Real Men Wear Kilts Lake Arthur Hurricane Relief Effort

By Cynthia Nichols

For the past 16 years, when Damian and Amy Broussard of Lake Arthur woke up and looked out their window, the couple saw the goat barn.  It was a uniquely shaped building keeping 24 goats safe from wind, rain and the elements.   However, the family’s life changed on August 27, 2020, when three generations of the Broussard family watched Hurricane Laura blow through their family farm stealing away parts of the goat barn and dropping trees on what she left behind.

Many people in our area are familiar with the Broussard family who have lived in Lake Arthur for over 150 years. Family members include Earl and Kathy Broussard, Damian and Amy Broussard along with their children Jenna and Layton, not to mention all the goats, horses, donkeys, cats, ducks and livestock they raise.   Damian is a local Family Nurse Practitioner and Amy is a local Program Director of Surgical Technology at a local community college.

What many people do not know, though, is Damian is an integral part of a 9,000+ member Facebook group named, Real Men Wear Kilts.  Real Men Wear Kilts is an on-line group for any person, male or female, with an interest in Celtic heritage, tradition and obviously, the love of wearing a kilt.  Damian is a key moderator to the group helping it grow to become a fun, encouraging, knowledgeable and friendly on-line group.

When Hurricane Laura hit, the Real Men’s Group Administrator, Raymond Mhor of Conroe, Texas, and other leaders of the group organized a repair/rebuild team.  They saw a kilted brother in need.  With the Real Men Group members donating finances to fund the repairs, on September 18 the repair group embarked on a journey to Lake Arthur with the intent to rebuild the barn back to a safe place, again, for the homeless goats.   Andrew and Sara Lyon of Fort Worth; Dan Fucella of Clarksville, Tennessee; and Raymond and Cynthia Mhor of Conroe, Texas headed to help the Broussard’s with tools, food, hand sanitizer and donations in tow.

If you have ever seen a group of kilted men working on a construction site, it is certainly a sight to behold.  These kilted men show honor to their Celtic family heritage by donning unique kilts that represent each man’s heredity.  The kilt patterns are based on a family, clan or military heritage.  They forego the work pants and jeans to kilt up and work, as they say, unencumbered.

When asked why the RMWK group wear their unique kilts, Administrator Raymond Mhor explained, “We don our kilts as a fun and unique way to honor our family histories.  We don them to show we’re proud of our heritage and military service.  But, mostly, we don them to show support and encouragement to our fellow “kilties” as a show of friendship and unity.”

Today, the goat barn is now standing free of hurricane destruction.  The kilted workers have returned to their homes.  A 9,000-person kilted group on Facebook stepped up to show unity to another kilted member in need.  Also, 20 Gallons of hand sanitizer and a substantial donation was made to Lisa Richard of the Lake Arthur Meal Ministry.

Who says nothing good comes from Facebook?  Certainly not the Broussard family, the Lake Arthur Meal Ministry, or the Real Men Wear Kilts members.

For more information, check out www.realmenwearkilts.com or their Facebook group, Real Men Wear Kilts.

 

 

 


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Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

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The Gift of Choice

By Andrew Lyon

On our show I talked a bit about types of cigars, robusto, Churchill, torpedo and so on.  The ability to choose is wonderful at its core.  Honestly, I am not great at narrowing down my decision.  I actually think myself to a standstill.  I do much better with a small selection and try not to overthink the what ifs of what might have been.  This has led to plenty of bad decisions but it always seems to work out for the best in the end.

There are so many choices in the world for anything.  Just the thought of going to a shoe store to find some new sneakers or a shirt gives me a bit of anxiety.  I love that we have choices galore but let’s take a self-survey.  When you go to fast food chain X or restaurant Y do you A) always order the same thing or B) choose something new all the time?  Sure, I guess there is C) sometimes order new and sometimes get the same thing.

If pressed I would have to say A.  I always choose the things I love at the places I love.  I think you will find the average person agrees with me.  Do you try new style jeans every time? T-shirt color and style?  Ill bet you have a type of dog you think of when I say the word “dog”.

Does it say something about the person who always orders the same, looks for the jeans that feel just right?  Orders their kilt 1 inch too small because it fits just a little better that way?

My inclination is no, it does not say anything specific but rather universal.  That you like what you like.  However, in this journey to review and try a lot of different types of cigars, of which there are many, I have had to push myself outside of my comfort zone.  While standing in a walk-in humidor and looking through the literally thousands of choices to select a few at a time, I gravitate toward lighter smokes in Connecticut wrappers.  They just seem to be easier on me, while the dark maduro wrappers give me hiccups and a desire to eat something immediately.   This is why I am so very happy with a monthly subscription.

I am not trying to sell one club over another, and would love to get one as a sponsor, but until then I’m going to be very general about it.  If you want you can email me and I will share the information so you may also subscribe.

I digress; I chose to get a subscription so that I could take the decision out of my hands and get something different I have never tried.   It has long been my rule with my wife that I will choose if you get us down to 3 or 4 choices.  This is my new comfort zone.  I was so excited as I started an unboxing video on our show Holy Smokes to share the random cigars that had been selected for me to enjoy and discover.  And judging by the amount of random subscription boxes out there for anything from men’s underwear and women’s lingerie to cheese and wine clubs, many others feel the same way. Surprises are fun.

 

Fat Bottomed Betty

As I pull this cigar from its plastic wrapper, I can immediately smell a sweet scent.  I cut the foot, and I sniff along the cigar and take a cold pull.  Dark coffee, chocolate, and cream scream at me.  These infused cigars are sometimes hard to get a reading on.  I don’t know if I smell and taste the cigar or the infusion.  Maybe they are one in the same…

I toast the foot and take a pull, savoring the flavor on my tongue.  Sweet cream and chocolate are the immediate flavor notes but there is something spicy.  A small kick like when you find a pepper grain in between your teeth after you are finished eating.  The smoke is full and thick.

I look over this dark maduro wrapper, binder, and filler from Nicaragua and the construction is perfect.  Made just right.   The band is a work of art in and of itself and the box sports the same image.  I grabbed the box, seeing it had the last cigar in it, and I am glad I did.

I am through my first third and some of the infused flavor is starting to dissipate and the cigar’s flavor notes are shining through.  The spiciness is definitely from the cigar and tobacco, not the infusion. I still taste the chocolate but not the sweet cream.  That must be the flavoring.  She is still a wonderful smoke and the full-bodied experience makes me want to think of puns involving Betty’s dangerous curves or that she is a well-developed lady.  I am not going to inflict such ridiculousness on you so we will just move on.

Moving into the last third of the cigar and she is still going strong.  Maybe just a bit stronger than she was in the beginning.  The chocolate and coffee have been strong throughout.  The creamy buttery smoothness keeps it from being overpowering like a salsa with too much heat and no flavor.

Taste

A lovely 5 out of 5 Drams

Construction

5 out of 5 Standing Stones

Draw

5 out of 5 Bonnie Lasses

Cost

4 out of 5 Scrooge McDucks at around $9.00 USD

Enjoyment

6 out of 5 Kilts a-swinging

All in all, Fat Bottom Betty is a wonderful experience that I highly recommend.  The box only holds 10, which should be an indication that this is not an everyday smoke.  I think this is best as an after-dinner cigar.  Get your favorite coffee, drop some flavor in it like Irish cream or a small dram, and sit back with this as a dessert.  Take a little bit of time to light it and just enjoy how it tastes and smells.  Then after you light it you will delight in the smoke and flavors left on your lips.  The pictures were taken by me.  Join us Thursday nights 6:30 P.M. CST for our Facebook Live show Holy Smokes (here on Real Men Wear Kilts) where we chat about cigars and life, light up a wonderful cigar and learn about this luxurious hobby.

 

If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

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The Gano Medicine Cabinet

By Ray Gano

I consider myself a naturopath / holistic practitioner. I’ve spent a lot of years building my knowledge of natural remedies – and I’m still learning, but I am so glad I made the effort to acquire a basic understanding of how to apply natural substances to the goal of helping people in my family to feel well again when they are not feeling good.

Now don’t get me wrong, I use all kinds of over the counter products as well like Motrin, Bayer, Alka-Seltzer, Tums, etc. But I like to try to use as many natural products to help heal the body when I am able.

With that said, what I want to do in this article is share with you what we keep around in our medicine cabinet.

