Autumn Anticipation: September/October 2015

August 30th, 2015

NOTE: I like the idea of combining months that go together, as I did with June, July and August. Making a Home Page interesting every month is difficult, but combining them gives me more range of topics and ease of moving from one month to the next.

I took this photo in our parking lot one early fall, perhaps late August. It shows how some trees start to lose their chlorophyll early. For me it is a sign of joy; for others, a sadness that summer is almost over.

Here’s a rhyme that I found in my files that seems to fit the photo:

The Flames of Fall

Patiently I wait for Summer’s ending
to fan the flames of Fall.

Summer means only Autumn’s pending—
my favorite season of all.

Enduring all the hot summer days,
anticipating September—

Dreams of anticipating Autumn’s blaze;
Ah, the crispness I remember!

Fall has a feel of its own for me: the beginning of the school year, the Jewish New Year, the change of clothes, the hardier foods as the weather grows cooler. All of these are familiar signs that summer is ending and another year will soon be over. Last year I saw a picture of fall on the Internet that said underneath: My favorite season is October. So fitting for me!

September and October also bring other celebrations and significant dates, such as: Labor Day, Grandparents Day, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month for September and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Halloween, and National Hispanic Month (Sept 15-Oct 15).

These are also the months that I love to buy apples for their crispness, dark greens for their chlorophyll, and adding nuts and seeds to my salads and main dishes. In fact, September is Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month, a new one for me. Also, National Yoga* Awareness month is September, and also World Alzheimer’s Month, a disease of growing concern for older people like myself. October brings us Mental Illness Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Health Literacy Month, to name only a few. Whew!!!

*I plan to review a The New Yoga For People of 50 by Suza Francina, whose books I have reviewed before.


Since National Grandparents Day is September 13th and Joan Rivers died only one year ago on September 2nd, I thought I would review the book her daughter Melissa wrote as a way of honoring Joan and also Grandparents Day, since she left behind grandson Cooper.

End of summer also brings the flavors of the end of summer and beginning of fall. I made an easy dish using zucchini and yellow summer squash that I will post. There may also be some of my recipes still being posted on Women’s Voices for Change. If so, I will post the links.

End of Summer Squash Stir Fry

Finally, I forgot to post my early summer trip to Grounds for Sculpture not too far from where I used to live in Hamilton, NJ. Started by Seward Johnson of Johnson & Johnson, the gardens are on the grounds of the old fairgrounds where I used to watch fireworks. While Seward Johnson’s sculptures are life-sized, this one of Marilyn Munroe was huge. (See my husband in the lower left hand corner.)


This, of course, is the famous scene in which MM stands over a grate in NYC and the hot air blows up under her dress. This is huge!!!

If you are not too far from central Jersey, this sculpture garden is quite interesting and there is a nice restaurant on the grounds. But you need a reservation.


Enjoy the lovely colors of fall!

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 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: