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Yesterday: afternoon at MMA, Turkish dinner, shiva call & home

December 31, 2009

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Tuesday night Shoshana volunteered at the homeless shelter in the basement of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and took Wednesday off from work, so we spent the afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we saw contemporary paintings by Australian Aborigine artists (mostly acrylic on canvas). “Awelye, Bush Melon, and Bush Melon Seed Dreamings” by Minnie […]

Afternoon Moon Amid Branches, 12/29/09

December 31, 2009

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Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful 2010!

RIP Rachel Wetzsteon (1967-2009)

December 31, 2009

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Poet Rachel Wetzsteon died yesterday (December 30, 2009) in what may have been a suicide.  Here are some of her poems.   Manhattan Triptych i. Café Pertutti Being here now be damned, there is a motion in the passersby that troubles comfort and brings on longing. Midsummer evening, women drifting by in peacock colors; what […]

Health Bill Benefits for the Impatient – NYTimes Prescriptions Blog

December 28, 2009

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WASHINGTON — Some immediate benefits from the health care legislation advancing on Capitol Hill will ease the minds of parents who may have hit up against limitations of their existing health insurance. Within six months, the Senate bill approved last week would allow dependent, unmarried children to remain on their parents’ policies until their 26th […]

Judaism 101: Tsedakah–end of year charity recommendations

December 27, 2009

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  Jews traditionally use the Hebrew word tsedakah which means righteousness (and implies an obligation) rather than the English word charity (which connotes optional) to refer to helping the less fortunate. The tax code provides incentives to donate, but there are only five days left to make 2009 charitable donations. If you have been waiting […]

Shabbat shalom to my Jewish friends, Merry Christmas to my Christian friends, Happy Kwanza to my African-American friends, and may 2010 bring health, fulfillment, and peace!

December 25, 2009

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NYC Jewish events tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday night

December 24, 2009

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For NYC Jews: Xmas Eve NYC Jewish parties and concerts (scroll part way down the page) Xmas Day NYC Jewish events for kids and singles in Manhattan + Saturday night Jewish indie rock in Brooklyn

Stephen Morse’s poem “Back porch Synchronicity”: Maslow vs Jung

December 24, 2009

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“Back porch Synchronicity” Maslow vs Jung and lets just say that Maslow “studied” creativityand Jung exercised it. Guess who I favor?” A sharp bite of coldsnow lit by blue and goldstrings of light in theCrab apple Bare, Brownbranches hang like clippedfingernails over the asphaltpath to the back door. Wind moves; playing its patternin brass chimes […]

Scientists find molecular trigger that helps prevent aging and disease

December 23, 2009

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ScienceDaily (Nov. 23, 2009) — Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine set out to address a question that has been challenging scientists for years: How does dietary restriction produce protective effects against aging and disease? And the reverse: how does overconsumption accelerate age-related disease? See Also: Health & Medicine Healthy Aging Cholesterol Nutrition Plants […]

Ex-President Carter offers apology to Jews – Yahoo! News

December 23, 2009

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ATLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in an open letter meant to improve an often-tense relationship. He said he was offering an Al Het, a prayer said on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. It signifies a plea for forgiveness. “We […]