Day 127- December 13th, 2018

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I always hope that you are doing well in every way!  

Last weekend we had “Christmas In Nunda”; I hope you made it, and, if you did, I know you had a great time. I was scheduled for an interview about “Be Well In Nunda” with Kelli Carson of WCJW fame. To prepare for the interview (I didn’t know how long it was going to be- I think it was about two minutes) I did a lot of research. One really interesting and wonderful thing I discovered was that “Be Well In Livingston” (which sponsors “Be Well In Nunda”) is a “Blue Zones” initiative! Well, if you’ve read this blog much at all, you know that I am a huge fan of “Blue Zones.”

So today I’m putting up two non-video links, one to the Lessons that we learn from the Zones, and the other to the Blue Zones Project to create Blue Zones in our country!   These links are followed by some videos about Blue Zones, the Longevity Project and Centenarians. I hope they are interesting and useful:

See everything Blue Zones at these two sites:

Some Interesting videos on Blue Zones and More:

The Blue Zones Project Overview:

Would anyone like to open a Blue Zones restaurant in Nunda- I’d be a patron:

An Ikarian Cooking Lesson:

And Blue Zones is about happiness and many other things, not just food:


Other researchers are studying longevity, as well. Here is an interesting video with Jason Prall, director of “The Longevity Study”:

I found this interesting: 20 living centenarians in the entertainment world; I checked this morning and they are all alive with ages ranging from 100 to 108:

Thank you for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 126- December 10th, 2018

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I hope that you are doing well in every way.  We finished “Christmas In Nunda”  Saturday night. (What a great light parade, and super fireworks!) Sunday evening we had a great turnout for our annual Candle Light Service.  I’m really ready to put my feet up and relax.  So… today I’m just putting up four videos on staying healthy in winter and three more Classical (actually Baroque) Christmas Music videos.  Here they are:

Mayo Clinic: 3 tips to healthy fitness during winter

The Friendly Brain: 8 Tips To Stay Healthy, Fit, and Happy This Winter

CBS New York: Staying Healthy In Winter Weather

I’ve posted this one before, but it’s worth seeing again: Dr. Mike on How to Not Get Sick!

And now, just three more videos The Bach Christmas Oratorio, The Christmas Portion of Messiah by Handel, and The Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah:

The Hallelujah Chorus:

The Messiah (Christmas Portion):

The Bach Christmas Oratorio (in German):

Thanks for watching and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See You Wednesday!


Day 125- December 6th, 2018

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I hope you are doing well in every way and are enjoying the extra joy and love that abounds this time of year! It’s almost time for “Christmas In Nunda!” Join us Friday, December 7th, for the official Tree-Lighting at the Village Square at 5:30.   Santa will be presiding, the children’s choir will be singing, and there will be hot chocolate. It’s supposed to be 27 degrees, so wear warm clothes.

Then come back on Saturday December 8th for some more fun.   Here’s the official “Christmas in Nunda Website” description of what’s going on: “A family fun filled day. Start the day with the Santa Stroll. Breakfast with Santa in school cafeteria 9-11. Shop the vendors 9-5 at the Fire Hall and the KCS gymnasium. Lunch can be found uptown at Papa Don’s hot dog stand, Gleixners Goodies, School cafeteria and Fire Hall. Visit Santa’s workshop at the Baldwin building where adults can sit and rest a bit and the little ones can make ornaments. Pictures with Santa will be 11-12 & 1-2. Also Baldwin Business is having a door-decorating contest for their employees and invite you to come in and place your vote.  Don’t forget to shop Nunda’s businesses where you can find a variety of items for gifts.”

 At 6:15 PM we will have a “Festival of Lights Parade” followed by a great Fireworks display. “Be Well in Nunda” will be present throughout the day with a “Costume Stroll” at 8:15 AM in the high school (wear your favorite Christmas or Holiday costume), “Games for Kids” in the Village Square at 11 AM and 2 PM, “Chair Massages” and “Stress Management Station” at “Wellness Options” from 10 AM to 2 PM, a “Be Well Booth” in the high school cafeteria hallway from noon to 5 PM, a “Snack Station” at Baldwin’s from noon to 5 PM and a chance to win prizes – if you sign up. Be sure to tune into WCJW for live coverage of many of our events and interviews of some local folks.

