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November 2012 BrainBuzz
 National Diabetes Awareness Month and World
Diabetes Day
As most of you know, I allocate 10% of the royalties from the sale of What Color Is Your Brain? and Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift to JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This year marks the 27th year since our elder son was diagnosed with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes). I will continue to write books to help other families on their journey with this disease. And I will wish the same birthday wish when I blow out the candles on my cake each year — that tomorrow there will be a cure for diabetes, for other children and mine!  

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November 2012
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States.

November 14th is World Diabetes Day! This day is sponsored
by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which is the umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries.

WHO, the World Health Organization, estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention.

A few weeks ago, two individuals told me that they had no idea was diabetes was. Of course, people who are impacted by diabetes or any other life threatening disease understand the health risks. Both individuals were astonished when I offered them facts about T1D (type 1 diabetes) and T2D (type 2 diabetes).
Diabetes has become a world-wide epidemic. Please, visit any of these sites above and the Diabetes Connection on my site to educate yourself this insidious disease.
Thanksgiving Traditions and Personality Traits
For many people in in the US and Canada, the Thanksgiving Day celebration is their favorite holiday because it does not create the stress of  gift purchasing and giving or religious ritual.Thanksgiving Day traditions are as diverse as our Brain Colors. Below are some Colorful and Comforting Brain Color Thanksgiving Traditions.

Yellow Brain Traditions: Same people, same place, same time, same food.

Blue Brain Traditions:
A guest list of family members, friends, anyone else who might be alone and/or volunteering at a shelter.

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Green Brain Traditions:
A small, quiet and calm gathering.

Orange Brain Traditions:
Surprising guest with different foods and fun activities after the holiday meal.

My husband, Jordan, a Green/Orange Brainer, created a Blue Brain Thanksgiving Tradition that began on November 26, 1964, the day after our first date. Jordan sent me a dozen long stem red roses on the Friday after Thanksgiving. On the enclosure card Jordan wrote a request for me to go out with him on for New Years Eve! This year, I am looking forward to my 48th bouquet of roses and our New Years Eve date!

Best Wishes for a Joyful Thanksgiving Day Celebration!
A Yummy and Healthy Comfort Food Recipe

Last week, I posted on message on Facebook and surprisingly had many responses including requests to share the recipe. I had been time traveling via aroma and taste back to my childhood kitchen with my mother and grandmother! I was cooking Kasha and Varnishkes, which is Buckwheat and Bow Tie Noodles.

It is a yummy traditional comfort food of Russian Jewish immigrants. Buckwheat is not wheat and it is great source of fiber, especially for people who are gluten intolerant. I could not find gluten-free bow tie noodles. However, I made this perfect side dish with rice pasta shells.  I tried not to eat it all before our children and grandchildren arrived for our Shabbat dinner.


The recipe I used came from the Spice and Spirit of Kosher-Jewish Cooking, which was a  1984 Channukah gift with a loving inscription from my mother.   

Kasha and Varnishkes

1 small onion
1 Cup whole kasha
1 Egg
2 Cups boiling soup stock or water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon
3/4 Cup of bow tie noodles or gluten-free rice shells 

Dice and saute onion (in large frying pan that has a lid) until onion is golden brown. Add kasha and then egg. Continue to saute for another 2 minutes, while mixing kasha with fork or wooden spoon, until grains are no longer sticking together. Pour boiling soup stock or water over the kasha. Add salt and pepper. Place the lid on the pan and simmer for 20 minutes or until kasha is fluffy and dry.  Then add the cooked bow tie noodles or gluten-free rice shells. Serve warm as as a "Yummy and Healthy Comfort" side-dish.

You do not have to be gluten intolerant to enjoy foods made with buckwheat. Buckwheat pancakes have always been another of my favorite treats. Click on this link for more Buckwheat information and recipes .

I Would Appreciate Your Blue Brain Help!

 If you are wondering how you can help, the answer is easy and simple. The reviews of my books on Amazon need to be updated. Please, write an new review on for What Color Is Your Brain? and/or Princess Shayna's Invisible Visible Gift.

The more books that are sold, more of my royalties will be  donated to JDRF to find a cure for diabetes!

The links under each title will take you to the book review pages.
If you have any questions,
please give me a call or send an email.  

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Thank you for your help, Sheila






Creative Problem Solving Skills


Carefully blend equal amounts of all ingredients.

Let self-esteem rise in a warm and trustworthy environment.

Fold in lots of love and sprinkle with pride.

Generously share with some one you care about* daily.


Makes one healthy and happy individual.


*may substitute your child, loved one, sibling, spouse,

parent, student, friend, neighbor, colleague, etc.