Palm Sunday: Holy Week. Healthy Week

Ah, Palm Sunday.  Start of Holy Week  for Catholics.   Jesus arrives into Jerusalem

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, palm leaves were laid in his path.  So, it’s called Palm Sunday.

I come from an extremely large Italian, Catholic family.  That’s a photo of my Mom with her parents and siblings. Dad’s side is just as big.   Holy Day turns into Fun Day in a big family.  Lots of relatives to visit.  Lots of cousins running around making Holy jokes.

At Mass, instead of our parents giving us money to put IN a basket, we got to TAKE something OUT.  Palms!  Not just ANY palms.  HOLY Palms!  BLESSED.  And free!  One for each kid.

But, we each grabbed a PALM full. Holy. I know.  Then, we’d go visit all our relatives.  We got to say, “Happy Palm Sunday!” as we exchanged palms.  As a kid, the key was getting a bigger one in return.  Again, the Holiness.  I know.

At the end of the day, kids compared their stash of palms. The bigger your stash, the richer you felt.  It was like trick-or-treating on Halloween without the toothache.  I especially miss my Grandparents on this day.  Visiting them was the highlight of Palm Sunday.   Both set of grandparents had the Rolls Royce of all Palms.  A keeper.  To remember how blessed you are.

Today, if you walk into any Italian home, you will spot a palm somewhere. That photo at the top of this blog is real. I was visiting a friend at her father’s home and it made me smile, so I photographed it. It was in the kitchen tucked into a bulletin board.  Sometimes, they’re hidden.  If you’re a good detective like Nancy Drew here, you can spot any Italian with that one clue.  Even non-practicing Catholics like to remember when they believed in something, like getting a bigger palm in exchange for a little one.

Palm Sunday was also an exciting time in a kid’s life because we knew we’d get a new pair of shoes and fancy clothes to wear to Mass on Easter Sunday.  Girls got a new hat, dress, white gloves, socks and a new handbag.  The boys got new shoes, socks, suit and bow tie.  If there was a chill in the air, we got a new coat too.  Yes, that’s me.  Everything was new.  Life was good.

Since everyone isn’t a practicing Catholic or understanding of why materialism became a part of a Holy Day, I am making today Healthy Week.   All-inclusive.  Like a vacation without having to pay.


That said, you will scream & go out of your mind at my suggestions. That will pass.  Stick with it.


1.  Quit Coffee Cold Turkey1-2 cups daily if you must.

2.  Quit Soda Cold Turkey.  Drink water.

3.  Start walking 30-min. a day.

4.  Limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks a day, any time you drink or don’t drink at all.

5.  Quit smoking cold turkey. 

6.  Build Healthy Relationships.  Click photo above if you don’t know what that means.

7.  Enjoy nature without tech gadgets. 


8.  Help Someone. 

Remember, you don’t need to do all 8 this week.  Pick ONE.  Just ONE.  Stick with it for at least 60-Days to make it stick.  Then, try another one on the list until you get to all 8.

Then, your Healthy Week turns into a Healthy Year, which turns into a Healthy Lifestyle.   🙂

btw, I reached another Milestone in my Blog last week.  My FIRST hateful comment.  I was warned haters were out there. But, I blog about health.  Who would hate me? 

Well, a friend shared my blog on Facebook.  A stranger comments, “That gal is just a buzz killington.”  A what?  GASP!  It wasn’t a friend joke.  I’d laugh at that.   No, this was a complete stranger being serious.  He hated that I blogged that his hookah bong smoking was unhealthy. Well, I’m thinking that man will LOVE me after seeing THIS list.  Right?

Happy & Healthy Palm Sunday, everyone! 🙂

More Than Skin Deep

I uploaded a new photo to Facebook.  It always catches me off guard when it pops up JUMBO size.   I’m thinking, WHOA…

JUMBO shiny face.

