All Posts for August 2007

This ‘n That: Lost in Translation

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I just finished reading an interesting book by Bill Bryson called Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way. After reading how English has evolved and the difficulties non-English speakers experience when learning the language, I came across an Internet offering from friend Ignacio. He sent a list of signs posted in English in non-English speaking countries. Here is a sampling:

1. In a cocktail lounge in Norway: “Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.”

2. A sign on a highway near Nairobi, Kenya: “Take notice: When this sign is under water, this road is impassable.”

3. In a restaurant in India: “Open seven days a week and weekends.”

4. In a cemetery in Beijing, China: “Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.”

5. Hotel in Japan: “You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.”

6. Airline ticket office in Copenhagen, Denmark: “We take your bags and send them in all directions.”.

7. (I saved the best for last) In a Tokyo, Japan bar: “Special coctkails for ladies with nuts.”

Note: Having lived in a foreign country for awhile, I can appreciate the difficulty of learning a new language. The English language is probably the most difficult because of all the nuances in spelling, meaning, and pronunciation, as well as misplaced phrases, as these signs demonstrate. Printing them here is not meant to make fun of the country posting them, but rather to make us appreciate how difficult our crazy English language really is….and my admiration for these countries making an effort to communicate in a language that has so many exceptions, the rules can seem foolish.

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Light & Shadows at Chanticleer Gardens

Summer’s End 2007: Color Me Healthy

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

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As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. Vincent VanGough

Ah! October, my favorite month on the calendar, because it ushers is my favorite season: FALL. I know, I know, those who don’t like Fall because everything is dying will probably shake their heads in disbelief. But for me, I fall in love with Fall every Fall…the changing leaves with their jeweled tones, the brisk autumn air, the warm days and cool nights, the sparkling energy of the season. It’s all here in October.

October also ushers in a change in menus, moving away from the lighter foods of summer to the denser foods of winter. This month I feature sandwiches in Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes. Sandwiches are great with a bowl of soup. (Check the Glossary for my soup recipes.) On warm days, it can be a chilled soup, but more likely, a warm soup and sandwich will be a basic lunch for me. I add a salad when the sandwich is lacking enough greens.

This month is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, so in the Special Reports, I include an article about thermograms as an alternative to mammograms, written by Dr. Pamela Howard, who administers the non-invasive thermogram that I have every year.

I am also including information about the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign under profiles. My good friend and colleague, Barb Jarmoska, was nominated by this organization, and Lifetime TV has accepted this nomination and chosen to honor Barb at a ceremony in Hollywood on October 13th. I wrote about Barb’s bicycle trip across the USA to raise breast cancer awareness under the August 2006 archived profile articles.

Feel free to check out the other categories for anything new, or for what you may have missed in the End of Summer 2007 posting. Your comments are always welcome. Finally, Fall is also good time to see where the year has been and what is left for you to accomplish. During the summer I completed my book, A Tale from Tarpiluvka (See Products and Services from the last posting.) and have had some wonderful feedback, even from my kid brother Harry, also a writer and a photography buff. The book is still available for $12 plus postage and makes a nice holiday gift for children ages 9-13.

This month’s photos come from various places. A recent trip with my husband to a garden in the heart of Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden, yielded a few flowers still blooming at the end of September. The photos on the this page is from my webmaster Shayne. He sent me a few photos for my new backdrop for fall and I decided on pumpkins rather than leaves. (While I love the leaves of autumn, my website’s focus is on The Good Taste of Health, so I chose pumpkins, which are, after all, edible.) And in This ‘n That, I have a fall poem and two glorious trees from a trip to the Poconos.

Now, you can stop reading this posting and go outside and play
in the leaves! While they are not edible, they surely are gorgeous! Have a fantastic Fall with all its flaming foliage.

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Local garden in my walk-around-neighborhood

I love the end of summer with purple eggplants, red and yellow bell peppers, dark green zucchini, yellow summer squash, juicy red tomatoes, and red-ripe watermelon. The choices for fresh salads, side dishes, and fresh fruits are almost endless. And each of the colors has its nutritional counterpart.

According to an article from Whole Foods website,the deeper the color, the healthier the food. You might want to check out the entire article, “The Color of Health,” (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wholebody/wellness/colorofhealth.html). Plants create phytochemicals that protect us from free radicals. These phytochemicals are called antioxidants. (See Glossary for definitions.) Since deeply colored foods (and even some not so dark) have high levels of antioxidants, which help protect us from chronic diseases, we need to up our intake of these foods, which include berries, tomatoes, eggplants, green leafy vegies, beans and whole grains. (The Whole Foods article has a complete list.)

So look at Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes for some colorful recipes using summer squashes, green herbs, tomatoes, and avocados, many of which are good sources of antioxidants. I have included two chilled soups for warm end-of-summer days, a pasta with pesto, a sweet potato salad, and a summer stir fry. All use fresh, organic ingredients and fresh herbs from my tiny, patio garden. (These herbs, according to “The Color of Health,” are a concentrated form of antioxidants, with only a small amount making a difference in levels of antioxidants.)

Since the waning days of warmer weather also signal last minute vacations for some of us, you might want to read my Profiles to see what Jill means by ephemeral art and how I link that concept to our lives.

Feel free to look at the other categories, when you have time, to see what’s new. In Peak to Pique Previews you will see that the October posting will feature sandwiches, This ‘n That includes a rhyme I found in my files, and The Products & Services section features my new, self-published children’s book, A Tale from Tarpiluvka. It has nothing to do with menopause, but everything to do with being a parent or an adult with nieces and nephews, and making sacrifices for our children, something many of you can relate to, I am sure.

As summer draws to an end, I look forward to the change of seasons because Fall is my very favorite season. While the flowers and plants of late summer are lovely, as you will see in the photos taken on my neighborhood walks with my friend Marilyn and also those I took at Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA (www.chanticleergardens.org), the flaming foliage of Fall is my first choice for visual gratification. But I actually enjoy Mother Nature in all its colorful guises, because each season has its beauty to share with us and we have the responsibility of making sure this beauty is preserved for the next generations. Beauty needs no explanation; it is there for all of us to share and to enjoy.

Happy end of summer….

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The bee finds a beautiful flower in Chanticleer Gardens.

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