The Gano Medicine Cabinet Staples

Activated charcoal – a natural detoxifier and remover of waste, charcoal is a substance that is used to carry out undesirable substances from the digestive tract. Make certain you find a variety that does not use petroleum as a base for the charcoal preparation and is considered “food grade” and comes from a source such as coconut or bamboo. Excellent to use when experiencing abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, upset stomach, or diarrhea. This supplement is normally effective when taken one to three times in a row, depending on the severity of the symptom. Baths – can also be used as poultice, compress or bath treatment for pain, infection, swelling, or detoxification purposes. We use Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal. Safe for children.

Aloe vera – aloe vera juice is great for digestion and immune system function and support and can be taken daily between (at least two hours after) or ahead of meals. Take 1 to 2 ounces daily. It is also great for the skin (both externally and internally used) and is a good base in making homemade cosmetics (think deodorant, tooth cleaners, soaps, shampoos, etc.) A good brand available from the health food store is Nature’s Way Aloe Vera. You can add your aloe vera juice to water (it basically tastes like water), juice, smoothies, or just drink it straight.

Apple cider vinegar – besides a great natural cleaning agent (dilute with water and use anywhere in your home), ACV is great as a daily supplement added to salads, water, or juice. When you are sick or have a cold or flu, it can be taken several times a day to add essential amino acid compounds and good bacteria to support your body and immune system. It is best to drink it with a straw, as repeated use of ACV can wear away the enamel on your teeth. I recommend raw apple cider vinegar that has not been processed nor pasteurized. Bragg’s is an excellent brand and contains the “mother”, a gelatinous substance formed during the final step of fermentation containing valuable minerals, enzymes, and nutrients.

Castor oil – useful for detoxification (for liver and other organs), sore muscles, strains, sprains, or bruising, and PMS. It is a versatile, natural oil used for many different needs. Castor oil packs are widely recommended by practitioners for patients, and especially for complimentary care in cancer treatment. Castor oil packs are also used to shrink tumors and cysts, as applied directly to the affected area. Keep castor oil in the refrigerator when not in use. If it becomes cloudy or discolored, discard.

Use a small piece of fabric (wool or cotton flannel is best); cut a square, tripled or quadrupled over – can be as small as 4 x 4 inches or larger, depending on the area you are treating. Get a small dish (such as a casserole dish) and pour castor oil over the fabric and saturate, taking care not to get oil on other fabrics, upholstery, and clothing.

Get a water bottle and fill with hot water (not over 120 degrees). Apply fabric pack directly to skin and place the water bottle over the pack. You can use an old towel or t-shirt to make sure castor oil does not spread to your furniture or bed. The best time to do castor oil packs is in the evening before bed, and you should leave the pack on for 30 minutes to an hour. Try to remain quiet and in a resting state, without interruption.

Cayenne pepper – a great remedy for sore throats, colds, flus, and respiratory infections. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, and also a good digestive and cardiovascular aid. Great for digestive woes like bloating, gas, constipation, stomach cramping, allergies, poor circulation, chronic pain, headaches, and toothaches. It actually works to expand blood vessels to aid in carrying nutrients contained in pepper and other foods to the cells in your body. Cayenne can help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a powerful, natural detoxificant agent for the whole body. Dr. John R. Christopher’s (well-known herbalist) School of Natural Healing (book) and web site discusses many effective herbal remedies, including cayenne pepper.

To use cayenne pepper internally, add 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of about 6 ounces or more of warm water. The mixture will be spicy, so use caution. Sip or drink as able until gone. For added detoxification benefit and taste, you can add some Grade B maple syrup and lemon juice. It can also be used topically to wounds or cuts. You can apply the pepper directly to the wound or use 1/4 cayenne in a home-made solution with salt water. Use a small amount of water and salt to make a paste and apply. If necessary, cover with bandages or gauze.

Coconut oil – a natural antifungal and antiviral oil that can kill yeast (it’s great for those experiencing candida), use on skin for body moisturizing, abrasions, sunburn, chapping or chaffing, cuts, bruises, scrapes, conditioner for hair, diaper rash, use in cooking as a healthy, medium chain triglyceride fat, and is also a great digestive aid and because of its caprylic acid content, can be used to help control candida issues – for use alone or with any meal.

Colloidal silver – this substance has many uses and can be taken internally as well as applied topically. We use silver mostly for cuts and wounds. It heals very fast. Just apply a small amount and cover with a bandage or gauze strip. Some people use it successfully as a nasal spray or in a neti pot preparation for sinus and respiratory issues and allergies. I have found it works best on cuts and wounds. We use Now Foods SilverSol.

