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Saturday, November 24, 2012
family isn't always blood!
In many Celtic-based traditions of neopaganism, there is the enduring legend of the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. These two mighty rulers figh
t for supremacy as the Wheel of the Year turns each season. At the Winter Solstice, or Yule, the Oak King kills the Holly King, and then reigns until Midsummer, or Litha. Once the Summer Solstice arrives, the Holly King returns to do battle with the old king, and defeats him. The Holly King them rules until Yule.
In some Wiccan traditions, the Oak King and the Holly King are seen as dual aspects of the Horned God. Each of these twin aspects rules for half the year, battles for the favor of the Goddess, and then retires to nurse his wounds for the next six months, until it is time for him to reign once more.
Often, these two entities are portrayed in familiar ways - the Holly King frequently appears as a woodsy version of Santa Claus. He dresses in red, wears a sprig of holly in his tangled hair, and is sometimes depicted driving a team of eight stags. The Oak King is portrayed as a fertility god, and occasionally appears as the Green Man or other lord of the forest.
Ultimately, while these two beings do battle all year long, they are two essential parts of a whole. Despite being enemies, without one, the other would no longer exist.
A need to re-order and re-evaluate priorities. Union and espousal. Dishonor that cannot be overcome, loss defeat. There is a need to curb futile belligerence and accept the inevitable. Worry and regret, broken engagements and emotional letdowns. Emotional or monetary legacies.
Serenity? Blend lavender rosemary yarrow and white sage in small bag Empower with a blue candle. Draw a peace symbol on bag.
Update on the wolf dogs rescued in Alaska :
It's been three months since a California animal rescue center retrieved 29 wolf-dogs from an Alaska tourist attrac
tion that had fought the state over owning, breeding and selling the wolf-hybrids.
Chains were so deeply embedded in the necks of two of the animals that they had to be surgically removed.
Many developed limps because they'd never used the pads of their feet.
Now the task of taming the wolf-dogs has been given to three U.S. military veterans who say they can relate to the stress of trying to transition to a normal life.
The program is called "Warriors and Wolves."
The wolf-dogs are now thriving in small packs of two to six animals after joining 12 wolf-dogs already at the shelter, according to Lorin Lindner, who founded Lockwood with her husband, Navy veteran Matthew Simmons, in 2008...
American Indian author Gyasi Ross is the featured speaker at the last Native American Heritage Month event at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, November 28 at 4:00 pm.
His topic may be controversial to some.
Ross' presentation is entitled "Power in the Blood?: Moving Toward Standards for Indigenous Identity." This presentation will examine the existing issues surrounding questions of tribal membership versus nation citizenship, as well as blood quantum versus citizenship requirements.
Ingredients: Oranges, Fresh mint leaves This bath is guaranteed to turn you into a love Goddess!. Simply fill the tub with warm water
, and add five whole navel oranges and a bunch of fresh mint leaves. Get in the tub. Peel the oranges and squeeze the juice into the bath water. Rub the fruit onto your hair and skin. Eat a few slices and anoint yourself. Do the same with the mint. Rub it into the body and hair and chew on a leaf or two. (You should be physically clean before taking this bath. Do not soap off when you're done.) Let your body and hair air dry, now dress for your date. Thecombination of orange and mint will make you irresistible!
We celebrate Yule, but I do LOVE Christmas music! Fortunately there are some alternative lyrics for Pagans! I'll post them throughout the season starting with Silent Night. I hope you enjoy them.
Purple coneflower has a long history of medicinal use. Native Americans used it as an antidote for snake bit and other venomous bites and stings. It was also used in a smoke treatment for headaches. Purple coneflower was used to calm toothaches and sore gums, and tea form it was drunk to treat colds, mumps, arthritis, and a blood purifier (often a euphemism fo
r the treatment of venereal diseases). Further, it was used as a treatment for pain, indigestion, tumors, malaria and hemorrhoids. After a long period of disregard, purple coneflower has come back into vogue in recent years. It is used primarily as an immune-system booster and it has been used as a treatment for skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, boils and wounds, burns, cold sores and genital herpes. It is also recommended for use to treat bronchitis, tonsillitis, meningitis, tuberculosis, abscesses, whooping cough, arthritis and ear infections.
