Author: Dr Jeri Fink

Who’s Good for a Laugh?

Humor. It’s been around, especially the political kind, since the first cave dweller stepped forward to lead the tribe. It’s funny, cutting, and entertaining. You can find it in Greek drama, Shakespearean tragedy, and in Mark Twain who famously wrote, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Techn...Read More

Laughing Through the Pandemic

Let’s Smile and Laugh at Home! Over two hundred years ago, Lord Byron, English poet and politician, wrote, “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Where is Lord Byron when we need him? Let’s look at some facts. It takes .03 seconds to smile. Research has shown that smiling reduces stress, sends positive messages, and is contagious. Smili...Read More

You’re Up!

Bases are loaded. Your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors cheer. Do you homer, walk, or hit into a triple play? We’re all on the same baseball field. The pandemic is everywhere. Italians sing to each another from their balconies, parents home teach their kids, and celebrities perform a “living room concert.” Most of us care – don’t let anyone ...Read More

I spoke to Finn today!

It wouldn’t have happened a few months ago. In the pre-pandemic days before our isolation, fear, and confusion, I never would have met Finn. I would have been too busy – too controlled by demands, errands, and schedules. Sheltering at home, away from people and deadlines, things have changed. In other words, time has changed. We all wait for Corona...Read More

Who Ate the Cheesecake?

It mysteriously leaps into your mouth. The ice cream is a lone spoonful left in an empty container. The chocolate chip cookies are gone – even though the grandkids haven’t visited for a week. Where did they go? Could it be you? Denial. It can be a good thing. Psychologists consider denial a way to handle reality – if it doesn’t exist then it doesn’...Read More

It’s Here! Plastic Bottle Shirts and Our Coffee in Bamboo – Just for Us!

Sounds crazy? People are fighting climate change with mind-boggling inventions, ground-breaking products, and cutting-edge research. In Climate of Hope, former NYC Mayor and Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg, and Carl Pope, former executive director of Sierra Club and leading environmentalist, wrote “each part of the problem of climate chang...Read More

Back to the Future: Let’s Protest Like It’s 1964!

We protested for civil rights and peace. We challenged corruption and celebrated flower power. Our uniforms were peace signs, long hair, bell bottoms, and tie-dye. It worked! The world changed. Now we need to protest again, fighting a new enemy – climate change. Like Abbie Hoffman said, “the only way to support a revolution is to make your ow...Read More

Why Didn’t We LISTEN to the Simpsons?

  Everyone knows the Simpsons. The adult cartoon has been around since 1989. They have this uncanny way of predicting things – like in a 1997 episode when they talked about the 9-11 terrorist attacks and in a 2000 episode when Lisa said Trump had been president. It was the same genius with climate change. The Simpsons saw the rapidly-melting Spring...Read More

Why I Wrote the Book That Everyone Needs to Read

It began innocently. “Why don’t you write food blogs for AFL,” Marge Mendel, my friend and fellow author suggested. It was a great idea. I could write about my favorite eats and not have to count a single calorie. Cholesterol, fat, and guilt-laden goodies filled my imagination like potato chips and M&Ms. My first blogs were about chocolate and ...Read More

Is There Plastic In Your Belly?

Work out. Play. Take it with you and throw it out. What would you do without plastic water bottles? You better really love them. The one you’re drinking from today will still be around in 3019. Plastics are forever. Almost every piece of plastic that’s been manufactured is still with us. It’s everywhere from oceans to mountaintops, rivers to farmla...Read More

Meet the New Kid on the (DIET) Block

Remember the bad old (fun) diets? There was the delicious Twinkies diet and the not-so-delicious diet where you slurped watery cabbage soup for a week. How about Apple Cider Vinegar, Ice Cream, and Cookie (monster) diets? Choose from low-carb, low-calorie to high fiber, high protein.  Don’t forget South Beach, Mediterranean, Zone, Atkins, and the r...Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Supermarket

It’s getting crowded on the third rock from the sun. By mid-century there will be ten billion hungry humans. To feed these billions, crops need to increase by 60-100%. That would require clearing land – mostly rainforests and savannahs, using huge amounts of fertilizer, driving many animal species into extinction, and dangerously raising greenhouse...Read More

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