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, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.