My 2-year-old granddaughter seemed to welcome her newborn baby sister with bland indifference. I observed her as she played with her blocks and other toys and did not appear to be perturbed by the presence of a new member in her family. After she had dinner, I was surprised when she set out deliberately for the couch, wrapped her mother’s pillow around her lap, lifted her shirt, and clutched her bear to her chest. It was dinner time for her bear! While it was fun to watch her precise imitation of breast feeding, it made me stop and wonder how we as adults subconsciously follow patterns of behavior that may not reach our cognitive awareness. Continue reading →
“When we were one or two years old we had what we might visualize as a 360-degree personality. Energy radiated out from all parts of our psyche… But one day we noticed that our parents didn’t like certain parts of that ball of energy that we were. They said things like, “Can’t you be still?” or “It isn’t nice to try and kill your brother.” Behind us we have an invisible bag, and the part of us that our parents don’t appreciate we, to keep our parents love, put in the bag. By the time we go to school the bag is quite large. Then our teachers have their say: “Good children don’t get angry over such little things.” So we take our anger and put it in the bag. By high school it is our peers whose opinion we value sufficiently to stuff more parts Continue reading →
My twin daughters were born in August of 1981, just two months after a publication from the CDC reported the first cases of a rare lung infection that eventually led to what became known as the AIDS epidemic. Because they were very premature, my newborn daughters required numerous blood transfusions from Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco. One daughter received over 40 different transfusions. In 1985, the FDA approved the first blood test to detect HIV antibodies in the blood, and blood banks began their first screening of their blood supply. It was shortly thereafter that my wife and I received a letter from the Continue reading →
Here are my top 5 tips for both keeping safe in the sun and at the pool.
With summer fast approaching this is a great time to start preparing for fun in the sun!
SUN SAFETY 1. The sun’s UV rays are strongest from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm during the day. Make sure if you are out in the sun during this time period you take frequent breaks to relax in the shade and allow your skin a break from direct sunlight. If you don’t have access to shade, don’t be caught without a shirt! Even blocking the rays with a shirt will give you a much needed Continue reading →
A Foundation of Preschool Learning: Water, Sand, Clay, Paint, and Blocks
In a society of over-scheduled kids, the expectation of building your scholastic resume early, and so on, childrens’ play time can seem like a waste of time. What are they accomplishing? How will this add to their academic success? What are they learning? Turns out, they are learning a lot! Continue reading →
Captain Ahab is on a mission to avenge the loss of his leg. Over the course of a year, his crew hunts sperm whales and harvests the oil in huge barrels in the hold of his ship Pequod. The ship travels all over the world and finally ends up in the equator in the Pacific Ocean, Moby Dick’s home area. Despite many bad omens, including breaking of navigation instruments and a typhoon, Ahab is determined to pursue the great white whale. Moby Dick eventually attacks the Pequod, and even while the ship is sinking, Ahab tries to throw his harpoon at the whale. Instead, the harpoon rope strangles Ahab and leads to his drowning. All of the crew die except the Ishmael, the narrator. In short, Ahab and his crew suffered workplace injuries.
Let’s see what we can learn from this story in terms of workplace safety. These are the elements of worker safety to explore: 1. The environment 2. The worker 3. Extenuating circumstancesContinue reading →
These days our pets have it pretty good. They have their own restaurants, beauty parlors, play dates, and hotels! But as much time as we devote to them, sometimes we don’t put enough thought into their food choices. We think we are showing love for them by letting them eat certain human foods when many of those foods may cause them harm. Being aware of the types of foods that aren’t good for our canine will help to keep them fit and healthy.
To make sure Fido is eating right, the ASPCA recommends avoiding the following foods in your dogs diet:
Avocado (persin can be toxic)
Macadamia Nuts (as few as 6 nuts can be fatal)
Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)
Yeast dough (can rise and swell in the dogs abdomen)
Raw Eggs (can cause food poisoning or skin problems)
Raw Meat and Fish (food poisoning)
Candy and Gum (the ingredient Xylitol can make your dog sick)
Onions, chives and garlic (can cause anemia)
Coffee, tea, or caffeine (dogs can get caffeine poisoning)
Milk and other dairy products (too much can cause diarrhea)
Salt (large amounts)
Human medicines should also be avoided unless prescribed by your veterinarian
Are you hungry for facts and stories about Passover? Here is some interesting information you might enjoy and ponder.
The Burning Bush
We learn in the Passover story that Moses experiences a holy moment with God when he notices a burning bush in the desert. Many historians and scientists indicate that in ancient times, desert brush would catch on fire, spontaneously, quite regularly. This miracle of the burning bush was most likely not that fact that it was burning, but that it was burning without being consumed. This strikes me as a good lesson about the power of observation – sometimes things that seem quite ordinary, are in fact, anything but, and offer us extraordinary opportunities for holiness, and in Moses’ case, finding our destiny.
“Ahh choo, bless you, ahh choo, gesundheit “ are the expressions one hears this time of year from allergy sufferers and their companions. People who have migrated to California from other parts of the country are surprised to experience allergy symptoms they never had previously. Allergy victims march into doctor offices and pharmacies every spring because of the combination of the long growing season here, habitat for many species of plants in California, and windy days. The “bless- yous” and “gesundheits” exclaimed by empathetic bystanders are exclamations based on an ancient superstition to forestall evil spirits from entering the body after one sneezes, but now it seems impolite not to offer consolation. Sneezing usually heralds the onset of a cold, but can also be triggered by exposure to sunlight or strong odors. This time of year, sneezing portends hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis. You may be one of the estimated 20% of Americans who have this condition and if so, keep reading.
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:
First up, make sure you have the proper shooting stance. Have your feet evenly placed about shoulders width apart with your knees slightly bent.