The Poetry of Transformation

The Fibromyalgia Mystery is NOT Solved: How to Identify Yellow Journalism

By Tracy Rittmueller | July 14, 2015

A close reading of the “news” reveals that much of what we take for fact, is at best an entertaining opinion, often misleading, and sometimes harmful propaganda.

Arugula, Fennel, Red Pepper and Gruyére Frittata

By Tracy Rittmueller | June 16, 2015

It takes10 minutes to whip up a scrumptious frittata from refrigerator leftovers. Here’s how:

An A-to-Z Litany: Z is for Zebra

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 31, 2015

A list poem in grateful praise for creation, A-Z.

Y is for Yes: be agreeable!

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 27, 2015

How to have more cooperation and less antagonism in life.

WWII soldiers with their sons

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

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 23, 2015

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.

Get out the grill and add a green salad

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 22, 2015

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 non-fat (skim) milk (add until you get the consistency you prefer) your favorite all-purpose seasoning salt or salt substitute fresh ground black pepper Top your favorite salad with a dollop of this. Pretty as a picture! Do you make your own salad dressings, or do you prefer to get them from a bottle?   

X is for Xerox: duplicate that which is admirable

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 19, 2015

The simple prescription for how to become an admirable person….

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

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 14, 2015

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

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W is for Work: an essential ingredient in happiness

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 9, 2015

The hedonistic pursuit of pleasure does not brings us happiness; work does. Here’s why….

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

By Tracy Rittmueller | May 4, 2015

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: Volunteers feel more socially connected than non-volunteers; This helps to ward off loneliness and depression. A growing body of evidence also indicates that volunteering has physical health benefits: Adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. Here’s the caveat: As reported by Harvard Health,  A 2012 study in the journal Health …

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