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Crushed Dandelion Heads and Other Things: Random Words in Conversation; Think Before You Speak

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Discussing Cures for Covid

We were watching the BBC news. They were talking about treatments, cures, vaccines, whatever, for Covid-19. The general waffle of the conversation intimated that nobody has any idea what will happen and that’s fair to a certain extent. Of course, scientists around the world are doing amazing research to find a vaccine that will work for all and will be safe. In the meantime, some politicians are clutching at straws and, dare I say it, ‘some’ have come up with dangerous suggestions of self-injecting disinfectant or bleach!

Irresponsible? Apparently not, as there is no possibility that anyone would take that seriously. Well some people did but, it seems, that outcome was nothing to do with someone else’s lack of forethought, nor with irresponsibility. Really?!

The gist of the news reflected a random ‘well, who knows?’ scenario. In the midst of listening to this presentation, my partner says, “You never know, something natural could be the answer. By chance, someone will stumble over a cure.”

“Like what?” says I.

He lifts his hand high, with a shrug, and says, “I dunno…. crushed dandelion heads!”

We laughed and since then that’s our response to anything for which we have no answer. It’s certainly safer than disinfectant or bleach.

Who's Got Brains?!

Engage Brain before Opening Mouth!

Fortunately, none of our politicians has yet come out with anything to match the man referred to above. However, the message regarding action is muddled. It seems someone comes up with an idea which might work and they run with it. There is no thorough preparation, no definite timetable. At first there was but not now.

Those who have authority, who run our country, who hold sway over most of our lives, need to think carefully before they come out with random thoughts. It must be obvious whether or not they are being serious, frivolous or sarcastic. Maybe they are frustrated. That’s fine, we all are, but we still need to think before our frustration drives our words.

If you speak on live media programmes, you need to monitor your thoughts, pick your words with wisdom and sincerity. Surely some preparation is possible, even if you don't know the exact questions you’re going to face. You should know how you’re going to deal with any facet of a current situation before you agree to go on air and answer questions.

I understand it’s not easy. I understand they don’t always have facts or a definitive yes or no. Fine. If that is the case then why not say so? They won’t lose nearly as much face doing that as they lose when they’re patently procrastinating or when they just don’t know. It insults us and they lose our trust.

Disaster strikes when you grab any thought off the top of your head and just let it out, without thinking at all! Disaster can also strike if you try to fob people off with half-truths and fudged statistics; confusion can be dangerous. Admit that you don’t know but will get back to us with something concrete, and you gain trust.


Then there’s the way we react to what we hear, what we see. We should evaluate everything. What is the source? Is it true? Is it random or is it done for a purpose?

‘Crushed dandelion heads’ was a totally random response to picking a cure for Covid out of thin air, trying to illustrate the magnitude of possibilities! It was also to imply that governments don’t necessarily listen.

Do they heed the scientists, the fact-based information? I believe not, not when money is involved, not when the economy needs a boost. It’s true that the economy is suffering but which is more important, money or health?

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Posts in the Sand

Defining Line

Defining Line

A Reflection of how we Feel

Right now, I’m in limbo. I don’t know what’s going to happen next week, next month, next year. Yes, I know that applies always but we do usually have some posts in the sand to aim for - they have gone.

So I understand that at the moment some might feel we may as well go for something plucked from thin air - it might work, just as well as anything else you could think of!

However, the difference between the dandelion heads and the disinfectant is that you’re thinking of a possibility, with a little humour, but you’re not on air and you’re not actually acting upon it!

Measured, Considered Response

Listen carefully to reputable sources and to respected experts. Sift through all the information you have before you decide and before you reach any conclusion that might be unsound. Then, and only then, can you act upon what you believe to be correct.

Dandelion Seed Sphere

Dandelion Clocks

Long, long ago when I was young, our parents taught us a wonderful game of telling the time using a dandelion clock. I passed it on to my children and now on to my grandchildren.

