All Posts for October 2010

Being Thankful: November 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not only because it comes in the fall, my favorite season, but also because it focuses on being thankful.  Despite all the problems we have personally and globally, there is always something we can be thankful for, such as having loved ones gather ’round the table.  But November is also the month of Veterans Day (Nov. 11th) and many families are missing their young men and women in the service.  So perhaps we can pray that they stay safe and come home to be with their families soon.

For this month I will feature some early winter recipes in Kitchen Nutrition, such as Rainy Day Stew, which I made the other day when it rained. Here’s a photo, but the recipe will be posted in a few days.

Also this month I am doing another demonstration at The Wellness Community. I am calling it Color Me Healthy, because the focus is on “pigment power,” that is, the relationship between the color of foods and their power to heal. The term pigment power is from a book called The Color Code, which I will review in conjunction with the workshop.

One of the dietary challenges that I have been addressing is my gluten-free diet as a possible help for tinnitus. No one really knows how to treat it so far. I have been to two ear, nose, and throat doctors; my acupuncturist; my doctor of osteopathy, and my dentist. The literature and one ENT recommends dietary restrictions which I am working on. I actually like the challenge of making healthy meals without gluten, dairy or nuts and have found alternatives for all of them. So far, the hissing in my ears remains, but I am hopeful, since I have had this problem longer than I have been on this diet.

Anyway, I shop at a little bakery at the Wynnewood Train Station where a mother of two children with major allergies to gluten bakes only gluten-free products that are delicious.  Deborah will be my Profile for this month. She is working on a gluten-free pie crust for Thanksgiving, which I plan to purchase and fill with pumpkin or apples. Here’s Deborah in the bakery:

Concerning Gluten-Free products, I plan to post my latest find, besides the bread from Deborah. It’s Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps from Mary’s Gone Crackers. I already posted the crackers many months  ago. They are crisp and flavorful.  But the cookies are delicious! More on these goodies soon.

I also have some feedback from readers, including some poetry related to October’s focus on the topic of breast cancer. Jay, my son-by -marriage took some great photos of trees while in Maine and Rhode Island and he promised to email them to me, so I will post them soon. In the meantime, I am in Rhode Island visiting my brother and sister-in-law and snitched a photo of the red bush in their front yard from Paul’s iPhoto.


P.S. Don’t forget to vote!

Don’t Forget to Vote: Our Foremothers Fought for This!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Thanks to my friend Jackie for sending this.

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.


The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.


And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’

(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.


(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.


Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson‘s White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.



(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.


So, refresh MY memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – Why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?


Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day sentence.


Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say.. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.


Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.


Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer,  Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel,  Mabel Vernon (standing, right))

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at  National Woman’s Party headquarters, Jackson Place , Washington , D.C.


It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson (Dem.) and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.  We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.

Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn.    Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, ‘Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.’

I do not know the author of this wonderful piece of history, but I thought it was worth posting. Please vote! Don’t let all this suffering for suffrage be for nothing!