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Went to a terrific birthday party yesterday

In the country!  (I got lost driving up) Multigenerational! (I want a kid, but not a baby/toddler. They are so … helpless. For me: A brash, wicked-smart 10 year old boy. I’ll let him grow his hair long! He’ll have his own dirt bike!) Vegetarian buffet before the ice cream birthday cake (not vegan – shame on us) and strawberry rhubarb pie The lovely hostess (so funny and smart!) gave me a ton of veggie lasagna to take home, some of which I am devouring now, for a late breakfast:


(Can you tell I make lousy coffee and tea? Note: the Keurgig machine and the 123,987,664 K cups! TOTALLY Rose-proof!)

All the food at yesterday’s birthday party was deelish – and vegetarian! Beautiful salads, so healthy … My friend’s vegan meatballs are the tastiest meatballs in the world! It is such an easy recipe, too. I am asking her to email it to me, so I can share it with you!

Why kill a living being just to eat its flesh? Steak. Gak! I haven’t eaten any since high school. I became a veggie-lover after living in a kind of hippie vegan commune in northern New England when I dropped out of college for a year, years ago. The place changed my eating habits FOREVER. I can’t believe I haven’t written a few columns about my experiences there!

Why support the animal concentration camp that is American factory farming? This country lags so far behind Western Europe in farm animal care. Many countries don’t even want our hormone-, anti-biotic-laden meat/poultry exported to their shores. Can’t blame them. Sick animals reflecting a sick, hyper-violent farming culture.

CUT BACK ON YOUR MEAT and POULTRY! MAKE OUR LEADERS IN CONGRESS AND IN OUR STATE HOUSES CHANGE LAWS THAT PERTAIN TO FARM ANIMALS. There have been some small but significant changes in the laws: cage size, stalls that let an animal turn around …Watch a couple of movies about AMERICAN FACTORY FARMING and learn and … have your heart broken.

Reject it all …

To help YOU change your life …

– Rosalie Tirella



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Try some delicious vegan ice cream this summer!

Love a dairy cow! Lick the non-dairy treats! From PETA.ORG:

So Delicious!

This brand offers Pomegranate Chip, Mint Marble Fudge, Neapolitan, Snickerdoodle, Salted Caramel Cluster, Cookies and Cream, German Chocolate, and more—and the company uses soy, almond, coconut, and cashew milks as the base of the various dairy-free flavors!

So Delicious also offers ice cream bars and sandwiches. (Find these products.)

Blue Bunny

This brand offers Vegan Mocha Fudge, Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, and Chocolate flavors of ice cream, all with an almond-milk base.

It also carries vegan FrozFruit bars. (Find these products.)


Check out the Tofutti Cuties line of ice cream sandwiches (available in Key Lime, Peanut Butter, Wild Berry, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate!).

In addition, the Tofutti brand offers Yours Truly Cones and pints of Vanilla Almond Bark, “Better” Pecan, and Chocolate Cookie Crunch vegan ice cream, among others. (Find these products.)

Almond Dream, Rice Dream, Coconut Dream, and Soy Dream

Rice Dream

The dairy-free ice creams in these lines come in flavors such as Cappuccino Swirl, Praline Crunch, Cookies and Dream, Orange Vanilla Swirl, Strawberry, and more. You can also find Rice Dream ice cream bars and Frozen Dessert Bites,and Coconut Dream Frozen Dessert Bites(Find these products.)


From the Worcester NAACP! TOMORROW night! Be there!

Session Seven of DEPT OF JUSTICE Community Dialogues on Race and Worcester 

Focus on: Review, Next Steps

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz …

and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey …

… to participate in DCU session

The community will gather at 6 p.m. TOMORROW at the DCU Center

to discuss next steps …

U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., and Mayor Joseph M. Petty are scheduled to speak.

The session will run from 6-8 p.m., with dinner served at 5 p.m.

 Free child care will be available on-site.

Free parking will be offered at the city’s Major Taylor Garage, 30 Major Taylor Blvd.


Pets and summertime


Deb and her little Juno are ready for summer!

