All Posts for February 2013

Women’s History Month: March 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

There is a lot going on in March, but for me, the most important celebration is the one for Women’s History Month. I want to stretch the definition of history a bit, and because this is a blog-turned-website on food and health for women, this month may include personal history, medical history, family history, etc.

The picture above has a “mystery history.”  It is an artistic rendition of a woman done by Mary Kay Weeks, who was one of my youngest daughter’s art teacher in grammar school. I have been unable to find Mary Kay, but still want to give her credit for this outrageous-looking woman.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, I am planning my second luncheon for International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8th. I will report back after the event. I plan to present information from Half the Sky, an incredible book about the oppression of women, mostly in Third World Countries and what we can do. Here is the cover of that book, which was also a documentary last fall and can be found on the Internet. (




March, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day, and since green is not only the color for St. Pat’s but also for Spring, there should be a lot of green foods that I can promote for this holiday and Spring, as well.

The photo left also reflects my sentiments for this holiday.






I just finished reading What You Must Know About Bioidentical HormoneReplacement Therapy by Lee Hawkins, Pharm D.It is a wonderful guide for women in midlife who are looking for answers about peri-menopause and menopause. It fits in with my theme of personal medical history as an extension of Women’s History Month.

When we were in Florida last month I enjoyed a delicious bowl of what the menu called Squash Bisque.

The waiter asked the chef for the ingredients. Believe it or not, there are just two: squash and coconut milk. The simple recipe will appear later this month, since March is still a good month for soups.

(Also, another easy one left over from February will be with this recipe. I ran out of days,especially since February is a short month.

At the end of February, I posted my review of The Scoop on Breasts by Dr. Ted and Joyce Eisenberg. (Click here to read the review if you missed it: They went to Hollywood, right before the Oscars, to promote their book. What I didn’t say in the review is that Joyce is a local writer/friend who lives only minutes from my condo, so I decided to knit a ruffled scarf for her to wear to this event. Her dress was navy, and her earrings turquoise, so she picked this multicolored scarf to wear and sent me her picture with the caption “Your scarf in Hollywood.”  Thank you, Joyce!

My scarf in Hollywood!

(Note: I sell these scarves. For more info, just email at my new address: You choose your colors.)

Also, this month marks my 7th anniversary* of posting on Menupause. I can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by. It reminds me of a funny saying I saw on a T-shirt: Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana! I am hoping to do more free-lance writing and send you to other websites that have articles I have written. Since  the end of December, Women’s Voices for Change has posted four of my articles, which is very exciting.

Just in! A woman from South Jersey who has an art gallery in her home emailed me and then called me today to frame some of my Italian laundry photos for her gallery. She read the article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, which was reprinted from Women’s Voices for Change. I will have 18 photos hanging in her gallery from the end of May to end of June. More on this when I can think straight!!!  She also loves laundry and plans to have some of her laundry hanging in her yard when we have the reception. I will post the photos we pick in the new Photo Gallery category. Here is one that may be framed.

I took this photo on the Island of Burano, near Venice. I call it Blue on Blue.

*What a great anniversary present, to have my photos in an art gallery!

Heart Healthy Foods

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I would be remiss if I did not post something about food and heart health for February, which is Hearth Month. During the entire month I have been receiving or reading about heart health in the newspapers, special supplements in the mail, and booklets at food stores.

One booklet from Whole Foods is called Healthy Heart. It is small enough to fit in your purse (4″X6″) and read on the bus or train, but complete enough to give you basic information. (I put this in Health Flashes instead of Reviews because I am not reviewing the whole booklet, just the chart.)

The center of the booklet is a chart with three columns:

1) nutrients we need for our hearts (actually, our whole bodies)

2) what these nutrients do (ex. calcium to balance the beating of the heart)

3) the food sources of calcium, in this example.

The foods listed are all the foods that seem to be written and talked about for staying healthy, in general, such as flaxseeds, whole grains, colorful fruits and veggies, garlic, oat bran, green tea, seeds and nuts,dairy, fish, poultry, etc. The one food I disagree with is canola oil, which is on their list. I also don’t eat meat, fish or poultry, so I use the non-meat choices.

The booklet is free, so if you go to Whole Foods, look for it on your way out. If you can’t find it in the store, ask one of the managers. (The print is small & I was unable to scan it successfully.)