Pearl Harbor Day, Human Rights Day, and Beyond

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The month of December includes Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7th, Human Rights Day on *Dec. 10th, and all the holiday celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Solstice. And now we add the most recent terrorist-related attack in San Bernadino, which took place on my birthday, Dec. 2nd.

*Here is the link to my previous mention of Human Rights Day On December Doings:

In addition, here is another important link to Human Rights Day from the U.N. :
Below is a reprint from the website. (I put two important elements in bold.)

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. For more this year’s theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.

Because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, which brought the U.S. into WWII, I grew up with Pearl Harbor as my 9/11. In addition, the horrors of the Holocaust are imprinted in my psyche because of the innocent people murdered. In addition to 6 million Jews, there were other non-Aryans who were murdered because they were gay, Gypsies, politically anti-Nazi, etc. I never thought we would experience the fear I felt as a small child when I learned about WWII and the Holocaust, but the events since 9/11 have re-triggered that fear and anxiety.

My wish is that all of us take time today, Pearl Harbor Day, to pay homage to those who died or were wounded that day and also on Human Rights Day to think about how we can bring peace to the planet, so that we do not live in fear where we live, work, pray and play.

Because of this anxiety I feel, I will take a break from creating new postings while I am away for a few days, and will repost some recipes for the holidays from previous years. I need some down time to meditate on what I want to do personally to make a positive difference in the lives I touch by my writing, my everyday activities, and through my spiritual beliefs that uphold each human life as being valuable.

I hope you will take some time to think about all of this and send me your thoughts in the Comments section.  Thank you, ellensue

Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nov.- Dec. 2015

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

November and December are especially busy months for many people. From after Halloween to New Year’s we are busy, busy, busy. Much of that has to do with shopping and cooking for family events. If you are working full time, this time can be especially stressful. So, hopefully, the postings will help you navigate the next two months with ease and joy.

This time of year seems to go with a fireplace. Picture downloaded from Home Depot’s website.

Part of my postings are obviously about recipes. Now that colder weather is on its way, I will be featuring soups, root veggies and denser foods to keep your energy levels up in the colder weather. Below is a beet salad I will be posting:

While many of you are too busy to read, I would still like to review some books that may help you through the holidays, even if just to unwind. This one is in the latest issue of an online magazine called It’s Your Life and I will report the review here as wells give you the link to this terrific new publication.

Don’t be fooled by the title. There are lots of recipes for adults with allergies, as well!

When I searched for other events for November and December, I came across some interesting ways to celebrate or ruminate or investigate. Here are just some:

November 1st– National Author’s Day – As a writer, I may investigate this further. It is also National Literacy Day and my older daughter has just signed up to be a literacy volunteer for a young Hispanic woman. What a great way to contribute to another person’s education. Computers, Kindles and iPads notwithstanding, I still like the feel of a pencil and pad and a book in my hands to read.

November 2nd is National Deviled Egg Day, so maybe I will post my curry inspired deviled eggs.

It’s also Election Day, so don’t forget to VOTE!

And Daylight Savings ends, so “Fall Back” with your clocks.

November 11th is Veterans’ Day, a day to remember all theme and women in the military who help defend us and others in need.

The Great American Smoke Out is Nov. 20th, a good day to stop smoking and think about what it does to your body. Because smoking has been linked with cancer, I will also have some more information on cancer as a follow up to Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

Of course, the big day in November is Thanksgiving on November 26th and I hope to post some recipes suitable for your consideration. (I may be able to post a couple of seasonal recipes from a cookbook I reviewed in the Spring called Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.


I would like to think that this was a time when Native Americans and Europeans co-existed peacefully!

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a family day and I hope to have my article about a family that is giving up half their day to serve the homeless in Center City Philadelphia. I went to the Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen in late October with the husband and wife who volunteer weekly to get an idea of what happens on any given weekday and ended up helping to serve more than 200 men, homeless or in the shelter, feeding them casseroles made by dozens of volunteers in the Philadelphia area. Quite an experience!

I will post December events during the first week of December, since there are already enough in November for you to digest!

Finally, I found a list of 100 ways to reduce stress and hope to post some them throughout these last two busy months of 2015. And I couldn’t resist posting one more leafy photo, since we still have trees that are brilliant!

P.S. on Nov. 9th- I forgot that November is National Diabetes Month. An article appears on Nov. 10th in Health Flashes & Special Reports.