Check your dogs for ticks! They can get Lyme disease, too!

It’s the height of tick season, which means people should take extra care to prevent the spread of Lyme disease – not just to people, but also to their dogs.

Lyme disease, as well as another tick-borne ailment called anaplasmosis, can be just as harmful to dogs as to humans. Symptoms can include fever, joint pain, lethargy, loss of appetite, neurologic disorders and difficulty walking. Lyme disease may also cause kidney damage and can be fatal if left untreated.

Dog owners should be especially watchful if their pets become feverish or start to limp, especially if they limp on different legs at different times. A dog with those symptoms should be taken to the family veterinarian or to an emergency veterinarian.

Any dog who has fever and is limping should be evaluated.

One of the best things dog owners can do is to give their dogs anti-tick medicine, not just in the summer but year-round. The medicines are available over the counter and from veterinarians.

It’s probably not realistic to keep dogs inside throughout tick season. Dogs will be dogs, they love hiking, they love the woods. So after dogs go outside, make sure to check them carefully for ticks.

Here are some more tips for making sure dogs are protected:

Talk with your family veterinarian about vaccinating your pet against Lyme disease.

Talk with your veterinarian about the best way to prevent fleas and ticks from latching on to your pet.

Your veterinarian may suggest an oral medication so that your pet is simply given a pill once a month. Or the vet may encourage spot-on medications, medicated shampoos, powders or tick collars.

Consider having your yard and home treated for ticks.

Inspect your dogs for ticks if they have been outside near wooded areas.

If you find a tick, take tweezers and remove the tick as close to the body of the pet as possible, trying to get the head of the tick out.

Watch your pet carefully over time and look out for any changes in behavior.
If your pet is not acting right, take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.


Traveling with pets 

Travel can be stressful for both pets and people. These tips will make your trip a more enjoyable experience for everyone, whether they have two legs or four:

Never leave your pet unattended in a car, even with the windows cracked. If it’s 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Always make sure you have plenty of your pet’s medication packed. Take extra to be on the safe side.

Pack a first aid kit for your pet: tweezers to remove ticks, bandaging material for any cuts, hydrogen peroxide, etc.

If your pets have any ongoing medical conditions, take a copy of their medical records with you.

Identify the nearest animal emergency hospital to where you are staying and have the phone number handy.

Make sure your pet’s heartworm and flea prevention medications are current.

Don’t feed a large meal before leaving; simply allow periodic snacking.

Carry collapsible bowls for food and water.

Make sure that dog tags are clearly visible because people are more likely to catch pets if they can return them to the owner. Having your pet get a microchip for identification is a good step, too.

If your pet has implants (e.g. plates or screws from orthopedic surgery), and he or she will be flying, you should bring a note from your veterinarian.

When flying, be sure to have wheels for your carrier. Even a 10-pound animal can get heavy when carried in a shoulder carrier walking through a long airport terminal.

If your dog is one of the 17 percent who get sick when traveling, ask your veterinarian about an anti-vomiting medication. Dogs get motion sickness either because they are anxious while traveling or because their balance is affected by movement.

Special considerations for kitty:


Rosalie’s April on Independence Day!

Cats can be particularly sensitive to traveling. Here are tips for keeping your cat calm:

Try placing some catnip in the carrier 30 minutes before your trip; this may have a calming effect.

Don’t use tranquilizers or sedatives in cats for travel due to potential complications such as hypotension or paradoxical hyper-excitability.

Always keep your cat confined in a carrier while traveling. A frightened feline can easily escape through an open car window or door without anyone noticing.

Be sure to carry some moistened and dry paper towels and plastic bags for potential carrier accidents.

Have a safe and fun summer with your companion animal!

A few days ago I spied …


… me, Rosalie!, visiting Unique Finds Antique and Vintage Gifts Shop, at 1329 Main St., Worcester.

What was I doing there?


Checking out some vintage tools for the OIF (it’s his birthday next month) …


But I should have walked away with a bit of lovely Italia!

American style!

