Bruised

Today was not too bad.  Good thing I stayed busy at work.  Was the exact day that our Beloved one departed from us.  The year seemed to go by so quickly but yet was so difficult for us all.  I want to thank each and every person out there that shared in our grief and supported us.  The journey of healing is not over but it does get easier.  As a part of the healing process, I often turned to writing.  I hope that this poem is received as being straight from the heart and encourages someone to move forward despite the grief.

 

BRUISED  by Monica Terry

20/7/2020

Dark scarlet resulted as capillaries burst underneath brown, supple skin as a result of the initial impact of the horrific injury. As the words, “Hu Neftar” departed from his lips I began to replay my life’s history.  What? Within 24 hours I need to come up with an obiturary?

Blue and purple brilliantly emerged with the tenderness of the skin that received blood into surrounding tissues as we stood and looked at the body before the funeral.  Reality setting in, nociceptors delayed sending a proper signal that was computable.  Stop!  Aren’t there loopholes in the CNS for situations so Immutable?

Pale green didn’t want to show itself so quickly, because that would mean time marching on without him here; as birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, graduations occur and we all try to persevere.  Is time speeding up?  Maybe he knew the end was very near.  I would like to think that when he was brought back that he said, “Peace out Ya’ll, keep faith, nothing to fear”.

Yellow-brown introduces a new reality as old hemoglobin is absorbed and we make an attempt not to show the discoloration.  The fear that the old and new friends when we speak of him may think it’s an unhealthy fixation.  Really?  And I ask that with a bit of indignation.

Eventually, I know without a doubt that a Pure brown will emerge again, and perhaps other bruises will appear to join the colorful array on our skin; each one’s dermis displaying what phase we are currently in.  It’s bruises that make us who we are so we rise to win……time…. time….and time again.

 

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Say Their Names

After tragedy strikes, yellow tape stripped away

Broken lives, dreams shattered, discontinued birthday

Bad news, knock on the door, “Mam we have news to relay”

SAY THEIR NAMES

Someone’s son, father, wife, daughter

Sister, brother, can no longer comfort one another

Loved one, GONE, a generation goes no further

SAY THEIR NAMES

Precious children, gutted aspirations, never to graduate

Stolen time to ponder, contemplate on life, or reevaluate

Holocaust proven by history, can hate be innate?

SAY THEIR NAMES

He is not happy with the bloodshed, innocent souls cry out

Those with bloody hands, punishment coming, no doubt

Prayers for perseverance, let justice swiftly come about

SAY THEIR NAMES

Let the fallen never be forgotten.  Let their families be comforted.  Let us see the day where we don’t have to say another name

of a soul perished from this injustice.

Psalms 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction:

for thy word hath quickened me.


And Sadly…….the list goes on…..

George Floyd--Breonna TaylorAkiel Denkins-Sandra Bland-Trayvon MartinAlton SterlingPhilando Castle-Tamir Elijah Rice-Michael Brown Jr.Aiyana JonesOscar Grant-Renee Davis-Frank Clark-Akiel DenkinsGregory GunnsSamuel DuBose-Brendon Glenn-Freddie GrayNatasha McKennaWalter Scott-Christian Taylor-Ezell FordEric GarnerAkai Gurley-Laquan McDonald-Yvette SmithJamar ClarkRekia Boyd-Shereese Francis-Ramarley GrahamManuel LogginsSean Bell-Ronald Madison-Kendra JamesAmadou DialloLaTanya Haggerty-Margaret LaVerne Mitchell-Jason Michael RobinsonRicky WhiddenChase Anthony Tuseth-Jamal Rollins-James Rich JrGerald HallTerrence Thomas Jr-Anthony Eddington-Ryan JosephMarlon LewisLavar Douglas-Earl Eubanks Jr-Waltki WilliamsRedrick BatisteMark Hicks-Norman Gary-Bruce Johnson IIDavid Crosby DowdyJason Stringer-Irecas Valentine-Abdul ArtanTerrell WalkerRichard Grimes-Jerome Harmon-Cloetha MitchellKajuan RayeTalif ScudderIvory Pantallion III-George Bush IIIErickson BritoDarius Jones-Samson Fleurant-Dontrell CarterRasheem SingleterryAndrew Depeiza-Ritchie Harbison-Darryl ChisholmJoshua BealFerguson Laurent-Keenan Bradley-Michelle ShirleyTerrence ColemanJason King-Thad Hale-Malcolm HicksonRoy RichardsAaron Ballard-Demetrius Moore-Deborah DannerDarius WimberlyKirk Figueroa-Deric Brown-Larry MatthewsJaguar MathisChristopher Shackleford-Donte Jones-Carnell SnellReginald ThomasNajier Salaam-Jacquarius Robinson-George Richards MeyersDouglas RaineyChristopher Sowell-Alfred Olango-Oddis Colvin JrKeith ScottPhilip Hasan-Kadeem Trotter-Dahir AdanTerence CrutcherNicholas Glenn-Tyre King-Markell BivinsTerrence SterlingGregory Frazier-Sadiq Idris-Robert BrownMoses RubenJerome Damon-Michael Thompson-Levonia RigginsJaqwan TerryAlfred Toe-Donta Taylor-Kelley ForteBrandon ColesOmer Ismail Ali-Kenney Watkins-Colby FridaySylville SmithKendrick Brown-Fred Barlow-Darnell WickerJawari PorterJamarion Robinson-Demarco Newman-Joseph MannKorryn Gaines-And in no way is this a conclusive list-Say their names-Say their names!

