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Three Strategies to Successfully Stick to New Year Resolutions, and What to do if You Get Derailed By Ankur Desai, MD

With a new year in full swing, it is often a perfect time for introspection on our lives, and we find ourselves motivated to make significant changes with the goal of making ourselves better, more successful people. These changes can vary widely, from changing our image physically, to thinking about how to succeed in our careers or personal lives, to how we can make ourselves “better” people in regard to values, character, or personality. The bottom line is that although the motivation to make these impactful changes is admirable and comes from a positive space in our heart and minds, following through and maintaining substantial changes in lifestyle and personal character takes hard work, dedication, and disci- pline. To help improve your chances of making big resolutions stick, and stick for good, and to get back on track if you fall off course, I suggest these three simple strategies: 1. Keep it simple

The chances of successfully making a change increase if you start with a smaller, realistic goals and establish benchmarks with associated rewards and validations along the way. The classic New Year resolution is getting in shape or losing weight. Depending on how much weight you are trying to lose, this goal can be overwhelming if you look at it all as one big num- ber. For example, my brother wants to lose as much as his 4-year-old son weighs, which is 36 pounds. This is a significant amount of weight and I admire his drive and motivation. My proposed strategy is to break up the year into four quarters and divide up the total number of pounds you would like to lose by each quarter. For a 36-pound weight loss overall goal, strive to lose 9 pounds every three months. This is a more digestible, realistic goal. The good thing is if you implement successful strategies in the beginning of the year and you hit the goal after the first three months, you are well on your way to continuing to meet your goal for the next three months. What happens if you fall off track or don’t hit your goal? This is not a loss in any way, shape, or form. Focus on what went right and what worked, and what did not. Ask yourself if the goal is realistic or needs to be reevaluated? A goal needing to be re-adjusted is not a failure if there is a positive trend towards improvement or achieving the goal. You do have to go through the mental exercise of self-evaluation and determine what worked and what didn’t. Both are going to be equally important to know and understand for long-term success. 2. Be Visual and Objective Many people are focused on self-improvement, and the start of a new year is a great opportunity to set a goal for personal growth and development. An example is improving relationships with family and friends, or maintaining a more positive outlook towards daily life, or even practicing and effectively implementing strat- egies to manage anxiety and stress. These resolutions are difficult to measure. However, what I suggest is developing visual or objective aides and measures to help you remember your ultimate goal. Think about setting up specific deadlines to make connections with people that you want to reconnect with or improve your relationship. For example, write down the relationships you want to focus on, and on your calendar mark the deadline to contact those people. If making the change to have a more positive outlook is your goal, consider keeping a journal and writing down the times each week where you caught yourself thinking negatively or being doubtful, and how you were able to reframe your thinking into a more positive slant. The more you are able to visually track these in- stances, the more mindful you will become about thinking positively. After time, the more frequently you implement the change to positive thinking, it will become a natural, unconscious process. What happens if you don’t reach your goal? Again, don’t think of any shortcomings in the process as a loss. Focus on what you were able to do and stick to, and what ended up being too much to write down or practice. Once you understand what was above and beyond your scope, you can establish where to start in terms of positive progress. Re-adjust your goal to increase your chances of meeting your set deadline and timeframes. Even small improvements can lead to significant changes in personal growth and development over time. Remember that a larger goal has to be broken down into smaller, measurable goals that can be set on a weekly or monthly basis. 3. Be Practical and Practice Assertiveness At the beginning of a new year, some of us have the opportunity to reflect on our careers. Annual self-appraisals and performance reviews that are embedded into our work culture often train us to think about it. We often ask ourselves, “What’s the next step in advancing my career?” or “How do I work my way up and poten- tially earn a bigger paycheck?” The truth of the matter is, this goal may be too abstract or unachievable because of personal circumstances, including geographical constraints, limitations in experience and qualifications, or commitments to family and household responsibilities. I suggest thinking about the circumstances that limit you and develop a strategy to address each limitation. For example, if it’s experience and qualifications that you’re missing, create a specific plan to get them. Set deadlines for speaking with mentors and colleagues about career advancement. If family-related factors limit your career advancement, schedule time to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your partner. Finally, if the limiting factor is approaching the topic with your boss, schedule a meeting with him/her to discuss a promotion. Write down talking points that you want to discuss. Practice or “role play” what you would say in the meeting, including your strengths and abilities. What happens if you don’t obtain this goal? Perhaps you didn’t make the deadlines you set for yourself or the meeting with your spouse or boss didn’t go the way you intended. Keep in mind that this may have been the first time you approached these goals, but it doesn’t have to be the last. The more you get into the practice of thinking practically, setting timeframes and deadlines, and asserting yourself effectively with authority figures, the better you are going to get at doing it. Practice makes perfect.