That perfect sphere of fluffy seeds is dispersed by the wind. I tell my grandchildren that as soon as the seeds leave the plant, they are fairies flying on the wind to wherever they want to go. The dandelion fairies will also tell you the time.

Take a deep breath! Blow the seeds! Don’t forget to count how many times it takes for all the seeds to fly! Which number did you get to? 4? Well then, it’s four o’clock! Mostly it works, especially if you choose the right time of day; a number between 3 and 6 usually gets close enough!

So you can console yourself with the thought that even if you can’t actually use crushed dandelion heads as an antidote, you could always use them to tell the time!

How do you evaluate information?

How do you tell the time?

© 2020 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on October 05, 2020:

I wish! We're adapting with a little less stress but it's always there in the background, isn't it?

Thanks for the visit, Denise.

Stay safe!


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 04, 2020:

Let's get on with the crushed dandelion heads and get past this thing. Can you believe it is still hanging around after all this time? I'm about ready for it to be a thing of the past already.



Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 15, 2020:

Hi Nithya! Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to remind you of your childhood. It's good to have a bit of nostalgia to cheer us up!


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 15, 2020:

An excellent article, interesting and informative. As you say, it is essential to research and verify facts before we take action. Love the dandelion clock reminds me of my childhood.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 14, 2020:

Ann, the only alternative I knew were those approved by the NDLEA. Even so, some like me who have the skill to prepare home remedies will do just that for a cold or cough specific. If you are familiar with the WHO, you will realize she did not approved of over the counter drugs for these ailments. Thanks.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 14, 2020:

Mieakagh: That's good then. I think some alternatives here are even on the NHS but I'm not sure. Glad you have access to them anyway.


Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 14, 2020:

Ann, I am glad to know and note that about Great Britain. It is a different with the Nigerian government. But individuals were free to seek alternative therapy always. Thanks.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 14, 2020:

Miebakagh: In Britain, government accepts them and doctors can suggest alternatives too; there is no stigma attached to alternative/homeopathic remedies. Indeed, many people use them.

Thank you for your comment.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 14, 2020:

Hello Linda! Thank you for your comments. Glad you've had experience of dandelion clocks too. I think of them as a happy memory of childhood.

Hope all's well with you.


Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 13, 2020:

The bottom line is that governments will not early add voice to alternative medicine.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2020:

You've raised some great points in this article, Ann. I like the idea of "crushed dandelion heads" as a response! It was interesting to read about dandelion clocks. I've enjoyed using them since childhood.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 12, 2020:

Hello Jo! Thanks for your entertaining comment. No, I don't understand how he got elected either!

Yes, so we're told too. My partner and I are about to come out of self-isolation so it's a bit daunting. I have to make myself go further afield and I think once I do, then I'll feel better about it.

Thanks for your visit today; much appreciated.

Keep safe and well!


Jo Miller from Tennessee on June 11, 2020:

Ann, most of us here in the United States never take Donald Trump seriously about anything he says. He lies routinely and makes stupid statements all the time. How he got elected I'll never understand completely. I take some comfort in the fact that the majority of Americans didn't vote for him.

Apparently the only thing that really works right now is social distancing and mask wearing. And we'll be living with this different life style until there is a vaccine, probably not until 2021. That's what reliable experts in this country tell us. We have settled in to that reality and are trying to make the best of it. But we do have lots of dandelions around here. Just in case.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 11, 2020:

Hello Denise! Glad you like the dandelion clock. I love watching the wonder and delight in a child's eyes when they buy the idea of the 'fairies' and telling the time. It's so magical.

It's mind-blowing that so many people can't think for themselves, or don't want to.

Thank you for your valuable input.

Keep safe and well!


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 10, 2020:

I never heard of a dandelion clock. I can't wait to tell my grandchildren when I get to see them next. (and who knows when that will be.) Good advice about watching your words and checking everything. I can hardly believe the people who refuse to watch but one news media and believe everything that is told them without checking any facts. All of the news media have some bias and mostly it makes me tired. Because I can't really take anything as absolutely true. Only true as they see it and interpret it. I do appreciate your advice and crushed dandelion heads.



Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 10, 2020:

The dandelion clock was well-known in my childhood but not everyone knows it these days, sadly. It's going along with lots of other traditional ways and rhymes.

I never use dandelion in food so perhaps I should start doing so!

Thanks for your input, Peggy. Lovely to see you.

Keep safe and well!


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2020:

I like your dandelion theory of treating COVID-19. It surely beats bleach! It is incredible and dangerous what comes out of the mouth, or twitter feeds, of some people! Let's vote and pray for better days to come.

We enjoyed some dandelion greens in salads picked from our yard when we lived in Wisconsin. I had never heard that clock theory.

Stay safe!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 09, 2020:

Hello Mary! Yes, but it's not so good here now either! The government is not sure what to do and then we have the added problem of some protesters not respecting social distancing, as well as pulling down statues and other criminal damage.

Sanity would be good!

Thanks for stopping by; good to see you. Take care.


Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 08, 2020:

That should not be. The world prays for unity against a common enemy.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2020:

Aren't you happy you're in England? I am happy I am in Canada. It has gone so far. It continues to divide the Americans and it is sad. Some sanity I pray.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 05, 2020:

Annart, you're welcomed. I'm a practical person, and had some scientific background. I'll sooner or later examine the dandelion head. Though used in foods, it is an hercl remedy. Thank you.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 05, 2020:

Good morning, Flourish.

That must have been scary but obviously effectual! We do have to make sure we can back up what we say. The butterfly effect can take it round the world, probably doubly so via www.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Keep safe and well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 05, 2020:

Hello Doris! Yes, dandelions have long been used in food, drink and in remedies as you say; a much maligned plant but so useful!

I can't believe how thick-skinned and pompous that person is - it would be laughable if it wasn't so dangerous.

Thanks for popping in and leaving your valuable input. Take care.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 05, 2020:

You are so right, Linda. Thanks for your apt illustration which supports my thoughts. I find it difficult to accept that many are so mindless, too lazy to think carefully about things I suppose. And yes, it does put good journalism into disrepute.

Great to see you today! Take care.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 05, 2020:

Hi Greg! Glad this made you smile. We'd better have a society against cruelty to dandelions now then! My other half always says it how it is!

Thanks for your kind comment.

Take care.


FlourishAnyway from USA on June 04, 2020:

I used to have a professor who would randomly scream at us to cite our source when we made any factual statement. I shudder at the thought but it sank in and I can do it.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 04, 2020:

Ann, your article makes a lot of sense, and so does your partner's "crushed dandelion heads." Dandelions are used in the world of herbal medicine, but I forget what for. Also they are edible. I've seen photos of cakes decorated with dandelion flowers and salad recipes with dandelion greens in them.

But your point of thinking before you speak goes right over the head of the one who needs it the most. I saw him on TV today bragging that his poll numbers were leaving everyone else behind, while the print matter beneath his brag said it was "not true, his poll numbers were lagging behind." Oh well, we know he uses a playbook that must have been written in satire.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 04, 2020:

There's a verse in the Bible that discusses "itching ears." We hear what we want to hear. I am horrified/saddened/angry (lots of emotions going on here) at those who share "information" on social media without checking on the source. Is it true? Is it accurate? Is it balanced? Don't promulgate lies and fabrications. Doing so is the enemy of true and honest journalism.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 04, 2020:

There’s grave danger in the bully pulpit, particularly when it’s used to literally bully. I think, though, I’d rather have heard him say juice from the heads of dandelions than what he actually said.

Your work here made me smile, Ann, and we all could use a smile right now!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Yes, Ruby, even if they did it would do no harm. I read that at least one person died having injected disinfectant.

Glad this came over as lighthearted as I didn't want to get too serious, but at the same time express my concern at the seeming inability of some to realise their words could result in harm and some who cannot distinguish between the truth and lies.

Thanks for your comments. Good to see you today!


