Gen Plus List – 8/9/10

Did you all notice that yesterday (my sister’s birthday, by the way) was August 9th, 2010…or 8,9,10?  I realize today is 9,9,10, but I liked yesterdays numerology…hence that date added to the Gen Plus List!

Tons ‘o’stuff to share.  In no particular order:

For years, in our family, we opened our doors to international students and created friendships with these wonderful kids…many that have lasted for many, many years.  There is a great host family program that might interest you, whether your kids are out of the house, or still living with you.   Welcoming a high school foreign exchange student into your home is a great way to increase global awareness for your family, your schools and even across your community. Learning more about the EF Foundation for Foreign Study may encourage you, your family, or friends to learn more about becoming a host family!

The deadline for this year is coming up quickly and the EF Foundation for Foreign Study is looking right now for host families for the 2010-2011 school year.

EF Foundation has:

  • Connected over 100,000 talented, enthusiastic students from 30 countries with caring host families across America 
    • Been facilitating foreign exchange for more than 30 years.   
    • Connected more students with American host families than any other program of its kind! 

 This is a PSA which showcases some of the young people and families that have benefited: EF Foundation  Definitely worth your consideration.


…a new article Women Will Steer the Fate of Health Care Reform written by author Dora Calott Want, M.D.  The article discusses the role of women and the fact they have a large role in steering the health care choices of their family. Now with the new Affordable Care Act, the actions of women on behalf of their families will collectively shape the future of health care in America.

Dora is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she received her M.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been the recipient of a writer’s residency from the Lannan Foundation. In addition, her new book The Kitchen Shrink is published by Riverhead Books, The Penguin Group.
…mmmm….mmmm….mmmm!  What chocolate is to the palate is Lang Lang to a renewed love affair with classical music.  Many of us only “met” Lang Lang through the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, but if you DON”T know who he is, then it is time you did.  Do you remember when you first saw the Beatles shake up and create rock’n’roll?  Lang Lang is that same elixer to the classics.  With his emotion just bursting out of him, you can feel what the meaning of the music is.  Sony Music got it right on and signed him on.  And, boy is it right.  His first album for Sony, “Live in Vienna”, is also is the first time he records Beethoven sonatas: the famous Appassionata, and C major Sonata op. 2, no. 3.  Frankly, I’ll listen to Lang Lang anytime…playing anything.  Watch this clip and see if you aren’t blown away.  Good job, Sony.

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Releasing August 24th.


As you may know by now, I’m really big into good, healthy eating.  Well, author Judith J. Wurtman has just released  The Serotonin Power Diet (Rodale Inc.; December 2009, ISBN: 978-1-59486-972-3, $15.99, Paperback).  This book shows readers how to eat in order to maximize their bodies’ serotonin production.   I’m ALL for that.  Born with the most sluggish of metabolisms (yes, I could withstand cold Siberian winters subsisting on pototo soup) and exercise copiously just to be able to eat a home-baked chocolate- chip muffin, I, for one, can’t wait to read this book and see what I can do to give me some of that full pleasure that seratonin provides (vs. eating more chocolate!)

Based on over 30 years of pioneering research on the connections between food, mood, brain, and appetite, Dr. Wurtman and her colleague, Nina T. Frusztajer MD devised and clinically tested this groundbreaking program.  The program was developed at a Harvard University affiliated hospital weight loss clinic to help people on antidepressants lose weight. The diet continues to work for those who have a few pounds to lose or more.  

Dr. Wurtman is currently an Expert on WebMD’s The Exchange she also blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.
Now THAT is some great Gen Plus list stuff, don’t you think?

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