For more info:  The Guardian-The Counted

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Corona Virus Prevention for All & Effect on People of Color

First of all, let’s deal with that myth that was declared by several, “People of color can’t get the Corona Virus because we have melanin.”

I don’t think I need to say any more about that one.  The numbers speak for themselves.  I know as African-Americans especially, we don’t have a huge amount of trust for the healthcare system, considering our history with those that make up the majority of healthcare workers, i.e. those of Caucasian descent.  We make up a fewer percentage of the population but are dying from the virus at an alarming rate.  This video will explain why and steps that a few are taking on their own to not only identify those at higher risk but more importantly point out the need for more resources for those at higher risk.

What can we all do to help prevent the spread?

  • Keep your hands away from your face and keep your hands clean!!!  Wear disposable gloves and/or use alcohol to disinfect your hands.
  • Keep a tight circle of family and friends.  This is not the time to visit and mingle.  It has been especially difficult for our young people who are used to being out and about a lot.  I know first hand from experience with my teens and oldest son.  It is hard to convince healthy young people that they are putting themselves at risk and even if a person is immune to the virus, you can infect others unknowingly.  With a long incubation period (1-14 days but mostly 5 days), you can appear to be healthy, sharing it to all those you come in contact with before you ever show any signs of being infected.
  • Know the common symptoms:  Cough, fever, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.  If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms reach out for medical attention.  You may be asked a series of questions over the phone and told to stay home, isolate yourself from others as much as possible and self-medicate with a number of things.  DO NOT USE NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen/Naprosyn or any other OTC or prescription NSAID.  Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been recommended for fever (temperature above 36-37° Centigrade or 98-100° Fahrenheit).
  • Wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth when you have to be outside of your home or when exposed to others outside of your close-knit circle that you have already been around.  Our tight-knit circles must understand that if everyone isn’t heeding to this instruction, they will inevitably bring the virus back into our homes.  Go out, get what you need or get some sun momentarily and when you return, wash your hands or dispose of your gloves and disposable mask.  If you have a cloth mask, wash and dry it.
  • Keep your home clean.  Disinfectant spray works great to clean hard surfaces.  If you are an essential worker, keep your work area clean and use disinfectant spray after someone comes into your area.  You can also invest in disposable disinfectant wipes for cleaning.
  • Cut down on delivery of food from outside sources as much as possible….of course this increases your risk of exposure.   Go old school and actually COOK AT HOME—-no brainer.
  • Thoroughly wash/disinfect what enters into your home.  Not saying to go crazy about it but do the best you can.
  • BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM BY EATING HEALTHY!!!

