Mystery Partially Solved: a Memorial Day Remembrance for 1st Lt. Eugene H. Karner

WWII soldiers with their sons

I’m sharing a true story, a family mystery, in celebration of Memorial Day. At long last, we know What was in a Military file about Dad’s death, labeled “Secret/Restricted” in 1944; but we still don’t know Why it had to remain a government-guarded secret for nearly 70 years. Continue reading

Get out the grill and add a green salad


Here’s a tangy, refreshing, healthy side salad to accompany a summer grill meal (for Memorial Weekend, maybe?) Combine: 1 small avocado, peeled, cored and mashed 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 2 tablespoons low-fat Greek yogurt 1-3 tablespoons … Continue reading

Boston Bibb Blintzes: a low-calorie, highly nutritious treat


Ingredients (per serving):

  • 3 large leaves Boston Bibb lettuce
  • .75 cup loosely packed non-fat cottage cheese
  • 20 grams raisins, finely chopped
  • 14 grams pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a smidgeon each of salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine cottage cheese, raisins, pecans, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  2. Divide mixture into three portions and plop each portion onto the center of a bibb leaf.
  3. Fold the sides in and roll from bottom to top to make a little packet of each.
  4. Pick one up with your fingers and enjoy. Try not to keep saying, “Yum. Yum.”

Do you indulge in any divinely nutritious treats? 

295 calories (3 blintzes per serving): with iron; calcium; vitamin C; and fiber.

V is for Volunteer: it’s good for you, but pay attention to the caveat


This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can we live well, despite problems?  Volunteer: it’s good for you! (Say the researchers and writers at Harvard Health Watch) Volunteering has mental health benefits: … Continue reading