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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
- Book of the Month: June 2018 — “Graceful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One”
- Publisher’s Choice: June 2018 — “OH NO, NOT MY BABY!… Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving During the Difficult Time of Child Bearing” by Marva Simon
- Movie Review of “Book Club” by Anita Finley
- Latest CNN Information on Marijuana
- Dogs are Cuter with Glasses — Compliments of Eagle Eye Optical
- “Over 50” Weddings are In Vogue
- Kathy Lee Gifford’s Home in the Keys
- Delicious Macaroons with Chocolate Drippings
- Visit Virginia’s Famous Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown
- The “SILVER” Dollar 20th Boomer Expo is Coming to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
- FREE Seminars and Events: Health, Wealth, Entertainment, Support
by Gustavo Ferrer, MD
We are pleased to share Dr. Ferrer’s latest and most powerful book with our readers. He has great credentials and a deep passion for his medical profession.
These are his personal comments:
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“Just when I think we are doing all we can in the health-care profession to support patients and families during a medical crisis, I am reminded that crises, by definition, foster confusion. My firm belief is that empathy needs to be at the core of health care to help dissolve this confusion and frustration. Difficult decisions require trusted information and answers grounded in compassion, but amidst the chaos of an ICU, many people either struggle to get the answers they need or don’t know what to ask. The same scenario repeats itself in hospital rooms and nursing homes around the world. The burden to find answers, it seems, weighs most heavily on those who need to lighten their load.
“In my new book, Graceful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One, I offer tips, instructions, and guidance to help close the gap between modern medicine and the important conversations we need to have about life and death. Let’s start first with how best to communicate with the doctor.
1. Assess the situation. Unless it’s a matter of life or death, give yourself time to think and understand the whole picture.
2. Request a meeting. Within the first twenty-four hours, after the first assessment, request a sit-down, private, face-to-face conversation with the doctor to discuss treatment goals.
3. Understand the prognosis. Based on the information you currently have, what can I expect in a week, two weeks, months, years? Repeat the prognosis back to the doctor and ask about available treatments.
4. Wait (if time permits). Discuss the situation with family and friends and, if you feel the need, call for a second opinion. “And remember to take care of yourself.”
Call my office to ask about a video you can watch on the internet.
About the author: Gustavo Ferrer, MD is Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. His prior book, “Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Over-The-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs” is celebrated across the country.
He lives in Broward County with his wife, Nicole, and their three daughters.
To purchase a copy of Dr. Ferrer’s book, go to: Amazon.com
This is a story told by the mother who lived it, from the moment she gave birth through the difficult years of praying every day that her son would live every minute, every day, every week, every month.
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Marva shares her feelings of suffering, grief and faith to believe that this beautiful child would not die, and would grow up to manhood. But it took a lot of courage on her and her husband’s determination to do whatever it took to be there every moment for their son. Even though the birth was very dangerous, since the baby turned from the normal birth position to being told it was lying across her belly which caused a precarious and painful labor before birth.
The birth was just the beginning for Marva, having the doctors explain the bad news…her baby had to have an emergency operation for a bowel obstruction. This precious baby was hanging on by a thread, as Marva was in a different hospital recuperating herself. The call came that devastated her even more, “your baby stopped breathing.” The caring and professional medical team helped to give her son, Craig, continued life, but with a colostomy bag. She explains how she had to learn how to keep that area clean and change the bag quite often.
What made this book so compelling to read, was Marva Simon’s carefully placed words, with feelings and sharing her faith, which she testifies was the only thing that kept her functioning each day. If those of us who have borne children, put ourselves in her position, we can understand her frustration, pain and suffering. Eventually, the colostomy bag was disconnected and his own body took over. This one-year-old child had a loving mother and father, but one can only imagine what he must have gone through during the first year of his life. Once someone has a colostomy bag, oftentimes it is not easy to defecate naturally. Another operation was scheduled to correct that situation.
