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I just came from the opening night of a new searingly brilliant play Embodi(ED) written and performed by fifteen members of the advocacy group Girl Be Heard. Their ages range from 12 to 21 and they use theater to empower, while exploring their own challenging circumstances. Embodi(ED) deals with the specific issue of the almost unbearable pressure applied to America’s unsuspecting young women in their formative years, by the viciously greedy beauty industry and parents who reinforce these messages. The results are the never ending advertising campaigns and words that result in emotional deformity.

Embodi(ED) brought back my memories:

When I was small, still in my crib, instead of screaming I took off my diaper and created a masterpiece on the wall. When my mom came in, I joyously showed her my work. I was told that story, since I was old enough to hear it. What wasn’t told to me was that my mother was so angry at what I had done, crushed my hands, yet formed leaving them crippled and then went to throw me at the wall. Realizing she could kill me, she grabbed my leg and pulled it out of the hip socket. Fearing the consequences, she had my grandmother, a nurse help her hide her crime. I was told I was born with my leg out of my hip socket and that I was in a cast until I was three. I was told this story over and over so I believed it even though my baby pictures tell another story….no cast. It wasn’t until I was 40 that the lies dawned on me and I could face the truth….but that is another story. From that moment on, I was never going to be perfect. Not done, my mother told me I was fat, always fat, even when I was thin. You see because of the hip problem my stomach always protruded. I was also told I was pretty, not beautiful and that I was not good enough, that I was unlovable. To be a masochist, I decided to be an actress same thing, though I was a size 2 and working. My husband’s echoed my mother’s statements, but that was because they were gay and had to justify their hurt. Both later confessed to this crime. I have been anorexic, bulimic, tried every diet known to man, if I won the lottery, I would play God. The sad part is the damage was done. Now I am overweight and I cannot fix it as I have a kidney that was damaged in a fall, a thyroid that has slowed to a near death and a stomach that was ruptured all those years ago. I spend every day in physical pain, but more so battling the demons inside. I still want to be thin, to be perfect. I don’t know if this will ever change.


I tell you my story, because I just watch the bravest women I know…girls really tell the same kind of stories in Embodi(ED). Their tale is stopping before the chapters get too long, because they are speaking out. They are letting their demons be heard, they are letting their voices speak. These are girls, who refuse to let “This system telling me that skipping meals, throwing money towards these plastic surgeries, or scarfing down diet pills is the only way.”

We are told and shown thin and young is better. The truth is thin does get you better treatment in society, men want you, bosses who will hire you. Turn 40 and you see a difference, if you are a woman, 50 and you are all but erased, 60 and pastures are calling, 70 ….better have money baby and 80…..well! unless you rise up and fight the system. Embodi(ED) defies those statis quo’s.

Here are some terrifying facts:

Embodi(ED) “In 1959 Phentermine is FDA approved. In 1973 Fenfluramine is approved. In 1992 they are combined to create a super powered diet pill, intended for long term use. But then 5 years later, Phen-fen gets pulled from the market once again due to all the deaths. Even though Phen-fen has been removed from the market, most available drugs still have one of these ingredients. The most common of these is Orlistat/Xenical. All those women whose hearts literally beat themselves to death, or who melted from the inside out were taking drugs that were approved by the FDA and now we have access to over the counter look-a-likes?

I personally know several women whose lives were claimed by these. FDA should stand for Federal Death Administration.

Embodi(ED): Reality Check: The weight loss market is a 55 billion dollar a year industry. That is equivalent to the number of pizzas purchased by Americans for 18 years.

That is equivalent to the cost of waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan for 110 days

That is equivalent to 7.5 times the world’s population.

That is equivalent to 31% of the cost to eliminate poverty in the US.

That is equivalent to 15,277 years of rehab for an eating disorder.

Embodi(ED) was written and performed by Girl Be Heard Company Members: Dinae Anderson-Ruano, Maria Diez, Jordan Fleming, Allison Flom, Jaida Foreman, Me’ Khai Lewis, Veronica Lowry, Katie Looney, Ashleigh Chrisena Ricci, Megan Sideropoulous, Nina Tandilashvili, Madeline Shaffer, Annalise Wedemeyer, all of whom I stand up and cheer for. This is a play that society needs to see, to hear and to listen to. It is brave, overwhelming and on the money.

Roma Torre gave a talk back, but it was more of an enthusiastic love letter to what she had just witnessed.

As I was leaving a young girl around 12 was asked if she liked the play….yes she replied. When asked what age should a girl see this production she stated it depends on their parents. Never have truer words come from one so small. Our realities start at home and this play sheds light on that like a beacon of truth.

See Embodi(ED) you will be touched to ask the hardest question of all, how to stop this madness.