Black Sampson Echinacea Purple Coneflower Red Sunflower Sacred Plant Sampson Root
Native to the north American continent, the Echinacea herb is a perennial plant found growing out from the prairie states northwards up to Pennsylvania, populations of the herb, however, also grow in the cooler northern regions of some of the southern states in the US. The plant has a stout and bristly stem that bears a lot of hairy, and linear or lanceolate leaves, where are tapered at both ends and give it a distinctive shape. The Echinacea is characterized by its flowers, and each one of the distinctive and rich purple flowers bears 12 to 20 large and spread out, dull-purple rays marked by a conical disk consisting of numerous tubular florets in the middle, the plant normally is in full bloom from June through October in most places. There are two distinct species of this well known herb, and a weaker species known as E. purpurea is often used instead of the E. augustifolia for industrial purposes and if the latter species is scarce or too expensive to buy - the more potent and famous of the two plants is the E. augustifolia spp.
A pleasant sweetish smell and a faint aroma characterizes the Echinacea herb, the herb leaves behind a tingling sensation in the mouth which is almost similar to the taste of aconite herb, but the flavor of the Echinacea is without the lasting sensation of numbness and it is also bereft of any dangerous poison. Freshness and the oldness of the herb can be measured by tasting the Echinacea powder - this is one normal way of determining the freshness of specimens for herbal use.
Extensive literature exist covering all the properties of the Echinacea herb, these writings on the herb have become so vast and the hyperbole given off by its many advocates so extensive that the real property of the herb is now difficult to separate from the false claims. Some of the real uses of this remarkable herb, include the use of the herb in the prevention and treatment of the common cold and the symptoms such as sore throat connected to such infections, in such cases the consumption of an hydro alcoholic extract of the fresh or recently dried whole plant - which must include the above ground portion of the herb will be very effective, indeed, this is one of the main uses of the herb. Echinacea has also been recommended by certain German authorities for use as an herbal remedy, in the supportive or auxiliary role, during the treatment of recurrent infections arising in the urinary and respiratory systems. Topical treatments have also been derived from the herb, and external applications of the herb can be effective and very useful in the complete treatment of all hard to heal wounds superficially affecting the skin. The great benefit of the Echinacea lies in the fact that very significant or great side effects have not been seen or reported from studies, however, remedies made from the herb have been known to trigger certain allergic reactions and some forms of allergies induced by the herb cannot be discounted, this is especially so, with any of the plants in this particular plant family.
Many years ago, the remedies made from the Echinacea were usually and extensively adulterated with the herb known as the Parthenium integrifolium L., common name - the “prairie dock” or “Missouri snakeroot". This was so extensive that many of the earliest scientific studies done on the herb, had to be invalidated as the Echinacea was often confused with the other plant. For this reason, and because adulteration can never be ruled out even today, all potential users of herbal remedies made from the Echinacea are strongly advised to obtain the very best and high quality products available on the market. All Echinacea users must take time for careful investigation of the product and consider the reputation of the manufacturer before proceeding with the purchase of the Echinacea based remedy - this is a good procedure to follow in the purchase of any other plant extract if possible.
Standards of the Echinacea products in the market have improved these days, and most herbal stores are dominated by the standardized extracts of the many popular herbs and remedies, almost all Echinacea based herbal products now contain the E. angustifolia spp, which are normally standardized to their content for the caffeic acid glycoside echinacoside - a major active compound found in the herb. This particular compound was one of the first compounds which were identified as having a distinct biological activity and the entire genus was attributed with having this chemical. Mild to insignificant bactericidal action was found in the isolated compound during a research conducted on the plant extract in the 1950s - when the properties of the herb were beginning to come into repute. The extracted main compound was identified as being a distinct chemical marker of the E. angustifolia spp, and believed to mark out its identity. This result was, however, subsequently discarded as the active compound was identified in additional Echinacea species in the course of other studies conducted on the genus. The immuno-stimulatory activity displayed by the herb has not been connected to the compound echinacoside, as far as it is known, this compound is not involved in this particular property of the Echinacea herb. What can be inferred from this is that, the compound remains meaningless as a likely chemical marker for the establishment of the identity of the herb and is also useless as a distinct compound to predict any biological activity induced by the herbal remedy.
