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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. This is Macdonald Carey and these are the days of our lives. – Opening lines over instrumental theme, Days Of Our Lives. As a little girl I watched this soap opera. I remember Salem, Mickey, Dr Horton, Alice, Julie Olson and Doug Williams, the Salem Strangler, the wedding, the pregnancy of Laura and the other drama. However, my best memories are of the sand and the hourglass. Have you ever taken time to study the importance of that hourglass and life? I was always fascinated by the hourglass and its connection to the Creator, my life and death. In fact, when I was recovering from sickness, the sands of life failed to flow effectively through my glass. My life was on pause. One of the silent doctors that made my life flow again was marigold. I thank the Creator and June, of High Gates Garden, who gave me marigold seeds and a flower on Saturday. Is your life on pause? Today, focus on health, time, the hourglass and silent doctors. Premiering today is the “blockbuster” called The Marigold Conspiracy, an action-drama starring marigold. The cast includes health benefits, recipes and nutritional value. Lights! Camera! Action! Once upon a time, marigold was the star of most gardens – especially those in Horton Village, St Joseph. Marigold was a healer and auntie Elaine really took care of her. However, jealous Panadola and Aspirina had come from Laboratoria and started a vicious rumour. Marigold became “stinking missy” and was eventually shunned and discarded by the villagers. Soon she disappeared from many gardens because gardeners believed the rumours. The disrespect continued, and no one ever took time to research and study the real value of this silent doctor to the people’s well-being. Suddenly an herbal educator of African descent appeared. Her name was Dr Silent and she began digging garden furrows, which represented consciousness. The mysterious scholar gathered the people because what happened to marigold saddened her. She said that research showed this powerful silent doctor can treat insomnia, coughs, colds, liver problems, flatulence, indigestion, colic, constipation, abscesses, boils, dysentery, sore eyes and rheumatism, among other problems. The people were amazed. Next week: Marigold’s Healing Power Will Freak You Out. The conspiracy continues. Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted at silentdoctors @gmail.com or call 250-6450. disclaimer: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific health claims for any products. Any attempt to diagnose and treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care professional.