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!

Day 117- November 8th, 2018

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Wow- it’s hard to believe that Wednesday is here already. (You won’t see this posting until Thursday.)  We had a great meeting of the “Be Well in Nunda” steering committee, where we discussed what we will be doing at “Christmas in Nunda” this year.  Today we are going to talk a bit about our “Gut Bacteria” and its importance, but first be sure to check out “Local Wellness Activities”, the “Be Well In Nunda Facebook Page”, the “Christmas In Nunda Facebook Page” and the “Community Christmas Candle Light Service” by clicking on the appropriate images below: 



Local Wellness Activities





Be Well In Nunda







Community Christmas  Service





Christmas In Nunda

Now, how about those gut bacteria?  Below are listed some topics related to our gut bacteria together with links to websites dealing with those topics.  I hope they are helpful and interesting:

And here is an interesting video about how bacteria rule over our bodies:

Thanks for reading and for joining the quest for wellness.

See you Sunday!


Day 116- November 5th, 2018

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I hope you are well in every way possible!  Sunday afternoon we had our first meeting to plan next year’s Nunda Americana Day, which will be Saturday, July 6, 2019. Here’s a link to the poster for last year’s celebration.  We have decided to have just one day again next year before possibly extending the celebration to more than one day.  We have also decided to add lots of activities for all age levels; it should be loads of fun!

Tomorrow I have my six-month dental checkup, so I’m going to include some information about caring for your teeth, but first I want to remind everybody about some Nunda area activities you might be interested in:

Remember that during Nunda Town or Nunda Village office hours, you may sign out a Bocce Set and play on the government center lawn.



Clip on the image to the left to visit our page on the Nunda Area Community Christmas Service. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 7 PM at Trinity Church (25 East St. Nunda, NY)





Click on the image to the right to see wellness-related activities in the the Nunda/Dalton/Keshequa area.



Click on the image to the left to visit the “Be Well In Nunda” Facebook page. (You will need to sign into Facebook.)


Finally, here are some links to information about caring for your teeth and related health concerns. I hope you find the information helpful and interesting:

And, finally, four videos: “How to Floss”, “How to Brush”, “Getting Your Child to Brush” and (for kids) “How to Have a Bright Smile.”





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

See you Wednesday!

Day 115- November 1st, 2018

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Did you have many “Halloween Spooks” come to your door last night? We had nearly 200, considerably fewer than usual! Although we almost never have candy or sweets at our house, on Halloween we have pounds of it. What a temptation for anyone with a sweet tooth.  Fortunately for me, I can walk away from sweets with no regrets. (But I do like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and other starches which our bodies transform into various forms of sugar.)  I thought that tonight we would look at Health Tip #43 from Health24’s “45 Best Health Tips Ever“: 

“Sugar-Coated”: Take steps now to protect yourself from Pre-Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes!




Below is a video from McMaster University,”Demystifying Type 2 Diabetes” (about 2.5 minutes):

A Video on Understanding Type 2 Diabetes (about 3 minutes):


Below is a documentary on the obesity/diabetes crisis in our country from HBO, the Institute of Medicine, CDC, NIH, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.  It is in four sections, each about one hour long.  But- they are really worth watching!

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

See you Sunday!

Day 114- October 29th, 2018

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I hope you had a good weekend despite the rather dreary weather.  I would like to let you know about some of the wellness activities going on in the Nunda/Dalton/Keshequa Area.  Here is the latest (November 2018) “Be Well In Nunda” Activities Poster (just click on the image below):

If you would like to check out the “Be Well In Nunda” Facebook page where you can find current wellness activities in our area or submit activities to go on the page, just click below.  You will need to sign into Facebook:

If you are interested in singing in the Community Choir (or attending the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”, click on the image below (when you get to the “Day 111” page, just scroll down to get info):


Finally, I’m skipping to Tip #45 from the list of  “45 Best Health Tips Ever” by Health24.  We will look at the tips that we’ve skipped on another day.  This tip is “Goodnight, Sweetheart” and is a reminder that rest and sleep are good for us.  We took an extensive look at this topic before, and I’m simply going to repost Day 80 (September 24th, 2018):

As always, I hope that you are well.  And for the last few days, especially,  I’ve been hoping that you have gotten a good night’s sleep.  Did you enjoy yesterday’s video on sleep facts.  Today, I thought that I would include a video on “How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep”, but when I looked through the YouTube archives, it appeared that everybody (OK, not everybody, but about 553 people) wanted to weigh-in on the topic.

After I winnowed out those videos that were at least a bit off-topic (e.g. “Made a Bed out of Play Doh & It Was the Best Night’s Sleep I Ever Had!”, “How To Get a Good Night’s Sleep in Your Car“, “Train Your Cat to Let You Sleep”), those in other languages (నిద్ర బాగా పట్టటానికి చిట్కాలు), and those that were advertisements or music (e.g. “66 Dreamcatcher Tattoos for a Good Night Sleep”, “Golden Slumbers – Beatles Lullaby“), there were still over five hundred videos left to look at.  I didn’t look at them all, but I think I found an informative and useful one, which is at the end of today’s blog entry.

Before we get to the video, here is a list of sleep-related topics ranging from “How to tell if you’ve had a good night’s sleep” to “Resetting your internal clock to become a morning person.”  Each topic in the list includes a link to relevant information. Be sure to watch the video at the end of the list:



And here is the promised video:

Thanks for reading and for joining the quest for wellness. I hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight.

See you Wednesday!


