All Posts for March 2015

April Love: April 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Pat Boone sang the song April Love in a movie by the same name in 1957. He sings about young love, but I think it could also be interpreted about being in love with April flowers/plants that bloom early—forsythia, azaleas, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth, dogwood, etc.—and the photo above was taken where flowers are already in bloom. Thanx to my brother Harry; more to come.


A lovely window box filled with flowers which my brother Harry took on a recent trip to Colombia, S. Am.

April is National Poetry Month and this is what Google has to say: National Poetry Month, which takes place each April, is a celebration of poetry introduced in 1996 and organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The organization also provides free educational resources to teachers for classroom celebrations, and commissions an annual festival poster.

This month I hope to post several poems by Mary Lou Meyers, my classmate and unofficial “poet-ink-residence” for menopause, as well as some other poems from book son my shelf.  From I also found this list:

30 ways to celebrate national poetry month

  1. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  2. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  3. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poetproject.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Write a letter to a poet thanking them for their work.
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stampscelebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book, The Life of Poetry.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths‘ latest Poets on Poetry video.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Watch a poetry movie.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day by making a card featuring a line of poetry.
  30. Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.

Earth Day is April 18th this year & I plan to do whatI did last year, that is, post something throughout the month with the idea of Earth Day Every Day, as a reminder to keep the concept going all year.

As part of Earth Day I plan to review a book from University of California Press entitled: Dodging Extinction by Anthony Barnosky.

The subtitle is: “power,food, money, and the future of life on earth.” I am eager to share it with you. Thanks to my daughter-in-law Maura, an editor @ U of C Press, for the review copy.


I ran out of March last month, so I never posted my recipe for Sprouted Lentil Salad as part of my yearly return to the importance of sprouting. So that will be posted soon. Yum!


April also hosts Easter & Passover, and they almost coincide, so Jews and Christians alike will be feasting and celebrating. I hope to post a recipe from a book by Nava Atlas on holidays and include both an Easter & a Passover recipe.

<<<<<<<Matzah is a symbol of Passover and dyed eggs are a symbol of Easter >>>>>>

Since I will be away in April visiting family on the West Coast, I hope I can fit all this in and come back with lovely photos of flowers in California.

Enjoy the special days of this month. I think you are going to love April!

Another photo from my brother Harry’s S. Am.trip with wife Karen

Kalettes: The Latest “Hot” Veggie!

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Earlier this year my husband & I were walking to his job only a few blocks from here. As we walked we noticed all the ornamental kale in front of  the office buildings along the way. They last through most of the winter, although by now they are not as attractive as this picture I took in February:

My husband wanted to know they were edible, so I Googled the topic and found out that ornamental kale is actually edible, but you probably would find it too tough to chew (and it might be heavily sprayed).

About the same time as we enjoyed the ornamental kale on the way to my husband’s office, The Philadelphia Inquirer posted an article on a new veggie, a combination of Brussel Sprouts and Kale, called Kale sprouts, or commercially called Kalettes. (They look quite different from other regular kale or ornamental kale. In fact, I think they look a little like the birdies used in badminton.)

So now  you can choose from several different kinds of regular kale, baby kale and kalettes. The advantage of the kalettes over Brussels sprouts is that they cook much quicker and are not quite as bitter as kale or Brussel sprouts.

Of course, by now, most of you know that kale has become the queen among green vegetables. Maybe its nickname could be Green Queen! From being a garnish on salad bars or used ornamentally in gardens, as in the first photo above, kale has become the darling the produce department as well as the snack department in the form of kale chips.

“This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.” (Source:

The easiest way to cook it is to steam stir fry it and add a little olive oil and sesame seeds and use as a side dish:

You can also add it to soups, stews, stir fries and salads, although I have not yet tried these babies in a salad.(That will begin a future posting.) But when I prepared the dish above, I did snip off the very ends of each kalette because they had turned brown. In doing so, some the leaves become loose, but the dish still worked.

Here is a photo of my standard ayurvedic dish, kitchari, with the kalettes added during the last 5-7 minutes of cooking. Because they are small and leafy, the cooking is considerably less than broccoli or regular kale, but still longer than spinach, which cooks down in a minute.

To make kitchari, click on my link and add kalettes near the end of cooking the “ayurvedic stew.” . When I posted this dish around Thanksgiving, I did not even know about these, so now I can add it to many of my dishes that call for leafy greens.

Kalettes with Kitchari

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I think this new Green Queen veggie is perfect way to end the postings for this month. March also heralds in Spring and all things green.  And in March we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green, as well. All in all, green stands tall!!