All Posts for January 2013

Heart-to-Heart: February 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

This is the iconic Love Statue/Sculpture in Center City,Philadelphia, only minutes from where we live.
Here is what says:
The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.

February is the busy month focused on hearts: heart disease, Valentine’s Day, V-Day (to be explained). Also on the calendar are The Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, International Condom Day (That’s a new one for me, on the same day as Valentine’s Day), Presidents’ Day, and the Jewish holiday of Purim, which is akin to Halloween. I won’t be featuring all of these, but might give a little background on most  of them.

Since I met my (second) husband right around Valentine’s Day in 2003, I will be posting some article or rhymes about our romance at ages 65 (me) & 69 (him). It is our 10th anniversary of meeting each other, so it is a big enough anniversary to make a bit of a fuss about.  I will post in Relationships and Poetry.

Here is the Heart Garden at Boldt Castle, on the St Lawrence River on the Us/Canadian border, which we visited in the Fall of 2012

Recipes in February are often hot, such as chiles, but my focus will be on soups, because February is definitely a soup month where we live. (I may squeeze in one chile recipe.) I came across a book called 100 Best Fresh Soups and will feature a couple of its recipes.  Lots of good recipes are bubbling inside!!


Purim comes early this year. It is the holiday associated with Hamentaschen, a delectable dessert made with fruit & sometimes nuts. I will re-print the recipe when that holiday comes near.  There are several ways to make it, but my favorite is the one I learned when I worked in a Jewish family restaurant back in the late 1960s.

February is also Black History Mont h in the U.S. I hope to Profile Maya Angelou, whom I actually saw in person many years ago when I lived in Williamsport, PA. What a presence! She read  one of her poems that I
still have & plan to post.


There is another book I want to review in Nobody Eats Like Me category, because it is the most common sense book on healthy eating and weight loss I have yet to review. It was recommended tome by my Ayurvedic practitioner and it is worthy of your consideration.

Of course, February is also American Heart Association Month, coupled with their 10-year old movement Go Red for Women, to emphasize heart disease among women as being the leading cost of death in women. Actually, the campaign starts on February first, so put on something red tomorrow. And if you have a red dress pin, please wear it. They are available at Macy’s.

In culling my files, a constant chore, I found lots of info on heart disease and women, so I may post several short pieces at least once each week to keep us focused on the importance of being “heart smart.”

However, my husband & I will be taking a short vacation to warmer climes from Jan. 29th to Feb. 6th, so if I don’t respond to your comments, please be patient and I will respond when I return. Til then….

♥Have a happy, healthy February♥

P.S. During early February I learned that Women’s Voices for Change would publish one of my Valentine essays about how I met my second husband right before Valentine’s Day 10 years ago. Here is the link to that article:

Loose Ends

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I am packing to go for a one week R & R and I have post-dated several postings to appear while i am away, but this came today in my email & I want to pass it along.

Just found out from the article in Women’s Voices for Change that this is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. For helpful information on this subject, go to this link:

My niece Janie sent me this excellent list about keeping STRESS at bay. (Stress is a major factor in menopausal “side effects.” I dislike the term symptoms, because menopause is not a disease, but rather a natural passage that hopefully everyone goes through and comes out the other side with PMZ (Post-Menpausal Zest!)

Stock photo of holiday stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.


20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

Today someone asked me if I liked you.  I laughed, and I said, “Ha!  That’s  funny!!   I absolutely LOVE  that woman!!  She’s funny, caring, crazy as heck, sweet, beautiful, she’s  reading this email right now & I love her!!”  Send this to ten ladies you love!! & I better be one!!!!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~ “Oh Crap, She’s up!”

Stock photo of someone not stressed out.

My friend Jackie sent me this about friendship and it coincides with an AARP article in their Jan/Feb 2013 bulletin about social connections (friends, family, neighbors) can boost your health and longevity.


Vitamin F……

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me.

With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one.
With another I laugh a lot.
I listen to one friend’s problems.
Then I listen to another one’s advice for me.
My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
When completed, they form a treasure box.
A treasure of friends!
They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.
They’re friends who support me through good days and bad.
We all pray for each other.
Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.

Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well being. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I’m so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

Stock photo of Victorian women in a pond. I liked this better than the one in the email, above.

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments.

Send this to a friend!