All Posts for August 2014

Menopause Awareness Month: September 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

When a friend sent me this photo of a PMS license, I saved it for the right posting. And since September is Menopause Awareness Month (The official website for Menopause Awareness month (MAM) is: and this website was created just for the purpose of exploring menopause and beyond (and maybe a little before), I decided to give it TOP BILLING.

Let’s see if we can’t make this go from PMS to PMZ (post-menopausal zest) 24/7!

A new book by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD called The Hormone Cure, is focused on this month’s featured topic & I hope to review the book this month. I am still working on the summer topic of Healthy Aging.  There is so much on this topic that I will continue posting so long as the info keeps flowing.

While shopping at Wegmans food emporium in Jersey last week, I read their fall bulletin announcing that September is also National Organic Harvest Month, also called Organic Food Celebration Month….. a perfect opportunity for me to write about going organic. Feel free to check out the Organic Consumer’s Association wonderful website:, a terrific organization to keep you posted on this important topic. I will post some of the info from their website throughout the month, but for now, remember the number 9, which is the first number on the bar code in the market for organic produce. OR visit your local Farmers Market and find a booth that uses no sprays or is certified organic.

This photo of fall veggies is a reminder to aim for:

1) Eating locally-grown organic foods or unsprayed foods
2) Eating foods in season as much as possible
3) Adding more fresh fruits & veggies in season to your menus


Of course, September has some other important events, both sad and glad. The main sad one is September 11th, now called Patriot Day, but we all call is 9/11. I found a website with great info that I will post the day before. Here is a visual & website from the website in case you want to check it out yourself. (

The calendar in which I found Patriot Day also notes that Sept. 21st is International Day of Peace. I clicked on the link and found this info:
International Day of Peace seeks to promote peace among nations and peoples.  It was established by the United Nations in 1981.  In 2002, the United Nations declared it a permanent holiday.   Through education and public awareness events, the UN endeavors to strengthen the ideals of peace among all of the world’s inhabitants.  International Day of Peace is observed on September 21st each year.  On this day, the UN urges all hostilities to stop, worldwide.  This would be a good day to take note, since there has been so much fighting in Israel and in Afghanistan. Here’s the direct link:  International Day of Peace.

This might also be a good opportunity to take a few moments of silence and just say to yourself: Peace! Peace! Peace! On August 8th I went to a small group setting to watch the peace conference generated by Deepak Chopra as part of a Bright Star event in Toronto, Canada. It was called A Global Meditation for Peace and I found it inspirational. Here’s the link to learn more:

September is also the beginning of the Fall Jewish Holidays. And since these holidays are always linked to food in season, I plan to post some recipes using seasonal foods. Here is a photo of a dish I made which I call Curried Calico Carrots, because I found multi-colored carrots in Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s. Since I love to cook with color, these carrots were a riot of colors that brightened my recipe. I added green beans for contrast.

Curried Calico Carrots & Green Beans

September is officially still Summer, although Fall is ushered in on September 23rd. So while fall is right around the corner, don’t rush into it. You can still enjoy some summer activities, like bike riding, swimming, hiking, and picnics or barbeques. In fact, this month when the kids are back in school, is a perfect opportunity to have some time to yourself and friends for these activities. Here is a photo from my patio to show you how lush my plants are well into the end of summer. When I step outside, my first thought at seeing these deep red plants we bought for $1.00 each at the Philadelphia Horticultural Plant Center is the theme song title from MONK: “It’s Jungle Out There!”

P.S. Indian Summer as defined by Wikipedia:

An Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather, occurring after the end of summer proper.  Enjoy!!!

P.S. posted on 9/21/14- I forgot to note that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month & a turquoise ribbon is the color for this serious and deadly cancer. Here’s a link to learn more:

End-of-Summer Reading Fiction: Edge of a Dream & Mediums Guild by Lee Fishman

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

These two end-of-summer novels can provide a few hours of quiet, yet exciting entertainment.

Philadelphia author Lee Fishman’s first book, Edge of a Dream, draws upon her work with “New Americans.” In this novel, a small family from Sarajevo flees to Philadelphia in search of a better life. Young Rija Malacovik comes to the USA with husband Josef, mother Elena, and Rija’s five-year old child Lili.  Josef abandons his family in search of “bigger and better things.” Rija finds a job cleaning offices at night while her mother cares for Lili to keep a roof over their heads.

Rija also attends night school to become a paralegal, but her mother is hit by a cab and hurts her leg, which becomes infected because of a doctor who does not live up to the Hippocratic oath. Just in time, Josef returns to help Rija and her mother, but Rija soon finds he is linked to the underworld. What follows is an exciting story as Rija navigates her own destiny, with flashbacks to the problems she faced during the crisis of the war years in Sarajevo.

With help from Tony, a classmate, Rija manages to uncover her husband’s criminal activities while holding her tiny family together. The book does not end happily ever after, but it ends on a hopeful note. Fast –paced, interesting, and lively, this book will give you a greater appreciation for the difficulties immigrants face when coming to America.  This is a good first novel.


Mediums Guild, the second book by Ms. Fishman, is slightly lighter, but still has more intrigue. Margo Fellshur, a young, part-time real estate agent by day and “psychic” on her off hours, uses her powers of insight to find two missing persons. Then, at a conference for other gifted psychics like herself, she meets a man who hires her to find lost treasures in the Atlantic Ocean, exploiting her powers and those of her like-minded friends.

In the meantime, her husband finds someone else to live with and takes off with money left to Margo by her father and slated for their teenage daughter’s college education.  Margo stays strong in her commitment to her daughter and also deals with her negative feelings about her new job, which she took because the real estate job was not paying her bills.

How Margo resolves her job dilemma, her husband’s betrayal, and using her psychic powers for solving a mystery make for an exciting story that is fast-paced and entertaining.  This book is a fast read under a beach umbrella or end-of-summer day off.


For ebook readers, Mediums Guild ($4.49) and Edge of a Dream ($2.99) are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperbacks can be purchased directly at: for $15 each. Price includes free shipping. Both books are published by Trans Media Publishing Group in Philadelphia, PA.

Author Lee Fishman