Personal Improvement

Personal Improvement

Happy Multi-Generation Holidays (and Here’s How)

If this is your first 3-Gen holiday, think carefully about how much of your own space you will want, especially if the grandchildren are very young and things could get hectic and noisy. Will you enjoy being in the thick of it or prefer to dip in and out and have your own space to retreat to? ...
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Learn About Genetic Tests, Jewish Lit at Siegal Lifelong Learning Offering Lectures This Fall

Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University is sponsoring a series of lectures this fall.
For more information, visit or call 216.368.2091.
DNA 101: How to Use Genetic Testing for Genealogical Research
November 11, 2018 | 1-2:30 p.m.
Sorting Out Distant Cousins from Close Family: Genetic-Testing in Cases of Endogamy
November 11, 2018 | 3-4 p.m.
Both lectures, presented by Lara Diamond, Genealogist. are co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University. The lectures are free for members of Siegal Lifelong Learning or $5 for Nonmembers. Both lectures will be held at Siegal Lifelong Learning, Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr, Beachwood.
Conversations On Judaism and the Arts: The Talmud as Inspiration for Contemporary Literature with Author Ruby Namdar
Thursday, November 15 | 7 p.m.
Winner of Israel’s 2014 Sapir Prize, The Ruined House interweaves imaginative Talmudic texts and graphics with depictions of contemporary Jewish life. Join Alanna Cooper in conversation with award-winning author Ruby Namdar for a discussion on how the Talmud has inspired Namdar’s life as a modern Jewish writer, and an exploration of art as creative spiritual practice. This lecture, co-sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, will be held at Siegal Lifelong Learning, Landmark Centre Building, 25700 Science Park Dr, Beachwood.  Members of Lifelong Learning or the Maltz Museum $5, nonmembers $10.
Living in English, Writing in Hebrew: With Author Ruby Namdar
Friday, November 16 | 10:00 a.m.
Eighteen years ago, Israeli author Ruby Namdar arrived in New York, not knowing that he had just taken the first step of an incredible literary, cultural and personal journey. Namdar’s award-winning novel, The Ruined House, was his artistic response to that journey. In this talk, Ruby Namdar will discuss what it means today to be an “Israeli author,” and how his work redefines this term.
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University Circle Unveils Its New Uptown Summer Series – And It Sounds Like a Lot of Fun

University Circle is offering free lunchtime concerts and talks, fitness activities, special events and more throughout the summer. There's no reason to be bored (or hungry). ...
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Lucy’s Story: Motivation, the Hidden Ingredient in Cookies

Cookies aren't just cookies when they're Lucy's homemade cookies. They are an overwhelming expression of thanksgiving, a motivation for healing, and an inspiration for the rest of us to follow as we continue to serve our community in measurable and meaningful ways. ...
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Life Coaches: They Can Keep You Swinging When Life Throws You a Curveball

Life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist. Who do you need, and when do you need them? Here's a start: a therapist answers clients’ questions. A coach questions clients’ answers. ...
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Get Ready for a Change with These Questions

Are you living where you want to live? Doing what you want to do? Or are you in a rut that seems to be getting deeper? Consider these questions to get you where you want to be. ...
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What’s Your Plan? Pursuing Purpose Post-Retirement

Why do some people thrive after retirement, while others seem to fade away?

The difference is often between those who continue to seek self-improvement with a sense of purpose and those who fall into a state of basic routine. The deciding factor in each pathway is one’s sense of self, otherwise known as self-image.

Who are You?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, self-image is the personal view — the mental picture — that you have of yourself. Self-image is your collection of your characteristics, how you describe yourself: intelligent, beautiful, ugly, talented, selfish, kind. These represent your assets (strengths) and liabilities (weaknesses) as you see them.

Self-image changes over time, affected by early childhood influences plus accumulated experiences with teachers, coaches, friends, family, coworkers and even strangers.

These relationships reinforce what you think and feel about yourself, for better or worse. Your sense of self is entangled with your sense of purpose, and both are shaken when children leave the nest, you lose a loved one or you face retirement.

A Retirement Roadmap

Dr. Dudley Tower is a human and organizational systems expert from the Dynamic Aging Institute, a nationally recognized program based in South Carolina. Tower says we live in an era of age-defying opportunities created by longer lifespans and delayed physical and mental decline.

Despite the apparent advantages of a longer, healthier life, many retired older adults are not motivated to pursue purpose in self-actualization or try to reach their full potential. Instead, some people spend retirement in a state of “mindless routine and busyness,” he says.

The problem is that retirement is unnatural, Tower says. The type of work you do should simply change, not stop. A growing population of older adults has retired around age 65 and now faces another 20 to 25 years of life expectancy.

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9 New Year’s Resolutions for the Nearly-Retired

To avoid boredom in retirement, start planning seriously for what all that newfound time will mean for you. If you’re still working and can’t take a few months off to pretend you’re in retirement, use accumulated vacation or sick time to do nothing but stay in your town. ...
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