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An Awakening
An Awakening
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Posted: 10-14-2019 17:07
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“So, here’s the thing”, she said. “The real demarcation between the end of one day and the beginning of the next is 3:37 am, not midnight. That’s the time when all stragglers from the night before are off the roads and the farmers and bakers are just starting their day.” OK, so admittedly this is the perspective shared with me by a patrol officer working the graveyard shift. CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING

 


The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet
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Posted: 08-27-2019 14:11
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diet \ di·et \ n … derived from the Greek word diaita meaning “way of living” 2: something provided or experienced repeatedly

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest, most practical eating plans out there. While the foods are essential, they’re responsible for only a part of the health benefits. It’s the way of living part that is equally beneficial and often overlooked. For those of you who say “just tell me what to eat”, you can stop reading right here. [to continue reading, click on the title above]


Minimum Daily Requirements
Minimum Daily Requirements
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Posted: 06-30-2019 11:27
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It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that the studies for nutritional labeling were initiated by our government during World War II to assure that military personnel would receive ‘superior nutrition’! Today, the terms are dizzying – Estimated Average Requirements, Recommended Dietary Allowances, Adequate Intake, Tolerable Upper Intake Levels, Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges, Dietary Reference Values and on and on. [Click on the title above to continue reading]


NURTURANCE
NURTURANCE
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Posted: 04-29-2019 17:17
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Twenty years ago, I met with a talented young woman who very capably ran our Graphic Arts department. She had requested a meeting with me to “explore” the ramifications of pursuing her dream to move to Hawaii and be the artist she is. She had not yet committed to this direction, at least not to anyone other than herself. While I am sure she was curious about some assurances about a “fall back” position if things didn’t quite work out, I offered only enthusiastic encouragement. I shared with her a story to illustrate my whole-hearted support for what she was contemplating. She left my office, then left the company, never gazing back at that former career. I sit here now, smiling, as I recount that episode in our lives. [TO CONTINUE READING, CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE]


More Questions Than Answers
More Questions Than Answers
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Posted: 03-01-2019 12:24
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Years ago, I sat with my then teenage son at the window counter of a coffeehouse on Trafalgar Square, content to just people watch. He turned and asked me something like: “what are the odds I’ll see someone from my high school class in this throng”? Knowing he wasn’t looking for a response on the statistical probability, I smiled at my own thoughts triggered by that question – what are the odds I would even recognize anyone from my high school class if they were now walking by this window 35 years later? And then I laughed out loud – heck the entire class could be marching in front of me and I might not recognize anyone! [PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING]


Happy New Year
Happy New Year
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Posted: 12-21-2018 08:00
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I remember words to songs, but not lines to movies. In my years with this column I have oft written of songs that have impacted me, but not of any movies or shows. That changes today. Native America is a four-part PBS series that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Americas before and since contact with Europe. It travels through 15,000-years to showcase massive cities, unique systems of science, art, and writing and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents. The series reveals some of the most advanced cultures in human history and the Native American people who created them and whose legacy continues. It is wonderfully presented and enthusiastically endorsed. [CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING]


Social Eclipse
Social Eclipse
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Posted: 10-25-2018 07:50
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There are lines from songs, fragments really, that swirl around in my head until the circumstances are just right when they just pop out responsively. A line I have quoted many times in a wide variety of situations is from The Road, a song written by Danny O’Keefe in 1972: ‘you forget about the losses, you exaggerate the wins’.

I reflected on this recently while observing yet again basic human nature play out in interpersonal communications. I observed that when we humans like, or think we like, or will like, someone we tend to focus on the positive attributes and downplay or ignore the negative. The opposite is also true – if we don’t like them, or think we don’t, or won’t, the negative traits over shadow our perceptions and better judgment. It’s a social eclipse of the truth. [CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING]


THE SCRAPBOOKER
THE SCRAPBOOKER
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Posted: 08-21-2018 15:12
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We sat together, chatting, in the very relaxed space and time friends share during the wind down at the end of a visit. We bounced around many topics over the past few days – those things currently important to each of us, questions posed and answered, insights shared. Catching up with each other’s lives, strengthening the threads that are the fabric of our relationship, making them a bit brighter and maybe even weaving in a few more. (PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING...)


IT’S ALL IN THE EYES
IT’S ALL IN THE EYES
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Posted: 07-10-2018 14:35
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Those eyes… warm, dancing. Soft brown, not quite gold. The kind that hold you captive in conversation. In random seating at a long table, I sat across from her. We had all gathered to participate in what has become a Mothers’ Day tradition in our family – the stroll down the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore sporting matching pink braided bracelets. At one point the ladies all huddled, locked arms and enthusiastically sang a song offered to the heavens and delivered through a sea breeze, off-key of course. It was all followed by brunch. I was the token gentleman at the table. It seems they only allow one of us at a time, and it was my turn.   (PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING)


Response Ability
Response Ability
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Posted: 05-09-2018 15:21
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I remember our son was still young enough to take his regular position in the back seat of our car. We had spent the morning together shopping for a gift for his mother, then stopped by a favorite out-of-the-way pub to grab a late lunch away from holiday shoppers. When we got home, I realized I didn’t have my wallet. I immediately screamed for him to get back into the car and that we had to retrace our steps to find my lost wallet. I raced out of the driveway, then slammed on the brakes causing both of our heads to whipsaw involuntarily. I pounded my closed fist into the console. Then in the rearview mirror I glanced at that cherubic face seemingly laughing at me with his reaction to the scene I was causing as he said: “Dad, your gonna cause more damage to your hand or your car than the money that was in your wallet”. The little…     (PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE TO CONTINUE READING)