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
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.