Hot baths are excellent. I've come to realize that it ought to be the third thing you do when you have a physical ailment, not the very last thing you try. (The first thing should be a glass of water. The second thing should be a large bowl of your favorite sort of salad which should be made up of at least half green leaves.)
I find that despite the many pills available, none of them work as well on cramps as a hot bath. Although, I've love to try putting silk tassel to work on cramps, but unfortunately it doesn't grow in the middle of apartment-complex-central.
I've also found hot baths to sooth stress, any form of muscle cramp, irritated skin, infections, and so forth. It seems like the cheapest and most effective quick-fix than anyone with a bathtub has lying around.
Baths are also excellent for reflecting. I had this amazing realization while I was pondering the evils of Monsanto and other corporations in the tub. I suddenly caught the word 'evils' and paused on it. The evils of who exactly? And then it hit me...
No person is evil. The situation is what's evil.
I'm certain that the people behind creating such awful chemicals have really rough situations and traumas that have led them to make depraved and difficult choices in their lives.
On a slightly unrelated topic;
An old friend of mine asked me for a run-down on my current life. I wrote;
"I'm recently married. I'm spending most of my time writing my new health blog and researching for it. I've started an indoor edible garden including strawberries, tomatoes, thyme, sage and basil. I'm working on becoming more and more informed about everything I buy now that I fully understand that the vote doesn't happen in the poll-booth, it happens in the store. I'm thinking about going back to working on a fantasy novel I was writing a few years ago.
"I'm doing yoga daily and going out to do it about once a week. I'm having raw food potlucks at my apartment and attending them as often as I can. I'm learning how to eat as much raw and fresh produce as possible, and learning the dangers and idiocy of cooking food (or worse, microwaving it), and am about to start researching stocks this week so my husband and I can make some informed investments in some forward-thinking companies."
My Indoor Garden
And yet, I still wish I could milk more hours out of every day for more digital painting, poetry, blogging, researching, dancing, singing, making love, thinking and playing.
A political cartoon I found moving;
And here is an article I found to be very, very well informed and well written. Eliot Spitzer discusses how the incentives we create drive corporations to do what they do, and how it won't change if we don't change the regulations. The best read I've seen that had anything to do with the oil spill.