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 04, 2020:

Ann, at least you know that no one is going to try the dandelion for a cure. I read that two teens actually tried the bleach injection and was hospitalized. It's embarrassing to have a president suggest it. I sooo agree that we all should think about the subject before we speak. I enjoyed reading your lighthearted article.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Thank you, Liz. Yes I find myself fluctuating between being worried and then just doing my own thing; the latter is definitely the better.

Don't know why that suddenly came into his head but then I never understand what's in his head anyway!! I did tell him it was a good idea for a story so I'm working on that next.

Good to see you; thanks for the visit, Liz.


Liz Westwood from UK on June 04, 2020:

I love the crushed dandelion heads tale. It makes more sense than some things I have heard recently. You have captured the situation that we are all in very well in this article. At times it's difficult to know what to believe. These are certainly unprecedented times.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Well, I wanted to inject a little humour along the way!

The old remedies are often the best. Good joke!

Thanks for the visit. It's good to see you.


Charlie Halliday from Scotland on June 04, 2020:

An excellent article Ann with a nice bit of humour mixed in.

My mother who is 90 still uses all her old home made remedies, and I also remember the dandelion clock haha.

The injecting bleach comment reminded me of a joke I said to my son many years ago. I told him a mouse had been eating the bar of vanish in the kitchen cupboard. He asked me if it had killed the mouse and I told him no but it had disappeared.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Hello Shauna! I like your alternative of making wishes on the dandelion seeds. My only wish right now is that I could see my children and grandchildren and give them all a hug!

Thanks for the visit. Much appreciated.


Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 04, 2020:

Ann, you make some very valid points. The person to whom you refer in the first part of this article should definitely think before he opens his mouth, or tweets for that matter

Your partner's "crushed dandelions" is hilarious. And I love that you say it when you just don't know. Inside joke, for sure.

We didn't tell time with dandelion seed heads, we made wishes on them. In fact, we called them "wishies" when we were little. As you blow the fluffs into the wind, you make a wish. If all the heads come off in one blow, your wish will come true!

Ta ta for now, Ann. Meet me in the dandelion field in an hour. We'll make wishes and hope they come true.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

John, let me know how you get on with that! Wouldn't it be surreal if it worked?!!

I think your neck of the woods is one of the clearest regions. Australia doesn't seem to have been affected as much as many others, but then the land to people ratio is hugely different! New Zealand seems to be the best place to be as far as we hear from family.

Thanks for your input. Good to see you here today, John.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Boosting one's immunity is certainly a good idea. You never know, crushed dandelion heads might be the answer though no one's going to try it I'm sure!!

Thanks for your input, Miebakagh. I appreciate your visit.


Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 04, 2020:

Ann, corvid-19 is still the current political and social trend. Although a cure is urgently need, those on the shelf will one day receive the WHO backing. Like you, I'm also in limbo. At present, many university proffesors in Nigeria are researching on alternative medicine. Many laity like your hubby are saying the same thing here like the seeds of the black pepper cures corvid-19. The only practical step I took is to boost my immunity. It will be a story s6e day. Stay safe, Ann.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2020:

Ann, I am going outside, as soon as I finish here, to pick some dandelion heads to crush. Seriously, it has as much chance of being effective, if not more, than many of the other things suggested.

Most of our restrictions are starting to be lifted, though our state borders are still closed. Our Health Minister says he is confident our measures are working and that she doesn’t expect a second spike due to easing restrictions. I know you can’t trust politicians but we do seem to be in a better position than most places so I have to give them some credence in this instance.

Anyway, I did really enjoy this article. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

I thought I'd written a response to you, Pamela, but it seems to have disappeared, so if two appear you'll know why!

Thanks for your comments and your kind words. We all have to be so careful about everything these days! I hope you're keeping safe and well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

I think you're right, Eric, to do as you see fit. We all need to make our own choices. When they're well informed it's fine but we have to separate the wheat from the chaff and that's not always easy!

Thanks for your visit today - great to see you, as always.


