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A Good and Sure Cure For Measles

August 28, 2011 · Just Plain Fun Info, Uncategorized

This is my first blog post that doesn’t have a photo in it (although, I am tempted to go find one anyway).  This was too long for Facebook, so I thought I’d add it to my blog for your reading enjoyment.  I was so excited to find a book in my pantry that my Mom in Law gave me 8 years ago called Mrs. Esther Levy’s Jewish Cookery Book (The First Jewish Cookbook Published in America…1871).  This is the first time I really looked through it, as I originally never thought I would use it.  Little did I know….it is a treasure trove of wonderment and fun.

It turns out that I found the cure for measles in this book!  Can you believe they had a cure back in 1871??  So why in the world isn’t this horrible disease eradicated yet?

When a doctor cannot be had in a hurry, take a peck of bran, put it into a wash kettle, and let it boil; make it like a thick poultice; put it into a washtub or bath; set the child in it as warm as it can bear it; then have ready another bath, with a quarter of a pound of saleratus in hot water; put the child immediately into it, and bathe it well; after which take it out quickly, and roll it in a woollen blanket; put it into bed, and keep it as warm as possible.  Give to the child a drink of strong sage and saffron tea; the measles will be all out in twenty-four hours. Be sure to take care the child does not take cold, although the saleratus will prevent that.

Measles gone in 24 hours!!!  Wow!

By the way, I wonder when we stopped using “it” in reference to a generic child and start using “he”?  Interesting……

Now, if your child is asleep, go give it a kiss and make sure it’s covered up.  Be glad it doesn’t have to worry about measles, but know that if (G-d forbid) it gets them, I have the cure right here for you.

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PJ Library Family Photo Shoot ~ St. Louis Family Portrait Photographer

May 9, 2011 · Family Bonds, Uncategorized

All the women in the “A” family got together with their baby boys for some fun multi-generational photos with PJ Library books!  Some of these photos may be seen in future PJ Library brochures and e-newsletters.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot!

A little bit of tickling is always a good thing!

Some of you may be wondering if I ever captured a shot of everyone in this wild bunch smiling at the camera at once…and I did!

Thanks again everyone!

Here’s some info for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the PJ Library.

PJ LIBRARY ( is a national book program implemented on a local level. It is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and it is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations throughout North America.

PJ Library mails free, high-quality Jewish children’s books and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, more than 70,000 families in more than 135 communities in the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through the art and literature of these free children’s books.

All families raising Jewish children from age six months through five, six, seven or eight years, depending on the community, are welcome to enroll.

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