Most of you know that this is already near and dear to my heart.  We must go back to nature and use what the Heavenly Father put on this earth for healing.  Typically the Elderly and those with a chronic illness or immunocompromised state have been most at risk.  These are some foods, herbs, vitamins or minerals that have been shown to boost the immune system.  Find something that suits you and begin to use it:

    • Vitamin C (check out this resource for foods high in vitamin C) Foods high in vitamin C
    • Fresh Garlic
    • Ginger Root
    • Tumeric
    • Spinach
    • Green Tea
    • Kiwi
    • Papaya
    • Almonds
    • Broccoli
    • Red Bell Peppers
    • Sunflower Seeds

Additional facts about the virus and survival outside of a host:

Last but not least, listen to what this ER physician has to say about his experience with Corona Virus patients:

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Love My Matcha

A few months ago I began a daily detox and juicing challenge. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and scoliosis of the spine and although a pharmacist, I turn to medications as a last resort.  It has been proven that many diseases in the body are a result of inflammation of some sort.  I have heard for so long about Matcha Green Tea and the powder and it’s amazing health benefits.  The teabags are ok, but the powder is amazingly more potent.

Each morning when I awaken I take about 3 tablespoonsful of apple cider vinegar (it must have “the mother” in it) in a full cup of good quality filtered or bottled water, sometimes with half of a teaspoon of ground ginger powder, ground black pepper and a teaspoon of ground tumeric powder.  I drink all of this with the aid of a straw so as not to damage the enamel of my teeth since vinegar is very acidic.

After about 15-20 minutes I drink whatever fruits and veggies that I have prepared from juicing.  Strawberries, cucumbers, apples, carrots, beets, pomegranates and kale are great examples of wonderful fruits and veggies that can be used.  Usually, I make enough juice for a few days since I have such a hectic schedule.  This way it helps me to continue the regimen daily.  The key to this gradual detox is to allow it to happen over a period of time.  You will notice the inches slowly slip away but you will feel more energy and less inflammation in your body over time.  Also, my arthritis pain has decreased and my stomach feels less bloated for the first time in years.

There are some sources that say to drink the Matcha Green Tea at night with honey (non-refined), cinnamon, lemon and ginger before bedtime and it will help you burn calories while you sleep.  I prefer to drink my tea at the most stressful time of my day which is sometimes afternoon and sometimes at night.  Either way, I have seen some truly amazing results over the last 3 months.

It has helped a great deal in my detox process to minimize my dairy and bread intake.  I occasionally have cheese but it is truly not something that I miss eating on a regular basis.  I drink almond milk if I want a plant-based substitute for recipes.  I can feel a huge difference in how my clothes fit me.  Check out my results below!  By the way, I had a bit of a relapse in January due to a few frustrations in my life or I believe I would have arrived at these results a month earlier;  however, it is really working for me and hope it can help someone else.  If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, high cholesterol, liver or kidney disease or some kind of another metabolic disease, it’s always best to consult your physician before making any drastic changes, however, these are just natural things…..healing from food and herbs, the best remedy given by the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth!

Check out these results and decide for yourself:

November 1, 2019

Bust:  36.5, Waist 33.5, Hips 41, Upper arm 11.5, Upper thigh 22.5 (inches)

November 16, 2019

Bust:  35.5, Waist 33.5, Hips 40.5, Upper arm 11.25, Upper thigh 22 (inches)

December 2019 & January 2020 Relapse😥

Bust:  36.0, Waist 33.5, Hips 41, Upper arm 11.5, Upper thigh 22.5

After adding the Matcha Tea Powder to the regimen for one month (in addition to the match tea bag that I was already using)

February 12, 2020

Bust:  35.5, Waist 32.5, Hips 39.5, Upper arm 11.0, Upper thigh 22.0

Total inches lost to date:  4 inches! 

And I only use about 1/2 teaspoonful of the Matcha Green Tea Powder daily!

I never weigh myself as a rule because it’s not as important to me as total inches lost.  Also keep in mind that you should exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes, even if it’s just walking or incorporating it into your busy day by taking the stairs everywhere you go.

Still not convinced?  Okay, just take a look of these proven benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder:

  • Anti-oxidant effects
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Increases brain function
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Helps protect the liver and the heart

See this link for more in-depth information:  Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder

Also, check out this great video on how to prepare the Matcha Green Tea from the powder and for more health benefits.

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He’s Intentional

I just made it 6 months and still waiting for it to get easier after the loss of my beloved husband.  I still cry, have anxiety attacks, feel like I may fail for a few moments, miss his strong voice and bear hugs, but through it all, I still believe that one day our broken hearts will be healed.  He filled our home and there was nothing we felt we couldn’t accomplish.  Every time I see an ambulance I go back to that day and begin praying for a good outcome for the person being carried away.

But here’s the thing that keeps me going…..I trust the Most High with all my being, and I know He has the big picture.  He does everything intentionally and he is faithful.  My Beloved Mykael gave his life, literally and selflessly served so that I and his children and many others would benefit from living in the Land of Promise and each day is another chance to get it right.  So when you begin to become doubtful whether you’re grieving, afraid or just doubting yourself, please know that all you have to do is, “Just don’t quit”, as he would say to me all the time.

Hope this song inspires someone to keep going and moving despite what you see before you…….isn’t that what FAITH is?

 

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Do You Love Me?

A repost that I was amazed was still so timely!  A short poem from yours truly illustrating how in my imagination the Father may define LOVE as it pertains to His relationship with us. Do you love me enough toR…

Source: Do You #Love Me?”

Homemade Cough Syrup

REPOST since it’s that time of year.  As many of you know I turn to medication as a last resort.  Try this natural homemade cough syrup.  It is a great idea to make it ahead of time.


What can you do at the first sign of a cold or the flu to keep it from becoming full-blown?  Just a quick recipe that I have tried and it works wonders for the immune system.  You can use it for the treatment of symptoms or as prevention.  When people around you are sick such as close family or co-workers that you have no choice of being around, we must have a way to ward off illness.

Photo credit:  WSJ

Here is what you will need…..it’s super simple:

  • About 20-24 cloves of garlic
  • Enough honey to cover the garlic in a jar to yield about a pint (approximately 400 mL by the time the garlic is added)
  • Note:  Raw honey is preferred instead of refined like you typically buy at the grocery store.  You can always make a half batch of this recipe.
  1. Peel the garlic cloves, crush them or cut them into tiny pieces and put them in a medium-size jar; add enough honey to cover the garlic and then set it aside for at least 36 hours.
  2. Take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours or as needed to relieve cough and sore throat.
  3. Use at the first signs of cough/cold and flu symptoms as an immune system booster.

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Garlic contains Allicin

This part of garlic gives it it’s health benefits but also will cause bad odor and potent taste.  The fresher it is, as with other foods, the more potent it is.  Garlic is a natural anti-infectant, helps to decrease blood pressure and works against blood clotting to some degree.

Honey stands on its own as a natural remedy

Honey is not only a natural sweetener, but it also has many vitamins and nutrients. If used in raw form as a sweetener, it won’t spike your blood sugar.  Its anti-oxidant properties are powerful and it guards against free radicals which can be cancer-causing.   more info honey health benefits

Together, these 2 make a superfood that helps us in multiple ways!

Do you have a recipe that’s similar to this?  Post it in my comments and let us know how it worked for you!

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Collateral Faith

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  My family has suffered a great loss in that my husband passed away suddenly a few months ago.  I pray that this brings someone else some comfort in knowing you are not alone in losing a loved one.  I pour out my feelings often on paper to help to deal with the pain, but what I realize is that even in tragedy, there is a blessing.  I hug my children more and tighter.  We tell each other “I love you” a lot more as well.  My faith has been made stronger…….I call it, “Collateral Faith.  It’s the strengthening of faith that comes out of a tragic and sudden loss such as this.  It’s giving into The Heavenly Father’s will and knowing that he knows and sees all, for He is truly perfect.  Rest in Power our Beloved and we will only say so long for now.

 

“Collateral Faith” by Monica Terry, dedicated to the late Mykael Terry

Woke up the same as any day, rushed out the door and we said our goodbyes and even, “I’ll check in with you later”.

But shortly after a few short texts to one another back and forth that morning, at the check-in time, still no indicator,

That something was going very wrong

That text or phone call never happened.  Although I thought it strange and out of our routine,

I dismissed it away as “He must have gotten busy or tied up with something”. unforeseen

But something was going very wrong

An urgent request to come and see what befell him ripped me from dreamlife to nightmare

What are you telling me, stop, don’t want to hear this news, impossible to accept and bear

And something went horribly wrong

You see he left us so swiftly that day that even now reality is still settling in

My best friend, husband, teacher, children’s father and plenty more he had been

For him, we will always long

But to see the collateral faith that has been gifted from his sudden transition

That faith that is made stronger after our tragedy, making clear to us his mission

