We live in a world full of sound and with every waking moment we are bombarded with noise. Even softly playing music in the background we are hearing much more than we did when we were younger. It has become increasing difficult to find a quiet moment even at home. At work we find and listen to all sorts of sound even the ones we do not pay attention to. I travel  to work in a car and turn on the radio. I listen to the sound of the engine subconsciously as I want to know deep in the back of my mind if the car is running ok.

As I park the car there is the sound of the tyres on the pavement. The sound of the door opening. As I swipe my security card a swoosh then the door opens. The rustle on the carpet. The light switch and the press of the button as I turn on the computer. As windows boots up it plays the Microsoft jingle. Well not quite but it’s almost the sound of money in a Microsoft register. Sound is everywhere. At home there is the sound of the dryer and washing machine. I turn on the radio as I feel that it is too quiet. Imagine that too quite as I am the only one at home. But when do I have a moment to myself just sitting, thinking letting the mind go free and wander. When I was younger, that seems like an ages ago. I would be able to sit with a group of friends and literally the mind wander. There was no time or space. Then they would say , Ronald, Ronald and I would awake from my slumber of mind wandering. I would love to find that space and time again. But it seems so hard. Why ! oh Why so hard..because sound is everywhere. My mind cannot seem to find rest. My mind wanders what the next thought is going to be, it monitors all the sound around me..and feedback to my senses that I have to do this and do that. Write this and write that..What have I become..

Find your quiet moment, find your soul and let it wander about the wonders of the world and its creation.


Ahhhh! The good old days SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Interesting Medications from the past
Treatments from our great granny’s time, very effective medication!


Bayer’s Heroin

A bottle of Bayer’s heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong cough.


Coca Wine

Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.


Mariani wine

Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.



Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should take half a glass.


A paper weight

A paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.


Opium for Asthma

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Cocaine tablets (1900)

All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice.


Cocaine drops for toothache

Very popular for children in 1885. Not only they relieved the pain, they made the children happy!


Opium for new-borns

I’m sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!!!!!)

And we worry about aspirin for children today???