May 26, 2020

Cara Cotton Gloves

I have been seeing discarded plastic medical gloves on sidewalks and in gutters. Wanting to come up with a hand-covering that is reusable and more organic, I purchased white cotton gloves in a package of 24. I use them once and then throw them in with the other white laundry items. Hot water, bleach and soap is purported to clean and sterilize them.

The gloves come in all different sizes and you don’t necessarily have to buy them in bulk, but if you have multiples, you are less tempted to reuse them after out-of-home use.

People may see your white-gloved hands and think you are a mime, but we just may start a current day fashion trend.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

Breathing exercises are not for everyone, but if you are having trouble calming your nervous system or suffer from insomnia, here is a technique worth trying.

Dr. Andrew Weil, the noted alternative medical doctor, based his relaxing 4-7-8 breathing technique on the ancient yoga practice called pranayama. It may be done sitting, standing or prone. It is particularly useful to create a state receptive to sleep.

Here are some basic pointers in commencing a daily breathing routine:

1. First, let your lips part. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling completely through your mouth.

2. Next, close your lips, inhaling silently through your nose as you count to four in your head.

3. Then, for seven seconds, hold your breath (the most critical part of the exercise).

4. Make another whooshing exhale from your mouth for eight seconds.

5. You can do the breathing sequence up to 4 times per session.

6. You may work up to doing the 4 breath sequence up to 8 times, spaced throughout the day.

Vitamins D and C for stronger immunity

I ran across a quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci from four years ago where he touted daily doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D. (He has back-pedaled a bit in current day however.)

Vitamin C is purported to be an anti-oxidant, an anti-histamine, an anti-inflammatory and an immune system booster. Vitamin C is water-soluble and is not readily absorbed by our body’s membrane walls which are made up of fatty acids. Enter liposomes which are nano-sized fat-soluble vehicles that may deliver Vitamin C more effectively to your blood stream.
I ordered 1,000 mg per serving Liposomal Vitamin C capsules. Please be sure to consult with your health care professional to determine what your daily dosage should be.

Sunshine and fresh air can be in short supply during this time at home so Vitamin D might need to be supplemented. Vitamin D3 may protect brain function and memory, reduce risk of heart disease, lower inflammation, improve mood and sleep, plus boost your immunity. Again, I ordered Liposomal Vitamin D3 for better delivery to my blood stream.

You could always take a daily tablespoon of cod liver oil for Vitamin D, but I prefer more palatable Liposomal Vitamin D3 capsules. Again, consult your physician because you can easily overdo your Vitamin D supplementation.

Stay well. Good sleep, healthy food and a few well-chosen vitamins and supplements may just help keep your immunity strong. And remember to bring masks and gloves when you are out and about.

Online sources I have used to purchase over-the-counter vitamins and supplements:

Amazon –

Mercola –

Swanson –

Vitacost –

I welcome you sharing your vitamin and supplement protocol as well as where you have obtained them.

Governmental Gratitude

After seeing CNN journalist Anderson Cooper’s interview with Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas, I am even more appreciative of Chicago’s capable mayor, Lori Lightfoot.

I am also grateful for reasonable governors, such as J. B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andrew Cuomo of New York State, who give me equal measures of truth and hope.

Let me express particular gratitude to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) for her informative constituent emails and her responsive staff members.

Likewise, kudos to Republican governors Larry Hogan (Maryland) and Mike DeWine (Ohio) who have bucked their party line and continue to keep non-essential businesses shuttered.

My admiration also for Sen. Mitt Romney, who having tested negative for COVID-19, nonetheless put himself in self-quarantine for two weeks after being in contact with Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

As a musician who thrives on live performances, no one could want the economy to open back up more than me – but not at the expense of countless lives exposed to this dreaded virus.

Williams and Sonoma Liquid Hand Soap

Last Christmas, I walked away from a holiday grab bag party with a trio of Williams and Sonoma products including a bottle of Pink Grapefruit Liquid Hand Soap. Score! I fell in love with this product and decided to explore additional scents.

As it is recommended to frequently wash our hands, now more than ever, Williams and Sonoma’s bio-degradable liquid hand soap makes that experience indubitably more pleasant.

I just bought the French Lavender Liquid Soap which uses lavender from Provence in France and essences of geranium and clary sage plus the Meyer Lemon version which is perfect for kitchen use. Along with essential oils, the liquid soaps feature olive oil, aloe vera and glycerin as skin moisturizers.

I now have two 68-ounce refill plastic bottles to be used with reusable glass dispensers. Less plastic waste is a win-win.
Other scents include Fleur de Sel, White Gardenia, Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Ginger.

Delivery is free with a purchase over $49.

Williams & Sonoma Lavender Liquid Hand Soap

Carrot and Stick approach

Now that we know the shelter in place period is extended to the beginning of May, we need to take ourselves in hand. This means setting projects and deadlines for ourselves, as well as keeping daily regimens that give us a sense of structure and purpose.

I am now using the “carrot and stick” approach in order to get things done. As Steve Delchamps laughingly told me, he had been availing himself of far too many carrots and almost no sticks. I have been part of that club, too.

Educational, inspirational or funny video clips are an easy way of rewarding oneself for completion of a task.

The Dating Game with Steve Martin

The Dating Game and Physical Fitness

Exercise for 30 minutes and you get to watch this hilarious video clip of Steve Martin on The Dating Game in 1968 (linked above). He has dark hair! The female choosing a bachelor is Dina Martin, daughter of crooner, Dean Martin. Thanks for the link go to friend Jim Koudelka of Lincoln, Nebraska. This 9 minute clip is either horrific or delicious, depending on your point of view. Then again, my millennial friends asked me who Steve Martin was. Sheesh.

Great vocalist and bass player: Esperanza Spaulding may add to your cleanliness

Clean a room in your home for 30 minutes and your “carrot” could be a couple of videos featuring young bass player and vocalist, Esperanza Spaulding performing at the White House on two separate occasions.

On the Sunny Side of the Street (Catch Michelle and Barack grooving on the music of Ms. Spaulding.):

Overjoyed written by Stevie Wonder: