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Black History Delaware > Rebecca Crumpler

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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: First Black Female Doctor


Rebecca Crumpler Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was born free around 1831 to Absolum and Matilda Davis in Delaware.  She was raised by an aunt in Pennsylvania who is noted to have provided health care to her neighbors.  In 1852 Davis was living in Charlestown, Massachusetts where she worked as a nurse for eight years.  She enrolled in the New England Female Medical College in 1860.  Her acceptance at the college was highly unusual as most medical schools at that time it did not admit African Americans.  Despite its reluctance, the faculty awarded Davis her medical doctorate. 

That year she also married Arthur Crumpler. Dr. Crumpler practiced medicine in Boston and specialized in the care of women, children, and the poor.  She moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1865 to minister to freedpeople through the Freedmen’s Bureau.  Crumpler returned to Boston in 1869 where she practiced from her home on Beacon Hill and dispensed nutritional advice to poor women and children.  In 1883 she published a medical guide book, Book of Medical Discourses, which primarily gave advice for women in the health care of their families.  

Dr. Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler died in 1895 in Fairview, Massachusetts.  Though her story was long forgotten, today she is honored for her groundbreaking achievements.  In 1989 Saundra Maass-Robinson, M.D. and Patricia Whitley, M.D. founded the Rebecca Lee Society, an organization which supports and promotes black women physicians.

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Fish Tacos

Now that hubby has a little more energy after being chemo free since January, he has started doing more of the grocery shopping.  Years ago when he would shop, nine times out of ten he would bring home items that I normally wouldn’t buy. 

He would bring home foods that were high in sugar or sodium, like Lemon Meringue pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and canned foods. But that has since changed and he is paying closer attention to product labels.

However, the one food that we both always bought was fresh fish especially Salmon.  Last week hubby decided to buy a package of frozen Tilapia filets which turned out to be a perfect alternative and it made for a great quick weekend meal.  

Normally I bake fish with just a little lemon juice and olive oil but this time I decided to make fish tacos and they turned out pretty good. Fish Tacos for dinner

Using the following ingredients we had these awesome Fish Tacos for dinner



3 Frozen Tilapia Filets

1 Package Ortega Fish Taco Seasoning (use 1/2 pack for less sodium intake)

1 Box Ortega Fiesta Flats

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (scallions)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

8 oz container of Sour Cream

3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon grated lime rind

Juice from a small lime 

Shredded Cabbage (optional)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

ingredients for fish tacos



Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Coat pan or cookie sheet with Cooking Spray

Cook fish filets in the oven according to package directions

cooking spray to prevent sticking

Place Tilapia in preheated oven

Chop onions and cilantro then place in a bowl, pour in Fish Taco Seasoning Mix, add Sour Cream, Mayo, Grated Lime Rind and juice from the lime.  Stir until mixed thoroughly.

Dice Scallions and Cilantro

Add Mayo and lime juice

Fish is done when it flakes easily, test with a fork before removing from the oven.  Add fish to the bowl or add some of the mixture into the pan and stir lightly with a fork to coat.  

I only used 3 Tilapia fillets, but you will have plenty of sauce to use for at least 12 Fish Tacos.

coat fish with sauce

Divide fish evenly among Fiesta Flats and top with shredded cabbage and cheddar cheese.

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Serve with Black Beans and enjoy.

What is your favorite way to cook fish?

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Keeping Active in Avon

Hubby and I are still working out together every morning in the basement and in trying to keep up with these early morning workouts I have found that if I “dress the part” I will “act the part” .  So check out my latest look in this ActiveWear outfit from Avon.

Avon Activewear

This two piece ActiveWear outfit can be found in the Avon Catalog Campaign #4 and if you remember this post I am preparing myself to attend a Yoga class in town this Spring.

working out to stay in shape

This Sienna Ridge Active Top and Pant are perfect for a basement workout or for wearing to a local gym or club.  Made of Polyester and Spandex each piece is machine washable and dry.  The Claremont Active Tote Bundle comes with a tote bag and a 22 oz water bottle. 

Avon tote and water bottle

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The bag measures 10.5 H x 14” D x 8.5 W and has a double handle and detachable shoulder strap with a top zip closure.  There is also a zippered lower compartment to carry your sneakers.  The 22 oz water bottle is aluminum with a rubber top.

Vista Memory Foam Sneaker

These Vista Memory Foam Performance Sneakers have a cool print and bright neon laces.  They are flexible, lightweight and treaded for great traction. Memory foam footbed with leatherlike and mesh uppers makes these sneakers for the gym or for running around town worn with jeans.

Avon Activewear

I think this is a great look for in and outdoor Activewear, what do you think?