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Millstone’s Got Talent By Pam Teel

At age five, Millstone Township’s Isabella Mays (Izzi) was watching the Disney channel and told her father that one day she wanted to be on it. Her dad said okay and both her parents took her to an open casting call. They didn’t know much about the business but were trying to learn the ropes. As luck would have it, she was in- vited into the Wilhelmina Talent Agency in Philadelphia. There she did a lot of modeling and learned how to walk the runway. An adult actress recommended that Isabella should get a manager, one who worked in New York City. So for the past 2 ½ years the family retained Robert Blume from Step Forward Entertainment. Robert has proven to not only be a great manager but also a great friend to the family. He has clients of all age groups but is amazing with the children. Though auditions can be stressful, especially for children, Robert makes Izzi feel at ease. Izzi took some acting classes in the city and walked the runway for designers. It was there that she caught the eye of Barbara Coleman, an agent from Innovative Artists. Ms. Coleman had wonderful contacts and soon was getting scripts for Is- abella to read for auditions. Many times Isabella got the script the night before the audition and she would have to stay up late to memorize her lines. Naturally this all comes after her homework is done and she comes home from dance classes. She has been dancing with the Stewart Johnson Dance Academy in Hamilton for over seven years. This year she attends 6 classes of dance per week, including jazz and hip hop competition class, and yet she still manages to make time for practicing her piano studies. Sometimes Izzi and her mom are in the city three times a week auditioning for parts in movies, TV, or whatever it might be. They go directly after school with no time to leisurely walk around the city because she still has to come home and do her homework and go to dance. Isabella meets a lot of the same young actresses on her auditions. They are all trying out for the same roles. She has a lot of credits for an eleven year old in the business. It’s a lot of hard work but when you love what you’re doing you find a way to make it happen even if it means sacrificing other things, like friends’ birthday parties, or just plain hanging out with her friends and family. Right now her acting comes first. Sometimes Izzi is asked to do a self-tape at home and then send it in. This involves a lot of memorizing lines. She also does voice over auditions where her voice is used for a character of some sort. There is also the in person-audition. If they like what they see, she might be called back two or more times before they narrow it down.

Isabella Mays (Izzi)

A few of her credits include: a Cheerio’s commercial, a Verizon Fios commercial, a Price Waterhouse Coopers commercial, an Oral B commercial, Atlantic Care- Urgent care commercial, Universal Relocations Moving Company commercial, among others. She was on the TV show Bull with Michael Weatherly, Good Night Star, Sprout TV, and has also been on 7 Frozen 1 toy boxes. This past December she had a co-star role on the new TV show God Friended Me. Right now, Isabella is focusing mainly on her acting and has put her runway and modeling on hold. In the past she modeled for People’s Clothes, NY Fashion week, Spirit Halloween costumes, and others. I have gotten to know Izzi personally over the years. I teach her piano lessons. I can tell you she is a polite and caring young lady. She puts everything she has into her schoolwork, her dancing, her music lessons, and her acting career. She is such a good-natured person who loves everyone. She loves what she is doing and is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as an actress. When asked what she wanted to be when she got older, she said she wanted to be a pediatrician because she loved children, but for now she’s happy to continue with her acting. Good Luck Izzi. We wish you all the best!!!!!!!

