December 2007: Holidays & Celebrations

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(Picture of the landscape in back of my niece’s gardening Tiburon, N. California, where I started celebrating my 70th birthday with my family.)

December is a busy month for most people. Maybe you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice. During this time of year I think of the words “hustle and bustle.” Buying gifts, planning meals, and visiting family are all wonderful, but can also be very stressful. So pace yourself to help keep healthy and happy.

For me, December has an additional meaning because my birthday falls on December 2nd. This year was a milestone birthday: 70. As my friend Jack (his birthday is also December 2nd) said on the phone, Yikes! I can’t believe you are 70!

Thus, this month the focus will be twofold: One focus will be my “birthday blog” in Health Flashes and Special Reports. I have photos and quotes and a “report” of the activities.

The other focus is on the regular categories of my website: recipes (for the holidays) to look at in Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes, a review of one of the Jewish cookbooks I use to help me with Hanukkah recipes (click on reviews:, an interview with Betty Kamen in Profiles, whose daily hints in her website are perfect for busy people who want to stay healthy, quotes and a poem sent by a friend in This ‘n That, and a new product in Products and Services that I used in one of my recipes.

You can also check out the other categories in case you missed something last month.

As an update, you may remember that I wrote about ordering a CD to calculate protein, carbs, fats, etc. in my recipes, but both CDs were faulty, so I decided this was not meant to be. Most of my recipes are low in fat and moderate in carbs, so hopefully this lack of a profile will not deter you from trying them.

Finally, most of the photos this month (except the recipes) are about my birthday celebration, although I may sneak in an end-of-year tree photo, because fall colors were glorious until right after Thanksgiving. Some were taken in November in Northern California, where Fall was similar to the trees here. (See photo at the top.)

Whatever your busy plans are this month, take time to enjoy the sights and smells around you. Don’t stress out so much that you will not enjoy this wonderful season. Remember, Peace on Earth starts with peace in your heart. Happy Holidays!

P.S. December 1st was World Aids Day and December 10th was Human Rights Day, so December really is a busy month.

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This is a picture of me with my birthday pin from sister-in-law/childhood friend, Carol, and my new necklace handcrafted by my friend Jackie.

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