Resource: E-newsletters and Links

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I subscribe to several health-related e-newsletters, some of which may be of interest to you.  Feel free to check them out as the services publish a wide variety of newsletters that cover an even wider array of topics.


Your Everyday Health Partners:

  • Everyday Health
  • Jillian Michaels
  • Denise
  • Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger
  • Daily Glow
  • Diet Detective
  • What to Expect
  • Duke Diet & Fitness
  • The Sonoma Diet
  • Joy
  • Dr. Laura Berman…The Passion Files
  • South Beach Diet
  • Weil (Andrew Weil, M.D.)
  • Revolution Health


WebMD – Better information. Better health

  • WebMD the Magazine – Digital Edition
  • Parenting and Children’s Health
  • WebMD Healthy Dogs
  • The Daily Bite
  • Complementary & Alternative Health
  • Healthy Beauty
  • WebMD Daily
  • Weight Loss Wisdom

You may also choose from these weekly and bi-weekly newsletters:

  • Allergies & Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breathe Freely
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain/Back Pain
  • Cold & Flu
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fit Teen Boys
  • Fit Teen Girls
  • Fitness
  • GI Disorders
  • Healthy Bones
  • Healthy Eating
  • Heart Health
  • Hypertension
  • Living Better
  • Lupus
  • Menopause
  • Men’s Health
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Oral Health
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pregnancy & Baby Bulletin
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sex & Relationships
  • Sleep Well
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Trying to Conceive
  • WebMD Healthy Care
  • Weight Control

As I discover and subscribe to other services I will be sure to update this listing.  I hope that you find a resource that will be of some service to you.  Since I am not a doctor, I cannot endorse or recommend any information that you find on these sites.  If you have a medical condition that you think you needs a professional medical opinion, please see a doctor right away.





A Night To Remember…Bobby “Blue” Bland and Clarence Carter at Bert’s Marketplace Theatre


"King of the Blues Singers"...Bobby "Blue" Bland!

This past Thursday, August 18th, I was the happy recipient, courtesy of my new friend Glenn Stevens, of two tickets for the Bobby “Blue” Bland/Clarence Carter concert at Bert’s Marketplace Theatre, which is located in Eastern Market.  I was really looking forward to this show because my associate, John “Johnny Ace” Adams, from the radio show “Funk Soul Brothers and Sisters, was going to come to town and we were going to do a show about the event.  Our plan was to interview Bert, the performers and such notables like the aforementioned Mr. Stevens and his “partner in crime”, Lester J. Collie, Jr, who are both involved in putting on two musical events that I will talk about in another blog, Groove Shop and the Detroit Bass Fest.

As I said we had a plan to do several interviews, but things didn’t happen exactly like we wanted them to because there was a major car accident on the expressway John was traveling on and his arrival was delayed several hours.  Though we had to scrap our original plan the evening was far from being a bust.

The Cultural Side of Things

In my lifetime I have probably seen over 1000 concerts and yet, Thursday’s concert was a totally new experience for me.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have been to a lot of shows where the audience was primarily black, but none of them prepared me for what I saw and experienced that night.  Thursday’s show was probably as close as I will ever get to re-live what is affectionately known as the “chitlin’ circuit” concert experience.  Those of you that have heard the re-broadcast of some of the radio shows that John and I have done along with my brother Isaac, know what I am talking about.  But for the uneducated, let me give you an insider’s perspective…from the parking lot to the theatre floor.

The Parking Lot or “Hey Bartender”


When John and I arrived, the long line of concertgoers waiting to enter the building surprised us.  It was nearly two city blocks long and though it moved quickly, it still took at least 20 to 30 minutes to get inside.  We didn’t expect to see anybody tailgating but we did observe a couple of smart gentlemen that took it to another, more sophisticated, level.  Though they didn’t cook any food, they came prepared to mix a couple of drinks before they went inside.  Their car trunks were equipped with alcohol, ice and the proper utensils necessary to make a high quality cocktail.  There was no gathering outside of the cars.  They would make their drinks and return to the cool and comfy interiors of their luxury vehicles.  This was the first but not the last notable difference of the night’s festivities.

The Food or “What Sides Come With That”?


Typical of the “chitlin’ circuit” experience but not so typical of most concert rooms with the exception being the “House of Blues”, Bert’s has great food!  And without a doubt, Bert’s food is far better than what is served at HOB.  Black folk know a good thing when they see it and Bert’s food is perfect for virtually any event that they have.  I saw so many people going to the back…not for a drink…but for something to eat.  It made me more than a little jealous that I had ate at home before coming down.  There was chicken and turkey wings on my left…shrimp on my right…ribs in front and in back of me…everywhere I looked people were smackin’ their lips and lickin’ their fingers…sitting there with big greasy smiles on their faces…they were have a grand ol’ time and the show hadn’t even started! 