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Black History Delaware > William Judy Johnson

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William “Judy” Johnson

William Julius (“Judy”) Johnson was born in 1899. He was an African American Negro League baseball player.

Born in Snow Hill, MD. Judy Johnson was the son of William Henry and Annie Lee Johnson. His father was a sailor, a licensed boxing coach, and the athletic director of the Negro Settlement House in Wilmington. William Johnson wanted Judy to be a boxer, and Judy learned to box from his older sister, Emma, but Johnson, who was 5′ 11″ (1.80 m) and 150 lb (68 kg), was far better suited for a career in baseball.

After working as a dock worker during World War I, Johnson began his baseball career in 1918, reaching the top-level Negro Leagues in 1921 with Hilldale, a team for which he played through 1929. In 1918, for five bucks a game, his semi-pro career began with the Bacharach Giants.

The following year he tried out for the Philadelphia Hilldales, the premier team in the area. He failed to make the cut and joined the local Chester Stars to develop his skills. In 1921, he signed with the Madison Stars before finally making his professional debut with Hilldale of the Negro Leagues in 1922.

In 1930 Johnson was a player-coach for the Homestead Grays, and in that capacity he discovered Josh Gibson. From 1935 through his last season in 1938, Johnson was the captain of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, one of the greatest franchises of all time. Although his playing days preceded the break of the color barrier by nine years, Johnson became the first Black assistant coach for a major league team in 1954.

Judy Johnson Statue He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975. Johnson Field at Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is named for him. Johnson is known as Delaware’s folk hero of the diamond. Judy Johnson died on June 15, 1989, in Wilmington.

“Johnson was the best hitter among the four top third basemen in the Negro Leagues, but no-one would drive in as many clutch runs as he would. He was a solid ballplayer, real smart, but he was not the kind of fellow who could ‘just get it done.’ He was dependable, quiet, not flashy at all, but could handle anything that came up. No matter how much the pressure, no matter how important the play or the throw or the hit, Judy could do it when it counted. “

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Johnnie Lonon – Millennial Making Black History

As we continue celebrating Black History Month, I wanted to feature a young man who graduated from my alma mater, Delaware State University, although it was Delaware State College when I attended in the 80s.  

Johnnie Lonon is a millennial making history.

This young man may have gotten his start at an HBCU in Dover, Delaware but I have no doubt that it truly began with a firm foundation from his family.  Unfortunately our young men today are not celebrated as much as they should which is why I wanted to dedicate this post to him.


J. Lonon Johnnie Lonon is a goal oriented, self-motivated young professional. Beginning his journey in Sayreville, New Jersey he has effectively navigated America’s education system as he attended Sayreville War Memorial High School and went off to Delaware State University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management with a minor in Recreation Management.

DSU logo While at DSU, Johnnie was heavily involved on campus. He was the President of the Sports Management Organization, President of the Men of Color Alliance, Senior Resident Assistant in Medgar Evers Hall, Mr. Senior of the Royal Court, and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity He graduated May 11, 2014 and landed a job with the Philadelphia 76ers just a month after!

Johnnie has been working with the Philadelphia 76ers for 19 months and absolutely loves it! He uses the NBA as a platform for businesses to reach their goals and create incredible memories for their employees and clients. He has been promoted twice and has closed over $250,000 in new business in the short time he has been there.

On December 1st he was promoted to the Account Executive position.

76ers logo Congratulations and all praises!

Johnnie is a well rounded individual who truly has the ambition to succeed with the strength to overcome failure. His mission is to be a positive influence on his friends, family, colleagues, and the community he lives in.

If you are interested in bringing out your business, school, church, family or friends out for a game this year, do not hesitate to reach out to him via email 


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Wine and Women’s Health

Is Wine Drinking Good for Women’s Health?

by Sarah Collins, Demand Media

I was going to share this article on a “Wine Wednesday”, but in honor of National Drink Wine Day, I decided to post today – hey it’s 5:00 on a Wednesday somewhere – or least it could be after a few glasses of Pinot Grigio!



Clink Clink Cheers – Drink Responsibly!

You might associate a glass of wine with girl’s night out or a way to relax after a difficult day — but you can link it to your health as well. Wine plays a role in your health in an obvious way when it comes to over consuming calories and making healthy decisions when you’re a little tipsy, but it can also benefit — and harm — your health in ways you may never have realized.


Protect Your Heart

Antioxidants known as flavonoids found in red wine might help protect women from cardiovascular disease, according to research published in 2007 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Flavonoids come from the skins of grapes; white wine is made without the skins, so it’s a lesser source of these healthful compounds. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, cabernet sauvignon, petit syrah and pinot noir have the highest concentration of flavonoids.

