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March Is Women's History Month

Women’s History Month, which occurs every year in March, celebrates the extraordinary contributions of women to American history and culture.  In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month and each year a special Presidential Proclamation is issued in honor of the national celebration.  The theme for 2021 National Women’s History Month captures the spirit of these challenging times.

PLAY BALL!

Baseball is back! Well, it’s back until further notice – fingers crossed.  Fans of the national pastime are rejoicing at the return of a rite of Summer, although this year – a shortened season minus cheering fans in the stands –  is historically unprecedented. Have you wondered why Major League Baseball is referred to as the national pastime?

CLAUDETTE'S KITCHEN - NOT YOUR AVERAGE POTATO SALAD

Did you know that in 1995 the first vegetable to be grown in space was a spud!? The Potato is a starchy, tuberous root vegetable, cropped from the subspecies of the perennial plant solanum tuberosum of the solanaceae. Potatoes are the most widely grown tubular crop, and the fourth largest fresh food produce.

CLAUDETTE'S KITCHEN - ARUGULA SALAD

 

Arugula is an impressive, distinctive, peppery tasting, green. Originating in the Mediterranean region, Arugula is a versatile green which is also known as ruscola, salad rocket, or Italian Cress. Arugula was used in ancient times as a medicinal herb and aphrodisiac. This wonderful leafy green is popular throughout top restaurant cuisines and is grown and eaten all around the world.

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION BEACH READS

August is traditionally a time when we get a chance to relax, and this often involves reading a book on the beach. I hope you all are able to find a sandy spot somewhere with 6 feet on all sides where you can sit back and enjoy some fun in the sun. If you’d like to take a trip to another world while you’re on the beach check out these fantasy and science fiction titles below that I think will hit the spot for some beach reading!

CLAUDETTE’S KITCHEN- SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

As we all know, 2020 is more than halfway over. With the massive changes & challenges the world has faced during the past few months, many of us have not had the opportunity to take those trips we may have initially planned for. One way that has helped many cope with this lack of physical experience is to dive into developing their culinary skills. There are so many cultures out there, each one with their own unique dishes and delicacies.

AMERICAN INDIAN VOICES

Who could have ever predicted that 2020 would be such a historically pivotal year? The onslaught of challenges we’ve endured will certainly occupy a huge chapter in future history books. But, the controversies we’re facing in 2020 have also opened a window into backward reflection, giving us an opportunity to amend historical narratives that have often contained hurtful stereotypes and damaging misconceptions.  An essential stop on  this journey would be to explore the crucial contributions American Indians have made to the literature, history, culture, and growth of the United States.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

The United States Constitution is over 230 years old but women in this country have had the right to vote for only 100 years.  The Nineteenth Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, was the culmination of a seventy year struggle by a group of courageous and dedicated Suffragists.

AUGUST LITERARY BIRTHDAYS

Did you know that August was named after Augustus Caesar, first emperor of the Roman Empire and grand-nephew of Julius Caesar? The Roman Senate rewarded him for his conquest of Marc Antony and Cleopatra in Egypt by according him the same honor bestowed on uncle Julius, who had the month of July named after him. This sun drenched month is also known for unparalleled bounty, bringing us the gifts of the garden as well as the last lingering hours of light  before autumn ushers in earlier sunsets.

YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE, NOW READ THE BOOK – PART 2

At this point in the long strange trip that has been 2020, sitting in a crowded, dark movie theater for a few hours of escapist entertainment feels like a distant dream.  Of course, that doesn’t mean we are deprived of the film experience; streaming services have done a fantastic job of filling the gap.

COWBOY COOKIES

With everything being cancelled this year, there’s a good chance you’ve had to miss out on your favorite outdoor fair, or maybe even a rodeo. Worry not, I’ve got you covered with this weeks recipe for Cowboy cookies! Rumor has it that these Cowboy Cookies originated way back into the 1800’s and were a popular treat for cowboys to enjoy while they were out on the trail.

“FALL” INTO NEW NONFICTION

As Summer segues into Fall our thoughts and attention turn from beach reads to weightier subjects.  September is inextricably linked to “return to school anticipation,” even for those of us decades removed from the classroom. Thoughts of academia combined with the brisker Fall weather can energize us into expanding our horizons, particularly in these atypical times when our daily routines seem to be on a loop. Check out the exciting new offerings at the Scarsdale Adult School to recreate the classroom experience from the comfort of home.

REMEMBERING RUTH BADER GINSBURG – CHAMPION OF GENDER EQUALITY

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020 at the age of 87. The Brooklyn born Justice, affectionately known to many of her fans as the “Notorious RBG,” was one of just nine women in a class of 500 at Harvard Law School and went on to graduate first in her class from Columbia Law School.  She was the first woman tenured professor at Columbia Law School, she founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union and, in 1993, was the second woman ever to be appointed a Supreme Court Justice.