All Posts for August 2013

Fabulous Fall: Sept-Oct 2013

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Fall is my favorite season, as you may already know from reading previous postings. Since I am writing this in August, before the fall really starts, the photos are from previous falls. Hopefully, the trees will be as brilliant this year as previous years.

I purposely chose this tree in my neighborhood because it was taken in early fall, before all the leaves have changed. If I can get a shot of this tree during Flaming Foliage, I will post it again in its full fall glory!

Fall is generally a busy time for many of  people. School is back in session, whether it be grammar and high school for your children (or your students), college, or going back to school as a career shift, which is what I did in my early fifties. This year, Jewish holidays are really early on the calendar. (The Jewish calendar months are always the same, but it is a lunar calendar, so the dates on the calendar we all use create different dates for these holidays.) So September is extra busy for those of us going to services for the Jewish New Year.

Since most Jewish holidays are also food and agriculture related, perhaps I might post some traditional recipes for these occasions. They generally use seasonal produce, so obtaining the ingredients won’t be difficult. Also, since many Jewish cookbooks include meatless dishes for both dairy and meat meals for a kosher diet, I will review one or two vegetarian recipes that would appeal to the general public. One book I previously reviewed is Cooking Kosher the New Way by Jane Kinderlehrer. I reviewed this because the emphasis is on whole foods.
To see that review and sample recipe, go to:





For this September I will review The Gourmet Jewish Cook by Judy Zeidler, because often there is an overlap between natural and gourmet. Please note that the picture on the cover displays a meat meal. I won’t be posting any recipes with meat. Instead, I will choose a couple vegetable dishes that are compatible with the Jewish New Year or other holidays during September.

Belated Note @ the end of October: I decided to review this for Nov. because Hannukah falls in November & I want to feature a potato pancake recipe from here.

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and World Food Day is Oct. 16th, so I will be posting something about ending hunger and sustainable agriculture/organic farming.  World Food Day’s focus is: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security & Nutrition. The website for more information is: anf this is the poster on the site:

I would also like to pick a theme for these two months. (June-August was healthy aging, which I will return to when articles come up that address this issue.) Since October is National Breast Cancer Month, I would like to focus on the Big C in general, not just breast cancer. September 8th is National Grandparents Day, September 13th is Positive Thinking Day, and September 26th is the birth date of Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman), so apples will be part of my recipe choices. Since Sept. 13th is Positive Thinking Day, I will post a review of a book I read over the summer called Power Optimism by psychotherapist Dana Lightman, PhD. I also met Dana, so the posting will be part interview, part review. Finally & wonderfully, the first day of Autumn is Sept. 22nd, and I will have more fall photos to share.

Here is Dana Lightman, Ph.D., holding her book, Power Optimism

Additionally, as issues come up of an environmental nature, I will continue to share that information, some of which may include petitions to sign, which is optional. But because my website is all about health, and I believe that includes a healthy environment, I will continue to pass along such information that fits in with my philosophy, especially those issues that deal with food.

Here is another fall photo that I took in previous autumns, with a little jingle to express my enthusiasm for this coming season of color, brilliance, and cooler weather.

Fabulous Fall!

Fall is coming, I can hardly wait!
Even though summer’s great,
I love it more because Fall is near
The special season I hold dear.

Brilliant colors fill the trees
with red & gold & orange leaves.
While some may think Autumn is sad,
trees just go to sleep, so you can be glad…

That green leaves come again in Spring,
emerging from their winter white fling.
So trust Mother Nature to keep on track.
Enjoy the Fall, Spring will be back!


Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

This is my last posting for the topic I have been featuring this summer on Healthy Aging. I will come back to it again, as information surfaces, but I thought this poem, which was found in a bed locker of a woman who died in a nursing home, would be a fitting finale. (The source given at the bottom was: “Reprinted from Family Life Forum, the newsletter of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.”)

What do you see people, what do you see?
Are you seeing, when you look at me
A crabby old woman, not very wise
Uncertain of habit with far away eyes
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in aloud voice, “I do wish you’d try.”
who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe,
Who, unresisting or not, let’s you do as you will
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still
As I move at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother.
Brothers and sisters who love one another. 
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet.
A bride soon at twenty, my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five I have young of my own
Who need me to build a secure, happy home.
A woman of thirty, my young now grow fast.
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons now grown will be gone
But my man stays behind me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, once more babies play ’round my knee, 
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead.
I look to the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all busy rearing young of their own,
And I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.
I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel,
’tis her jest to make old age look like a fool,
The body crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells–
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living life all over again.
And I think of the years all too few–gone too fast
And accept their stark fact that nothing will last,
So open your eyes, people, open and see,
Not a crabby old woman, look closer–see me!!!