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When I Was A Kid series

Short stories about growing up in Western Pennsylvania.
By Edward D. Clark, Sr.

Episode 1 My Brother, Jim
Episode 2 My Very First Fishing Trip
Episode 3 My Uncle Herb
Episode 4 My Brother Muggs, the doe and me
Episode 5 My Cousin Wetzel (Fred) My Lifetime Pal
Episode 6 My youngest brother Tee and me; the unlikely twosome
Episode 7 The Adventures of Jonathan and Wetzel






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Welcome Home

Featured Wild Plant
(from Allegheny Wild Adventures)
Jewelweed
Jewelweed
or Wild Touch-Me-Not

Jewelweed is very common in the Allegheny Region.  It is easily recognized.  If you've ever wandered outdoors you have surely seen it.  But you may not have known how useful it is.
Jewelweed is THE plant to know for skin irritation.
The liquid in the stems, leaves and nodes will sooth Poison Ivy, mosquito bites, bee stings, nettle stings and many skin maladies.
It helps treat warts, bruises, fungal skin infections, minor burns, cuts and eczema.

It's nickname, Wild Touch-Me-Not comes from the seed pod's reaction to touch.   The pods will pop open revealing the seeds and a coiled spring-like part that cause the reaction.  The seeds can be eaten.

Carefully study these photos so you can recognize this plant and impress your city-slicker friends with your knowledge of nature.  When anyone complains of skin irritation you can grab a handful of Jewelweed, crush it and apply it to the affected area.  Be aware the it may take up to 10 or 15 minutes of application for relief.
Spotted Jewelweed Flower
   



















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