Episode Number 72 - 09.09.11

9/11: Until The Fires Stopped Burning

Now available on Amazon.

We heard the news. Watched it unfold on CNN. We cried. We prayed. September 11th, 2001 is one of those days you don’t forget.

Dr. Charles B. Strozier knows this at both personal and professional levels. A practicing psychoanalyst with an office in Greenwich Village not far from Ground Zero, Dr. Strozier has a unique view into 9/11.  In his new book entitled, Until The Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses, Dr Strozier shares his 10-year study on the psychological impacts of 9/11.   Read More

Episode Number 69 - 05.26.11

Memorial Day: Take Time To Remember

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Vacationing? Cooking out? Relaxing on the couch for hours? Whatever it stands for, let’s take a moment and come back to the day’s true meaning.

Not to be confused with Veteran’s Day, which honors all veterans, Memorial Day specifically honors those who have died while serving in the United States military. Since 1775 there have been over 1.3 million who have made that sacrifice. While it originated in 1868, and was originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day didn’t become a federal holiday until 1971.

Now celebrated nationwide on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and gratitude for those who gave everything so we can be free… to go on vacation… to cook out… to have a relaxing day off. It’s a time to reflect on just how lucky we really are.

Here’s what President Ronald Reagan had to say in 1986:
Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. — Ronald Reagan, Arlington National Cemetery Read More

Episode Number 66 - 05.17.11

The 17 Day Diet: Update #2

I want that.

So after 17 days on the 17 Day Diet bandwagon I’m down 10 pounds. Not too shabby. While I’ve kept a good game face most of the time, I’m pretty sick of lettuce. I’m ready for a nice, juicy rib-eye, grilled to perfection, sitting hot and tasty on my plate, ready to be devoured. With sauteed mushrooms. And a baked potato. Loaded.

Sorry … I’m back now. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. And I’m optimistic about next 17 day cycle. Read More

Episode Number 65 - 05.13.11

A Family Tree Discovery

Like puzzles? You might like genealogy work.

While searching my family tree on Ancestry.com a few weeks ago in preparation for this week’s initial ancestry episode, I came across a “puzzle” piece. A relative I’d never met. Her name is Cynthia. Curiosity piqued, I needed to find out more.  Read More

Episode Number 64 - 05.11.11

Advice From a Genealogy Expert

Expert advice – we love it. And today, we’ve got it.

If you missed yesterday’s episode on Ancestry you might want to watch it to get some context for today. But if you’d rather jump right in… have at it!

This may be stating the obvious, but with genealogy work, the further back we dig, the bigger the challenges. Read More