Before a definite conformation about the reputed efficacy of Echinacea in the treatment of various conditions in human subjects can be made, a lot of experiments must be conducted on suitable human subjects. Only at such times, will a definitive statement regarding the utility of the Echinacea herb as a modern therapeutic agent seem feasible. It remains to be said, at the same time, the herb remains a botanical and deserves not only the continued attention by plant scientists and clinicians but also further investigations of its remedial properties.
PARTS USED Root, flowers.
USES Echinacea was traditionally used by the North American Comanche tribe used as an herbal remedy for toothaches and sore throats. While the Sioux, another major North American tribe, used it for the treatment of rabies, any snakebite, and for all septic conditions arising from injury.
The ability of the herb to enhance and boost the performance of the immune system is well known traditionally and has been extensively documented down the years. In addition, the herbal remedies made from the Echinacea possess an antibiotic action and also act like interferons in their anti-viral action within the body. The herbal remedy is also known to have an amazing fungicidal effect and it is extensively used as an anti-allergenic herbal remedy. Some studies have also recorded the Echinacea as possessing an anti-tumor activity. Most native American tribes used herbal preparations of the Echinacea herb for many topical herbal treatments including the healing of all physical wounds and for the treatment of snake bites, the herbal remedy was also used in the treatment of infected conditions, it was used in the treatment of sore throats and to treat burns on the skin. Nowadays, the herbal remedies derived from the Echinacea herb also function as a blood cleansing remedy for the holistic treatment of various skin problems including boils and all types of topical and internal abscesses, the herbal remedy is also used in the treatment of all kinds of allergies, and related skin conditions like the eczema and urticaria, it is increasingly used in the treatment of different types of infections such as tonsillitis, the common colds, the flu, and various other chest infections. The herbal remedy is also used in the treatment of asthma, and other viral diseases like the glandular fever, it is also used in the treatment of candidiasis and to suppress post-viral fatigue syndrome in patients. Research is still being conducted on the possible beneficial effects of Echinacea treatment on symptoms of HIV and AIDS in patients. Respiratory problems and chilblains are also treated using the herbal remedies prepared from the Echinacea herb, and the herb is known to be very effective against throat infections, when it is used as an oral gargling solution.
The circulation of blood in the body is benefited by the stimulating effect of the Echinacea herb, this is especially true when the herb is taken in the form of a hot infusion, the hot herbal infusion also helps by stimulating the process of sweating and this rapidly brings the fevers down, while at the same time enhancing the natural defenses of the body and enabling the immune system to shake off the infection, which has induced the condition of fever initially. Echinacea also possesses a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body, this ability is particularly important in the treatment of long term arthritis and in the treatment of gout. This property of the herb is also good for all types of inflammatory conditions affecting the reproductive system in women; these can include disorders such as the common pelvic inflammatory disease and related conditions. The immediate use of Echinacea must be contemplated when the first signs and symptoms of disease become apparent, in order to take full advantage of its strong immune-enhancing properties. If the herbal remedy is given during the early stages of the infection, this ability will help in the rapid clearing of the infection, this quick use of the herbal remedy during the early stages of infection is especially important for individuals with weak and run down immune functioning or malfunctioning immune systems - the deficient functioning system will be buffered by the herbal remedy and greater protection will be afforded to people who are prone to get one infection after another in succession.
Echinacea has been attributed various beneficial and positive activities and actions in the body. The most important and the probably the best substantiated is its effect as an immune system stimulant. Three different and distinct bio-chemical mechanisms are said to be bring about by this particular property of the herb inside the body, one is the stimulation by the herb of phagocytosis, the second is the herbs ability to increase the rate of respiratory activity, and the third is the ability of the herb to cause an increased mobility of the leukocytes within the body. At the same time, the exact causes and the actual reason or the principles behind the remedial action remains a mystery for further research to uncover over time. Some generalizations can be arrived at the high-molecular-weight polysaccharides are effective without a doubt in some way throughout the process, the stimulation of phagocytosis however, is apparently enhanced by other components connected to the alkamide fraction-mainly isobutylamides, it is also pushed ahead by the glycoproteins in the herb, and by the action of the cichoric acid in the remedy.
