Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00
At some point in their life, everybody deals with a stressful situation. Whether it’s being a parent, job issues or social problems, stress can be an issue. In former Mineola resident Jake Mezrahi’s book, Your Grass is Greener, he discusses tips on dealing with stress and offers simple stories to help identify the causes of stress.
“I have been teaching health education at a high school in Brooklyn for 12 years,” said Mezrahi. “During my time on the train to and from work I read a lot of books on self-improvement, health and philosophy. I have read hundreds of books and thousands of articles and a lot of my writing is inspired from that.”
Mezrahi grew up in Mineola and graduated from Mineola High School in 1998. He attended SUNY Cortland and attained a bachelor’s and master’s in health education in 2003.
Mezrahi received a second master’s in school administration from Touro College in 2005. After finishing Touro, he became interested in writing. He worked on ideas over the course of his teaching career and started writing this book last year.
“I wanted to wait until I had over 10 years experience in teaching before I started on a book,” said Mezrahi. “Last year, I started the book and it took about a year to write. Most of my writing was done on the train.”
Your Grass is Greener is mostly based on topics from Mezrahi’s high school health class and a nutrition-based course that he taught to other New York City teachers for five years. Many of the concepts of the book are explained using personal real life stories and examples.
“I stress about everything” said Mezrahi. “All normal things like being a parent, my career, paying bills, friends, family, emotions, time management. That is part of the concept of the book, that having stress is normal, even a lot of it is normal, it is how you deal with it that is
He said that his biggest challenge in writing the book was figuring out how to not explain things as if he were teaching one of his classes.
“When I teach, there is always a two-way conversation; I had to change the way I explain things,” Mezrahi said. “My first draft was basically written like a conversation with a class. I went back and edited most of it. All the ideas are still there however.”
The book shows how to identify stress and how to deal with it, whether it’s making better decisions, improving one’s confidence, discovering how to get quality rest, improving physical health or controlling emotions. The concepts in the book benefit people of all ages including teenagers, parents, workers, professionals and retirees.
“Once the causes of stress are identified and dealt with, the symptoms of stress will diminish and your quality of life will improve,” Mezrahi said.
Your Grass is Greener can be foundamazon.com/dp/B00K61A4WW
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.
“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
A bunch of fruit in a bowl may not be that exciting to look at, that is unless you’re looking at them from Nancy Colleary’s point of view. Through her still life paintings, the she explores shadows, colors and light to make the most ordinary objects appear beautiful.
From her in-home studio, she continues to hold classes and work on her own projects, which includes paintings that are on display at Walk Street in Garden City and Chef’s Corner in Mineola.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Patalano of Andrews Road was named one two captains on the Kellenberg Memorial High School varsity football team recently. He played for the Mineola Chiefs for five years, which prepared him for football at the next level. He has three younger sisters. Two of them play sports for the Mineola Mustangs.