Toda Raba for all the wonderful NYC suggestions. I’ll keep you posted on our favorite recommendations as we are here in the Big Apple this weekend.
As I reflect on my birthday, I can honestly say I feel (emotionally & physically) closer to 34 though I am extremely grateful for the experiences of my 54 years. My blessings of health, family, friends, philanthropy, food, music, community, travel, Judaism… bring me joy each day. On birthdays, we should also wish greetings to our parents as they deserve the acknowledgment, especially the moms who did all the birth work. So Happy Birth-Work-Day, mom. I’m grateful to you for bringing me into this world.
Both Canada and Israel experienced senseless murders this week as a gunman (Islamic Convert) killed a solider at the Parliament in Ottawa. Meanwhile in Jerusalem, a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of people, killing a 3 month old baby girl who had just made her first visit to the Western Wall. 7 others were also injured in this evil terrorist attack. Thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these victims.
Speaking of appreciating and protecting life, here are 10 things you should do to keep healthy:
1. Floss daily to decrease the likelihood of Heart Disease, Stoke, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and some forms of Cancer.
2. Get a Colonoscopy. Yes the prep is “yucky” but it sure beats getting colon cancer.
3. Learn Portion Control and identify when you are full. Maintaining a healthy body weight reduces the risks of diabetes and a slew of other illness. Two words for this…Weight Watchers.
4. Use Sunscreen. 3.5 million people in the US will get skin cancer this year.
5. Don’t Smoke (or stop if you do), enough’s been said of this issue.
6. Sleep. Not enough leads to memory loss, hearing problems, anger, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, car accidents and obesity.
7. Move your body…vigorously.
8. Eat more Fruits and Vegies. Jump on the Kale bandwagon.
9. Create and nurture healthy relationships.
10. Appreciate your blessings.
These emails are a blessing for me, especially when I receive your replies. I thought I’d share some of your FAQs:
1. How many people are on the list? The list is fluid but currently at 882, though some of you forward it on to others and it is also posted on my Facebook page.
2. Does anyone help me write the messages? Nope, I write every word.
3. How long does it takes to write them? Each week is different based on how busy I am. Sometimes I’ll spend several hours and other weeks it might be only 1 hour, though the process is continuous throughout the week.
4. (my favorite question) WHY do you write them? It started as a weekly tradition to connect with friends and family to sayShabbat Shalom which quickly developed into a habit that morphed into an enjoyable and educational obsession. It forces me to research weekly topics of interest and provides a venue to convey viewpoints, suggestions and community opportunities. My first Shabbat email was sent on Nov. 6, 2009 and I’ve never missed a Friday, hence the obsession or as I like to call it…Tradition. Your replies of appreciation and comments are my bonus as I love knowing that I am part of your Friday morning routine. I plan to continue writing these “gifts” till my fingers can no longer type.
Check out the very cool launch of the USS Detroit (almost looked like it was going to topside) as we are proud that our city’s name will be added to our country naval flight.
Continuing steps in the revival of Detroit is taking place as, this week, the Bankruptcy deal included the Joe Louis Arena to be relinquished to one of the creditor to be developed into an upscale Riverfront hotel/condos/retail complex.
Can you do this?
Enjoy these very talented voices and hands (no instruments). Not sure how they did this in one take with no mistakes.