Make those he touched exceedingly strong

You made us all wake up, level up and believe with our whole hearts in His Word

We will remember him always, Our Beloved Mykael-M70; your story will always be heard

Throughout your generations lifelong

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As a family and community, we know that we must continue to live to ensure that the work that he put in for our Heavenly Father does not stop with Mykael.  We show our faith by continuing.  This was a huge blow to my family, our community, and family and friends abroad, but the faith that comes by seeing how The Most High has kept us and knowing He will continue to keep us makes us grateful for every day.  It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever faced in our lives as a family.  Mykael was such a great father, husband, brother, friend, son and teacher.  We will remember him always.  I would like to leave with you all this song that I often play in the morning while starting my day.  It reminds me of Mykael who gave his all.  For those that grieve from the departure of a loved one, you are not alone.  My best advice is to find those that you can share your story with and let your loved one’s story be heard; let their memory live on in you and be strong and of courage.  The pain never goes away but it does get better.

 

 

 

 

Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Open for ESOA Art Exhibition

On August 1, 2019, please come and join our dance troupe in our performance to open the ESOA (English Speakers of Ashkelon) Annual Art Exhibition!

It’s sure to be a funfilled event for everyone!  Come out to support our dance troupe as we perform a heart-warming and inspirational lyrical routine followed by an old school Hip Hop routine both choreographed by yours truly, Monica the Taptutor and performed by our dynamic dance troupe. 

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. at Beit ha Am (בית העם) located at 6 Ha-Nasi St in our beautiful hometown, Ashkelon.

 

 

 

Following the Stars of Heaven & Lion Cubs Dance Troupe will be a magnificent showing of local artists’ work from sculptures to paintings and more. 

For more information about this event visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ESOAshkelon/

or you can contact me at bat.of.zion1970@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Curcumin Gel Caps Amazing Review for RA

I have never been one to take supplements but I happened to receive some samples at a Pharmaceutical Conference and felt compelled to give this one a chance. Many of my family and friends and some of you know that I suffer from RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Although it is not severe or debilitating for me, it’s bothersome enough that I began seeking out alternative care that I could take long-term. I don’t believe in drug treatment as the first option due to side effects and for chronic conditions, due  to the toll chronic meds take on our organs. As a pharmacist I know this all too well.

So I read everything I could about this supplement, Curcumin Liquid-Gel Capsules by SupHerb and decided to give it a try. It’s a capsule made up of Curcumin Essential Oil Complex, 100% pure extract.

There’s more than 33 clinical studies and it’s protected by 13 patents in Israel.

As of 2 weeks ago I was taking Matcha Tea with a few teaspoonsful of tumeric, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, a half of a lemon squeezed (and if not too lazy with the shredded lemon zest), a healthy chunk of peeled shredded ginger, and a teaspoon of honey (unrefined when I could afford it).

I began the capsules about 12 days ago, first taking one a day for the first 2 days, not noticing a huge change in my arthritis pain. Mostly my issue was stiffness and back, neck and shoulder pain upon awakening. Sometimes numbness as well in my hands and lower arms. My sleep had been increasingly more disturbed due to this the last few months.

By the third day I decided to take 2 capsules per day and for the first time in months, I slept well, hardly tossing or turning to find a comfy position all night!😄 Since then I’ve been taking 2 capsules a day which the recommended dose is 1-2 per day.

This product was voted product of the year in 2019!🏆

I still drink my Matcha tea almost daily but it’s not with all of the above ingredients every day. It’s no longer a necessity and mostly for enjoyment, although I still receive the health benefits no doubt.

Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, which is a flowering plant of the ginger family, typically  seen in the stores as a cooking spice. Bought fresh it closely resembles ginger root.

Of the many plant substances that tumeric contains, one group is curcuminoids, which has the greatest health-promoting effects.

See my post on tumeric for info regarding full health benefits:

Health benefits of tumeric

The only drawback I can speak of is the cost….132 shekels and that was on sale plus my employee discount. This is about $38. Depending on how you take it, it can last 1 or 2 months.  But for now, living almost pain free is worth it. If I had to rate my pain before it would have been a 7/10 as opposed to now 2-3/10.  I will keep you posted on how it goes in the future and until then, please write back any arthritis pain therapy successes that you may have experienced. Would love to hear about it.

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