Located right dab in the middle of Detroit’s Eastern Market, the pre-eminent farmers market in southeast Michigan, you got to believe that Bert’s is getting some of the best and freshest produce and meat in the city.  The grills are set up outside and they must burn until the last song is played…the last note has been wrung out.  Surprisingly, the menu prices were extremely reasonable.  Bert knows what his customers like and expect and he serves it to them in styrofoam containers that will keep the food safe if they want to take a little somethin’ somethin’ home for later too.

The Audience or “Everybody Scream”!


There is one significant difference between black and white concertgoers and simply put blacks like to dress up for a concert…virtually any concert.  Now I know the rule and more often than not I break the rule…you see I go for comfort…not to make a fashion statement.  But, I should have prepared my buddy John.  I actually thought that he knew.  Why?  Because he has traveled so much…been to so many places…I just took it for granted that he knew.  So I didn’t think there was anything wrong with his attire…black jeans and a black t-shirt.  To counter what he was wearing I was wearing a white polo shirt and a pair of white bermuda shorts.  I was infinitely comfortable so I thought he was too.  Unfortunately, John-boy felt that he was terribly underdressed as we sat among people that were dressed to the nines…lol!  There were a lot of three-piece suits…big hats…two-toned patent leather shoes…gold chains…gold teeth flashing…there was probably more gold in this room than Fort Knox.  And the women…lord have mercy…they were dressed so fine…it was like New Year’s, Easter and Christmas all rolled into one.  Lawdy, there were so many pretty women there…Dayum!  Baby’s got…whoa now; I better not go there.

Another unique experience of the night was the interaction of the crowd with the DJ.  Now we all have been to concerts and we know that between acts, they play music.  Yes, I understand that it is done everywhere, but what caught John and I by surprise was how engaged the audience was with the music that was being played.  Many songs were greeted by cheers and people not only would sing along…they would sing in key and in harmony!  Everybody and anybody who had a voice found their note and worked it.  You got the sense that they had done this before.  There were several tunes where the DJ, like a seasoned stage performer, would play a line and let the audience sing the next line…going back and forth…a call and response that kept the audience happily entertained, allowing the stagehands to do their thing without cries of impatience from the audience (at one point there was a one hour wait between performers).  And they danced!  They danced at their seat…in the rows…in the aisles…together and individually.  They did the hustle…some ball roomed…it was easy to forget that people were actually there for a concert.  There was as much energy coming from the audience as there was coming from the stage.  The joint was rockin’!  (See link below)

The Show or Hey! Hey! The Blues Is Alright!


Welcome everybody it is showtime!  It’s time to get down to the real nitty gritty!  Get up to get down!  The show was about to begin and we could hardly wait.  The mistress of ceremonies was Ms. Mildred Gaddis, radio personality from WCHB-FM.  She worked the crowd like a matador in the bullring.  She taunted…she teased…you had the sense that she had seen more than one show at the famed Apollo!  She stalked from one side of the stage to another…telling topical jokes…initiating banter…she was in complete and total control.  Ms. Gaddis could give up her day gig and make a fine living hosting on the local stages.  The first act that she introduced was a local band and it was the amazing Champagne and the Motor City Blues Crew.  What a set…lots of energy…such a tremendous stage presence…and some great singing in the tradition of the Etta James/Koko Taylor’s of the world.  Her showstopper was Sister ‘Rees “Dr. Feelgood”…and man she tore it up!  She is a regular performer at Bert’s and I would highly recommend that any lover of the finest blues traditions to go check her out.  The most surprising thing about her, other than I had never heard of her, was that she is 82 years old.  You could never tell that by looking at or listening to her.  If I could do it like she was doing it by the time I turn 80 or so, it would be a miracle.  She set the bar so high it wasn’t reached until Clarence Carter and Bobby Bland got on the stage.

Champagne was followed by two artists that were good but didn’t set the stage on fire like she did.  Calvin Richardson, a crooner who seemed to want to make the claim that he was the “heir apparent” to Bobby Bland and Theodis Ealey, a singer/guitarist that invoked memories of Little Milton.  Both came close but there were no cigars to be handed out on this night.  Although I must say that Calvin did a fantastic job doing a medley of Bobby Womack songs and his band was good, overall his set never seemed to work the crowd into a lather.  Mr. Ealey, worked really hard, but by the time he came on everybody was growing impatient for the appearances of the two headliners…Clarence Carter and Bobby “Blue” Bland!