It doesn’t bother me.  It bothers other people.  Okay, two.  TWO people. My sister and my niece laugh and ask,  “Why is your face so shiny?” in the same tone they ask, “Is THAT what you’re wearing?” right as I am about to dash out the door.

I don’t see the shine as a problem.  But I caught the following headline from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, which brought back a stab of teenage angst:

“GET A SHINE-FREE FACE: Some things may look better shiny, but never your face!”


Maybe it IS a problem.  Saturday Night Live would definitely file this under, “White People’s Problems.”  That’s when you don’t have any, and start making s@%t up.

Well, SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE has some remedies. Apparently, I was too busy working at that age to flip through beauty magazines. I was into reading  encyclopedias.  My Dad refused to buy them.  Salesmen sold them door-to-door back then.   If you had them, you were rich.

My aunt & uncle must have been loaded because they had a complete A to Z set.  So I ran around the block to their house every night to read them.  My uncle nicknamed me, “Maria, Go Home.”  I’d say, “NO! I’m not finished.”  I had to read very fast.  Clearly, he was annoyed at having to walk me home each night.

1976 was the worst.  David Berkowitz went on a notorious killing spree in Brooklyn.  That really cut into my encyclopedia reading.  I had to wear a scarf on my head and SPRINT around the block because he was randomly shooting brunettes in the head.  I was just  a kid.  Didn’t matter.

My genetic hair color made me look like a turkey out on Thanksgiving Eve.  Then the New York Post released Generic Man sketch.  I couldn’t even talk to anyone I knew without secretly thinking he was a killer.  After awhile, I started looking at family members with a raised eyebrow.  Where were YOU last night?

I digress.  Back to shiny things.  Below is my Facebook photo.  Shinier than an NBA championship trophy.  Did you think it was the one at the top of the page?

Below are thoughts from SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE readers who don’t have to worry about getting murdered.  It’s fun reading their home remedies, as I can tell they are real and not from people being paid to tell you something works.  Thank goodness beauty is more than skin deep.

Meanwhile, let’s look at  that article to find out what teens do for their overproduction of oil because let’s FACE it –they have more time to CLEAR things up.  Although, I’m a little concerned about Tiffany.  And Shanniqua?  You go girl.



Some things may look better shiny, but never your face! Get an oil-free, healthy glow with these real-girl tips!

“My mom taught me to put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and rub that on your face. It grabs oil and leaves your face shine-free — it works every time!” –Stephanie, 14, Melville, NY

Clean & Clear oil-blotting sheets don’t clog pores, and after a couple of blots your skin goes from shiny to a healthy, smooth glow. Plus, a 50-sheet pack can fit anywhere, even the tiniest of purses!” –Danielle, 16, Vienna, VA

“Make a mask from eggs and sugar. It’s great for everyone!” –Haley, 15, Gastonia, NC

“Rub a drier sheet over your face right after getting out of the shower!” –Tiffany, 15, Boonville, IN

“Once a week, I mix the juice from an orange and some egg yolk and put it on my face for about 10 minutes. It sounds disgusting, but it totally works!” –Caitlin, 17, Toronto, ON, Canada

“Wear face moisturizer with a sheer powder on top of that. It keeps your skin shine-free for up to 10 hours!” –Krystal, 15, Havre, MT

“If I’m out and need to de-shine, I grab a toilet seat cover (unused!) from a public bathroom and use it like an oil-absorbing sheet. It works and it’s free!” –Shanniqua, 16, Ventura, CA

“Caress Body Soap dries up my skin a bit, and leaves my face not shiny or oily at all!” –Jenna, 15, Melrose, MN

“I mix baking soda and water and leave it on my skin for 10 minutes, then I rinse it and put witch hazel on. It makes my skin smooth and oil-free!” –Ashley, 14, Philadelphia, PA

“I use a light, gentle moisturizer every night. Keeping your skin hydrated (and clean) keeps your pores from producing oil.” –Rachel, 14, Rocky Hill, CT

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