HABITAT AND CULTIVATION The herb is a native species of the central areas of the North American continent and mainly the central US. Cultivation of the Echinacea, and in particular the E. purpurea spp, which is easier to manage, is now run commercially both in Europe and in many parts of the US. The herb is grown from the stored seeds during the spring and it is also propagated at times by root division during the winter, the herb thrives in very rich and sandy soils. Harvesting of the Echinacea flowers occur when the plants are in full bloom, and the roots of 4-year-old plants are gathered normally, during the autumn season.
RESEARCH All of the positive effects induce by Echinacea in the human body as yet not understood completely. However, what is known is that the immune system is stimulated by a number of chemical constituents found in the Echinacea herb and these serve to effectively counter both the bacterial as well as viral infections which can easily affect the body at any time. Echinacea constituent polysaccharides are identified as possessing a definite anti-hyaluronidase action within the human body, these acts to effectively inhibit the general ability of invading viruses and impair their ability to take over cells in the body. The bactericidal and fungicidal action of the Echinacea derived compounds known as alkamides is also well known and considered as one of its most important properties. The body’s immune system is in general, very greatly affected and boosted by the Echinacea, the herb is a general stimulatory agent effect on the immune defenses. For this reason, the herb is being seriously investigated as a possible treatment for impaired immune systems in patients down with HIV and AIDS - this is an ongoing research.
Germany has been the leading nation in Echinacea specific studies and the majority of the scientific and clinical studies carried out on the Echinacea have been done in Germany. The experiments have mostly utilized dosage forms which are prepared from fresh plucked stems, leaves and flowers of the E. purpurea spp. These preparations are used as test herbal infusions to be administered in to the body directly through injections and at times they are also applied locally on the test sites in the body. The United States still does not allow the injectable herbal preparations, and it will take some time before they become available in the market at large. The relative effectiveness of oral supplements of the Echinacea remains mired in considerable controversy and debate among herbalists around the world. The liquid form of the Echinacea herb is the form which is currently most readily available anywhere - the hydro-alcoholic extract is the specific marketed liquid form of the herb. The suggestion for the actual performance and supposed greater effectiveness such liquid forms of the herb is that such herbal preparations tend to stimulate the formation of lymphatic tissues inside the mouth, which initiates an immune response from the body. If this scenario is true, than one can only assume that the cases where the powdered Echinacea form of herbal remedy was administered orally either in capsules or as tablets - then those remedies may possibly prove to be less active on the whole compared to the liquid form of the herbal remedy.
USUAL DOSAGE The herbal remedies made from the Echinacea are best taken for specified lengths of time, especially when they are used to stimulate the immune system of patients. The herbal remedy can be used thrice or four times every day as soon as the first signs of a cold develop - the total treatment duration should be about ten to fourteen days at a stretch for maximum effectiveness. The herbal remedies can also be used in the prevention of colds; individuals can utilize the Echinacea tablets or the capsule form, thrice every day for a treatment period lasting six to eight weeks at a time. The longer Echinacea is used, the more reduced do its overall effects on the body tend to be, and for this reason, it is suggested that a "rest" period be resorted to during and of these long term treatment regimens - periods of rest must accompany all treatment regimens which exceed ten days at a stretch. The powdered form of the Echinacea can be taken in doses of about 900 mg whenever required. The dosage regimens for the liquid Echinacea extract are normally taken at a dosage rate of 3 - 4ml per dose, taken thrice every day of the treatment period.
SIDE EFFECTS AND CAUTIONS If used orally, the herbal remedies made from the Echinacea are essentially nontoxic in nature and produce no side effects. However, the use of Echinacea by certain individuals must be under the supervision of a doctor or following consulting with a qualified physician, this is the case if such individuals are affected by any form of autoimmune illnesses, including the condition known as lupus, or even any other progressive diseases, including tuberculosis and multiple sclerosis especially, if the person has been affected by the condition over the long period of time. Echinacea must be used with extreme caution by all individuals who develop allergic reactions to the flowers of the daisy family - as the Echinacea flowers might also trigger some allergic response for the body. Pregnant and lactating women can use the Echinacea remedies in the same way as other people, and in similar doses to other safe herbs, as there does not seem to be any known contraindications with the therapeutic use of Echinacea during a term of pregnancy or its use by nursing mothers.