The Real Deal…Down Home Blues!

Clarence Carter singing "Patches"

Finally, after a considerable wait, Clarence Carter hit the stage.  Everybody got on there feet and showed him much love with a standing ovation.  He came on stage with the energy of a diesel train…polished, well oiled…hitting his stride almost immediately.  There was one drawback though and that was the sound system, which was not up even his minimum standard.  After admonishing the sound engineer once with no results, he stopped entirely just as he was going to launch into his first song (which we will never know what it was).  I have seen this happen with Aretha, Chaka Kahn and Brother Ray Charles.  They have a take no prisoners approach to performing and if they are going to take your money, well they definitely intend to make sure that you get your money’s worth.  So after about a 5 to 8 minute wait, Mr. Carter got down to business.  He did his classics…“Slip Away”…“Too Weak to Fight”… “Patches” and probably his most popular song ever “Strokin”, which literally brought the house down.  He sang with his usual zestful naughtiness and the down-home twang of his guitar.  Almost each song began with a story, punctuated by his signature baritone laugh…a soul singer giving each song a blues treatment.  Clarence was well worth the wait, even though his set was pretty short.  But at 75, who could complain.  (See link below)


 At long last, around 12:30 or so, Bobby Bland hit the stage.  Age has slowed him up a bit, but his smooth tenor, his full-throated, mostly mid-tempo stylings, clearly indicated that he can still be called the “King of All Blues Singers” and he can still work an audience as well as he did 50 years ago.  On this night he did a mix of songs from his Duke (record label) to Malaco days.  The hits included such songs as “Farther On Up the Road”… “Stormy Monday”…“Ain’t Nothing You Could Do”…“Cry Cry Cry”…“I Pity the Fool”…“Members Only”…“Turn On Your Lovelight” a R&B classic…“St. James Infirmary” and my personal favorite “Share Your Love With Me”.  With a tight horn section that on several instances mimicked the strings of the original recording arrangements by the legendary Joe Scott, “Blue” as I want to respectfully call him smoldered…simmered and subsequently soared with a soulful performance that belied his 81 years of age.

Performing "Members Only"

 Yes indeed…A Night To Remember!

Link to:

Audience singing “Down Home Blues”

Clarence Carter telling a story

Bobby Blue Bland performing


To listen to the radio show inspired by the Bobby “Blue” Bland and Clarence Carter concert please go to

Preserving Your Garden Produce…”Yes We Can! Hot Water Canning”

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All in a days work...YUM!

This Saturday, August 27th the Garden Resource Program is conducting canning classes at 3816 Toledo St. at the corner of W. Grand Blvd and Michigan Avenue.  You must RSVP to be included so if you are interested please contact Mr. Kido Pielack, Urban Agriculture Education coordinator at (313) 285-1256.


In case you are not interested in learning how to “hot water can” and would still like to preserve some of what you have grown, you might consider freezing.  Of all preserving methods, freezing is the easiest and the one that keeps the food closest to its original form.  Success requires only that you follow a few simple rules.


  • Food to be frozen should be in prime condition:  Vegetables and fruits, should be frozen soon after they are picked, before their quality fades.
  • All food to be frozen must be carefully shielded from the air by wrappings and containers, so wrap your food tightly and remove as much air as you can to prevent freezer burn.
  • Remember the longer the storage time, the greater potential for damage.  To protect your food, use it on average within six months.  To enjoy foods at their best, label every container or package with its contents and quantity, the date of freezing and the day by which the food should be used.  It may be wise to keep an up-to-date list of your freezer’s contents, crossing out each item as you remove it.


A Guide to Times and Treatments




Asparagus.  Steam-blanch tips for two minutes, stalks for three minutes.  Tray freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: eight to 12 months.


Beans, broad and lima.  Water-blanch for two minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


BroccoliSoak buds for 30 minutes in salted water to remove insects; steam-blanch for five minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Steam-blanch stalks for five minutes, and tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Brussels sprouts.  Soak for 30 minutes in salted water to remove insects; water-blanch for four minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Carrots.  Water-blanch pieces ½ inch thick for three minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Cauliflower.  Soak florets for 30 minutes in salted water to remove insects; steam-blanch for five minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Corn kernels.  Water-blanch for four and one half minutes on cob; cut kernels from cob.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Corn on the cob.  Water-blanch for eight minutes.  Dry-pack individually.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Greens (beet, mustard, turnip)Steam-blanch for one and one half minutes.  Dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Herbs.  Dry-pack.  Storage life: six months.


