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13 days ago 34 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Last weekend we went for lunch in Huntington and when the check came the server explain that the Internet was down and asked me to write my phone number and credit card info on the check. I did so and in all the unusual hurly-burly I forgot to take back my credit card. This is one of the most annoying things I do. It is a failure of concentration which plagues me about once a year.  I hate it!On the way home we stopped in nearby Cold Spring Harbor for fancy coffee and a delis...
20 days ago 34 comments Categories: Health Tags:
28,333 days into my life span I have been experiencing some turbulence. I suppose it’s my silver hair, eg, suddenly people regularly offer me their subway seats. Then last week I was walking to my car after a Gotham breakfast meeting and I saw two gardners making a deafening racket with leaf blowers.  As I got closer, I thought someone had cried out to me and looked around to no avail.  I walked on and distinctly heard someone screaming “Help, help me!”  I looked in the direc...
48 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
The expression is “Let a smile be your umbrella” and it is profound. To smile is to appear pleasant and agreeable.  That’s a powerful social tool. A smile conveys feelings of happiness, hope and positivity to anyone who sees it. When you smile, you are sending a nonverbal message to those around you that they are accepted,  welcome and that all is well. Have you ever noticed that some people lead there way with a smile?  It usually works too. Studies show that the best nonver...
55 days ago 21 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Lucy is a snow white 8 year old schnoodle (cross breed of schnauzer and poodle) who cares for my son David’s family (David, Julie, Jackson and Maggie).   They are so well cared for that it was David’s inspiration to share the care, and some 6 years ago at his urging we were adopted by Lucy's sister schnoodle, who Joanne dubbed Charcoal due to her dark puppy coat. In the early days there was turf war between the dogs as Charcoal sought to carve out her space in the family. How...
195 days ago 29 comments Categories: Health Tags:
On Monday I underwent my annual eye examination. It is always a pleasant experience, as my doctor is a fellow Roslyn High School graduate, Leslie Goldberg.  Leslie is a World Class ophthalmologist and even a better person, making this doctor's office visit something to look forward to. Being who I am, I was apprehensive as to the condition of my eyes and being competitive, I tried so hard to see and recognize those little letters. I’m happy to report that my eyes are just abo...
307 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Last week we had the unfortunate need to visit an Urgent Care Facility in Middle America and it was both eye opening and heart breaking.   As we sat, not so patiently, waiting our turn to be seen we observed poor, wretched, desperate people without healthcare insurance stream in hoping for a haven.   We had heard, but not seen. It was sad.  It was shocking.  It was wrong.  We are SO fortunate. We exist in a “not my problem” bubble.   This is not a political screed, it is jus...
356 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
I go to the gym twice a week and in doing so I have observed a number of those you might call gym rats. A gym rat is someone who spends much leisure time working out in the gymnasium. While at the gym I concentrate on my work out and try to stay away from the gym rats who are always there.  I can’t help noticing them and that they seem to have a fellowship. They usually leave me alone, almost as if we have made a silent deal to ignore each other. Last week I was sitting after...
748 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
A nurse is defined as a person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital and although they have always been important, albeit underappreciated, they are becoming recognized as more and more important as our population ages and healthcare system totters. The following was written by my good friend (Tow Pro) Chuck Schmidt in recognition of the above: There is a person who is very important to us as we proceed down life's highway. The first person to ...
888 days ago 25 comments Categories: Health Tags:
When I was young I did not drink coffee.  I started mid life when I heard that elite runners and other athletes would load up on cups of coffee pre event or game to garner the supposed benefit of the interaction of caffeine upon glycogen.  I truly believe it is a legal performance enhancer and continue such use to this day.  Along the way I developed the enjoyable habit of nursing and sipping my sole cup of coffee through the day.  I get a little taste kick when I roll it on ...
895 days ago 20 comments Categories: Health Tags:
Could it be that in the case of climate change our twittering President may be right?  I don't know, but based on our recent unseasonable weather he just may be on to something.  Do the melting glaciers cool the air?  I don't know, but I do know the air is unseasonably cool. They say that Memorial Day marks the unofficial first day of Summer, but no.  We are experiencing the longest "April" I've ever experienced in my many years. The official first day of Summer is June 21st....
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