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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Kitchen Filled with Nourishing Kindness

B'SD

26 Tamuz, 5777

My friend Miriam Green startles me every time she blogs about dealing with her Alzheimer's bewildered mother. The depth of character conveyed in each blogpost teaches the wider world that we must adjust our attitudes and behaviors with compassion when dealing with someone compromised by their medical and/or mental health reality.

The name of Miriam's blog is The Lost Kitchen, an apt portrayal of her mom's state of mind, the importance of nourishing someone with kindness, and the human capacity to be increasingly good.

I believe that I grow more insightful with every reading of Miriam's writings. Care to look over my shoulder at the latest update?


Understanding the subtext of strange behavior. https://www.thelostkichen.org/…/19/Out-of-the-Mouth-of-Babes



I think we should amend the idiom based on Psalm 8 to read, “Out of the mouth of babes—and Alzheimer’s sufferers—comes wisdom.” With Mom perhaps it’s not…
THELOSTKICHEN.ORG





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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Doctors with Disabilities can Improve the Healthcare Profession!

B'SD

25 Tamuz, 5777

I'm devoting this week's posts to inspirational ideas and people. They can motivate us to achieve more.

Please share your thoughts about





People with disabilities tend to receive worse medical care. Doctors who share their challenges could help change that.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Key to Making Better Decisions

B'SD

24 Tamuz, 5777

I've been trying not to melt during Israel's intense heat wave the past week and a half or so. It's been quite challenging. 

The good news is that I'm keeping up with my professional commitments as I coach ill clients into identifying their goals and planning to meet them, plus I'm pleasing my editors by meeting various journalism deadlines.

I decide how to prioritize specific demands and personal needs by making the most of the lessons I've learned from insightful experts. Here's a presentation that I'd like to share with you. Dan Ariely usually leaves his audiences laughing. Laughter is the best tool for helping a person to clear out the inner cobwebs mucking up our minds.

When you're facing a medical or mental health challenge, having another tool to deal with it can only help!



Is this guy the most irrational man in America?




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Fill your efforts with humor and good sense.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Staying Healthy after Making Aliya

B'SD

18 Tamuz, 5777

I've been slowed down by prolonged heat and humidity and by the need to meet several journalism deadlines. You can keep up with some of my writing efforts at www.e-counseling.com.

I'm sharing something with you today, out of complete necessity. You can forward this blogpost to people who can benefit from the information below.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Fibromyalgia Help

B'SD

16 Tamuz, 5777

I'm finding increased cases of fibromyalgia in online forums. I'm curious to know if there is a rise in incidence or if there are simply improved diagnostic efforts going on.

At any rate, people recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia need help to manage their situations. WebMD has a good overview of the priorities to be addressed

Here's an excerpt from the doctor-recommended EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print and E- book that fibro sufferers might find helpful:




Fibromyalgia
People with fibromyalgia can join an international support group moderated by - via http://www.psha-inc.com/guai-support/sf/Sal-Free/Join_Guai-Support.htm.

Join an E-mail group serving the needs of fibromyalgia sufferers based in Israel by writing to: - . The moderator is - .

Here’s another support group with over 1500 members (as of this writing) using a specific treatment, with very good results, at http://www.psha-inc.com/guai-support/sf/site_search.asp.

www.guailife.com explains over-the-counter Guainefesin treatment more in-depth and addresses other health problems.

Facebookers with fibromyalgia can help each other at https://www.facebook.com/ggInternationalGuaiSupportGroup

www.fibrokur.com is the site of Dr. Norbert Kurland in Kfar Saba, Israel who treats fibromyalgia using Guainefesin. The site is translated into several languages. Send your questions to - .

(I removed the contact info for people who might not appreciate being publicized on this blogpost. It is available in the EMPOWER Yourself book)




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Friday, July 7, 2017

Wrapping Up the Picnic!

B'SD

13 Tamuz, 5777

I've needed a rest to recover from Tuesday July 4th's picnic, culminating two solid months of hard work which included running around the city in high heat so I could gather necessary items. But gosh it was worth every drop of sweat!

If you were my editor at some paper, here's the summary that I would have provided about how things went on Picnic Day:


AACI Annual Summer Picnic 5777

Yocheved Golani and her Picnic Planning Committee set to work soon after Shavuot 5777. Judy Neuman suggested that AACI hold “an old-fashioned picnic” and Yocheved ran with the idea.

Elizabeth Homans proved her extraordinary capabilities once again, repeating her past successes at garnering iriya assistance with permits, electrical options, police officers to patrol the park, and safety barriers. She picked up burlap bags donated by Li-Lo Vitori  www.li-lo.co.i, and brought crunchy, energizing vegetable cups from Beer Sova's kitchen.

Reesa Cohen-Stone guided Yocheved through the picnic planning process, and facilitated success. The 300+ picnickers who enjoyed the fun despite high heat and humidity even included teens from the Operation Forward group visiting Israel over the summer.

Kids of all ages enjoyed the Bottle Painting Workshop when they dipped bottles of various sizes and textures into paint, then pressed them on to paper to create lovely designs.

Younger children laughed in Soda Bottle Alley as adults assisted them in knocking down recycled “pins,” and giggled when they rotated the occasionally cooperative hula hoops around their bodies.

