Summer Slowdown: June, July, August 2015

June 1st, 2015

Because summer is supposedly a time when the livin’ is easy, I am grouping the next three months into one continuous blog without separate Home Pages for each month. Now that I am not substituting, one day melts into another, although I sometimes feel busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the hives! Summer especially seems to feel that way, with one month melting into the next and suddenly summer is over! So, make waves while the sun shines and enjoy the slow down.

A wall of lovely orchids at Longwood Gardens

June 14th is Flag Day and with my co-chair Krista, we a re sponsoring a POP-UP SHOPPE at the local Cynwyd Cafe. We plan on decorating with flags, of course, and our newly formed Network of Women Entrepreneurs is the hostess. I am creating a tote bag in red,white and blue to raffle off so we can help support a young girl in Philadelphia participate in a summer reading program for disadvantaged youths. It is called Springboard Collaborative and helps disadvantaged inner city children stay current with their reading so they are not behind in September.

This flag can also symbolize the July 4th holiday, which will be a little more than one month away.


I plan to continue reviewing Four Seasons in Four Weeks by Suzanne Mathis McQueen. I touched on Fall at the end of May and next I will cover Winter. Feel free to go to 4s4w.com for a free download of Suzanne’s chart and more information about her wonderful book and workshops on the female cycle as seasons.

Father’s Day is June 21st. I wrote an essay about my dad and submitted it to Women’s Voices Change. If it is not accepted, I will post it here. He was an loving, but absentee dad who worked 7 days each week for 12 hours, so my remarks have to do with these feelings.


 

 

 

That same day is the summer solstice, when we have the longest day of the year. Then the days grow shorter again. My main love of summer is the long days, with night coming later, so I have mixed feelings about the solstice.                      

 

 

 

 

 

I read recently that watercress is even more nutritious that kale, so I hope to post some salads with watercress.

Since I am busy packing to go to Colorado to see old friends who moved away from PA, I cannot think past July 4th, so this will serve as an introduction to the summer postings. I hope to have more summer recipes, book reviews, profiles, etc. Your comments are welcome, but I have been receiving a great deal of Spam, so I am slowly going through them and eliminating the spam. Please be patient if you do not receive a response until later in June. You can always email me at: menupause.info@gmail.com.

 

May Flowers: A Welcome Sight! May 2015

May 1st, 2015

Since I will be away from April 18th- May 5th, I am not posting much on the May Home Page. I post-dated a group of articles for the end of April, but ran out of time for this page. I am reposting two asparagus recipes for May 2nd.

However, while I am in California and Nevada, I hope to take pictures of flowers that bloom in Spring out West. If I have access to a computer, I can post them while I am there. If not, then I will do so when I return. Here are some May highlights:

May Day is May 1st, today.

May 10this Mother’s Day.

May 12th is both Kite Day & Limerick Day

May 13this Daffodil Day

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day

May 25th is Memorial Day and also National Tap Dance Day

May 29th is the birthday of Pres. John F. Kennedy, born in 1917

More importantly, for me, is that May is National Mental Health Month, and since depression seems to be prominent in my family, I have a special interest in the topic. While making plans to go to California in mid-April, I came across an article in the Jewish Exponent entitled The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of Speech by Rabbi Yosef Goldman from Center City Philadelphia. Rather than wait until I return from my trip, I am posting the link on the HomePage so you can read it and perhaps benefit from it by having a greater understanding mental health. Here is the blurb from Google:

  1. First Person: The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of …

    www.jewishexponent.com/…/first-person-the-stigmThe Jewish Exponent

    “… First Person: The Stigma of Suicide and the Redemption of Speech … ” The stigma around mental illness and suicide in our society is entrenched. …

Hope to be back online in a few days.  Happy May Day!

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