Day 113- October 27th, 2018

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You probably suspected that I wouldn’t be able to stay away. I really wanted to tell you about a couple of things. I was out seeing local businesses, organizations and individuals about a meeting that the Keshequa Area Partnership will be hosting on Tuesday October 30th at 7 PM in the Nunda Historical Society building.  It was nearly noon, Jackie was away, and I hadn’t eaten. So, when I stopped in at Gleixners Goodies to talk with Jackie McGee and Herb Rigby about the meeting, I decided to try their Buffalo Wing Chili and Grilled Cheese Sourdough Sandwich with a big glass of V8. Wow! I will definitely be going back.  Soon!  While I was there, I looked over their homemade jams and jellies- elderberry jelly, bumbleberry jelly, strawberry-rhubarb jam, garlic jelly, horseradish jelly…  I chose the garlic jelly, which Jackie (McGee) said was great for roasting pork loin, but was also really good with a bagel and cream cheese. I’ll let you know.

Later, at 5 PM, a group of seven of us went on the Livingston Libation Loop tour.  I was one of two designated drivers.  We had a great time, although we only visited three of the points of interest on the loop.  We stopped for dinner at Tom Wahl’s in Avon, and then headed home.  It was a really wonderful time with good friends!

I also wanted to remind you that you are invited to sing in our Community Choir at the annual Community Christmas Service on Sunday, December 9th at Trinity Church of Nunda (6:30 PM to hear the String Quartet):

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

See you Sunday, if not sooner!

Day 112- October 26th, 2018

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I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s posting and the early Christmas music, and I hope that you will be able to join us at the Candle Light Service on December 9th.

After talking with some other folks involved in our group “Be Well In Nunda”, I have decided that I am including too much information and too many things to read and watch in the blog postings.  The solution to this problem is to either post less each day every day or to post the same amount each day but for fewer days per week.  Since I always tend to post a lot even when I say it’s going to be a short posting, I’ve opted for the second choice: I’ll post the same amount per day, but for only two days per week.  I was also told that it would be nice to do a quick index or review of what’s been posted so far, so that’s what I’m going to start today.  Below you will find a quick description of each posting from Day 21 through Day 42.  Day 21 is when I changed the blog’s format.  Any postings before that tended to put me to sleep while I was typing them.  So, if you ever have insomnia, just read a couple of postings pre-Day 21, and you’ll probably go right to sleep.  Here is the index with descriptions and links to the corresponding posting.  I hope it is interesting and helpful:


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

See you Sunday!

Day 111- October 25th, 2018

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I wish you well and, as always, hope that you are well in all possible ways.  I have been talking with other members of the “Be Well In Nunda” group and, using some of their suggestions, will be making a change in the format of this blog: “Get Healthy With The Mayor.”  But not today!

We’ve seen how important Spiritual Wellness is to our overall wellness.  And I’ve told you what an important role music can play in our Spiritual Wellness.  Today I would like to invite you to participate  in a Musical and Spiritual Tradition in the Nunda/Dalton/Keshequa area.  Every December, for more than fifty years, the Nunda Area Council of Churches has sponsored a Community Christmas Candlelight Worship Service.   This year’s service will be held at Trinity Church of Nunda on Sunday, the Ninth of December at 7 PM.  The Community Choir,  the Nunda Area Children’s Choir, Members of Local Government and Organizations, Pastors of Local Churches and The Music Impromptu String Quartet will be leading us once again in  “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.”  

If you would like to join us in this celebration, there are two ways to do so: 

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If you arrive at Trinity Church at 6:30 PM on December 9th, you will begin the celebration by quietly enjoying the tranquil and joyous music of Christmas as offered by The Music Impromptu String Quartet.  This will be followed by The Festival, and, as a member of the congregation, you will join us in singing many beloved Christmas carols such as “Once in Royal David’s City”, “O Little  Town of Bethlehem”, and “We Three Kings of Orient Are”.  You will also participate in a candle-lighting ceremony during which all in attendance have, for the last fifty years and more, sung in unison “Silent Night” while sharing the flame of the candles, and symbolically the Good News, with neighbors.  This is followed by the recessional carol “Hark the Herald”  and a Christmas Postlude by The Music Impromptu Quartet. 


Jan van Eyck [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
If you would like to sing with the Community Choir, that would be wonderful.  We have a great time preparing anthems for the Festival. Rehearsals are every Monday evening at 7 PM at Trinity Church.  We will begin rehearsals with a “Sing-Through” this Monday, October 29th at 7 PM at Trinity Church. All singers are welcome to join us.  If a child wishes to join the Nunda Area Children’s Choir, more information is available by calling (585) 468-2675. Please leave a voice-mail if we are unavailable.


Below are videos of the music that the Community Choir will be singing this year at the Festival.  I hope you enjoy these and that you will be able to join us either as a member of the congregation or as a member of the Community Choir:

“Remember, O Thou Man”        Bob Chilcott

“In the Bleak Midwinter” arr. Mark Shepperd

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” arr. Howard Helvey

“The Wexford Carol”       arr.   Howard Helvey

“E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come”       Paul and Ruth Manz

“We Are Marching In The Light Of God”   South African Folk Song

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

See you tomorrow!










Day 110- October 24th, 2018

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Dr. Ancel Keys

I hope that you are all doing well today! Today, I’m going to remind you of three things that we looked at in previous postings that  I think are worth a second look.  Then we’ll take a look at Ancel Keys (originator of the Mediterranean Diet who is under posthumous attack by low-carb, high-fat revisionists.)  


But first, the three previous postings that I’d like you to take another look at:

The Mediterranean Diet and Dr. Ancel Keys:

And finally, a video about the little village of Acciaroli where Dr. Keys did much of his work, and where he practiced what he preached, living to the age of 100 years:

Dr Dawn Harper visits Acciaroli – why do people there live to over 100?

Thanks for reading and for joining the quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!