The good news is that Marva’s baby survived with the love of his parents, but especially because Marva had such great faith, as a born again Christian, and a kind and happy personality. I enjoyed reading this small but heartwarming book of the days filled with trauma, blessings and happiness. Everyone likes a happy ending!
About the author:
This is Marva Simon’s third book. She is a native of Kingston, Jamaica and has been living in the US over 39 years. She is a family oriented and people person She and her husband, Leslie, have been married over 33 years, have 4 boys, one daughter, and seven grandchildren. (A little bit about her son, Craig. He went to college, studied architecture, but now is a manager at a company, is married and has one daughter.)
To purchase a copy of Marva Simon’s book, go to: Amazon.com
As I write this article, I must give my hosts, a great round of applause. From the moment I arrived in Virginia, everything was arranged perfectly.
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On my press trips, there are always well-informed hosts, but I got lucky on this trip to have Tracy Perkins, Media Relations Manager and Meghan van Joosten, Media Relations Specialist for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation share their knowledge and experience with me. I knew I was going to have a very exciting tour and that I did. I arrived at the Jamestown Settlement and got a brief summary of their extraordinary Museum collection and then learned about the outdoor living history area. Another great experience was to have the Senior Curator, Tom Davidson, walk and talk me through the Jamestown Settlement galleries. He was one of the creators of the most unimaginable theater films seen throughout the museum, both here and in Yorktown. I was very impressed with “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” a film in the main theater. Although Tom had been working with this historical collection for a long time, his enthusiasm was still like a kid who wanted to show you his toys. And of course, that is contagious. So I caught the fire of how it all began: How the settlers found themselves being oppressed and what struggles they had to make to bring freedom to their colonies, at great risk and danger. History books can never get across what you see in such an outstanding museum. The artifacts, paintings, films, rare documents were authentic. One of the finest displays for my personal interest was learning so much about Pocahontas, truly an admirable and extraordinary woman, who you may remember, was married to the Englishman, John Rolfe (lucky guy!).
In the back area, outside the museum, behind closed doors was the “Historical Clothing Shop” where all the clothing worn by the interpreters and other staff is found. It is real serious business to make sure everything was authentic as seen in portraits and other documents. The seamstresses are proud of their work and the volunteers and staff appreciate what they wear for the visitors to better understand the history. The images shown throughout this article will give you a flavor of what you will see when you visit. And I encourage you to visit this historical area, since there is so much history within such a short distance to each famous site.
Outside the Museum, was the outdoor living history area, carefully designed to put visitors back in time, experiencing what the settlers and soldiers went through to live. What was experienced in the Museum, was also seen live with interpreters explaining what life was like. I had a a grand tour of the re-created Powhatan Indian village, a colonial for and of course, the three famous ships, all interacted with historical interpreters. The three ships (as shown on the cover of Boomer Times) are re-creations of the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607. The original Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery set sail from London on December 20, 1606, bound for Virginia. I climbed aboard the largest one, the Susan Constant to see what it took for those brave souls to cross the sea from England. These ships are on display and travel to other places as a popular celebration. Be prepared to walk a lot so, wear comfortable shoes.
I had great anticipation for the next day because I had heard about the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, where the American Revolution was formed. There I was treated to two other magnificent movies, “Liberty Fever” and “Siege of Yorktown,” which tells so much about what had happened. Again, I had praise for Tom Davidson, the Senior Curator who described what I was seeing in the Museum and all those extra nuances that only someone like Tom would know. After an over-the-top experience of learning so much about the importance of Yorktown, I took the outdoor tour to view the Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm where the images in the Museum came to life.
You will see some recipes in this article taken from the 1600s that were being made outdoors in one of the areas and yes, they are demonstrated to visitors and then eaten by the personnel. I will have to try the Applepies since I saw them made and they looked delicious. Note, of course, that they were making this food with the utensils that were used at that time with a fire always burning at the hearth.
I have great praise and admiration for what I experienced on this historical trip. I have learned so much about early American history, appreciating where our country is today. It wasn’t easy for our forefathers, but we are privileged to be here now. Today, historical museums are so sophisticated with the use of high tech electronics that make visitors feel as though they are part of the history. The lights and action are compelling and really amazing. These productions hold the attention of youngsters and keep all ages mesmerized enjoying every minute of the show.