Kale.  See Greens


Mushrooms.  Sauté for three minutes in butter or oil.  Wet-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Okra.  Water-blanch for three minutes.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Onions.  Dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Parsnips.  Shred or grate; sauté in butter.  Wet-pack.  Storage life: eight to 10 months.


Peas, sweet.  Water-blanch for one minute.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months. 


Peppers.  Dry-pack; or broil until skins are charred, peel and wet-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


PumpkinBake whole in a 350-degree oven until tender when pierced with a fork (at least one hour).  Remove pulp and dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


RutabagaShred or grate; sauté in butter.  Wet-pack.  Storage life: eight to 10 months.


Snow peas.  Water-blanch for one minute.  Tray freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.


Sorrel.  See Greens.


Spinach.  See Greens.


Squash, summer.  Water-blanch for one minute.  Tray-freeze or dry-pack.  Storage life 10 to 12 months.


Squash, winter.  See Pumpkin.


Swiss chard leaves.  See Greens


Turnips.  Shred or grate; sauté in butter.  Wet-pack.  Storage life: eight to ten months.


ZucchiniSlice, shred or grate; Steam-blanch for one to two minutes.  Storage life: 10 to 12 months.

Michigan Fall Harvest Festivals

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Hey everybody, it’s my favorite time of the year…HARVEST TIME!  Wherever you live or travel in Michigan from September through October, you can count on experiencing the fun and excitement of a harvest festival.  So hop in your car make a day or a weekend of it with family and friends and celebrate the bounty of Michigan farms.  From fruits to vegetables to wine…we’ve got it all!




Saint Johns Mint Festival

Saint Johns

8/12 – 8/14

Location: City Park


Montrose Blueberry Festival


8/18 – 8/21

Location: City Park, School Locations


Lapeer Days Festival


8/19 – 8/21

Location: Downtown


Saline County Fair


8/30 – 9/5

Location: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds


Dickinson County Fair


8/31 – 9/5

Location: Dickinson County Fairgrounds





Michigan Bean Festival


9/2 – 9/5

Location: Mulberry Park


Hamtramck Labor Day Festival


9/3 – 9/5

Location: Joseph Campau & Caniff Streets


Romeo Peach Festival


9/3 – 9/5

Location: Croswell School Grounds


Harvest Stompede

Traverse City

9/10 – 9/11 or 9/18 – 9/19 (go online to get the correct dates)


Wine & Harvest Festival

Paw Paw

9/8 – 9/10 or 9/9 – 9/11

Location: Downtown


Harvest Festival and Merchant’s Chili Cook-Off

Harbor Beach


Location: Downtown


Harvest Moon Festival


9/22 – 9/24

Location: 33113 Grand River Ave.


Diehl’s Ciderfest


9/24 – 10/09

Location: Diehl’s Cider Mill





Zonta Club Applefest

Mount Pleasant


Location: Papa’s Pumpkin Patch


Huron Township Applefest

New Boston

10/1 – 10/2

Location: 37269 Huron River Drive


South Lyon Area Pumpkinfest

South Lyon

10/1 – 10/2

Location: Downtown


Pumpkin Fest


10/1 – 10/2

Location: County park, Village Downtown


Zeeland Pumpkinfest


10/6 – 10/8

Location: Downtown


Old Town Oktoberfest


10/7 – 10/8

Location: Old Town





Location: Downtown


Appleumpkin Festival


10/8 – 10/9

Location: Downtown


Charlevoix Apple Festival


10/14 – 10/16

Location: East Park


Fall Festival

Lake Orion

10/15 – 10/16

Location: Lake Orion Community Education Resident Center Bldg.


If by chance, I failed to list one of your favorite events send me an email ( and I will add to the list.  Be sure to include the dates, the location and either a phone number or a web address.


Links  Pure Michigan




Magazine Reviews 8.9.11

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Ahem…Class…Class…Class will you please come to order!  Put those cell phones away and everybody get to their desk and be still.  No gum chewing young lady and John Quincy turn around in your seat.  Um…er…stop spinning and face front.