HOW IT WORKS IN THE BODY Research is continuing on the way the Echinacea herb works on the immune system and how it controls it from within. That the various polysaccharides play a major role in the prevention of viral entry into the cells of the body is evident, and these keep the virus particles from taking hold in any of the cells in the body. The herbal action is particularly effectively in the stimulation of the white T-cells inside the immune system in the body, these immune system cells help the body in fighting off any infection and help in keeping the body in a healthy condition. The other chemical constituents of the herb also help in dealing with the problem, a bactericidal action is performed by the alkaloids, these chemical compounds are also very active against all kinds of fungal infection affecting the body. The blood cleansing action of the Echinacea is also well known and it is used as an effective herbal alterative, it is also used to clear the skin, it helps in clearing away internal as well as external boils and in the treatment of all other skin disorders and diseases.
APPLICATIONS Root: DECOCTION – The herb can be used in this decoction form and patients affected by infections, can consume 10 ml doses, once every 1 - 2 hours during the entire acute stage of infection and the treatment can be used as and when necessary. TINCTURE – The Echinacea can also be taken in doses of 2 - 5 ml once every 2 - 3 hours for the treatment of diseases such as influenza, all types of chills, and to treat various urinary tract infections, this treatment is very effective particularly during the first couple of days when the acute symptoms develop. The standard doses must be used for the more chronic conditions, standard doses can be taken in combination with other remedial herbs, including the buchu and the couch grass which are effective in the treatment of all kinds of kidney infections, the herb known as the cleavers must be used in the combination if the problem is glandular fever. This herbal tincture can be taken in 10 ml doses to treat cases of food poisoning and as a treatment for snakebites. WASH – The herbal decoction or the diluted herbal tincture can be used to wash infected wounds on the body. Carefully bathe the affected area as frequently as possible using the tincture or the decoction. This will not only result in reducing the infection but will also heal the wound in no time. GARGLE – The Echinacea can also be used as a gargle, and 10 ml of the tincture in a glass of warm water can be used to gargle when dealing with sore throats in different patients. POWDER – The herb can be powdered down and the herbal dust is often used for the treatment of various infected skin conditions including boils - when treatment should be combined with other herbs such as the marshmallow, during the treatment of eczema infections on the skin. CAPSULES – The capsules of the herb can also be taken during the treatment process, patients must take about three 200 mg capsules, at least thrice every day at the very onset of acute infections, including infections such as the common colds, the influenza, and all kinds of kidney or urinary tract infections - the capsule form is very easy to use and widely available in health stores.
ECHINACEA'S QUALITY Echinacea is essentially better and more effective the fresher it is. The preservation of freshness is very high priority to some manufacturers, who often go to great lengths to preserve the freshness of the herbal product. Some of these manufacturers produce the herbal liquid or powdered extracts from plants taken straight from the field without any previous period of storing or stocking. The roots of the Echinacea are traditionally known to lose their potency when they are exposed to air, to warmth, or to the moisture in the air, for more than a few months at a time - the herbal product can be ruined in some cases, even when the exposure is for a few weeks. The cut or powdered herb is particularly vulnerable to spoilage in this way and extreme care is needed while handling these herbal products. When taking bulk orders of the Echinacea from any herbal store, it is best to buy the whole root of the herb, instead of the powdered herb as the root will keep better and for longer periods of time - if this is not possible, then at least, large pieces of the root must be purchased. Degradation can also quickly occur in the powdered herb packed into capsules or tablets - this comes about, as both plastic bottles and gelatin capsules often give access to air. The tablets and capsules however, do not degrade as quickly as the bulk powder. It must also be mentioned that, the herbal capsules which are kept packed within glass bottles can often last much longer than those which are packed in plastic containers.