Don’t get too excited, though — bran, apples, pears, grapefruit, strawberries and chocolate, along with red wine, were all linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease in the study. In another study, published in 2011 in the “Journal of Wine Research,” women experienced a decreased risk of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that leads to heart disease — if they drank one glass of wine a day.


Breast Cancer: The Jury’s Still Out

Although alcohol has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, a study published in 2012 in the “Journal of Women’s Health” disputed the notion, particularly in the case of red wine. In the study, women were assigned to drink either red or white wine; researchers found that women who drank red wine had higher levels of aromatase inhibitors, which are used to treat breast cancer, due to the chemicals in the skin of the grapes used for making red wine. White wine didn’t appear to have the same effect. According to the co-author of the study, this doesn’t mean that white wine increases the risk of breast cancer, but it might not offer the same protective benefits as red wine. However, researchers note that more work needs to be done.

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A Sharper Mind

If you want to stay sharp into your golden years, drinking a moderate amount of wine regularly may help. Research published in 2010 in “Acta Neurologica Scandinavica” looked at the cognitive performance of more than 5,000 men and women for a period of seven years. Although both men and women who drank wine moderately did better on the cognitive tests after seven years, the study found that woman who abstained from alcohol entirely had a lower cognitive performance on the tests.

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Watch Out for Overconsumption

A woman’s body processes alcohol, including wine, differently than a man’s body. This means women get drunk more quickly and show signs of liver damage earlier, according to an article by Amy Robach from ABC News. One serving of wine — the recommended amount per day — is just 5 ounces, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This amount of wine contains approximately 120 calories, depending on the variety — a few of those in one night can add up quickly, leading to weight gain and associated health risks.



Black and White and Cold All Over – Suede Boots in the Snow

I don’t care what that little Punxsutawney Phil saw or didn’t see on Groundhog Day!  I honestly don’t think that we have seen the last of the cold weather nor the last of the snow.   These pictures were taken a few days after the 2016 Blizzard.  However, none of that matters because I am prepared for whatever the winter brings with my over-the-knee suede boots!

standing in the snow with boots

suede over-the-knee boots


I recently read an article about women over 50 wearing over-the knee boots – should they or shouldn’t they.  Well you know me, my answer is definitely YES!

Whether you wear them with a dress like this one from Avon or over jeans and pants, I think they are a great look in the winter.

Avon 130 years

I of course will wear a sweater or blazer just in case I need to stay toasty in the office but menopause most likely will prevent that!

Can you believe that Avon is over 130 years?  You really need to check out a catalog to see some of the other great clothes and accessories that they have.

Avon Dress is perfect for the winter weather

The purse/tote was thrifted from Goodwill last year and it’s the perfect size to carry all my essentials as well as my Tablet.

thrifted purse from Goodwill

These accessories are my Avon Bling – remember when I featured them in this New Year’s Eve post?

Avon Bling

me and my Tablet

Okay it’s your chance to chime in, what do you think, yay or nay for over-the-knee boots if you are over the age of fifty?

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Black History Delaware > Louis L. Redding

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Louis L. Redding, prominent African American lawyer and civil rights pioneer, was born in 1901.

Born in Alexandria, VA, Louis Lorenzo Redding grew up in Wilmington, DE, and graduated from Howard High School in 1919. Lawyer Redding, as he was affectionately called, continued his education and graduated from Brown University in 1923 and from Harvard Law School in 1928. In 1929, Redding became the first Black lawyer in Delaware. He was a respected civil rights pioneer for Delaware and America. prominent lawyer and civil rights advocate from Wilmington, Delaware. Redding, the first African American to be admitted to the Delaware bar, was part of the NAACP legal team that challenged school segregation in the Brown v. Board of Education case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1950, Redding compiled a case against the University of Delaware, which barred black students. But the university’s chancellor, wanting to avoid a trial, decided to desegregate, becoming the first federally-funded institution to do so.

He also presented legal arguments that provided for the desegregation of schools in Claymont and Hockessin in 1952. In 1954, Mr. Redding assisted Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, legal counsel for the NAACP, in the Brown vs. Education case, which struck down the “separate but equal” system of public school segregation across the country. These are but a small portion of the many great deeds that Lawyer Redding accomplished in his lifetime.

He fought to open schools and housing for minorities. A school The Louis L. Redding Intermediate School in Middletown, DE, was renamed for him.

“What we were doing was not addressed to the purpose of singularly changing lives,” wrote Redding. “We were trying to change the status and experience of a minority of Americans who happened to be Black. We were not trying to change our lives; we were trying to change the opportunities of American citizens.”

Louis L. Redding died on September 28, 1998. In 2000, the University of Delaware established the Louis L. Redding Chair in their School of Education.