrible sanctuary — with catastrophic results.

"Here is just one tragic example. In December 2018, California police detained an illegal alien with five prior arrests, including convictions for robbery and assault. But as required by California’s Sanctuary Law, local authorities released him.

"Days later, the criminal alien went on a gruesome spree of deadly violence. He viciously shot one man going about his daily work. He approached a woman sitting in her car and shot her in the arm and in the chest. He walked into a convenience store and wildly fired his weapon. He hijacked a truck and smashed into vehicles, critically injuring innocent victims. One of the victims is — a terrible, terrible situation; died — 51-year-old American named Rocky Jones.

"Rocky was at a gas station when this vile criminal fired eight bullets at him from close range, murdering him in cold blood. Rocky left behind a devoted family, including his brothers, who loved him more than anything else in the world. One of his grieving brothers is here with us tonight. Jody, would you please stand? Jody, thank you. Jody, our hearts weep for your loss, and we will not rest until you have justice.

"Senator Thom Tillis has introduced legislation to allow Americans like Jody to sue sanctuary cities and states when a loved one is hurt or killed as a result of these deadly practices.

"I ask Congress to pass the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act immediately. The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens."


"Last year, I traveled to the border in Texas and met Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz. Over the last 24 months, Agent Ortiz and his team have seized more than 200,000 pounds of poisonous narcotics, arrested more than 3,000 human smugglers, and rescued more than 2,000 migrants. Days ago, Agent Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of Border Patrol, and he joins us tonight. Chief Ortiz, please stand. A grateful nation thanks you and all of the heroes of Border Patrol and ICE. Thank you very much. Thank you."


"Three years ago, the barbarians of ISIS held over 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the ISIS territorial caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed, and the founder and leader of ISIS — the bloodthirsty killer known as al-Baghdadi — is dead.

"We are joined this evening by Carl and Marsha Mueller. After graduating from college, their beautiful daughter Kayla became a humanitarian aid worker. She once wrote, 'Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love. I find God in suffering. I’ve known for some time what my life’s work is, using my hands as tools to relieve suffering.' In 2013, while caring for suffering civilians in Syria, Kayla was kidnapped, tortured, and enslaved by ISIS, and kept as a prisoner of al-Baghdadi himself. After more than 500 horrifying days of captivity, al-Baghdadi murdered young, beautiful Kayla. She was just 26 years old.

"On the night that U.S. Special Forces Operations ended al-Baghdadi’s miserable life, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, received a call in the Situation Room. He was told that the brave men of the elite Special Forces team that so perfectly carried out the operation had given their mission a name: 'Task Force 8-14.' It was a reference to a special day: Aug. 14 — Kayla’s birthday. Carl and Marsha, America’s warriors never forgot Kayla — and neither will we. Thank you."


"Every day, America’s men and women in uniform demonstrate the infinite depth of love that dwells in the human heart.

"One of these American heroes was Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hake. On his second deployment to Iraq in 2008, Sergeant Hake wrote a letter to his 1-year-old son, Gage: 'I will be with you again,' he wrote to Gage. 'I will teach you to ride your first bike, build your first sand box, watch you play sports, and see you have kids also. I love you son. Take care of your mother. I am always with you. Daddy.'

"On Easter Sunday of 2008, Chris was out on patrol in Baghdad when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. That night, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Sergeant Hake now rests in eternal glory in Arlington, and his wife, Kelli, is in the Gallery tonight, joined by their son, who is now a 13-year-old and doing very, very well. To Kelli and Gage: Chris will live in our hearts forever. He is looking down on you now. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you both very much.

"The terrorist responsible for killing Sergeant Hake was Qassim Suleimani, who provided the deadly roadside bomb that took Chris’s life. Suleimani was the Iranian regime’s most ruthless butcher, a monster who murdered or wounded thousands of American service members in Iraq. As the world’s top terrorist, Suleimani orchestrated the deaths of countless men, women, and children. He directed the December assault and went on to assault U.S. forces in Iraq. Was actively planning new attacks when we hit him very hard. And that’s why, last month, at my direction, the U.S. military executed a flawless precision strike that killed Suleimani and terminated his evil reign of terror forever.

"Our message to the terrorists is clear: You will never escape American justice. If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life."


"War places a heavy burden on our nation’s extraordinary military families, especially spouses like Amy Williams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and her two children — 6-year-old Elliana and 3-year-old Rowan. Amy works full-time and volunteers countless hours helping other military families. For the past seven months, she has done it all while her husband, Sgt. First Class Townsend Williams, is in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment in the Middle East. Amy’s kids haven’t seen their father’s face in many months. Amy, your family’s sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and in peace, and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy.

"But, Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight, we have a very special surprise. I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight, and we couldn’t keep him waiting any longer.

"Welcome home, Sergeant Williams. Thank you very much."


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