Greetings and Salutations

I'm writing to you all from a newly formatted laptop--not a new laptop, but a newly formatted one. I've spent a fair amount of the last week working on my computer. Today I finally gave up, in disgust, and recovered Windows. I'm still trying to get access to all of my old files (now my external hard drive isn't working). It's definitely Mercury in Retrograde!

Midterms are winding down. We have one more this week and then a "mid-term" exam next week as well. This week should prove to be interesting, given that we have the 4th off. I'm sure there will be cookouts and beach trips and fireworks of some sort.

Last week we had Botanical Medicine and Pharmacology. Boy, am I glad those are over! I'm still in Love with Botanical Medicine. I feel like I could never know too much. My hope is to do some more research on constituents to make sure none of the toxic ones get into my medicine. That's the thing with being your own pharmacist. Even though it's amazing to be able to make your own medicine, it comes with responsibility. Fortunately, for most herbs (not all--be careful!), the toxicity is low and it either takes a whole lot of herb to cause damage, or the toxic effects are minimal.

Saturday, Grey and I went to Downtown St. Pete for Pride! We have a number of friends in the LGBT community. It's been a tradition for the last 4 years for me to go, in support, and now Grey has been going for the last 2 years. We missed the parade due to rain, but we caught up with friends afterwards. I'm always impressed at how things go during Pride. Everyone comes out, and for the most part it's an extremely positive experience. I'm thinking that next year maybe the school should have a booth at the parade. I should probably talk to someone about that. There are a lot of health care vendors and educational booths there. It would be a great opportunity to expand our reach.

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This week's picture is of my Mullein. Admittedly, I have been running like a mad crazy woman, since I moved into my place and I haven't planted anything else or set up my garden. I honestly have no idea when I'll have time (maybe I should work on that this weekend). But, the Mullein is flowering, and it's lovely. I'm excited!

Have a great 4th of July, everyone. Enjoy Independence and whatever that means for you!