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 04, 2020:

Well, as always, delightfully written. Seems to me that I do not like everything these days but generally folks are doing their best from leaders to children. I do not think under our constitution very much of what the gov. has done is correct -- but I follow them by choice. I also seldom follow the news by choice.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2020:

I certainly agree that we need to think before we speak. I also think we need to be careful as to what we believe. We should validate sources when we see the news or hear a speaker. This is an excellent article, Ann. You made some excellet points.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Thank you Lorna. Yes, we have to do what's best for us. Maybe when we look back we'll see what mistakes and what right moves we made, hopefully to learn by it all! Comparing all countries on equal footing doesn't work either, though, I feel, as we are a small island with lots of people. However, I agree that it hasn't been handled well and nor have many stuck to the rules (just because they're rules maybe!).

Ah yes, nettle soup! I find there are many who don't know about dandelion clocks which surprises me as I grew up with the notion and feel those who didn't have missed out terribly!!

I appreciate your visit and your valuable input, Lorna.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

Thank you, bill. I fear you are right. It's just the same here though I know many people who think the same way I do. It certainly is scary. On a slight tangent, my son-in-law was hauled over the coals because he called in to work saying he had to take at least a day off work until his daughter's coronavirus test came back! It came back all clear, thank goodness, but what an attitude! Presumably they would rather he infected the whole place.

You enjoy your Thursday too, bill and thanks for your visit today. I always look forward to your comments.


Lorna Lamon on June 04, 2020:

I find it impossible to equate the sheer number of deaths and confirmed cases in the UK with "We always follow the scientific advice". However, these questions, and many more will have to be answered after this pandemic has passed and it will be interesting to see what the findings will be.In the meantime we have to use our own best judgement, fact finding and common sense.

I like the dandelion theory Ann as it reminded me of my Gran who used to make nettle soup as a cure for just about everything. A thought provoking article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 04, 2020:

There are multiple millions of people in the U.S. who need to read this article. But wait, they would just claim it to be fake news and move on with their lives. It's amazing, really. I have no explanation for it. People believe what they want to believe, and they believe whom they want to believe. Logic plays no part in it. Research plays no part in their actions. They heard it on FOX News, or CNN, or they read it on "Dave's Blog," and that makes it the truth, by God.

Scary, me thinks!

Have a brilliant Thursday, my friend!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on June 04, 2020:

manatita: Thanks for your visit and valuable input. Yes, natural remedies are used for all sorts of things - what used to be called 'old wives' tales' have more clout these days with significant evidence for success. Dandelion wine is good too I believe!

I should have been more specific regarding the scientists as I was thinking of the medical researchers rather than the companies, though of course they have their own researchers!

Interesting points, thank you.

Being an oldie, I totally forgot about phones etc giving us easy access to the time! Silly me!

Enjoy your day and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


manatita44 from london on June 04, 2020:

Easy second poll. My computer or cell phone.

I rather like the Dandelion clock! Your partner may also be closer to the truth than the 'bleach person.' There's an increasing number of UK and American doctors and naturopaths, who specialise in healing chronic conditions.

Dr Buttar (A medical surgeon), Dr Morse, Dr Stephen Grundy (Another surgeon) and Anthony Williams (Medical medium), are at the forefront these days. Their remedies vary from natural juices and berries, to using zinc, selenium, Vit D and C, quite successfully apparently.

I have also seen a Texan doctor (MD), on the internet, who said that she successfully used Hydrocloroquine on all her patients with Covid-19, quite successfully.

Back to the dandelion, I believe it is good for the liver, which deals with over 100 functions in the body, a major one being toxicity. So noble effort here.

Your points about scientists are useful. Drugs and vaccines are incredibly profitable business, up there in the billions and they have lobbyist every where! These days, they are more openly criticised, but their lobbyists fight even harder.

The big guns involved on Facebook, Google and other media moguls, are also very shadowy people. The very nature of excessive greed, is to step on the toes of the dispossessed.

Good food for thought in your wonderful Hub.

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