We are here today to discuss three magazines for our online audience.  They are:

  • Organic Gardening, the bible of organic gardening!  Published by Rodale Inc.
  • The Herb Companion, published by Ogden Publications
  • Fine Gardening…Container Gardening, published by The Taunton Press

These magazines were selected for this review because they represent the different disciplines of gardening and yet they share the perspective of how important it is to grow plants and fruits for food and decoration and keeping our environment in a natural balance.

Organic Gardening

We shall start with Organic Gardening.  I have been reading OG off and on now for nearly 25 years.  I have watched it go from digest size on biodegradable paper to its current incarnation of a nice glossy that is still 100% recyclable.  Their motto is, “We inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them”, and I think they are doing a mighty fine job of it.  Each issue is loaded with information on techniques, tools, garden design, pest control, cooking and eating organic, and preserving a lifestyle that is in harmony with today’s environment.

Where it once was a pretty dry matter-of-fact read that presented the facts like a Jack Webb (Dragnet) monologue, it is now a somewhat slick, very accessible and entertaining magazine that can still take the intellectual high road on occasion. Though it will never be read like People Magazine, it clearly portrays gardening in a light, fun-filled way that doesn’t diminish the seriousness of your efforts and the hard work that goes into a successful garden.

Published six times a year (February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November), it has a newsstand cost of $4.99 (US).  It also can be found online at  The web site is also very appealing.  Featuring the same solid information that can be found in the print format, digitally it takes the reader on an interactive magic carpet ride of podcasts, tutorials, photo stories, blogs and videos.

All and all Organic Gardening, the magazine and its web site, is a must for the novice gardener and the seasoned pro!

The Herb Companion


When I was first handed a copy of the latest issue of The Herb Companion, I thought to myself that there was no way that anybody could make growing herbs interesting and fun.  To me, herbs were something that you grew in little pots on your kitchen windowsill or they were planted in the garden with no specific purpose other than to fill a space.  I found out I was wrong…very, very wrong!

I like The Herb Companion magazine!  It has articles that, as it says, will help you “grow, cook and heal” with herbs.  The entire format is really consumer/reader friendly with lots of colorful pictures, relevant content that is effectively communicated (without talking down or up to the audience) and interactivity with its web site.  You can go online at where you will find extra content not featured in the print magazine.  You can also connect with them by blogging on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Online, you can take advantage of special software program/products, i.e. Herb Garden Planner, which will help you to plot your herb garden for maximum productivity and efficiency.  For more details, go to

The real test for any sort of media vehicle is whether or not if left you in a different place…made you smarter…more informed…feeling entertained…than where you were before you picked it up.  The Herb Companion does exactly that and I highly recommend it for anybody that is serious about growing herbs or gardening period.

The Herb Companion magazine is published bi-monthly and has a newsstand cost of $4.99.

Container Gardening


Anybody that is serious about garden design probably already reads Fine Gardening’s “Container Gardening” (  Anybody that is just getting into container gardening, for whatever reason, should pick this magazine up and read it cover-to-cover…over and over again.  This is a niche publication that takes you inside the world of container gardening in a detailed and colorful way.  Niche or not, this magazine shows that container gardening is huge and is way more than an array of pots and boxes, placed however strategic, to grow what does not fit into your standard garden bed.

“Container Gardening Magazine” has an illuminating and entertaining approach to writing about container gardening.  With pictures that are so sharp that they almost look real, its stories and articles are very informative and engaging.  I couldn’t believe all of the detail it provides from garden design, pot/planter placement, what to grow, how to grow and how to integrate your efforts in your living environment.  It makes it all look so easy!

One really unique feature is the “Pronunciation Guide”.  Not only does it break down, phonetically, the Latin names/descriptions of plants you have read about, but you can also go online to hear the correct pronunciation as well (  Some of the other features are:

  • The Design Gallery, displays submitted by home gardeners and pro designers
  • Tips, from the editors and readers
  • Healthy Garden
  • Workable Solutions, where you will learn how to do everything from designing a table centerpiece to growing plants in combination for a technicolor display of food and decoration.

One other important feature is the “Invasive Alert”.  It is a list of plants featured in the magazine that have become invasive in certain parts of the country.  Its purpose is to alert the reader to keep an eye out for those plants and if they were to see them in their local nursery, and if they are listed as invasive in their state, they should pass them by.  They have posted a link for more information on invasive plants, it is

Fine Gardening magazine is published six (6) times a year and has a newsstand price of $7.99 (US)


Do you read any of these publications?  What do you think of them?  Are they must-reads or opportunistic stumble-across purchases?  I would like to know what you read and recommend?  Reply on here or send me an email at

Update November 28, 2017

Beginning gardeners might find this link useful!