• Lifestyle

    Sweets to a Sweet and Flowers to a Flower

    What I remember about Sweets to a Sweet and Flowers to a Flower comes from two people who were deeply in love and remained that way for their entire lives together. A man was a man and a woman, a woman. No confusion, no illusions. Their example sets the relationship bar high -impossibly so. They came from a time that which each passing year, sadly fades further into the distant past of the early 20th century. I can’t help wishing for a life and love like theirs, even with all the hardships they faced: a depression, world war and separation. ‘Sweets to a sweet and flowers to a flower‘ aptly…

  • Lifestyle

    The Importance of Play

    The importance of play is grossly under stated. School recess, lunch time recess and after school, each is an essential and important part of children’s need for play. Face to face interaction without the confinment of a classroom or structured environment. This brief, daily period allows children to ‘blow off steam’, run around and release pent up energy or boredom from lessons. For generations of children, this welcome break provided a healthy outlet during the school day. Recess during lunch and you ran around like a rabbit. Free for a little while! Why is outdoor recess rare today? Worse still, why is physical education not being offered in many areas?…

  • Food

    Hummus

    I first tasted hummus when I was invited to dinner at the home of Lebanese friends. I was hooked by the taste, of course, but also by the entire presentation of the meal- lots of fresh vegetables, marinated and grilled chicken, lamb. A veritable feast, and a healthy one at that! Here is the way I was taught to make hummus. Soak one pound of chick peas/ce ci/garbanzo beans in fours cups of water, overnight. Drain and add the soaked beans to 5-6 cups of boiling water. Cook until soft. Reserve several tablespoons of the cooking water. -or- Use (2) 15-16 oz cans of chick peas. Do not drain all…

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    Food,  Gardening

    Victory Gardens

    Covid-19 gripped the world and brought home the point of knowing, or not-knowing as was the case in the early months, where most of our food supply comes from. 2020 became the year that heralded the return of the Victory Garden. With supply chain interruptions and contamination fears in abundance, it spurred a gardening renaissance akin to that of World War II Victory gardens. During the war years, Americans came together, eager to do their part to support the war effort. Paramount was that our soldiers overseas have a steady supply chain. Items such as eggs, produce, meat, silk stockings-as silk was needed for parachutes- and metal of all kinds…

  • Beauty

    Honey

    I know that I love honey. It’s just too delicious. My favorite is orange blossom honey. I ration myself or my consumption can quickly get out of control. There are other uses for honey that may surprise you. Honey, used in personal care, has been a well-kept ‘secret’ for generations. It is actually the oldest skin care ingredient known to man and used by many cultures around the world. Personal care Ancient Egyptian women chewed pills made of honey and spices to freshen their breath. They used honey and sodium bicarbonate for vaginal irrigations. Success could be attributed first to the alkalinity of the sodium bicarb. Most importantly, the active…