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MARCH: First Sign of Spring

Monday, March 1st, 2021

On our walk this morning, my husband and I spotted the first green shoots of crocuses. Yippee!

Here’s a lineup for March so far:

Stanley Fink’s Poem on trash entitled “Sacred Duty”:


       March 8, 2021


Nicole Bond’s Delicious Olive Bread recipe from her book: Paleo Harvest


St. Patrick’s Day (17th)  followed by my March Zoom Cooking Class (19th) with the topic of Eating “Green”: Land & Sea Veggies (Link coming soon!)



Review of Green Buddhism by Stephanie Kaza and possibly one more book.

March can be very cold and windy, but we know that Spring is on its way and hopefully fewer and fewer people contracting the COVID 19 virus.  Stay Safe and watch for crocuses!


March is also National Nutrition Month so I will post some Nutritional Bytes.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a theme I like: In March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme, Personalize Your Plate, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences.

I offer nutritional services with the idea of developing a P.E.P. (Personal Eating Plan). If interested please contact me at:

Healthy food selection. Shopping bag full of fresh vegetables and fruits. Flat lay food on table



P.S. I just received a petition that cannot wait until Earth Day. Please read & sign:

Sign now
This is unbelievable. Giant fossil fuel companies are using an obscure international treaty to sue our countries for billions of dollars for shutting down coal plants and oil rigs. But insiders say that with a million voices, we can help fuel an almighty revolt by powerful countries at a critical meeting next week. Sign now with one click to stop this toxic treaty and tell everyone!



Dear friends,

This is outrageous — just as many countries are finally acting to stop climate change and protect the planet, fossil fuel giants are suing governments for billions.

It all happens because of a powerful international treaty that almost no one has heard of: the Energy Charter Treaty.

It was designed to encourage energy companies to invest in developing economies, but now it’s being weaponised to sue countries when they try to shut down toxic coal plants and oil rigs — wrecking our transition to 100% clean energy. Companies have already won over $50 Billion from taxpayer funds — and more and more countries are still getting caught in the trap.

But finally there’s a plan to scrap it. Italy has already withdrawn, and now France, Spain and others are calling for the treaty to go. If we champion their call with a 1-million strong petition, it could fuel a major revolt at critical negotiations next week. This is our chance to make sure no one is sued for acting on climate change. Sign now with one click:

To world governments and all signatories to the Energy Charter Treaty:

As world citizens, we call on you to pull out of the Energy Charter Treaty and stop its expansion to other countries. The treaty is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement, and it allows coal, oil and gas corporations to obstruct our transition to a clean energy future. It’s time to disarm fossil fuel firms now, so they can no longer impede urgent climate action and put their interest above our public health and security.


This terrible treaty is basically the exact opposite of the Paris Climate Agreement. It punishes governments for moving off fossil fuels, and keeps us marching into a deadly future of drowning cities, wildfires, and a catastrophic loss of life.

Take Italy: When it banned oil drilling off its coast, a British company sued the government for almost $300 million — nine times more than the company had even invested. That’s precious tax money that could otherwise have been used for renewable energy, schools, or hospitals.

And so no matter where you are in the world, this treaty affects you. To beat climate change, we need a huge global transition to green energy — but if some countries are being held back, the entire global effort is sabotaged.

Insiders from opposing countries tell us that strong public support could tip the balance ahead of a critical meeting in days, and get a critical mass of countries to quit the treaty. So let’s make it happen — sign now and Avaaz will deliver our voices directly to key leaders, and with an ad in one of Europe’s top media outlets:


Climate change is the fight of our lives. But there’s now so much momentum on our side — and bit by bit our movement is dismantling the systems that are pushing our planet to the edge. The actions we take today will echo through generations to come. For our children, for the forests, the oceans, and everything we care about, we can’t stop now, and we won’t.

With hope and determination,

Marie, Martyna, Pascal, Luis, Mike, Anneke, Alice, Patricia, Mario, Nick, Daniel, and the entire Avaaz team…-veteran-of-wwii/

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Last summer I edited Harvey P. Davis’ book, We the People. As an African-American who fought in WWII, his book is a treasure-trove of information and I felt privileged to be part of the process of helping him self-publish his large book of African-American history. I learned more from his rhymes than any high school or college text.  If you missed the review, here is the link to his review on my website:…-veteran-of-wwii/


Below are three of his poems in the book. He read them aloud at our recent Creative Writers’ Group ZOOM, so I used them as examples because he chose to read them, using his wonderfully rich voice and expressions that must have made him a great minister.

                                           Black History Month by Harvey P. Davis

The name of the man behind Black History month is not well known.
He is Dr. Carter G. Woodson, somewhat forgotten, as history has shown.
He dedicated his life to educate African-Americans of their achievements
And the contributions their ancestors made in spite of disenfranchisement.

In 1875 Carter was born into a world that to him had little to offer.
He could have remained a sharecropper, a miner, or just a loiterer.
Not happy with his young life, he finished high school in two years.
He earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, through toil and tears.

He worked for a while, but not satisfied, went on to Harvard
and became only the second African-American to earn a PhD – yes, hard!
He believed that African-Americans did not know about their heritage,
But once informed, it would help to improve their personage.

In February 1926, Dr. Woodson sent out this important press release:
He was to establish the first recognized national Negro History Week.
He chose February, the month of the birthdays, where some will pause
For Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both prominent for the cause.


Black History Week was quickly embraced by those in Carter’s crusade,
but he found it difficult to supply all the materials that the demands made.

He realized the study of black history could not be known if not read.
Together with friends he thought on how the knowledge could spread.
The Association of the Study of Negro Life and History was organized.
It gave out reading material for that great need to be satisfied.

Because of the historic dimension of what was now taking place, they realized a week was not enough, so a month they embraced. In 1976, the 50th anniversary of the first Negro History week, a shift to what is now Black History Month – to the world a great gift.

Let us read the words of what two other presidents have pondered.
Gerald Ford in 1976 stated, and I quote, “Seize the opportunity to honor
the too often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in
every endeavor throughout our history.” My feelings from within.

Ronald Reagan stated, “Understanding the history of black Americans is a
key to understanding the strength of our nation.” A proper stance.


Black History Month is to celebrate African-American accomplishments.
It is difficult to know where to begin and what subjects are salient.
Of these topics, which is most important: politics, education,
religion, business, science, or medicine? All are necessary for our edification.

We cannot forget music, dance, theater, film and various arts —
All of these are extremely important, greater than the sum of the parts.
All of these are important in the development of any great nation.
Every good citizen must participate to that end, and in its creation.

This was true in the development of America, but some were ignored.
The potential of those from the continent of Africa was not explored.
For centuries contributions were made, but if from the minority, not acclaimed. Black History Month is a way to acknowledge and remove that shame.

When like-minded people get together for any uplifting event,
They are amazed that in the end all come through with encouragement.
Black History Month, meant to encourage and support our community,
Can also be the vehicle to promote and nourish our national unity.