Father’s Day: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Instead of the flowers, here come the neckties. Gone are the pastels, in come the brown hues.  Brunch to celebrate? Well, yes, that’s the same. Last month we had Mother’s Day, this month it’s Father’s Day. Following Anna Jarvis’s successful campaign in 1908 to initiate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day started about seven years later in.. read more →

09 Jun 2017
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Tradition Evolved: The History of Mother’s Day

Ah, Mother’s Day.  The cards, the flowers, the smiles, the gratitude.  The leisurely  brunches and outdoor strolls in the sunshine – spring is blossoming just like you did before your mother’s eyes, all those years she raised you. Yes, motherhood is the hardest job due to its never-endingness and emotional weight, and Mother’s Day is.. read more →

11 May 2017
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Immigrant Identity: Hanukah In America

Living in New York City, you’re likely aware that our area has a substantial Jewish population. Between the end of the 1800’s, through the early 1920’s, about two million Jews came through Ellis Island from Eastern Europe. Most were escaping worsening antisemitism in Russia and Poland – pogroms were rampant.  The push to leave, in.. read more →

08 Dec 2015
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Letter Writing Day: How Pen-to-Paper Helps Us

When we’re drawn to fill a page, we’re often surprised at what is summoned. Oftentimes, we don’t truly know our thoughts until we put language to them. – Mark Sisson, Health Advisor You might not expect a health advisor to encourage writing. You might think nutrition, exercise, and routine blood tests to monitor health. But writing?.. read more →

01 Dec 2015
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Surprise! Giving Thanks Improves Your Health – Here Are 5 Ways

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and its main focus is on giving gratitude for all we have.  Of course the other focus is on the food, glorious food. While it’s a good thing that the high-fat, high-calorie, high-cholesterol, high-sugar menu of Thanksgiving is limited to once a year, surprisingly, the reason behind commemorating the holiday.. read more →

24 Nov 2015
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Ventilators: Who Needs Them, And How Do They Work?

Breathing is one of the unique functions of our body in that it functions automatically, yet can be controlled by us. We can learn how to breathe deeper; we can hold our breath; we can speed up our breath.  But that’s only if we are healthy enough to allow such control. What about the many.. read more →

01 Sep 2015
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for…National Ice Cream Month!

Talk about relief. It’s July, that mid-month of summer when it’s already too sweltering to be outside, but it’s unrealistic to expect that every single moment can be spent indoors with blasting A/C. So what do you do? Scream? Well that wouldn’t be so effective as a cooling technique. But scream for, and then purchase.. read more →

23 Jul 2015
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Talk Nice: National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Fifteen years ago, they were creeping in. Now, they are ubiquitous. Cell phones are so common these days that they are like a bodily limb without which we feel disconnected from our personal and professional contacts. Pagers were one thing, but we couldn’t talk with them, and most people didn’t have one anyway. Nowadays it.. read more →

14 Jul 2015
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Electrolyte Replacement: Who Needs It, And How Is it Done?

Gatorade, anyone? We tend to think of Gatorade, like other energy drinks, as a healthy boost, kind of like the flip-side of caffeine.  In particular, we associate sports participation with the need for energy drinks.   Meaning anyone sweating profusely.  But the term “energy drink” is only partially about replacing energy – its main goal is.. read more →

09 Jul 2015
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July: National Anti-Boredom Month

Given that school’s out and parents are forced to scramble for camps, activities, workshops, and movie + ice cream dates in order to keep their kids busy (and out of their hair), it seems no surprise that July was chosen for National Anti-Boredom month. Inspired by Alan Caruba’s 1984 initiative, the Boring Institute, which categorized.. read more →

06 Jul 2015
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