Pass the apple and the broccoli… I want to feel better.

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English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria marke...

English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria market in Barcelona. Français : Fruits à l’étal dans le marché de La Boqueria à Barcelone. Español: Fruta en el mercado de La Boquería, en Barcelona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tekia

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My mom and my 2 daughters at my mom's 2nd weddingToday is the first of two days of the new month.  The month of Elul.  The month before Rosh Hashana (which month is called Tishrei).  This means there is no moon in the sky last night or tonight.  (The Tora says- ‘there  was evening, there was morning’; the day starts on the eve…)

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Gender Equality and Our Children

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We always knew that the real life examples we provide are what really teach our kids.  Sometimes, our examples are what they want to emulate.  Sometimes, it’s the opposite of what they hope to see.  Now, it turns out that fathers sharing household duties are critical factors in the raising of daughters.

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Psst.  Wake up.  I can’t stop going to the bathroom…

Those ten words changed my life forever.  In the middle of the night of the 21st of August, 1979, my (then) wife woke me to tell me those words.  I immediately knew she was not incontinent- but that her water had broken.  And, in a flash, I grabbed her bag (the one that had been packed for a few days- since the due date was 9 September), told her to dress, put on a pair of pants and a shirt and drove to Martha Jefferson Hospital.

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Gateway

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You know that crap that we don’t timeslice or multitask?  Do you not walk around and talk on the phone?  What about when you are cooking?  (You DO cook, right?)  You are thinking of the next ingredient to add as you tend to the dissolution, sautéing, or mixing of what is in front of you.

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Gimme some Vitamin D

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Most people know that extreme vitamin D deficiency causes rickets (softening of bones, so they become distorted and bowed). Plus, even a moderate lack of vitamin D will exacerbate your risk of bone fractures. Vitamin D is not just about bones, though- with a shortage of this vitamin,  we leave ourselves more susceptible to infections, at risk to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and Sjoegren’s, and we even face the risk of developing certain cancers.

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What can we learn from this sad event?

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It’s been a hell of week.  First, my post appeared about the genetic marker for suicide…only to be almost immediately followed by the news that one of my favorite comedians and actors took that path.

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Just, wow…

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When I was little, I used to watch the sea at night.  It was convenient, since it was right there.  I loved watching the waves, the moon reflecting off the water.

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Water everywhere. But, not a drop to drink.

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It’s been an interesting year.  We had folks in Charleston, West Virginia banned from using water for several days. (I wrote about this as a terrorist act, because a company managed to have its toxic chemicals leak into the drinking water source.  (You would think this would make folks in West Virginia demand their government do a better job of regulating chemical storage.  But, they haven’t.  Proof that it takes all kinds.)  Or, folks in the Carolinas and even Virginia have Duke Energy pollute their waters with toxic sludge.  By pumping the coal ash into the Dan River.  (Again, no citizen outcry.)

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Data Mining- here we come

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A computer game is about to become an important medical research tool.  Because all of you who play its games (I never found the time to join in), have provided massive data that can be mined to determine some pretty important facts.  The game site?  Lumosity.com.   You know, the game that trains your brain.  (To do what, I might ask?)

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