Cranberry juice (unsweetened, concentrated) – this is a great juice to take every day for lymphatic health and detoxification. I use about 8 ounces to 64 ounces of filtered water and drink daily. If desired, you can add fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice to the mixture, and Stevia or raw honey if the natural tartness is too much. It’s great for kidney health and contains many trace minerals and vitamins. I enjoy mine straight.

Dental/tooth/gum -Tooth and Gums Tonic – an all-natural, highly concentrated preparation made from ecologically-produced and sustainably harvested wild herbs echinacea and gotu kola, and oils of peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and lavender. This is one of the only substances I have ever found that works on canker sores (even over lysine), and is great for a mouthwash or substitute for brushing your teeth if you find yourself without a toothbrush. As it is highly concentrated, only small amounts are needed for use at a time, and depending on how much you use it, a bottle could last for months. Tastes amazing!

I have discovered another amazing natural dental rinse – kombucha! One way to relieve sore gums is by massaging the area several times daily and rinsing with a bit of kombucha. Hold it in your mouth for as long as you can (I try to do it for about 3 minutes or longer), it really helps the pain and tenderness subside.

Cod liver oil – load up on cod liver oil for dental and skeletal health and issues. I normally take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 at night with meals. Cod liver oil is so good for many health remedies, and I would think increasing your dosage to as many as 2 three or more times daily would be beneficial.

Carrier oils – pressed from the fatty portion of a plant or food (such as nuts, kernels, and seeds) and are used with essential oils (see below). These oils do not impart their scent as strongly as essential oils. Used to carry and dilute stronger oils which alone can cause irritation or burning. Here are some examples of carrier oils: sweet almond, avocado, borage, apricot kernel, jojoba, hemp seed, sunflower, sesame, pecan, macadamia, olive, or coconut oil.

Carrier oils go rancid fairly quickly (except for coconut oil) and should be used up or replaced often. You can use approximately a 5 to 1 ratio of carrier to essential oil mixture for topical use on the skin, or follow the directions on the package. Therapeutic grade oils are the best quality to use.

Echinacea – This is a great herb to have in the home. It boosts the Immune system, reduces upper respiratory issues, reduces infections, and can be taken orally or applied topically to combat pain.  Coming down with the flu? Take your echinacea in combination with Sambucol and activated charcoal. The one that we use is Now Foods Echinacea

Essential oils – are distilled from the bark, roots, and other aromatic components of botanicals, herbs, and plants. I use Now Foods & Young Living therapeutic grade oils.

Here are some of the mixtures I use:

Digestion: ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, anise, caraway, and coriander. When someone has an upset stomach, use a carrier oil and a few drops of these oils to massage gently into abdominal area and on the bottoms of the feet. You can also add a few drops to hot water and sip.

Respiratory/Allergies: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, melaleuca, laurel leaf, and tea tree oil. Use a few drops in hot steam as aromatherapy (breathing preparation) or in a neti pot or saline spray wash with a home-made saline solution and/or add some of the contents of a probiotics capsule as well.

Headache/stress/tension: lavender, lemon, peppermint, or melaleuca are all good oils to use – combined or alone. Use 2 – 3 drops essential oil to 3-4 drops carrier on a cotton ball and apply to affected area. We use essential oils on our foreheads and temples for headaches, which works quite well. Also make certain you a hydrated with filtered water that has minerals or add some unsweetened cranberry juice to your water. Minerals are essential in staying hydrated.

 

 

Immune Boosting/Prevention of flus/colds, and other illnesses: wild orange, clove bud, rosemary, eucalyptus, and cinnamon. Dilute and use as a gargle for prevention or when you feel a cold, flu, or sore throat coming on. Dilute in spray bottles with purified water to clean doorknobs, floors, countertops, and other public-use surfaces. Use a few drops in an empty gelatin capsule for immune support.

Respiratory/sinus: Oil of oregano, one of the most powerful, natural antibiotics can be used for various issues like stomach upset, diarrhea, colds, flus, and respiratory or sinus infections. You can buy good quality wild, Mediterranean oregano from most health food stores. The preparation is often contained in a carrier mix such as olive oil. You can also mix your own saline at home with sea salt and filtered water and mix oil of oregano along with clove bud oil, bay leaf, and sage for use in a neti pot or a nasal spray in a bottle.

