Several years ago I did an interview with Nick Vanderpuy. It appears that nothing has changed in the larger society to correct the way in which food is grown or the way animals are kept. Listen to the interview at

Monarch butterfly copyright Mary Ellen Ryall

A Perfect August Day

7 AM – It is August in Saratoga Springs, New York. The morning saw three seniors up and out the door for the Saratoga Race Course Clubhouse for Breakfast on the Porch. Go Go Grandparent was engaged to take us to the track via Lyft or Uber. Arriving at the Track’s front gate, on Union Avenue, we had to walk through the whole property to the Clubhouse. Three elders with walking challenges. I wanted to hail an employee golf cart to rescue us, but the drivers were oblivious to a visitor’s discomfort level ane never stopped to ask if we needed help. After all they were hired to do their job.

The front row, nearest the track and under an awning, was a perfect setting to view the horses as they got their morning workouts. The buffet breakfast was terrific. A chef stopped to say the Quish was special today and made with feta cheese, spinach, and more. He was proud of his creation and wanted us to try it.

When we returned home, I turned around and headed back out the door for the Saratoga Senior Center. After I sent an Ojibwe hand carved walking stick to my niece, I stopped at New York Pizza for lunch on the go. Cliff’s Vegetables had a table set up in front of the Senior center, I bought home grown beautiful tomatoes, lettuce, garlic, red onion, and burgundy lettuce.

Walking into the Senior Center I heard wonderful music playing. The group was the Hot Club of Saratoga. The music was swing from the 1930s in Paris. What a unique sound. Listen at One couldn’t help but move to the rhythm.

To top off the day, Embury Apartments at Wesley Retirement Community had a summer Ice Cream Social with music. All I can say is only in Saratoga. I am reminded of a book , Lord, Please Don’t Take Me in August: African Americans in Newport and Saratoga Springs, 1870-1930. Book by Myra Beth Young Armstead

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