Weighing the usefulness of epigrammatic expressions SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber * Marriottsville

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November 03, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

"A pint's a pound the world around," my father used say. I never paid that much heed, but now this little epigram has become vitally important. It comes in very handy in the supermarket.

I used to be flummoxed and would stare balefully at the unit price stickers for shampoos and other products that gleefully reported Brand X is $1.28 per pound while Brand Q is only 78 cents per pint. Then there's Brand Z at $2.48 per quart.

Now, comparison shopping is no problem at all. I merely recall that a pint's a pound the world around, and that there are eight ounces in a cup, two cups in a pint, two pints in a quart, four quarts in a gallon, multiply and divide with fantastic rapidity and, in something less than an hour, divine that Brand X is the best deal.

At least, I think it is.

And it gives me something to ponder at a red light.

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For years, Santa's Workshop was the place to buy Christmas gifts for students of Eldersburg Elementary. But last year the parent survey indicated a significant desire for change.

Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated by Eldersburg students this time of year; there is also Hanukkah, for example. Some parents felt that "Santa" was unnecessarily Christmas-like. There were people who felt that the shop promoted the undesirable commercial element of the season, and that was not Christmas-like. Others thought that the children, not the parents, should make the gifts the children give their parents and siblings.

Enter the Holiday Workshop.

Barbara Hughes, co-chair of the workshop committee, said this program should make just about everybody happy. Santa is gone, along with the commercialism.

"Everybody celebrates one holiday or another," Ms. Hughes said. "But until now, the emphasis was on buying. This year the focus is on making gifts. All the children will be happy with that, whether they put up a Christmas tree or not."

Ms. Hughes said she has heard real enthusiasm for the project.

"We're making nice things," she said, "things the children will be proud of making. I know I would like to get one of these gifts from my kids."

And the hard-working parents who simply couldn't find the time to assist the workshop, but always managed anyway, have breathed a sigh of relief.

Dec. 18 is the big day. All of the children will be involved, but the projects differ with grades.

The older children will be stenciling trinket boxes.

Kindergartners will make photo magnets.

Workshop volunteers will be in each grade suite, teaching parent volunteers how to make the craft that the children will make and assisting the production.

Anyone interested in helping out should call Barbara Hughes at 549-1131 or Cathy Kasper at 795-2458.

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The flu and earaches, especially a child's earache, are ailments that would send many of us flying to the doctor, hoping for an instant cure.

Not Cindy Zimmerman, who doesn't allow standard immunizations for her 5-month-old son Seth.

"Most common ailments are treatable homeopathically," said Ms. Zimmerman.

There is a growing fascination in homeopathic science, and Ms. Zimmerman is forming a group for interested people.

"Homeopathy is really just a truism, that like treats like," said Ms. Zimmerman.

Homeopathy (pronounced home-ee-oh-path-ee) was first described by Hippocrates, the "father of medicine."

The science was further developed by Samuel Hahnemann in 1810, who studied the effects of Cinchona bark on fevers.

After discovering that the bark essence produced the same symptoms in himself -- while he was healthy -- that are experienced by ill people, he tested the effect of the treatment on citizens suffering from disease.

The group treated with the bark extract healed better and more quickly than those not treated.

Homeopathy is a study of treatment of the whole person, rather than the treatment of symptoms. It is also the study of an individual and how he or she responds to treatment, which serves as an adjunct to the standard study of the effect of a treatment on a population.

XTC The group, simply called Homeopathic Study Group, will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the office of Zimmerman Chiropractic in Eldersburg.

Ms. Zimmerman will lead the discussion on ways to treat flus, colds, ear infections and other illnesses naturally at home, and discuss the best way to go about the study of homeopathic healing without a doctor's degree.

Anyone eager to discover an alternative to doctor visits should call Ms. Zimmerman at 795-7766 for information.

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