Died: May 12, 2008 (age 98)
During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a social worker, and occasionally posed as a nurse. She had an ulterior motive.
Irena smuggled orphans off the streets in Warsaw. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck (not her truck) for larger children to hide inside. The most famous of the child survivors, Elzbieta Ficowska, was rescued in the bottom of a tool box she carried, at 5 months old. Irena’s network of rescuers was almost all social workers, consisting of 24 women and one man.
Irena kept a dog in the back of the truck that she trained to bark when the Nazi’s let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the sounds of the children’s cries.
During her time of doing this, she smuggled and saved 2,500 children. Sadly, she was caught by the Gestapo and put in Pawiak Prison where she was tortured and her arms and legs were fractured.
Irena kept a record of all the children she had smuggled out, in a glass jar and buried under an apple tree in a friend’s backyard. After the war she tried to locate any parent that had survived and tried to reunite the family. Most of them had been gassed. Those children she helped place in adoptive or foster families.
In 2007, Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won for a Global Warming slide show.
Later Barak Obama won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
I want to remember Irena Sendler. She is my hero. She is worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Please read more of her story HERE.
“No thank you, I’m allergic to cake. It makes my butt swell,” I sighed…
Well, here is just another reason to drop those pounds around the middle. According to a study published in Cancer Research, postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least five percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation!
The researchers measured levels of C-Reactive protein, serum amyloid A, interleukin-6, leukocyte, and neutrophil in 439 women. Women who lost at least five percent of their body weight had the most significant reduction in the above measured categories. (via)
So what’s a big gal to do? Here are a few tips:
Move more: As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week.
Eat Less: Opt for fruits, more vegetables and whole grains. Remember lean portions of protein.
Grab a friend: Exercising with a friend or just surrounding yourself with a support group can help you stay committed.
Just say no: It’s not easy, but be firm. Don’t look the cake in the eye.
Eat protein prior: Have some protein prior to the hoopla so it will be easier to walk away.
Keep in mind when temptation strikes, try to decipher if you are really hungry or if you are bored, thirsty or even feeling a bit down.
Ok, normally I like to keep you all to myself…..however, today we’re going on a field trip.
There is a GREAT recipe on Food.com that I thought you might be interested in making, even if you haven’t mastered the joy of cooking.
Yes, it’s for ice.
Apparently, Chrissie G has some relatives of mine that do NOT know how to replace ice cube trays (these are also the family members that drop their dirty clothes next to the hamper, and the adorable ones that would rather place the toilet paper on TOP of the holder)
Thankfully, we have kept up with current times and have an ice maker now…. but oh, but I remember those days all too well.
So skip over with me to THIS SITE and click on RATINGS AND REVIEWS to read all the hilarious comments that go with this very important recipe!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign in to read all the reviews. This is really funny, and I promise you will laugh!
Print out the recipe for those times when unexpected guests come over. It will be a hit!!
Enjoy and don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think!!