Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Celebrating the Spring Holidays By Drinking Coffee and Tea Against the Backdrop of a Green-and-White Landscape



March in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) has been an interesting hodgepodge of green and white.  Buds started sprouting during a welcome mild spell a couple of weeks ago, and then a sudden snow storm (the second in two weeks) weighed down the saplings with heavy white flakes. As beautiful as it was (and still is) to look at, it was inconvenient, messy and dangerous.

Snowflakes even fell as revelers marched through the streets of Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day---a happy day where many people I know drank a lot of coffee. And other stuff too!


We bought more firewood, drank more coffee and tea---and tried to hunker down in small doses before picking up our shovels and laptops and heading back out into the wild, wild world of eclectic weather.
Perhaps we got healthier as we tried to stay warm by consuming more hot beverages…I think that most likely we did.



A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association on March 15th 2013, confirmed something good about coffee and green tea: drinking these beverages may very well decrease the risk of stroke. In a study of 83,269 Japanese adults between the ages of 45 and 74, the more green tea and/or coffee consumed, the lower the risk of having a stroke. In fact, people who drank at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea a day had a 32% lower risk of having an intercerebral hemorrhage (also known as a ‘brain bleed’), compared with people who consumed less coffee and tea.

Why, I continue to ask when I read these studies, are coffee and tea so good for us? Many reasons, but in the case of this study, researchers hypothesize that the benefits derived from coffee and green tea come down to what I like to call the two C’s: chlorogenic acids and catechins---both of which contain a healthy serving of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activity.

So as you prepare for spring holidays and continue to get out and keep moving, have fun. Stay fit! Be happy and drink lots of coffee!

Chag Sameach!
Happy Easter!
Summer is coming. Yay!

7 comments:

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...


Chag Sameach? And Chag kasher V'same'ach to you!

Erev tov, Nici-wiki.

We should be doing everything the Japanese do, well maybe not everything...cosplay for instance, and the whole Idol thing is really out of hand (AKB 48), but their diet, lamah lo? The Japanaese obesity rate is about 4%. The US is at 38%.

Your 2 c's would be a good substitute for those other two c's (climate change). It's been a cold winter in the US. About 5 degrees colder than the average. Last year warmer, this year colder, hunker up, hunker down.

With faith that comes of self-control,
The truths that never can be proved
Until we close with all we loved,
And all we flow from, soul to soul.

-Tennyson

Oh, and G'mar Chatima Tova

Nicole Gray said...

beautiful you are my bff

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...


There's a new series coming to movie theaters nationwide called;

"Exhibition."

It will feature the work of one artist for each show.

April 11th: Edouard Manet

June 27th: Edvard Munch

October 10th: Vermeer

Go to fathomevents.com for the info.

The Manet and Vermeer presentations are simply must-sees.

Manet did some incredible works and was buddies with Monet (that musta been confusing) and they were also on friendly terms with Renoir, Cezanne, Degas and Pisarro. Wow, talk about the cool kids.

PS: Bffs? Yes, yes, yes.

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...



The Atoms in it are jiggling around very fast. They transfer some of the motion to Atoms that surround them. It's a closed, disorderly system. With Atoms jiggling like that, they bounce into other Atoms, the target Atoms take some of the energy.

Entropy takes place; (2nd Law of Thermodynamics; Entropy within a closed system always increases). It is an Extensive Property; volume within, and heat are important.

Eventually, it reaches equilibrium with its surroundings, having exchanged the Atomic motion. Room temperature is achieved and...(Zenoth Law of Thermodynamics; if two systems are each in thermal equilibrium with a third system, they are also in thermal equilibrium with each other), and table temperature for that matter.

It's time to get a fresh cup of Joe.

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...


The great Sarah Chang playing Sarasate's Carmen on Violin at age 10. 10!

Part 2; http://youtu.be/n50-c7uU5kE

If you liked that, an 8 year-old;

http://youtu.be/C-1sOTlUb9Y

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...

The great Sarah Chang playing Sarasate's Carmen on Violin at age 10. 10!

Part 2; http://youtu.be/n50-c7uU5kE

If you liked that, an 8 year-old;

http://youtu.be/C-1sOTlUb9Y

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592 said...


Sorry, double post.

This has been a message from the

-Department of Redundancy Dept.