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy also referred to as PRP Therapy, is a progressive non-surgical treatment to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, ten- don injuries, and ligament injuries. PRP is part of a group of state-of-the-art treatments collectively referred to as Regenerative Medicine. PRP treats an injured area naturally using your body’s own growth factors to accelerate healing. It has been shown to be safe and effec- tive for numerous joint and soft tissue injuries. It has been extensively researched in numerous medical journals and publications all over the world. Some of the many uses of Platelet Rich Plasma include osteoarthritis (degenera- tive arthritis) of the spine, knee, shoulder, hip, hands, and feet, as well as menis- cus tears, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tears. The procedure is simple and is performed in the office. The PRP process begins when a small amount of the patient’s blood is removed from the arm and placed into a special container. The blood is then placed into a device called a centri- fuge which spins the blood to help the separate the portion of the blood which becomes concentrated with platelets, thereby giving the procedure its name. These platelets are important because they release growth factors to recruit stem cells and to assist in healing an injured area naturally. Once the PRP is isolated, it is injected to the injured area under the guidance of an ultrasound machine to help accelerate healing and reduce pain.

This healing works on the simple principle that your body is perfectly capable of healing itself. Your blood contains all the essential components that the body produces to repair tissue damage. Each time you have an injury, the platelets in your blood along with growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other elements create a scaffolding on the site. The damaged tissues use this framework to regenerate and repair. The entire process takes approximately one hour, and pa- tients are sent home the same day. Patients on average report more than 50% improvement in 6 weeks and up to 100% improvement in 12 weeks. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive and expensive treatment options such as long-term medication or surgery. In a recent study, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery gave patients with early osteoarthritis an injection of PRP and then monitored them for one year. After one year of the PRP injection, physicians evaluated the knee cartilage with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While previous studies have shown that patients with osteoarthritis can lose roughly five percent of knee cartilage per year, the Hospital for Special Surgery investigators found that a large majority of patients in their study had no further cartilage loss. At minimum PRP also prevented further knee deterioration.

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Dry January: The Pros

According to a 2018 study by the Substance Abuse andMental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over 14.4 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder. Of those, 10.6 million were ages 26 or older, but 3.4 million were between the ages of 18 and 25. While there have been reductions in youths ages 12-17 who initiated substance use, alcohol addiction remains a prolific problem in the United States. In about 11.5 percent of cases, people with a substance use disorder struggle with addiction to both alcohol and illicit drugs. Dry January is an annual ritual of alcohol abstinence started by the British charity Alcohol Concern in 2013. The organization became alarmed that 31 percent of men and 16 percent of women in England were consuming more than the recommended limit of 14 units of alcohol in a single week.

Many people who decide to abstain from alcohol for the month find the task simple because many of them do not struggle with alcohol addiction. Conversely, there have been several studies that do show positive benefits. Cutting alcohol from your diet can result in several physical, mental, emotional and social health benefits. These benefits include: Weight loss: Alcohol contains a varying number of calories. By abstaining from alcohol use, you can reduce your calorie intake and lose weight. The website Drinkaware allows people to calculate the number of calories in several types of alcohol. Better sleep: Multiple reports, including one by the University of Michigan, indicate that reducing your alcohol intake can result in better sleep. Alcohol is known to affect sleep patterns. Disrupted sleep can lead to low energy levels and endurance. Improved organ functioning: A study by University College London found that avoiding alcohol intake for a month can reduce liver fat by 15 percent. Fat around the liver can damage cells, cause inflammation and lead to other functioning issues. Clearer mind: Reducing your drinking can help your cognition. Sobriety can assist you with thinking more clearly, which increases your likelihood of performing well at school, home and work. Enhances relationships: In addition to affecting a person’s physical health, alcohol can harm their relationships. The substance can cause people to act erratically or in ways in which they normally would not act. Sobriety can make people calmer and more easily approachable. This could help maintain current and forge new relationships. A study of 857 Dry January participants was published in the journal Health Psychology. The study followed up with participants at one and six months, concluding that there were positive impacts from giving up alcohol for a short period. Roughly 50 percent of the group ended up drinking less overall. However, 10 percent had a rebound effect and drank more than before the period of abstinence.

