Longevity Tip

Develop good social ties with a healthy community. The first tip is most important because it helps with the others. Are you close with an extended healthy family, or with a volunteer social group or prosocial religious community? Do you have a worthwhile career or positive educational endeavor? Great. ~ Howard S. Friedman


Wellness Tip

How to Head Off a Headache

Start double-fisting beverages the minute the throbbing begins. “I’ll have a bottle of water in one hand and a coffee in the other,” says Jennifer Ashton, MD, author of Your Body Beautiful and cohost of ABC’s The Revolution. That’s because many headaches are caused by dehydration, while caffeine is known to curb them. If the drinks don’t alleviate the pounding in an hour, she pops ibuprofen.


Vinnie Returns in 9 Days

“Ray, Ray, Ray, can Rupert say the countdown?” asks an excited Vinnie.

I don’t want to prolong the dialogue, “Sure, Vinnie.”

Vinnie holds Rupert, his stuffed grizzly bear in front of his face and speaks in a falsetto tone, “9.”

“Did Rupert do great, Ray? Did he?” asks Vinnie.

“None better,” I say thinking do I have to do this for eight more days. Ugh!

Joy and Sorrow ~ Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was often times filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.