Finally, “Christmas in Nunda” concludes, and (for me) the “Christmas Season” begins, on Sunday, December 9th, with the annual “Community Candlelight Service” at Trinity Church (25 East Street). This Christmas celebration starts with Christmas Music at 6:30 PM performed by the “Music Impromptu String Quartet”, followed by the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” and the “Lighting of Candles.”   We finish up downstairs with a time of fellowship and conversation (which, of course, includes Christmas Cookies and Punch!)

I hope to see you on all three days or as many as you can manage; things do get busy this time of year.   In the meantime, here are links to all the things we talked about above:


We’re ending this post with two Christmas Music Videos and with thanks to Joan Barney and Bev Clark for pointing us in the right direction:

Michael Bublé and Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas” (together!)

Caleb and Kelsey sing “Christmas Hallelujah”

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you this weekend at “Christmas In Nunda” and see you here Sunday!

Day 124- December 3rd, 2018

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Today (Monday) is Jackie’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, Jackie! Here’s a short video (about 3.5 minutes) for you with the “Happy Birthday Song” in 70 languages:


Yesterday (Sunday)was our Children’s Christmas Sunday at Trinity Church. The Kids were wonderful. Thank you to Mrs. Cheryl Sanford (who teaches music at Keshequa Central School) for all the time she put into the presentation. And thanks to all the parents and others who helped. It certainly put me into the Christmas Spirit. I don’t have the various permissions I need to put a video of the service here, but I’m going to put one of “Mary, Did You Know?” sung by the Singing Contractors. Thanks to Joan Barney for bringing these guys to my attention:

I couldn’t help adding this Six13 video “Bohemian Chanukah”, a Chanukah makeover of the Queen masterpiece.  Thank you to Julie Simone for bringing this to my attention:

There are a lot of things happening in the Keshequa Area this coming week. Just click on a link to get information:

There will also be a Light Parade and Fireworks on December 8th at Christmas in Nunda!


Finally, here is a Dr. Mike Video on Surviving the Holidays:

Click here for The Great Gift Giveaway With “Experience Kissimmee.”

Thanks for reading and watching and for joining in the quest for wellness.

I hope to see you at “Christmas in Nunda” and the “Community Candlelight Service!”  See you here again next Wednesday.

Day 123- November 29th, 2018

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I wish you well in every way and am very happy to have you join in this quest for wellness!  Today I made a pile of a number of books that I am reading (none of these were novels or other fiction.) I chose a book at random and opened it to a random page and started reading. After reading for a while, I chose another book and opened it to a random page and started reading. It was sort of fun, but I don’t think I’ll make a habit of it. When I got to the third book, “The Blue Zones Solution” by Dan Buettner, I randomly turned to page 55 where I learned that the world’s longest-lived men are from Sardinia. I also found out that in most parts of the world, for every male that makes it to age 100, five females make it to that age as well. Not in Sardinia! In Sardinia, it’s one-for-one; for every female centenarian there is a male centenarian. And there are lots of each in Sardinia.

But why would this be? Why should so many more men live to one hundred here? Is it the wine, is it the weather, is it the diet? One explanation is that Sardinian men experience less stress than men in other zones. And why is that? Because Sardinian women not only care for the children and do the house repairs (think leaky roof), they take care of all finances, perform all business negotiations and bear much of the everyday stress that, in most cultures, is borne by the man of the house. (You really should get a copy of this book- it’s really interesting and useful.) Well, I got excited about this and started explaining to Jackie all the responsibilities, etc. that Sardinian women take upon themselves, and why couldn’t women in other cultures do the same, when I suddenly realized that if I kept talking, my personal stress levels were going to go way up. So I came in here (to my office) and started working on today’s posting, which, I have decided, will be about sources of stress and dealing with stress. But, first, a few useful links:




Local Services and Businesses that Promote Wellness in our area:

 Wellness Activities in the Keshequa Area:

Let’s look at Stress: Its Source and How To Deal With It:

Whence This Thing Called “Stress”:

“What to Do About It”:

Doctor Mike on Stress and First Day Jitters:


Father Mike on Eustress and Distress:

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!