Another great way to clear congestion and mucous out of your sinus and nasal passages is to put a few drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil on a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball in a clean, empty bottle such as an old vitamin or mineral supplement container. Plug one nostril at a time and breathe deeply from the bottle multiple times. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiseptic, and disinfectant and its fumes are powerful enough to ward off an infection in your respiratory tract if started quickly enough.

Taken orally, I just add the Oil of Oreganol P73 by North American Herb & Spice to filtered water (read bottle directions, usually no more than 3 -5 drops) and drink it down. It has a strong, spicy flavor. Use a slice of lemon to remove the taste in your mouth, if desired, afterward.

Fermented cod liver oil – this is a food as well as a great remedy for colds, flus, and other illness. Although we take FCLO everyday, if someone in my family is sick, we load up on this important food which is packed with nutrients like Vitamins A and D. We use Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal.

Garlic – a great, natural antifungal, immune booster, and detoxifier. Eat raw (if you can stand it). Or, crush a few cloves of garlic and add to 4 cups water, bring to a boil and then sip. Garlic is good for infections – bacterial and viral. Also good for sinus infections and is good for digestion. Garlic oil is great mixed with other essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and echinacea and a carrier oil (see above) for ear infections and stopped up ear canals.

Goldenseal root – this herb is a bitter tasting potent and used for aiding digestion, curing infections and inflammation, and can be purchased in powder form from the health food store. If you take to much Goldenseal, it can also hurt digestion. To much and it will affect the gut flora and kill it off. Although I have never used it for this purpose, it is apparently useful for canker sores and as an earwash as well, when added to warm water as a gargle or washing agent. It can also be applied topically to cuts, bruises, and infected areas of the skin.  Because it is expensive and concentrated, you only need small amounts at a time when purchasing from the store, and it is wise to remember that a little goes a long way.

Olive oil – use on your skin and body for moisturizing, eat on salads and light cooking (low temperature heat), and for oil pulling. Oil pulling is a useful way to detoxify your body and remove dangerous substances. Use 2 tablespoons of oil, first thing in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Swish the oil in your mouth for 10 minutes and then spit out into a garbage can. Oil pulling should be done multiple times for maximum effect. Improves mouth or gum disease, chronic infections and many other health issues.

Probiotics – if you are a person who regularly eats fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, lacto-fermented vegetables, etc. you are probably getting a good supply of friendly bacteria from real food in your diet, which is essential to health. Sometimes though, we all need a boost. I keep therapeutic-grade probiotics in our house at all times, which we take daily, but also for when anyone is not feeling well – whether it’s a common cold, sore throat, flu, upset stomach, diarrhea, or anything else. Make sure you store them in the refrigerator, heat does effect probiotics. Here are the brands we use: BioKult, Biotics Research, Prescript-Assist, Advanced Naturals. It is a good idea to switch brands every few months to ensure diversity of bacteria in the gut.

Good quality probiotics are essential to your health; it’s not a good idea to skimp on quality because the majority of products on the market do not actually contain the strains nor the numbers of bacteria shown on the label, contain genetically-modified material, and some products are made from toxic sources such as (gasp!), human bowel waste.

Raw honey – Honey is a natural as a dietary supplement and as a topical application for infections, flus, and colds and supports digestion and immune function. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of raw honey in warm water with 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon or take straight several times daily for coughs, colds, and related ailments. You can also take raw honey and cinnamon with lemon in water as well for health.

Believe it or not, raw honey can also be used on the skin and will help heal because it is a natural antibiotic.

Sambucol – This is elderberry syrup and is a proven cure for the flu. In fact, if you take it at the first signs of symptoms, you will likely kick the flu bug and recover in just a day or so. Elderberry naturally boost your immune system and floods it with antibodies. So if you get some virus, drink up the Sambucol.

This is what we use – https://amzn.to/2Oe6s54

Sesame oil – is useful for massaging into the skin and for oil pulling (see olive oil above) to remove impurities and toxins from the body.

Conclusion

There are many other things you can add to greatly improve your medicine cabinet. Start researching today and please share ideas you have on item you have in your medicine cabinet.

Email me at ray@raygano.net  and if I get enough ideas, I will put together another article to share with all the readers.