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Dancer Bill Excluding Horse-Boarding Services From Sales Tax Advances

On January 6, 2020, the Senate Budget andAppropriations Committee advanced legislation (A1045) sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer that would exempt horse boarding, maintenance and related services from the state sales tax. “There has been ongoing confusion in the industry about tax responsibilities, and as a result, stables have closed up shop and abandoned the state,” said Dancer (R-Ocean), who has been pushing the measure since November 2013. Horse boarding, maintenance and servicing businesses are required to register as a seller with the Division of Taxation in the Department of Treasury. Under current law, they are being taxed as “space for storage.” The bill relieves these businesses and services from sales tax obligations.

“Horse-related business plays an important role in our state’s economy,” Dancer continued. “Establishing clear sales tax guidelines will save New Jersey jobs and businesses. Horses are farm livestock, not ‘storage units’ in a warehouse and are stabled, not stored.”

The Rutgers Equine Science Center estimates the horse industry contributes more than $1 billion to the economy in a state with more than $4 billion in equine-related assets.

The bill will now go to the Senate President for consideration. It passed the Assembly in June 2018.

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MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP RESIDENT TO JUDGE HOUND GROUP AT 144th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW IN FEBRUARY 2020 Millstone Township, New Jersey resident, Marjorie Martorella, is among one of seven group judges at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 9 - 11, 2020. Martorella will officiate over the Hound Group during the evening competition held at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The three-day, all-breed dog show, a highlight of Westminster Week, will feature daytime judging at Pier 94 in Manhattan. Martorella is a New York native, born and raised in Brooklyn. Her involvement in purebred dogs began in 1966 with the purchase of a pet Irish Setter. Obedience brought her into the show world. In 1968, she purchased her first Pointer and has not been without one since. In 1974, she had her first Pointer litter under the Marjetta prefix. Since then she has bred more than 158 Pointer Champions, nine Best in Show winners, a National Specialty winner, and Ch. Marjetta National Acclaim, the Westminster Best in Show winner in 1986. She also breeds English Cocker Spaniels. A former AKC-licensed handler, she became a judge in 1981. Martorella is approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, and Working groups, and several Non-Sporting breeds, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. She has judged numerous national specialties as well as many assignments abroad. This is her fifth Westminster judging assignment. All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster competitions will be held at Pier 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. The Group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship Finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening. The dog show is preceded on Saturday, Feb. 8, by the 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Pier 94. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®. For the full Westminster Week schedule and ticket information, visitwww.westminster- The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held annually in New York City. Each year, 205 dog breeds and vari- eties — highlighting preservation breeders and purpose-bred dogs — are eligible to compete in the dog show at Pier 94. Best of Breed winners advance to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America's Dog Show has expanded into Westminster Week, which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Pier 94. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one.(R) Follow us, @WKCDOGS, or visit:

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PET PAGES Chocolate and Dogs Don’t Mix By Pam Teel

It’s that time of the year again when the gifts of chocolate from Christmas and New Year’s are piling up, and the thought of hiding those chocolate delights from the restless puppies are the furthest thing from your mind. Dogs have a wonderful sense of smell, and they are by nature mischievous. They don’t like to stop eating unless they are finished, making them more susceptible to chocolate poisoning. Cats on the other hand are more finicky. A lot of dog owners already know that chocolate is bad for their animals but do you actually know why? Chocolate contains two compounds, caffeine and theobromine. Both can cause life threatening heart and breathing problems. Signs of toxicity usually can appear from 6 to 12 hours after consumption. Signs might include tremors, seizures, hyperactivity, rapid breathing, increased urination, collapse and death. Chocolate, being high in fat can also cause gastroin- testinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting. Whether you need to rush your pet to the hospital depends on what kind of chocolate they ate and their body weight. White chocolate contains a trace of the toxic compounds and is not nearly as toxic to dogs. Theobromine can be found in white chocolate; however the amount is so low your dog would have to eat a tremendous amount of white chocolate in order to have any symptoms. It’s important to note that white chocolate is not so harmless, though. You shouldn’t be feeding your dog candy or sweets at all. The high fat content puts your dog at risk for pancreatitis. It is also high in sugar, which can lead to health problems including diabetes, weight gain, urinary tract infections, and more. In short, don’t share any type of chocolate with your dog. For a sweet treat that’s safe for pups to eat, give them some apple slices instead. Milk chocolate has moderate levels and dark chocolate and bittersweet chocolate have the most toxic compounds. Larger dogs’ can tolerate more chocolate than smaller ones before it becomes a concern. Still you should not feed your pets any chocolate, not even as a treat or a reward. Humans can easily metabolize theobromine but a dog processes it much slower allowing it to build up to toxic levels. Here is a guide to how much a dog can eat without dying: • White chocolate- 200 ounces per pound of the body weight of the dog. • Milk chocolate- It will take 1 ounce per pound of body weight of your dog to deadly poison it. 1 pound of milk chocolate is deadly enough for a ten-pound dog. • Sweet cacao powder itself is more dangerous. Just 0.3 ounces per pound body weight can be deadly. 1/3 pound can be poisonous for a 20-pound dog and 1/6 pound for a 10-pound dog. • Baking chocolate- 1 ounce is lethal per pound of the dogs’ body weight. 2 ounces is enough for the poisoning of a 20-pound dog and 1 ounce in a 10-pound dog. Don’t give your dog pudding either. It contains theobromine!

