Another chance with an old friend

May 27, 2016 – I love sharing good news!

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In January, I helped spread the word about a new game that would be available soon from jamandcandy.com, the new game team behind the old game site, Boxerjam.

Kissin Kuzzins’ is reminiscent of a particular word matching game that many fans missed terribly when it disappeared. The game rolled out in mid-May for mobile phones and tablets, and is available through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone and play every chance I get.

Ready for more good news? The jamandcandy team plans to roll out Kissin Kuzzins’ on Facebook in the near future, for those who’d rather play on a laptop or desktop.

As the tagline claims, “Playing Kissin Kuzzins’ is like catching up with an old friend.” Download it onto your mobile or tablet and strike up a match today!

The first place Phils?

downloadMay 20, 2016 – Yes, that is correct and the title doesn’t need a question mark. For a few hours on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Phillies tied the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East, surprising many baseball fans – including me.

After the Phillies’ abysmal record these past few years, and the prediction they’d come in last again this year, it is surprising. Yet, this talented young team believes they can win. According to Phillies.com, here are five reasons why the Phillies are playing so well.

By last night, the Phillies sat alone in second place after a day off yesterday and two Nationals wins, but only a respectable one game behind.

Philadelphia should be proud of this team; they have defied the odds and proved they are contenders, which is something they weren’t supposed to do until next year or the year after. Still, most fans don’t expect playoff baseball in Philadelphia this year, but we’d be thrilled if it happened.

My prediction for this summer – Phillies games will be heard again on the New Jersey beaches and front porches throughout the area announced by the greatest radio play-by-play and color duo ever, Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen. If that’s as good as it gets this year, I’m good. It’s a step in the right direction with the promise of a much brighter future ahead.

A Friday with any other number is still unlucky

SUPERSTITION-630x472May 13, 2013 – If you believe bad luck will find you today on this Friday the 13th, you’re not alone. It’s a widespread superstition.

But did you know that fear of the number 13, known as triskaidekaphobia, is common, even when not associated with a day of the week? The same is true for any Friday, which is considered an unlucky day in its own right. Whoever paired these two bad luck symbols together to create one huge slice of superstition is downright cruel.

The earliest reference as to why 13 is an unlucky number dates back to 1780 BC, where the 13th law of the Babylonian Code dictated what to do with a person’s property after they died. Years later, early Christians believed unlucky 13 had to do with the Last Supper. Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, and the last to arrive, was the 13th guest to sit at the table. Another odd theory is that a hangman’s noose requires 13 turns of the rope to complete. Any less, it is said, would not break the neck.

It’s a mystery why Fridays get a bad rap. As the last day of the workweek, it is high on my favorite list, but some sources claim it is unlucky because it was the day that Eve gave Adam the apple. Further research points out that this theory cannot be true considering the apple was a second-century discovery and Fridays didn’t exist in the Garden of Eden. On the other hand, Fridays have always been unlucky in maritime circles, as sailors  warn never to begin a voyage on Friday. Then there is a Chaucer reference in The Canterbury Tales that stated it was bad luck to start a journey or a project on a Friday, although, in both instances, it is not stated why.

magicThe real question is why people believe in superstitions in the first place. People do not want to believe they are in control because it scares them, and believing in superstitions makes them feel more in control. Ironic, isn’t it?

I never considered myself superstitious, but as I write this, I glance over at the jar of magic I keep on my desk and grin. It used to sit next to a voodoo doll and desk size Zen rock garden. The jar of magic outlasted them all, so I suppose there is there is a wee bit of mystical superstition in me, after all.

Still, there is zero evidence to prove the number 13, Friday, Friday the 13th or any other superstition is unlucky, so maybe that fact can help you through your day. There’s also zero evidence to prove my jar of magic is lucky. If that’s not enough to break your superstition habit, let’s be thankful that this one is the only Friday the 13th that falls this year.

It’s International No Diet Day

imagesMay 6, 2016 – The honorary day that takes place on May 6 might suggest that there is a day dedicated to everything, but this particular one has worthy roots.

International No Diet Day is the brainchild of Mary Evans Young, a British citizen who came up with the concept in 1992 after battling anorexia nervosa. Her goal was to help people appreciate themselves for what they are and for the body they have.

A year later, women in other countries planned celebrations for May 6, including the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and it evolved to honor victims of eating disorders and promote healthier eating. A better name might be International Healthy Eating Day, which conjures up positive images of what the day represents.

It makes me wonder what the late comedian George Carlin would say about today’s acknowledgment​. He often joked about anorexia, referring to it as a disorder of privilege, referring to Americans as spoiled because they call it a disease, and pointing out that people in poorer countries don’t have the luxury of anorexia. Carlin’s opinion may be harsh, but you can’t ignore that many who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, ​and poor body image live in wealthier countries.

In any case, enjoy some chocolate today​. Life is too short not to.