Day 136- December 31st, 2018

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I hope that you are doing well and that, if you celebrate Christmas, you had a peaceful and joyful holiday!  The New Year is nearly here; we want our celebrations to be safe and enjoyable. We also want to get off to a good start by taking advantage of the many wellness opportunities in our area.  Below you will find links that, hopefully, will help with this.  

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” and “Auld Lang Syne” performed by Anthem Lights:

NYPD prepares for New Year’s Eve by ABC News:

2017 in Times Square (3 hours and 45 minutes):

Spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a Terrible Idea by

Guy Lombardo’s Final New Year’s Eve Performance (1976-77) from CBS

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.  Have a Happy, Safe and Well New Year!

See You Next Year!


Day 129-135 December 20th-December 26th, 2018

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My daughter, Jenée, and her three boys (James, her husband, and Jamie and Jonas, her sons) have arrived from NH and my schedule is going to be uncertain and somewhat last-minute for the next two weeks. So… I’ve decided to make a very short post every day right here by adding onto the old post. The new posting will always be at the top. (It’s less time-consuming to add onto an old post than to create a new one.)  So here’s the latest posting:

 Visit “Be Well In Nunda” on Facebook to find events & other things related to Wellness in the Nunda Area.




We’ve learned form The Blue Zones that having close and strong family connections, as well as close friends and strong social networks are characteristics of those who live the longest, healthiest and happiest lives. We also now know that observing traditions contributes to our overall wellness. What better time of year for family, friend and traditions than the Christmas season. Below you will find links to sites to help you strengthen your life in all three areas: family, friends and tradition:

Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas:

Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas:

Mary, Did You Know?

The Christmas Story (told by kids at Port City Community Church in Wilmington NC ):

The Christmas Story read from the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

Pastor Greg tells his grandchildren the story of Christmas:

As always, I hope that you are doing well in all ways. I also hope that if you celebrate Christmas, your plans and preparations are proceeding smoothly. We had our family Christmas celebration today, but will have another get together with even more family Christmas Eve and a smaller celebration on Christmas Day. There will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24th at 8 PM at Trinity Church (25 East St., Nunda, NY) that you are invited to participate in (carol-singing and candle-lighting.) It’s a fairly short service because we know that everyone needs to get to bed in preparation for Christmas Day. Below are some “Christmas Links” that I hope you will enjoy. Just click on them to get more information about Christmas:


And Finally: Four Renditions of “O Holy Night” (I think the first is my favorite.)

Gentri (This proceeds automatically to more Gentri music)

David Phelps (Bill & Gloria Gaither)

Soonyoung Kim

Home Free


If you’re looking for Healthy Recipes for Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. Just click on the links to see more than 100 recipes. There’s also some music after the recipes so that you can listen while you’re reading, cooking, eating or taking your post-dinner nap!

Three Christmas Videos featuring my favorite Acapella Group: “Chanticleer”

Christmas Waltz by Tony Bennett

Ave Maria played by Stjepan Hauser (I posted this once before.)

Nat King Cole sings “The Christmas Song”

A Tradition of Christmas – Mormon Tabernacle Choir


Many people join their spiritual brothers and sisters in communal worship at certain times of year such as Christmas. Research seems to show that regular (at least weekly or more, some have found) communal worship isn’t just good for your soul, but also for your body:

The Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health:

Harvard on Religion and Health:


Is it good or bad to start celebrating Christmas early?

Some say good.

Some say bad.



A study shows that decorating early for Christmas can make you happier!

Too much Christmas music can be bad for your mental health:

Nearly an hour of Christmas classics:

Some Christmas Jazz:

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

See you soon!


Day 128- December 17th, 2018

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Christmas is coming, the Goose is getting fat…  Hopefully we’re not getting fat or experiencing any of the other bad side effects of the Holidays such as stress, depression, or overspending (of money, time or energy).  Three things that are emphasized by “Be Well in Nunda” are  Eat Better, Move More, and Stress Less. Today, let’s look at Holiday Stress and see what we can do about it. There will be posts with links to websites dealing with Avoiding Stress and Embracing Stress, followed by three videos on some of the newest ideas on stress. Maybe there will be some humorous ones or some music, too. I hope they are interesting and helpful:

First the links to websites:


And Now the Videos:

Embrace Your Stress (about 3.5 minutes):


Stress is bad for you only if you think it is bad for you:

The Upside of Stress (from the work of Kelly McGonigal, again):

The Stress of Christmas – Be Sure to Watch to the End:

“Angels We Have Heard On High” from Share the Gift:



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

See you Wednesday, and “Merry Christmas!”




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.