9/11 Essay with photos of the Memorial in New York City at Ground Zero

My grandson Max was born on 9/11, but 10 years before the tragic event on 9/11/2001. So for ten years I was able to celebrate his birthday without any intervening bad news. Now, of course, I have mixed feelings: I want to celebrate his birthday and I also want to pay homage to the tragic events on 9/11 and all the people who died in the towers or planes that day and all those who were working in the wreckage of the towers and subsequently died from the fumes, the dust, and the chemicals that spewed into the air, even though the person in charge of the EPA said the air was safe!


In the Smithsonian Institute Magazine as well as in a documentary last night, there were interviews with young people born in 2001 0r 2002, whose fathers who died in the planes or the buildings. These children are now 20 years old or almost 20 years old, and their stories are quite revealing about how they view life because of this tragic event right before they were born.

Just as Pearl Harbor may have been the most tragic event of my early years, 9/11 for people in the single numbers or just born on that day or soon after have their own tragic event. And with the pandemic, we are losing thousands and thousands of people from bacteria, so we are “at war” with this virus and the battle is still raging.

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be hard for many of us. Interestingly, it takes place during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hoshana (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), a very solemn time to review this past year and see where we have offended anyone and make amends. Instead of reviewing our mistakes as sins, we view them as “missing the mark” and offer our heartfelt apologies to those people we may have offended or hurt.

Reading the stories in the Smithsonian and watching the documentary has given me hope that young people of today are aware that we are a global village and what happens to people in one country can happen everywhere, as COVID 19 has shown.

Let us use 9/11 as a time to pause and take stock of ourselves and our world and see what we can do to make our global village safer, cleaner, and filled with empathy and compassion, instead of hate. If each person does this, we could feel a shift in our energies and emerge as a world where peace and wholeness are possible and an environment where it is safe to breathe, swim, eat, and sleep. I wish for such as world NOW! and since I believe each person can make a difference, I plan
to sign up for a Climate Reality project and continue to post information on the environment on my website.

Stay safe! Stay positive! Stay vigilant!  ellensue


P.S. I wrote this on Friday aft. and post-dated it for tomorrow at 9:11 am.

ZOOM Cooking Class: Friday, June 18th @ 10:30 am (est) EAT a RAINBOW


Friday, June 18th @ 10:30 am Eat a Rainbow

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Eat a Rainbow: Cooking with Color

Key Words from the Internet

Antioxidants: Substances that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. (https:.//www.cancer.gov)

Caretenoids: Any of a class of mainly yellow, orange, or red fat-soluble pigments, including carotene, which give color to plant parts such as ripe tomatoes and autumn leaves. They are terpenoids based on a structure having the formula C40H. (Definition from Oxford Languages: https://languages.oup.com)

Chlorophyll: A green pigment, present in all green plants and in cyanobacteria, responsible for the absorption of light to provide energy for photosynthesis. Its molecule contains a magnesium atom held in a porphyrin ring. (Definition from Oxford Languages: https://languages.oup.com)

Nutraceuticals: The term “nutraceutical” is used to describe medicinally or nutritionally functional foods. Nutraceuticals, which have also been called medical foods, designer foods, phytochemicals, functional foods and nutritional supplements, include such everyday products as “bio” yoghurts and fortified breakfast cereals, as well as vitamins, herbal remedies and even genetically modified foods and supplements. (Definition from Oxford Languages: https://languages.oup.com)

Phytochemicals: Chemical compounds produced by plants, generally to help them resist fungi, bacteria and plant virus infections, and also consumption by insects and other animals. The name comes from Greek φυτόν (phyton) ‘plant’. Some phytochemicals have been used as poisons and others as traditional medicine.

Mother Earth loves color! What could be more attractive to birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators than bright red berries, purple grapes, orange pumpkins, and all the other colorful fruits and vegetables (as well as flowers)? If you are familiar with the concept of eating a rainbow, then you may know that the different colors (sometimes hidden under the dark green of chlorophyll) of fresh foods contain nutrients that your body will love and thrive on, especially when the foods are organic, in season, and eaten fresh or lightly cooked.

In The Color Code book by James Joseph, Ph.D., Daniel Nadeau, M.D., and Anne Underwood, the authors design a healthy eating plan based on red foods, orange/yellow foods, blue/purple foods, and of course green foods. They write about nutrients in these foods that they call “pigment power.” These are nutrients over and above their basic vitamins and minerals, and of course important enzymes when uncooked or only lightly cooked.

The phytochemicals in plants are purported to promote health in a number of ways: as antioxidants, as anti-inflammatories, and as boosters to the body’s natural detoxification system. The different colors of foods have protective pigments, according to the Color Code information, so by eating from the rainbow, you are able to garner a full range of these “power pigments.”

Cooking with color becomes a feast not only for your palate, but also for your eyes, which draws people to these colorful dishes, if only to try for the first time. And the phytochemicals that help the plant survive are also beneficial to humans. In addition, if you can, buy organic fruits and veggies, using the Dirty Dozen and Green 15 from the Environmental Working Group as your guide. (www.ewg.org) (See list Below)

In the cooking class on Friday, I will be making a Rainbow Fruit Salad, a Rainbow Garden Salad, and a Berry Nice Green Salad. I checked out the level of acid/alkalinity, which we covered in the May Zoom cooking class, and deliberately chose those foods that are high or medium alkalinity. I used The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide by Dr. Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr. and the list from the Environmental Working Group below:

Here are the 2021 Dirty Dozen: 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale/Collard/Mustard greens
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Peaches
  9. Pears
  10. Bell and hot peppers
  11. Celery
  12. Tomatoes

Here are the items on the Clean 15: 

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Onions
  5. Papayas
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Broccoli
  10. Cabbage
  11. Kiwifruit
  12. Cauliflower
  13. Mushrooms
  14. Honeydew
  15. Cantaloupe

Hope you can join us on ZOOM on Friday, June 18th from 10:30 am-about noon (est)

I will post the recipes after the class, but in the meantime, here’s a link to a recipe and information I posted in 2008:

A Berry Buffet: https://www.menupause.info/its-the-berries-june-2008/

Special Notes: Last month’s class focused on eating more alkalizing foods and less acidic foods to represent our cells being more alkaline than acid. The foods I chose for the recipes on Friday are almost all medium to high alkalinity. They are not main dishes, so if you eat acidic foods, such as meat, dairy, grains and beans, the recipes here will help you balance the acid foods with the alkalizing foods. Also, naturally white foods veggies, such as cauliflower, are healthful, even though white is not a color, per se, on the rainbow.

What is white on the rainbow spectrum? Some consider white to be a color, because white light comprises all hues on the visible light spectrum. And many do consider black to be a color, because you combine other pigments to create it on paper. But in a technical sense, black and white are not colors, they’re shades. (www.adobe.com)


White foods are not technically part of the rainbow spectrum, but white foods (naturally grown, not bleached) are also part of a healthy diet.