Welcome to the
Holiday Issue of

We are pleased to present our Holiday Issue of CapeWomenOnline, where we celebrate this special season with a collection of essays and articles about the warmth and joy, and sometimes the sadness, that comes with the holidays.

The contents of this issue runs the gamut from fun—cookies! to serious—cancer, reflecting many different aspects of our lives. The Table of Contents on the right tells it all, but here are a few highlights:

• Always dreamed about running your own business? Our featured entrepreneur this issue is Annika Iliadis of Centerville Wellness and Yoga, who shares with us her secrets for success in starting and running your own business.

• We are very proud that Bev Ryle has chosen this venue to publish her candid essays, soon to be a book, about her experiences as a mother of addicted children. Bev, who recently published a professional book on finding and creating work, is a gifted writer with tremendous insight, so we hope you enjoy her stories.

• And Lynn Kiele Bonasia, author of Some Assembly Required, writes about her amazing realization that the novel she wrote presaged her future. Who  knows where the ideas came from? Did Life imitate Art? Or did Art have foresight?

• Yes, we know it's the holidays and this is a tough time to lay this on you, but sugar and refined carbs. are REALLY, REALLY bad for you. New research has linked high sugar consumption to the current epidemic of degenerative diseases — cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's. One cookie won't hurt, but please, for the sake of your loved ones, please limit your sugar intake! And read the article!

This magazine is for YOU, it’s about people you know, stories you can relate to, local resources that you can access, even a chance to express yourself. We have deliberately kept this website simple—simple to use, simple in design, simple in concept; in fact, as much like a MAGAZINE as you can possibly get on a web site.

Please take your time and enjoy each article. There is much wisdom in these pages, with stories of women’s lives and their experiences which we hope you will find inspiring and useful. And past issues are still available—click on the link in the table of contents on this front page.

Again, we wish express our deepest thanks to all those who have contributed to this magazine. We do hope you enjoy this issue, and we encourage your feed-back. Please contact us and let us know your thoughts and send us your ideas for future contributions. We look forward to hearing from you!

We hope that the cheeriest of the sentiments in these stories will hearten and sustain you through the Holidays and the coming winter months!

Gillian Drake, Publisher

Nicola Burnell, Editor


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Table of Contents

Style & Home
A Tale of the Plum Pudding
    by Katie Flohr O'Sullivan

• Making Sweet Memories
Cookies Help Define the Holidays
   by Debi Boucher Stetsoon

• Upon First Seeing a Ripe Fig    
   poem by Rhoda M. Staley

Life Stories
• Holiday Healing: The Inner Child
   at Holiday Time

   by Sheryll Reichwein
 • The Gift of Community
    by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos
• The Season of Giving
   by Johanne Keiffer

Relationships & Family
• “Mom I have something to tell you”
    by Beverly Ryle

 • The Year I Didn’t Do Christmas
by Beverly Ryle

•  A Message from Spirit
Channeled by Lynne Delaney
•  Orbs and Three Deer: photo by Tessa Rudd

Health Issues
•  Cancer Prevention & The Anti-Cancer Diet
    by Gillian Drake
• Ten Reasons Not to Eat Sugar
Responses to " My Battle against Cancer"
    by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos

The Environment
•  What We Love About Winter!
     Nicola Burnell, Marie Sherman, Anita Caruso,
    Pat Bertschy, Barbara Struna, Gillian Drake
• No More Wintertime Blues!
    by Olivia Miller
• Winter's Work
    by Anne Garton
• Victory Gardens: The Case for an
   Edible Landscape
   by Gillian Drake

Women & Work
• Featured Woman Entrepreneur:
  Annika Iliadis of Centerville Wellness and Yoga
  by Jane Schaller
Pondering Retirement: Life Beyond Work
   by Jacquie Scarbrough

Women & Words
•  Author Lynn Kiele Bonasia:
How one author's novel became her own

instruction guide for moving on.
• The First Snow  by Anita Mewherter
• The Gift  by Judith Partelow
• Nauset  by Cynthia Zaitzevsky

The Arts
•  Painting the Winter Landscape: Simie Maryles
•  Holiday Visions in Dennis:
    Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts


Responses to the
September Issue:

“I love the fall issue, Great job everyone.”
—Patricia Bolduc, Fabric Creations, Orleans

"I LOVE this new magazine. Congratulations to all of you!    —Berta Walker, Provincetown

"Congratulations! The stories all look so interesting, and it's great to see the names of so many people I recognize! I admire you so much for what you’re doing. Keep up the good work."  — Deb Carr, Mashpee

"Congratulations!! Excellent! Happy to see you back!"
— Darby Ziruk, Chatham

"FABULOUS! So many great articles. Thank you so much! Great Work!  — Coco Larrain, Brewster












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