Remember to put all chocolate up somewhere where the dog can’t get to it. If your dog does get into the chocolate, the first step would be to determine the amount he actually ate. The smaller the dog the more harm after ingesting. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get to a vet or call for advice, it’s wise to try to induce vomiting at home by using hydrogen peroxide, (3%), 1 or 2 teaspoons to the dogs mouth every 15 minutes till vomiting occurs. You can mix vanilla ice cream or water with it to make it more palatable. (Usually two tries is enough and you shouldn’t go beyond that.) 2 or 3 teaspoons of Ipecac syrup can also be used but given only once. After vomiting, you can give your dog activated charcoal mixed with water. One tsp. for dogs under 25 pounds and 2 tsp. for dogs over 25 pounds. Toxiban brands activated charcoal is best known in the market for this type of emer- gency. For positive results treatment should be given within 4 to 6 hours after ingestion. If you have a dog that tends to eat anything in sight it might be best to have these items readily available. Best bet is to call the vet first! Other foods that are dangerous to cats and dogs are: Artificial sweeteners xylitol- it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to low blood sugar. It can also cause liver damage. Check labels. Chocolate, caffeine coffee- as discussed. Grapes, raisins- can cause sudden kidney failure. It’s not known what the tox- ic agent is in the fruit but clinical signs can occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Garlic and onions- they contain chemicals that damage red blood cells in both animals’. Fresh cooked or powdered garlic and onion are commonly used in baby food. Sometimes it given to dogs who are sick. Make sure you check labels. Avocados’ tree leaves, pits, fruit, and plant bark are likely all toxic. Macadamia nuts- they are common in candies and chocolate. Clinical signs in dogs includes depression, weakness, vomiting, tremors, joint pain, pale gums, Signs occur within 12 hours after eating. If you love your pets- hide the chocolate. Put it up out of reach, especially for those dogs who tend to get into everything. They are more likely to go after it!


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Did you know...? Night Witches Did you know that there were female pilots during World War II, only they weren’t in the U.S.? They were in the Soviet Union. In the spring of 1943, at the height of the war, two pilots, members of the Soviet Air Force were flying their polikarpov PO-2 biplanes, which were flimsily built of plywood and canvas, over a soviet railway junction. It was snowing heavily and the men pilots were sent on to secure a bridge and they were to intercept a lone plane but they were confronted by 42 German bombers and sent their planes into a dive to avoid being hit. They then returned fire directly into the center of the German formation; downing a few planes. Because of the flimsiness of their planes, their maximum speed was lower than the stall speed of the Nazi’s planes, meaning the pilots could out maneuver their crafts more than their attackers. One of the planes was hit but the pilot was able to bail out safely. People on the ground who witnessed the skirmish ran to her aid.They offered her vodka but she refused. When she took her cap off they were shocked to see that it was a woman pilot, Tamara Pamyathykh, one of the members of the 588th Night Bomber regiment of the Soviet Union. She was sad that she was hit and left her friend Raisa Surnachevskaya still up there fighting the Germans alone. Raisa was also hit but managed to land safely in a snow bank. The 588th was most the most highly decorated female unit in the force flying over 30,000 missions over four years and dropping over 23,000 tons of bombs on invading German armies. There were three other regiments with women in them; the 586th and the 587th. The women ranged in ages 17-26 and flew primarily at night with their flexible planes. The planes were pretty much used for training and crop dusting. The pilots often idled their engines as they neared a target and glided in to release their bombs. The plane could only handle two bombs at a time. They made little noise as they snuck up on their target. The noise reminded the Germans of the sound of a witches broomstick sweeping over them, thus they were called the night witches by the Germans, who feared them.