Almost every child stood patiently on line to have their faces painted with Batman logos, flowers, faux helmets and other designs. Some kids spent time with Bubbles of Fun as they used unusual wands to create unusual bubbles.

Bean Bag tossers enjoyed the silliness of knocking down a chair or landing a shot through a wooden toy.

Richard Tasgal amused onlookers as he bounced about on his jumpy stilts.

Gabe Axler of the Israel Baseball Association conducted a game with happy picnickers willing to brave the heat.

Readers bought bargains from the AACI library and Doron Mason’s eclectic book collection. Ethelea Katzenell sold her newly published Beer Sheva tour books.

Megan Turner of the iriya Klita office gave necessary information to new olim as Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Mallory Kahn-Johnson gave out bottled water and turns with a magnet-making photographer.

Picnickers from English, Spanish, Russian, French and Hebrew-speaking backgrounds took home complimentary Shlock Rock CDs provided by musician-singer Lenny Solomon. The gifts were made to publicize his www.4cornersproject.org site. It promotes Jewish continuity with Awareness, Identity and Pride. Gil Harpaz is the hero who brought the CDs to Yocheved’s home for picnic distribution.

Raffle winners walked home with lovely gifts worthy of a bridal shower and one lucky person won a tour with Licensed Tourist Guide Denis Weintraub!.

Miriam Green lent her expertise to the planning of the event, and escorted AACI central’s David London about Park Hay on picnic day. They and the crowd enjoyed the smell and/or taste of MASAmerica’s (http://masamerica.co.il/en/) fresh hotdogs, Devora Kessin’s fresh-baked treats, AACI’s variety of satisfaction-guaranteed sandwiches (prepared to perfection by Judy Neuman’s crew), and other edibles. Gesher shopping center eateries provided delivery service to the park and to the picnickers who simply needed to eat fresh falafel, shwarma, pizza or baked goods.

The MMAAD band (Marc, Marty, Alon, Alan and Dov) left picnickers thinking “Whuttaband!” They made the picnic more fun with their lighthearted music and many encores.

AACI profited from the event. That will help new plus veteran olim in a variety of ways. Everyone involved will be smiling long into the future as they remember the extraordinary picnic day.

Yocheved Golani extends her thanks to the many volunteers and vendors who made the day a HUGE success.

 (I can't post photos of the fun as they show the faces of minor children. It is against Israeli law to share such pictures in public without the parent/guardian's permission).






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Monday, July 3, 2017

Picnic Preparation WELL Underway!

B'SD

9 Tamuz, 5777

I've referenced the fact that I'm chairing a picnic preparation committee for my community. I've worked on the project since the day after Shavuot, at the end of May.

Here's a peek at the fun to come tomorrow:




Summer Fun Coming Your Way!





Join us this Tuesday, July 4th, to celebrate Canada Day and American Independence at the AACI South Summer Picnic. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m., in Park Hey, Beer Sheva. Be sure to bring a hat and water, and a chair or blanket to sit on. Rock the evening with good food, good neighbors, and good entertainment.

AACI will hold its annual summer picnic on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Park Hey (Rekhov Ye'elim off Shai Agnon), Beer Sheva, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet the neighbors! Hear great music! Join the fun! Inflatable Jumping Castles! Balloons! Music! Book Sale! Crafts for Kids! Soda Bottle Bowling! Bean Bag Toss! Sack Races! Raffle Sale with AMAZING Prizes! Sandwiches on the spot! Nefesh B’Nefesh and their marvelous magnets! Beer Sheva’s own Megan Turner! MasAmerica for all your US Tax needs! Negev Fudge! Face Painting! Baseball! Football! And more! Featuring: The MMAAD Band playing rock and klezmer When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Park Hey, Beer Sheva (entrance on Rehov Ye'elim or by the 9 bus stop on Rehov Shay Agnon) Entrance Fee: Members--NIS 20 per person (maximum NIS 75 per family) Non-Members--NIS 35 (maximum NIS 85 per family) All donations welcome.


AACI will hold its annual summer picnic on
Tuesday, July 4, 2017,
in Park Hey (Rekhov Ye'elim off Shai Agnon), Beer Sheva, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meet the neighbors! Hear great music! Join the fun!

Inflatable Jumping Castles!
Balloons!
Music!
Book Sale!
BUBBLES of FUN!
Crafts for Kids!
Soda Bottle Bowling!
Bean Bag Toss!
Sack Races!
Raffle Sale with AMAZING Prizes!
Sandwiches on the spot!
Nefesh B’Nefesh and their marvelous magnets!
Beer Sheva’s own Megan Turner!
MasAmerica for all your US Tax needs!
Negev Fudge!
Face Painting!
Baseball!
Football!
And more!

Featuring: The MAD Band
playing rock and klezmer

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Park Hey, Beer Sheva
(entrance on Rehov Ye'elim or by the 9 bus stop on Rehov Shay Agnon)
Entrance Fee: Members--NIS 20 per person (maximum NIS 75 per family)
Non-Members--NIS 35 (maximum NIS 85 per family)
All donations welcome.

 And LOTS of fresh food!




It's been a treat to prepare the amusement for other people, a true testimony to the fact that I choose not to dwell on the constraints of my post-surgical life, but to maximize the potential left in me.

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