Happy Holidays!

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I hope your holidays are filled with

love, light, family, and friends.

And may we all have a happy, healthy,

And more peaceful New Year!

 

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Exercise and nature – a winning combo!

Gracey Hitchcock

Gracey Hitchcock

When I lived in Moscow, I developed a new appreciation

for “Nature” and “Nature  Lovers”.

My Russian friends always stopped to appreciate the wonders

of the great outdoors.  Having a “Dacha”

or country house – however simple or grand

— was a luxury.

How wise my friends were in their love of the outdoors.

I know nature and country get-a-ways are loved around the world.

But, I have never to this day heard so many people extoll the

their love of the country as I  did in four years in Moscow.   And it seems they-

and all nature lovers were right.

There is significant new research on the benefits of exercising

outside in the great outdoors. According to Phys Ed Columnist

 for the New York Times Gretchen Reynolds, “Studies haven’t yet

established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve

‘dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program”.

In the same article she added, “A few small studies have found that

people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress,

after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside.”

 

So while, I am not giving up my barre or yoga classes – and I am

not suggesting you either – don’t underestimate the value of walking

to the gym or after dinner with a friend or lover.  We tend over

complicate things these days – and in doing so we may miss a lot of benefits.

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/the-benefits-of-exercising-outdoors/?_r=0

 

Life should sweet but with a bit of snap and sizzle.

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Final days of summer

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The final days of summers are speeding  by

as we look up to see Virgo in the sky.

Here in the South, children are alreadt back to school.

Up North, they count the days.

Summer play always goes too quickly for me.

Slow down enjoy the warmth — winter is cold and long.

Life should sweet but you need work at it too.

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Summer entertaining à la Samarkand

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One recent, sultry weekend,

I received an intriguing cookbook:

Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus,

by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford.

Having lived in Moscow for several years in the late 90s, I was delighted.

At that time Moscow was evolving into the sophisticated city it is today.Samarkand

Back then dining out was limited  to  fancy foreign hotels,

a few excellent Indian restaurants, fast food chains,

and  the legendary Georgian restaurants.

We loved the spicy Georgian food, redolent with garlic, saffron, and pomegranate.

The restaurants, like the people, were colourful, welcoming, and a touch exotic.

We never tired of warm Khachapuri — a delicious flatbread – served out of the oven,

full of slightly salty melted cheese or grilled brochettes.

The brochettes, called Shashlik or Shashlyk, are served in all of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Russians say Shashlik the way we say BBQ –

and that’s a great reason to grab a copy of Samarkand  as soon as you can!

The book is full of recipes that are perfect for summer entertaining.

 

While there are many great dishes for winter, recipes like

 Lamb Kebabs with Cinnamon, Cloves & Hot Hummus are perfect

for summer’s casual entertaining.

I have made hummus for years but when I tried their warm version

with cinnamon, it was a big hit.

Fresh salads like Radish, Cucumber, and Herb and Grated Zucchini with

Pine Nuts and Poppy Seeds are easy to make but different enough to add a welcome twist to a predictable menu.

The authors weave history and lore through the recipes as they tempt

their readers with savoury and sweet dishes from a still mysterious region.

This is one cookbook worth owning – even if your book shelves groan as mine do.

 

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We are now backing to our regular publishing schedule!

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Free State of Jones

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Recently, I attended the National Première of

Free State of Jones, hosted by

Ambassador Andrew Young and the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

The film stars’ include Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey,

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali.

 

With Atlanta Singer/Reality Star/ Producer Kandi Burruss ( Image Right)

 

The evening brought out Atlanta’ s influencers and artists

to support film and meet Ambassador Young and

Oscar winning writer-director Gary Ross.

Ambassador Andrew Young and Gary Ross ( Image Right)Ambassador Andrew Young and Gary Ross

Free State of Jones is based on the little known, true story of a racially mixed,

anti-confederate insurgency that successfully fought the Confederacy.

Director Gary Ross did extensive research to write the script.

Ross even became a visiting fellow in American Civilization at Harvard University,

a position created specifically for him. In an interview before the film was shown,

he stressed how important he felt it was to be historically accurate.

He even joked repeatedly about making a film with footnotes and

repeatedly encouraged reporters and viewers to visit the film’s website for more information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_of_Jones_(film)

None of this should imply that this is a dull movie – it is not!

This is a riveting tale of rebellion, and passion, as well as a love story.

Free State of Jones tells of Newt Knight a medic in the Confederate

army who deserts after his young teenage nephew dies.

As a deserter, Newt is forced to leave his family and take refuge in the

swamps of Louisiana with runaway slaves.

 

Eventually, the angry and resourceful Knight leads an insurgency of runaway

slaves and yeoman farmers. The runaway slaves and farmers fight together to defeat the Confederacy

and drive out the hated slave-owners.

 

History has neglected the roll this mixed race rebellion against the Confederacy.

The divisions in the Civil War are most often portrayed as being a conflict of values

and interests between the North and the South. There has been little discussion of

the white farmers who resented having to defend the interests of wealthy slave owners.

 

This ambitious film continues into the Reconstruction Period when free black men had to fight

to exercise their right to vote. Blacks were often terrorised and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.

The role that former slaves played in securing their own hard won

freedom has been very limited.