The fact is that there are negative and positive sides to both products. The capsules have two distinct pros, one is that they are convenient and two, they are very cost-effective. The manufacturer’s date - which is not the same as the expiration date, stamped on the bottle must be checked before you opt for the herbal capsules. The best option in such cases, is to purchase bottles which are very recent and never buy bottles with products, which are more than a year old - the herbal product will have lost all potency in that time period. Any bottle without a distinct manufacturers date stamp should not be purchased as one can never be sure about, how old the herbal product within the bottle really is and it is also impossible to guess the potency of the herbal product. Checking the difference between the date of manufacture and the expiration date of the herbal product is always a good idea, and if you find a product with only the expiration date, it is a good idea to ask the store owner or to call the manufacturer to find out the connection and time period involved between manufacture date and expiration period.
Herbal tinctures and liquid extracts are the most durable and longest lasting forms of all Echinacea herbal preparations in the market. When stored in amber bottles and away from direct heat and sunlight, these herbal remedies can even retain their potency for up to two and even three years at a time - in general, these forms of the herbal remedy keep well for long periods of time compared to the other products. The alcohol content of the herbal tincture and liquid extracts is the major drawback of these forms of the herbal remedy, as the alcohol content can often irritate and may not be acceptable to some people and for use with minors. One option in such cases is to dilute the herbal drops and tinctures in water or in fruit juices and then these can be placed directly in boiled water so as to evaporate the majority of the alcohol in the tincture.
DNA origami has been used to create an artificial ion channel! Researchers from Germany and the USA have created these synthetic mimics of protein channels, which carry ions, water and other substances across impermeable cell membranes. Potential applications in medicine and technology are massive.
'The time has come to question a system that funnels public money into medical institutions where the overriding principle is not science but religious ideology. Today, religious charities keep themselves afloat by administering public funds and providing services to the general public. In 2010 only three percent of the funds that flowed through Catholic Charities in the U.S. actually derived from the offering plate. And yet that small percent buys an enormous amount of influence. In a modern medical center it can give the bishops a decisive vote in our most private decisions. The bishops may get to decide whether an old woman exits this world with peace and grace or is forced to wait until God overrides every modern life support system. They may get to decide whether a young mother with a malformed fetus is saddled with a lifetime of heartache or has the opportunity to grieve and start again. They may get to decide whether another young mother lives or dies. That they have such power is wrong. A friend of the Halappanavars, orthopedic surgeon C. R. Prasad, visited Savita in the hospital while she was alive. Now he is speaking out: “This should never happen to another woman. Religion and medicine should never mix.” As one of the many women blessed by an abortion that let me start again, I could not agree more.'
Holland Roden was in the MTV offices, looking stunning as usual. Like this if you're excited that Season 3 is about to start filming!
There seems to be several reasons for our instant attraction. First, there is a physical interaction with the runes as well as the Goddess and female energy. There is wonderful a history behind these runes. They are like stepping back in time to the time when Wise Ones would cast their stones on the ground for and understanding of the past, present and yes, the future.
The Goddess Runes are an excellent tool for in depth exploration of spiritual issues of life issues. Seen from such a perspective, even the everyday seems to be held within a new understanding.
Runes are the ancient alphabet-like symbols used by the Germanic, Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian tribes of northern Europe dating back about 2,000 years to the beginning of the Christian era. Archeologists date the earliest runic inscriptions found from the late second century AD; due to the maturity of the script and the techniques of recording it, there are hints of origins at least a century earlier.
However, since it appears the first runic symbols were carved almost always on wood. The actual origin of the runes is shrouded with mystery. The word rune itself comes from a root meaning “secret” or “mystery” in Old English, and “to whisper” in Old German. This reflects the fact that their meanings were passed down orally for centuries; the first written manuscripts of the names and meanings of the runes were the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian rune poems dating from the ninth to the twelfth centuries AD.
Comprised solely of straight vertical and diagonal lines, the runes were carved first into wood and bone and later into stone and metal. They were used to mark property, record events and imply certain magickal forces or qualities such as victory in battle, fertility in marriage, and protection of home and family. Runes were also used for divination, much as they are today.
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs their spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.