So I was totally blown away by the history that I learned about Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia. The area is proud to be thought of as the country’s beginnings from the first permanent settlement of English colonists, through the revolution, to the final battle of the War for Independence. Of course, I have to admit that I was privileged to have highly qualified and enthusiastic executives personally showing me the museums and explaining the historical facts of the periods: Beginning in 1570, moving to the early Jamestown settlement in 1607 and then to the American Revolution in 1776. Here are the recipes of early Colonial settlers.
To Fry Applepies…Take Apples and pare them, and chop them very small, heat in a little Cinnamon, a little Ginger, and some Sugar, a little Rosewater, take your paste, roul it thin, and make them up as big Pasties as you please, to hold a spoonful or a little lesse of your Apples and so stir them with Butter not too hastily least they be burned…(From “A True Gentlewomans Delight, 1653.”)
How to Stew Oysters…Straine the liquor from the Oysters, then wash them very clean, And put them into a pipkn with the liquor, a pinte of Wine to a quarter of oysters, two or three whole Onions, Large Mace, Pepper, Ginger, let all the spices be whole, they will stew the whiter, put in Salt, a little Vinegar, a piece of butter, and sweet Herbs stew all these together till you think them enough, then take out some of that liquor and put to it a quarter of a pound of butter, a Lemon minced, and beat it up thick, setting it on the fire but let it not boyle, dreine the rest of the liquor from the Oysters thorow (through), a culender, and dish them, pour this sauce over them, garnish your dish with searced (sieved) Ginger, Lemmon, Orange, Rurberries or Grapes scalded, sippit it, and serve it up. (From “The Art of Cookery, Refined and Augmented,” Joseph Cooper, 1654)
(Recipes From Jamestown Settlement are used today in demonstrations. Words are taken right from their recipes)
To visit the Triangle: Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and for more information, go to www.historyisfun.org or call 888- 593-4682 or contact the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation at 757-253-4838. Social media: www.facebook.com/historyisfun; twitter.com/ historyisfunorg; www.instagram.com/historyisfunorg.
• 4 cups (300g) unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1 cup (306g) sweetened condensed milk
• 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
• pinch of salt
• 3 large egg whites
• 2 cups (360g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
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1. Preheat oven to 330F. Each oven bakes differently. When baking, if you notice that your cookies are turning too dark, turn oven temperature down to 320F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk with coconut,vanilla and salt. If you want your macaroons to be sweeter, use sweetened coconut flakes. Stir to coat coconut evenly.
3. Place egg whites into mixer bowl and whisk until medium peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into coconut mixture, doing so in small batches. You want to keep the egg whites as fluffy as possible.
4. Spoon cookie batter into large heaps on prepared baking sheet. Can make small or large macaroons; larger ones will need to bake longer.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 28-30 minutes. The center needs to be set and the cookies should be golden all over. They will be slightly soft to touch but shouldn’t be soggy. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on parchment paper; can transfer cookies still on paper to cooling rack to cool faster.
6. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips either in double boiler or in microwave. If chocolate is not as smooth as you would like it to be, add 1/2 teaspoon of shortening. Dip warm or cooled cookies into chocolate and tap off any excess chocolate. Set back onto paper to set completely. Alternatively, place the melted chocolate into a disposable pastry bag or Ziploc® bag and drizzle just the tops of the cookies in chocolate. Keep in airtight container when chocolate sets.
Thank you for your help with my book. You folks are wonderful.
I am indebted to you,
Joseph J. Berardino COL, USAF, (Ret.)
Thank you so much [for the radio interview]. I enjoyed it thoroughly and you are an EXCELLENT interviewer :O)
Hi Dan, Thank you and Anita for giving me an outlet to let people know about my books. It has been a terrific experience and one that I’ll cherish for a long time.
Jorge G. Reyes S.