OCTOBER 2014: Fall Fever!

October 1st, 2014

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
Nathanial Hawthorne in PHL Inq. 9/29/14 (Cryptoquote)

I took this photo this past week-end at Laurel Hill Cemetery, which is a national landmark. For more pictures that I posted on the first day of autumn, go to my link: http://www.menupause.info/archives/14957

Once again we come to October, the month I wait for all year. Instead of getting Spring Fever, I get Fall Fever! (See poem below). But October has many important dates on the calendar to write about, from Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Halloween and World Vegetarian Day—- today.  Because all my recipes are meatless, I celebrate World Vegetarian Day everyday!

Hopefully, some of my recipes are tempting enough for you to try, even if you are not a vegetarian. Here is my photo of delicata squash I made as part of featuring round foods for the Jewish New Year, which is still being honored during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hoshana at the end of September and Yom Kippor on Friday night, October 3rd.

The recipe will appear in a few days.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its pink ribbons is a controversial month for me, because the hype generated by some organizations does not address the root causes of many environmental cancers. Breast Cancer Action does, and more of that during the month. Here is their logo and website:  bcaction.org.

I spotted this tree-hugging ribbon last week while on a business trip about one hour from Philadelphia, which I suspected was for September’s Ovarian Cancer Month Awareness. And it was. Here is the website:

http://www.turnthetownsteal.org/.  The website is worth a look.


WORLD FOOD DAY Is Thurs. Oct. 16th. This video my friend Jackie sent me is worth looking at because it addresses food and the homeless:

This will touch your heart.  Please don’t miss it.


More on World Food Day mid-month. es

Halloween is also one of my favorite holidays because it comes in fall and I love getting dressed up in costume, although I have not done that for years. At the cemetery we visited over the week-end, there will be a Halloween tour at night when all the staff are in costume. Maybe I should dress up and go, too! Here is a photo from the entrance inside the gates:

Because of Jewish Holidays and Fall Fever (see poem below), I am a little behind in my research for October, so I will leave you with my rhyme and hope to get caught up before leaving for Seattle for a family function at the end of October. Fall always seems so busy!!!

Fall Fever

The leaves are barely turning, yet my fever has begun!
I feel October’s yearning, as I bask in the late-day sun.

Summer makes me sweaty; winter makes me whine.
Spring brings on a smile, but Fall Fever is divine.

My fever brings me pleasure, I’m eager every year
to enjoy autumn’s treasure, and when it’s gone—a tear.

Each season has its place, but my heart belongs to Fall.
A feeling I cannot cure, Fall Fever says it all!

(There was a quote by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in the Phila. Inq. the other day that reflects my feelings about fall …. if she were a bird,
she “would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” My dream vacation is to travel down the East Coast from Canada to Tennessee, following flaming foliage all the way down!

I took this photo from the car last week to show how the leaves are just beginning to turn.

P.S. Last week Women’s Voices for Change published my article on divorce and when you know you made a mistake. Here’s the link: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/unhappy-together-part-1-locked-in-to-marriage.htm. If you have the chance, please read &leave a comment on the website.

Also, Deborah Harkins wrote a wonderful review of Gail Sheehy’s new autobiography. I read the book & found it riveting! Here’s the link to that review: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/book-review-the-venturesome-life-of-gail-sheehy.htm.
Currently, I am reading Sex & the Seasoned Woman by Sheehy & will comment on both soon.

P.P.S. October 9th is my 10th wedding anniversary to my second husband Alan, so I plan to have something to say about marriage the second time around. Naturally, I chose October for our wedding.

Menopause Awareness Month: September 2014

August 31st, 2014

When a friend sent me this photo of a PMS license, I saved it for the right posting. And since September is Menopause Awareness Month (The official website for Menopause Awareness month (MAM) is: http://www.menopauseawarenessmonth.org/) and this website was created just for the purpose of exploring menopause and beyond (and maybe a little before), I decided to give it TOP BILLING.

Let’s see if we can’t make this go from PMS to PMZ (post-menopausal zest) 24/7!

A new book by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD called The Hormone Cure, is focused on this month’s featured topic & I hope to review the book this month. I am still working on the summer topic of Healthy Aging.  There is so much on this topic that I will continue posting so long as the info keeps flowing.

While shopping at Wegmans food emporium in Jersey last week, I read their fall bulletin announcing that September is also National Organic Harvest Month, also called Organic Food Celebration Month….. a perfect opportunity for me to write about going organic. Feel free to check out the Organic Consumer’s Association wonderful website: http://www.organicconsumers.org/Organic/septorg.cfm, a terrific organization to keep you posted on this important topic. I will post some of the info from their website throughout the month, but for now, remember the number 9, which is the first number on the bar code in the market for organic produce. OR visit your local Farmers Market and find a booth that uses no sprays or is certified organic.

This photo of fall veggies is a reminder to aim for:

1) Eating locally-grown organic foods or unsprayed foods
2) Eating foods in season as much as possible
3) Adding more fresh fruits & veggies in season to your menus


Of course, September has some other important events, both sad and glad. The main sad one is September 11th, now called Patriot Day, but we all call is 9/11. I found a website with great info that I will post the day before. Here is a visual & website from the website in case you want to check it out yourself. (http://www.wincalendar.com/Patriot-Day-911)

The calendar in which I found Patriot Day also notes that Sept. 21st is International Day of Peace. I clicked on the link and found this info:
International Day of Peace seeks to promote peace among nations and peoples.  It was established by the United Nations in 1981.  In 2002, the United Nations declared it a permanent holiday.   Through education and public awareness events, the UN endeavors to strengthen the ideals of peace among all of the world’s inhabitants.  International Day of Peace is observed on September 21st each year.  On this day, the UN urges all hostilities to stop, worldwide.  This would be a good day to take note, since there has been so much fighting in Israel and in Afghanistan. Here’s the direct link:  International Day of Peace.

This might also be a good opportunity to take a few moments of silence and just say to yourself: Peace! Peace! Peace! On August 8th I went to a small group setting to watch the peace conference generated by Deepak Chopra as part of a Bright Star event in Toronto, Canada. It was called A Global Meditation for Peace and I found it inspirational. Here’s the link to learn more: http://events.brightstarevents.net/featured/a-global-meditation-for-world-peace.

September is also the beginning of the Fall Jewish Holidays. And since these holidays are always linked to food in season, I plan to post some recipes using seasonal foods. Here is a photo of a dish I made which I call Curried Calico Carrots, because I found multi-colored carrots in Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s. Since I love to cook with color, these carrots were a riot of colors that brightened my recipe. I added green beans for contrast.

Curried Calico Carrots & Green Beans

September is officially still Summer, although Fall is ushered in on September 23rd. So while fall is right around the corner, don’t rush into it. You can still enjoy some summer activities, like bike riding, swimming, hiking, and picnics or barbeques. In fact, this month when the kids are back in school, is a perfect opportunity to have some time to yourself and friends for these activities. Here is a photo from my patio to show you how lush my plants are well into the end of summer. When I step outside, my first thought at seeing these deep red plants we bought for $1.00 each at the Philadelphia Horticultural Plant Center is the theme song title from MONK: “It’s Jungle Out There!”

P.S. Indian Summer as defined by Wikipedia:

An Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather, occurring after the end of summer proper.  Enjoy!!!

P.S. posted on 9/21/14- I forgot to note that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month & a turquoise ribbon is the color for this serious and deadly cancer. Here’s a link to learn more: http://www.ovarian.org/september-awareness.php.