Native Long Islander Lauren Kessler explores the frontiers of anti-aging, trying to turn back the clock.
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This was the first time I interviewed an author while she was hiking. To clarify, I was sitting and typing; Lauren Kessler was climbing in Snow Canyon State Park in southern Utah and we were speaking by phone. She had started the climb at 6:30 that morning, and had to put the phone down just once, while on a steep pass.
Not long ago, on a weekend visit to my hometown, my 71-year-old mother was nowhere to be found. It was 2:30 a.m. The smell of Touch wafted in the air as I stepped around the high heels strewn across the floor of her room, trying to figure out where she could be. Had someone abducted her?
Unlikely couple gets knocked around but draws a following on popular Israeli endurance-based reality TV show.
Jerusalem — When Andrea Simantov, a divorced mother of six, and Ronney Zaltzman, a widowed father of two, got married in Jerusalem in May 2011, they promised to live their lives with a sense of wonder and adventure.
Ways to alleviate emotional distress when families are in crisis.
Boca Raton, Fla. — When Ben Schwartz’s mother died at home in Australia, he flew to the funeral from his home in Israel but could not afford the airfare for his wife and five children. So while sitting shiva, Schwartz, not his real name, jotted down the names and comments of those who visited so he could share them each evening with his wife and children at home.
As the number of delis decline and newfangled ones embrace sustainability, of all things, a nostalgic look back at the heyday of a New York institution.
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Growing up in Great Neck in the 1970s and ’80s, I listened eagerly to my mother and her cousin Marcia reminiscing about working Sunday evenings waiting tables and busing dishes in Kaufman’s Deli, which was Uncle Herbie’s place on Division Avenue in Williamsburg. I heard about the hustle and bustle, the interactions between the working class customers and the wise-cracking old Jewish waiters, the kibitzing at the deli counter with the jocular countermen in their paper hats.
For a 101-year-old Brooklynite, the secret to longevity is her strolling regimen.
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‘I’m just an ordinary person,” said Lillian Silverman, 101, who celebrated her July 4th birthday (twice) this month. Born in Brownsville, and a lifelong Brooklyn resident, she walks at least one hour a day in her Borough Park neighborhood. “It’s part of my living — all though the years,” she said.
Fitness comes naturally to Silverman. “I don’t know how to get around except walking. Whoever heard of taking the bus to go to 9th or 10th Avenue?” she said. “I couldn’t think of any other way than walking.”