So, @TheTickTV is worth watching #AmazonPrimeVideo

This @ben_edlund ‏ Amazon Prime original series, starring @GriffLightning ‏, is chock full of laugh out loud moments. The Tick tire toss into the antagonist, Ramsey, the leader of a criminal underground band terrorizing the city, was so good we had to stop the show and record it. A sampling of our fellow citizens reviews:

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed archvillains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.

Season 1 of The Tick is broken into two mini seasons. The second part of season one will be aired sometime in early 2018.

The New @Netflix Show @Atypical is Antartica Cool

After scrounging around all summer looking for a new original series to fall in love with it turned out to be Atypcial.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the brain’s growth and development. It is a lifelong condition, with symptoms that appear in early childhood. Adults on the autism spectrum may struggle with social situations and ‘small talk’, thus appear rude or say things that others would not say. The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

Netflix brings us the story of Sam, a a high functioning 18-year old high school student in the spectrum. In season 1, Sam encounters the same challenges facing any adolescent navigating high school. He learns about what it feels like to fall in love and have your heart broken, and what it feels like to break a heart. But Sam learns his lessons through the prism of autism. It’s a tear-jerker at times. But Sam has a fantastic mom, dad, and sister, and super-cool friends. The show cracks you up between the eye-watering scenes. Along the way, we all learn about penguins and interesting factual information about Antarctica.

I rate this show 5 Stars. Absolutely fabulous.

 

#Elderberry Harvest Time in Western North Carolina #Medicinal #Herb #Permaculture

Elderberries

One really needs to keep a close eye on his elderberry bushes at this time of year. The flowers turn into green and then ripe black berries in a short time.

I’ve now harvested most of my elderberries over the past two weekends. (See photograph to the left.) I could have easily missed the harvest if I didn’t check.

Missing the elderberry harvest would have been disappointing. Last winter, my wife and I used the tincture of elderberry to completely avoid any colds and flu. The elderberry is an amazing medicinal herb. I cannot believe I lived half my life before I discovered the medicinal benefit of elderberries. Nearly free too.

Watch this blog for an update on the progress of my elderberry tincture production.

How I Made My St. John’s Wort Tincture

The St. John’s Wort plant has been medicinal for human beings for thousands of years. I blogged about the mythology of this wonderfully beneficial, friendly perennial plant here.

It is remarkably easy to extract medicinal benefits from herbaceous plants like St. John’s Wort into a tincture.To produce the tincture, all one needs is spirits, a canning bottle or two, and the recently harvested flower blooms. Here are the steps I followed to produce the St. John’s Wort tincture:

  • Fill a jar with recently harvested flowers;

  • Cover the flowers with spirits, such as a 100-proof, flavorless vodka;

  • Depress flowers below the surface of the spirits with a weight (e.g., a small rock);

  • Steep the flowers for about eight weeks. (Agitate the container once per week or so);

  • After eight weeks, strain the vegetable matter from the fluid retaining the spirits (tincture);

  • Store tincture in a dark cool location until needed.

The tincture produced here displayed a bright, sunny quality. The plant itself represents light so this is not surprising. It is a plant designed to lift human spirits.