Visit Unique Finds Antique and Vintage gifts shop in the Webster Square area of Worcester (1329 Main St., by Henshaw Street) TODAY!

Fun weekend treasure-hunting!

Open every day until 7 p.m.

Great stuff! For not a lot of $!


Today’s also a great day to HEAD OUT TO REC FARMERS MARKET at FULLER FAMILY PARK, behind the Main South YMCA.

FRESH, STRAIGHT FROM WORCESTER COUNTY FARMS: Veggies, fruit, bread and other yummies for sale. BEST PRICES in town!



Plus local artists selling their arts and crafts!


– Rosalie Tirella


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Chef Joey says: SUMMERTIME is WATERMELON salad time!

Text, photos and recipes by Chef Joey

It’s the middle of the year! The irony of “mow” vs. “snow” is crazy! While we try to stay warm in the winter, we try to keep cool in the summer.  And what better way to be cool than with refreshing salads and drinks?

One of my favorite salads is a watermelon salad; it is so fresh and delicious and can be a meal in itself with cheese added for protein.

You can be creative with spices. My favorite is fresh basil. However, any FRESH spice works: cilantro, rosemary, chervil or even mint. They all sparkle with the watermelon.


So with a rosemary watermelon I add Feta cheese crumbles and sprinkle with cider vinegar. With basil I add a touch of balsamic vinegar and crumbled blue cheese or feta.


With cilantro I tend to use champagne vinegar and add queso blanco and a touch of salt.

They are all head turners and always a hit!

Ok here is the watermelon history part! Watermelon traces its roots to Africa, where it is found growing wild. Sometime in the the 19th century, watermelon basically was indigenous to tropical Africa.


Researchers have found evidence of its cultivation in the Nile Valley tracing back to 2000 BC!  Watermelon seeds have been found at 12th dynasty sites and in the tomb Tutankhamun!

Watermelon is also mentioned in the Bible as a food eaten by the ancient Israelites while they were in bondage in Egypt.

In the meantime…during the 7th century, watermelons were being cultivated in India, and by the 10th century they reached China, which is now the world’s single largest watermelon producer. Spanish Moors introduced the fruit into Europe and there is evidence of it being cultivated in Córdoba in 961 and also in Seville in the 1100’s. It spread north after a stint in Spain to southern Europe, very slowly because summer temperatures were most likely a factor for good yields. The fruit had begun appearing in European herbals by 1600, and was widely planted in Europe in the 17th century as a minor garden plant.

European colonists and people that were then deemed slaves brought watermelon into the “Colonies.” Spanish settlers were growing it in Florida in when they arrived in 1576, and it was being grown right here in the Bay State by 1629, and by 1650 was being cultivated in Peru.  Even Brazil, Panama and many British and Dutch colonies discovered their love of watermelons! Never mind South America – around the same time, Native Americans were cultivating the crop in the Mississippi valley and Florida. Watermelons were introduced by the invading Captain Cook to Hawaii and other Pacific islands, where they were rapidly accepted.


The wonderful watermelon!

Visited my friend and her family in the country today …

… Patty, owner of Barton Brook Kennels in Leicester, has this HUGE AMAZING GARDEN on her huge, amazing stretch of land!!! And this country lady also has a horse, pony, sheep, goats, dogs and cat!

Plus the dogs she boards!

Such GREAT fun seeing the farm animals in their natural element, as God, in her infinite wisdom, intended… Jett had fun running off lead! Pat’s daughter and grand kids taught me how to pick lettuce correctly (from the bottom, OUTSIDE leaves first so the plant keeps growing strong…).


I got some mint, too, which this Italian-American will stir into her spaghetti sauce. Wonderful for your iced tea, too!

Thank you, Patty!


P.S. Your family rules! They know so much about the land and animals and good food. So polite and nice!  You are blessed, gal pal!


To my readers:

If you are going away this summer and want to board your dog/s in the beautiful country, with a yard and river and cute kennels. …

CALL PATTY AT (774) 200-5292

All dogs must be current on vaccinations. They must also have gotten the shot for kennel cough.