Day 122- November 26, 2018

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I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Celebration and that some of the topics from the last posting were interesting and helpful.  Today, after posting some useful links to wellness-related activities in the Keshequa Area, I’d like to highlight some of the amazing medical breakthroughs of 2018. First the links to wellness activities:

Some Wellness Activities in the Keshequa Area:



There were many amazing medical breakthroughs in 2018.  Here are just five.  There is a link (in red) for more information  and each topic also has a video:

Regenerating Body PartsTissue Nanotransfection Technology (TNT):   

ECG on your smart phone is now available.


Surgical Super Glue from Slugs


Contact lenses that monitor glucose and other health conditions and deliver medications:



Are dental fillings becoming obsolete?

Thanks for reading and joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Wednesday!

Day 121- November 22nd, 2018

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Here’s wishing you a happy and well Thanksgiving with all the trimmings! I’m starting out today posting some videos about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  After that are some topics on Thanksgiving (and why it’s good for you) together with links to more information.  Let’s look at the parade and some of its history:



The History behind the parade (courtesy of Macy,s):

Washington Post’s take on the evolution of the parade:

Staten Island Advance looks at the history of the parade:

The parade in 1935 :

The parade in 1939:

The parade in 1945:

The parade in 1998 (the whole thing, over two hours in length):

Now, here are some topics on Thanksgiving and why the holiday is good for you:


And, finally, one last video: President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s 1903 Thanksgiving Proclamation, read by the Washington Post’s opinion columnists:


Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!


Day 120- November 19th, 2018

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As always, I hope that all is well.  My apologies to those of you who prefer reading an article to watching a video.  I’m posting five videos on healthy lifestyle and eating.  I’ll also include a link back to Day 118 which lists wellness happenings and resources.  There are many ongoing and upcoming wellness-related events in our area, so please take a look at Day 118. Just follow this link.  And here are the videos:

The Top Ten Healthiest Foods (everyone has a different list):

Dr. Mike talks about the Harvard Study and the Blue Zones Project:

Top Ten Food Myths:

A series of short opinions on the nine Blue Zones Principles:


Blue Zones Costa Rica The role of religion in longevity:

Before you leave, be sure to check out Day 118 by clicking here.

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Wednesday!

Day 119- November 15th, 2018

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I hope that you are all well and happily pursuing your quest for ever greater wellness. On Day 112 (October 26th, 2018) we started indexing (Days 21 through 42) the blog.  Today we’ll continue with days 43 through 65. A brief description of the posting topic for each day is listed below, together with a link to take you to that posting.  I hope you enjoy this review of what we’ve been doing!


We’re ending, of course, with a video. This one explains in about ninety seconds why you should consider following the Blue Zones Diet.  I would recommend the entire Blue Zones Lifestyle.

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!

Day 118- November 12th, 2018

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It’s Sunday already (although you probably won’t be seeing this until Monday.)  We had a great Adult Scripture Study Class today (we’re still studying “Acts”), a wonderful sermon on Stewardship, a delectable brunch with friends at the Whistling Farmer Pub, and, then, THE BILLS WON!  Wow- what a wonderful day! (My Apologies to the Jets fans.)

I thought that today we’d look at four things: Emergency Resources in Our Area, Local Businesses and Services that Promote Wellness in Our Area, Wellness-Related Activities in Our Area, and Some Additional Videos about last Wednesday’s Discussion on our Microbiomes, because some of you were so interested and others found the subject fascinatingly creepy (but, hopefully, useful).  Here are the topics together with links to more information:

Emergency and Other Resources in the Keshequa Area:


Local Services and Businesses that Promote Wellness in our area:


Wellness Activities in the Keshequa Area:


And, finally, Some Videos about our Microbiomes,

The Hidden World of Microbiomes (Animated, about 3 minutes)

You Are Mainly Microbe (Animated about 4 minutes)

Your Gut Microbes are Controlling Your Mind (about 3.5 minutes)

John Cryan:  Feed your microbes and nurture your mind (about 16 minutes)

Thank you for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you Wednesday!