 

Don’t miss this powerful historical drama with themes that still resonate today.

Life should sweet but you need work at it too.

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Time and Money

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These days there are two things everyone runs short of: time and money.

You might, at one time or the other, have more of one or the other.

Being able to do a few beauty chores perfectly at home will help you with the squeeze.

I admit I like saving both. I find it relaxing to do my nails alone with Netflix

and splurge instead on quiet foot massage or really great facial treatment

— or indulge at a fabulous spa.

Life is sweet but you need work at it too.

It is good to have a plan and a good guide.

 

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Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl

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Gracey Hitchcock, Editor

Gracey Hitchcock, Editor

 

One of the biggest benefits of my career as a magazine editor is that I get to talk to experts

– often the best in their fields – on many topics. And most are very generous with information.

When it comes to getting out of a rut, or making a tough transformation,

every single one of them has mentioned the need to silence that tough inner critic:

the one who cuts you down and plants the seeds of doubt and failure.

Melissa Ambrosini’s Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl is a workbook for any

young woman struggling to find self-love. Melissa is a great guide.Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl

She has been there, done that, and developed a plan to beat the mean girl living

in most of us. Successful model and former child star, Melissa Ambrosiana crashed

young and hard.  After indulging in drugs and the party scene – Melissa had heart broken.

The slim model ended up on “yoyo” diets when she turned to comfort eating. Finally, she found her way out of depression and self-sabotage through self- love.

I like this book and its workbook approach. I plan to give it to several young women struggling to find their own power.

 

Until next week take time to find the sweet spot in life!

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Pink Plate ladies

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We all face challenges in life. It is how we face them that defines

who we are and how we can make a difference.

The Pink Plate Campaign shows how five California cancer survivors

faced the challenge of beating Cancer and how they are now making a difference.

This is a local initiative which is very important as we face a time when funds for health care are tight.-ECPINKPLATES

This great Mother’s Day gift or girlfriend gift even if you don’t live in California . This would be cute in a dressing room or kitchen as meaningful keepsake www.pinkplate.org

The ladies wanted to promote early detection and help more women and families

survive this terrible disease.  They have put together specialized license plates

for vehicles across California (right). They need about 7500 pre-orders to get this campaign moving forward!

 

All funds generated from sales of the California Pink Ribbon License Plate

will be deposited into the Breast Cancer Control Account, which funds the

Every Woman Counts (EWC) program. EWC is administered by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s underserved women.

 

The dynamic ladies behind The Pink Plate Campaign all have very

personal and compelling reasons to support early detection and this mission.

I hope you will take time to read their stories, share them, and support this campaign.

At age 39, Chere Rush she discovered a lump in her breast.

She was diagnosed with Stage IV Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

in Situ and given two years to live, max. A wife and a mother of 3 boys,

she says, “If I had gone to the doctor months before, I believe I would not

be in the battle that I am in right now.” In remission, she will always have Stage IV Cancer.

 

Heather McCullough: Stage IV Breast Cancer survivor, diagnosed

4 years ago at the age of 36. She underwent 18 weeks of chemo and

4 surgeries. She has 4 amazing boys (6-20 years old) and has been

married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart. Her diagnoses

came as a surprise because she has no family history of breast cancer and had an exam just a year prior. She ignored all signs until she felt a lump in her breast

 

Deborah Bordeau, 55, of the Bay Area city of Brentwood has been a

teacher for more than three decades, including 25 years in the

Oakley Union Elementary School District. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her positive and empowered attitude, early detection and supportive network of friends and family, helped her through treatment. In 2013 she was

invited to be an American Cancer Society Hero of Hope and shared

her story in order to help others along the way. The fifth grade teacher

was named Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year in 2012. She is

five years cancer free and calls herself “blessed” to be enjoying all of her

life’s passions, including her family, pets, swimming, traveling, skiing,

good friends and good food.

 

Carla Kimball, 57, of Los Angeles, was diagnosed with breast Cancer after a yearly

mammogram in 2009. Faced with difficult choices, the mother

of two decided to undergo a double mastectomy.

After 14 hours in surgery, doctors told her they had found malignant tumors

in both of her breasts. She considers herself “one of the lucky ones” for her early diagnosis

and says early detection saved her life. Kimball and her husband have tirelessly

advocated making CA Pink Plates a reality.

 

Heather Solari, of Oakley CA, learned she had breast cancer just a few months

after losing her mother to the disease. She was 25

Testing showed she had the breast cancer gene and

she elected to have bilateral mastectomies and a complete hysterectomy. Several chemotherapy treatments, and a half dozen surgeries later, the mother of a 9-year-old daughter has been in remission for four years. Her battle helped spur her to pursue her dream job as a San Leandro Public Safety Dispatcher. She hopes to “paint the roads pink and bring awareness” in California through the Pink Plate campaign.

 

 

On another note, we are back!

If you noticed our absence of the past two weeks – my apologies.

A combination of the things that plague computer systems

came to a head and the best option was a complete and

total system upgrade!

It was extensive and like most things it took longer than expected – but we are back!

Gracey Hitchcock, Editor

Gracey Hitchcock, Editor

Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

 

Until next week take time to find the sweet spot in life!

 

DolceDolce is free. Please forward us to all your friends.

And please follow us on Facebook

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