Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mindfulness–What Is It & Why Do I Care?

by on March 24, 2014

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Ok, now it’s on the cover of Time Magazine. Mindfulness meditation, that is. Mindfulness is everywhere! Newspapers and magazines carry stories on the benefits of mindfulness; medical journals report on the latest research about mindfulness; businesses have mindfulness programs to help combat stress and to increase creativity and productivity; schools have begun to introduce mindfulness meditation to students and mindfulness is even taught is preschools; there are classes in mindful parenting; even commercials refer to mindfulness.

What’s this all about? Why has mindfulness suddenly become a cultural icon?

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Amazing Things Happen When We Work Together

by on March 21, 2014

October 2013 was intense around here.  Well, at least for me; and certainly for our Artist-in-Residence, Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen.

The Center was filled with excitement, anticipation and inspiration for me and the hundreds of you who participated in one of our 28 mural painting sessions.

Our community, under Jay’s guidance,  took 1,560 square feet and 8 planter tops of blankness and transformed them into a work of art. A work of art that communicates social justice themes such as Environmental Stewardship, Human Rights & Dignity, Economic Justice, and Food Justice.

Do you remember eating lunch outside by the J café and seeing the steady progression over 15 packed days?  Or perhaps coming back after an absence to notice the work fully realized?  I remember October, but this documentary by Chip Curry brought back vivid details by capturing the communal spirit and offering candid testimonials.  I’m delighted to share it with you.

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Asparagus Season!

by on March 18, 2014

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Asparagus has always been a delicacy to me. When I was young, my older sister found a large patch of asparagus growing wild in a wooded area behind the neighborhood grade school. Each spring she would forage her way through the pointy stalks, bringing home with her handfuls of this wonderful vegetable for us all to enjoy. For me, asparagus was a taste sensation that came only once a year and I savored each bite because I knew I what I was eating was special.

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Mastering The Perfect Shot With Joe Ellis

by on March 13, 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  March Madness is sweeping the country, which means rivalries are heating up and fans are reaching new decibel levels.  To celebrate this charged period of competition, why not lace up your sneakers and hit the court yourself?

We spoke to former NBA Golden State Warrior, Joe Ellis, who gave us some tips to mastering that perfect shot:

  1. First up, make sure you have the proper shooting stance.  Have your feet evenly placed about shoulders width apart with your knees slightly bent.
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Purim Costumes In A Jif!

by on March 11, 2014

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From Hamentaschen to Lego Men, We’ve Have Your Kids Purim Costume Ideas Covered!

Let’s be honest.  We’re all busy.  From working to getting your kids to all of their extracurriculars to finding the time to exercise, life sure can get hectic.  With all of this running around, it can be easy to forget that Purim and its costuming are quickly approaching!  So don’t let this year’s dress-up have you winding up with even more stress.  Here are some costume ideas we found that are simple and cheap, but will have your kid getting tons of compliments:

1. Feeling the fantasy? – If you have an extra hoodie lying around and a child who is into horses, try this unicorn costume.  Both instructions for the horn and mane are waiting for you here.

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Fitness Tip: Single Leg Dead Lift

by on March 10, 2014

Whether you are a competitive runner or you are just trying to get your buns in shape, personal trainer April Montgomery shows us a move we can all do to work on our glutes and hamstrings. April is a competitive runner and specializes in track and field training at the PJCC.

Video by Teddi Kalb.

Planting Your Spring Garden

by on March 6, 2014

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One of the wonderful benefits of living in our mild California climate is the ability to grow and enjoy fresh food year round. This leaves the home gardener with several planting options they would not generally have in colder climates.

Early spring is a good time to start thinking about what to put in the ground in April and May for a productive summer harvest. And, of course, I always recommend that you grow what you love to eat!

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Bone Up!

by on March 4, 2014

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On May 12, 1990, I was speeding on my mountain bike down an unfamiliar mountain trail.  All of a sudden, the trail veered sharply to the left while I kept going straight. I went flying over a short wooden fence down a steep mountain hillside, and rolled and tumbled like I was in a bad dream.  When I finally came to a stop, I was surprised I was still conscious.  My bike helmet and glasses frame were cracked, and with the awareness of sharp pain emanating from my left wrist, I feared my wrist was cracked too.  After I was transported to the ER, I found out that I had a broken wrist bone and derangements of the surrounding ligaments.  I needed to have surgery if I was ever to play the violin again.
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Rule No. 1 – Warm Up

by on March 3, 2014

We all should know the importance of warming up before a workout. Your body needs to prepare your muscles and joints to withstand the added pressure and to avoid injury. Get your body ready for your workout with this multiple joint warm-up.

This fitness tip from PJCC Personal Trainer, Herman Chan.

Video by Teddi Kalb