FABULOUS FALL: Sept./Oct. 2011

First touch of fall– A tree across from our condo that is just beginning to turn.

With Hurricane Irene ushering in some cooler weather, one thing we can be sure of: Mother Nature never disappoints in surprising us! Hopefully, you were prepared, or even over-prepared, as we were in our neighborhood, and your daily life is back on course.

While I have not posted this past week, I have been busy preparing to post. By combining September & October, as I did with July & August, I feel there is more “space” for me to post in a continuous stream of eight weeks, instead of cramming everything into four weeks.

Fall ushers in Back to School, and even if you don’t have a small child entering nursery or elementary school for the first time, you might have someone you know going back to school, so the two health-oriented  children’s books I will review by Victoria Boutenko are for the small set in your life: grandchild, niece or nephew, etc. Or if you are a teacher of a small children, you might order this for your class library.  These two books are a great way to send a message filled with good food ideas.

Of course, the biggest event for September is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. There will be countless ways to honor this sad day. When I Googled this idea, I found an interesting website: www.911dayofservice.org. You are asked to send in what charitable act you will do to honor the 9/11 victims. The Try will be filled with stories and of course, the reading of all the names, as has been done in the past. On a personal note, my grandson was born on 9/11/01, so while I will be honoring those who perished, I will also be celebrating my grandson’s birthday. Very poignant!

Keeping that solemn day in our minds may make the rest of the month seem pallid, but those who lost loved ones will still be getting up, having breakfast, sending their kids to school and living their extraordinary lives. This is a good day to focus on Peace. The American Friends Service Committee has a One Minute for Peace campaign with a message to President Obama. Go to www.OneMinuteforPeace for more information.

On the heels of this solemn day in our history, I want to shift to a young student         who is a perfect example of doing a good deed as part of her job. One of the lifeguards at our condo pool, Michelle, is studying to be a teacher of the blind, a promise she made to her sister when she, Michelle, was only five years old! Here is a photo of Michelle when she volunteered at the Philadelphia School for the blind. I think her Profile is heartwarming.


Concerning Kitchen Nutrition, I plan to have some end of summer recipes you might want to try.  One is a dish I made with wild rice and brown rice, using a special package of Lundberg Rice that I really like. I will feature that with the recipe: Wild About Rice Salad. It can be served hot or even better, chilled when there are still some warm days ahead reminiscent of Indian Summer.

Here is my Wild About Rice Salad garnished with fresh basil from my patio garden.

Part of my summer reading involved going through my past issues of Nutrition Action Magazine, which is filled with tidbits of information I find useful. I also gathered information from other magazines I read at the doctor’s office, at the pool, in the bathtub, wherever I can sneak in a few minutes of quick reading. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, I plan to focus on some of the health tips on that delicate subject. I receive email from www.pinkribbonblues.com. I reviewed the book with the same title by and find the emails thought-provoking and interesting.


To see my earlier review, click on this link: https://www.menupause.info/archives/4328



My other main source of breast cancer information is BCA: Breast Cancer Action, because they go after the “big guys” who manufacture products that can contain carcinogens. Actually, their current campaign is their Think Before You Pink Campaign Kit. Here is that website: www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org. Here is a photo of their kit.

I also want to do an update on celiac disease, since it has been in the news lately. There is actually a local author, Genevieve Sherrow, a certified nutritionist,  who wrote a nice cookbook with gluten-free foods. It is called Gluten Free Warrior & I plan to post the review in October.

On a poetic note, the other day, very early, my husband and I were driving to Center City and I saw a group of birds & then a deer, right near the highway. I penned this poem:

Early Morning

And then the starlings descended
Darling little birds with grey-flecked wings
Flying in rings around the grassy mound
Without a sound from their pointed beaks

Suddenly the face of a deer, still as glass,
standing stone still in the grass.

Beauty everywhere.
Look if you dare
Mother Nature in all her glory
and that’s my early morning story!

For now, that is about all I have to post, except for my blog: www.nobodyeatslikeme.com, which will be moved to Menupause so I can have all my postings under one umbrella, or maybe I should say, all in one pot! I have several companion articles under this blog and you can still access the articles by going to the link above or waiting until my web guru moves it over. I will let you know.

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