Squadron of 588th Regiment, commanders plan- ning their bombings before taking to the skies.

The Soviet Union was the first nation to allow woman bombers to fly combat missions. These women, with limited technology, flew in the dark at low altitudes with no radar, only maps and compasses. Some from the 586th and 587th worked with the men and had a navigator with them. Their uniforms were hand me downs from the men pilots. The planes had open cockpits which caused frostbit and freezing conditions in the winter. They flew 8 or more missions every night. Still despite all their bravery, they never got the recognition from the male pilots until later on in life; yet they went on to serve their country against the Nazi’s with their very lives same as the men. Tamara and Raisa went on to live good lives. Raisa passed in 2005 , and Tamara passed in 2012.

The Logic of Logos and Catchphrases Phrases are pass d down from one generation to the next, but do we really know what they mean?

Take the phrase- This is just the tip of the iceberg. How many times have you heard it? The phrase usually refers to a situation in which you or someone else is seeing only a small part of what really is a bigger problem. The iceberg is used to refer to the fact that there is a very big problem, and the tip is only a small part of that problem with expectations of more coming. An example, “The money missing from petty cash was only the tip of the iceberg of financial mismanagement.” This phrase alludes to the fact that the bulk of a floating iceberg is concealed beneath the water, leaving only a small portion, its tip, visible. Hang up the phone- a throw back from yesterday yet people still use it. Have you yelled at your child lately to hang up the phone and you were referring to his cell phone? Originally people used to hang up the phone receiver when they were finished talking. We just can’t help saying it, even though your kids are now pushing a button. Want a good laugh, there’s some amusing videos out there where kids from this generation are trying to actually figure out how we used those rotary phones way back when. Are you joshing me? One explanation of how this phrase came about was from the name Joshua and it was used to imply someone who was dishonest, cheating and misleading. Another story involved a deaf mute from the 1800’s named Josh Tatum. In 1883, the U.S. mint came out with a new nickel. It was called the liberty head nickel. On the reverse side was a numeral V on it. It didn’t have the word “Cents”

or “Nickel” stamped on it. Josh Tatum, who might have been deaf and mute, was certainly not dumb, as he noticed that the coin was almost the same size as the U.S. $5.00 gold piece; which at the time was used as common currency. With the help of a friend who was familiar in electroplating, they turned the coins into replicas of the $5 coin. Josh used them at stores being very careful not to purchase anything more than a nickel. In those days a nickel bought a lot of things. The clerk would take the coin and give him back $4.95 in change. That same year after hearing of the deceit, the U.S. Mint added the word “cents” to the liberty head nickel in an effort to bring this type of fraud to a halt. Hence the famous saying, “You’re not joshing me are you?” This is similar to us today saying, “Are you kidding /joking/ fooling me?” What is the meaning of the word Noel? You hear it a lot at Christmas time and there is a famous song titled, “The First Noel” but do you know what they are really singing about? It’s a term synonymous with Christmas, from carols to Christmas cards. The word Noel has multiple meanings. The French say Nouvelles, which means news. The English say Nowel, which means shout of joy. In Latin it’s Natalis, which means birth. The first common usage of the word began in the middle ages of Europe. French and English carols began using the word within the context of songs referring to the birth of Christ. The First Noel Carol was first published in 1823 by William Sandy’s, in his book, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern. Local townspeople would all gather at Christmas time to sing such carols in worship and celebration remembering the birth of Christ. The song might have been penned in France in the 1200’s but the lyrics that we all know and love were added in the 1800’s. Noel represents the goods news of Christ coming to earth to forgive and save us all.

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