Embodi(ED): HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue (enter on Dominick Street one block south of Spring Street)

Performance Dates

Friday, February 12th at 7:00 pm | Talkback led by Teresa Younger, CEO & President, Ms. Foundation

Saturday, February 13th at 7:00 pm | Talkback led by Heather Ferguson and Julie Crosby, Producer

Sunday, February 14th at 2:00 pm | Talkback led by Agunda​ Okeyo, African Underground Productions

Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm | Talkback led by BETTY

Friday, February 19th at 7:00 pm | Talkback led by Abby Disney, Filmmaker

Saturday, February 20th at 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 21st at 2:00 pm | Talkback led by Kathy Najimy


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Memorial Day Events



The New York Philharmonic is giving a free concert on Monday, May 27th to honor of Memorial Day. Go inside the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the program will include Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Copland’s Quiet City and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Its free but you can get a limited ticket, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
See Top Gun: Maverick Friday, May 24 at The Intrepid. Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Make sure to bring some blankets and lawn chairs along. You can also bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted, though), and light snacks will be sold at the event.

Also at the Intrepid on Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 there will be musical performances and explore a variety of displays, activities, and demos from the military, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Naval Research and many more. OnMonday, May 27The Museum’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Tour Naval ships all week long:

Manhattan, Pier 88 South
— Amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5) from Norfolk, Virginia
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Pier 90 North
— Baden-Württemberg-class frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg (F-222) from Germany
— Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A-1412) from Germany
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Intrepid Museum, Pier 86
— Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland
Public tours are available May 23-24, from 10am-5pm

— Bay-class cutter USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB-109) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 10am-5pm

Homeport Pier, Staten Island
— Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS MARINETTE (LCS 25) from Mayport, Florida
— Legend-class cutter USCGC Calhoun (WMSL-759) from Charleston, South Carolina
— Keeper-class coastal buoy tender USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 8am-5pm

Every year, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park is a site for a Memorial Day Observance. Representatives from the New York Council and other military and veterans support organizations participate in this annual ceremony to honor all who have served and sacrificed. The monument is located at Riverside Drive and 89th Street and the event is free and open to the public from 10am to noon.

Ride the wave of creativity at Convergent Waves: NYC, an immersive multimedia dance event aboard the 1885 tall ship Wavertree in the Seaport. Dancers will perform contemporary works on this historic vessel. The performance was conceived by Lenora Lee, of Lenora Lee Dance, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in this collaboration with South Street Seaport Museum. See the world premiere of Convergent Waves: NYC on Saturday, May 25, with additional performances on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. It’s free to attend, but guests should reserve tickets online in advance.

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Wojtek Bernat is Creating a New Era of Mindful Health with Ultimate Life Guiding



Visionary entrepreneur and holistic expert Wojtek Bernat is bringing about a revolution in the realm of holistic health with his most recent venture, Ultimate Life Guiding. The brand is not merely a new venture for Bernat, but a testament to the healer’s unwavering spirit and resilience.

Wojtek Bernat

Bernat’s life has been marked by unconventional pursuits and a thirst for knowledge; from his early years in clergy work to his fascination with performance art and a deep interest in mastering healing breathwork, Bernat’s journey has been as diverse as it has been inspiring. Underlying all his endeavors is a unifying thread – a deep-seated desire to understand the deep connections between the mind, body, and soul, and to help others discover these connections within themselves.

A significant turning point in Bernat’s life was the diagnosis of his second daughter with deafness. This personal challenge led him and his family on a journey from Poland to the Netherlands, in search of treatment and educational opportunities. Faced with adversity, Bernat didn’t falter. Instead, he found a new path, one that led him to delve deeper into the realm of holistic health and wellness.

It was in Rotterdam that Bernat embarked on an extensive wellness journey, immersing himself in guided breathing exercises, martial arts, and holistic movement. He sought to understand the intricate connections between physical health and spiritual wellness. His exploration led him to the realization that the journey to holistic health was not just about physical wellbeing, but also about spiritual resilience and emotional balance.

This understanding fueled his desire to create ULG, a comprehensive solution that encapsulated spirituality, intentional gut health, and the mind-body connection. The principles of naturopathic healing form the foundation of ULG, focusing on a unique internal cleansing system Bernat coined as “The Circle of Complexity.”

“The intestines have direct contact with the brain,” Bernat explains. “Their influence on our perceptions and decision-making is enormous. Our gut vitality is more than just an element of the digestive process; it serves as a bridge connecting our world of emotions to the external world.”

Bernat believes in the power of cleansing, both physical and spiritual. ULG offers a variety of cleansing courses and kits, starting with the large intestine. These cleansing processes, detailed on his website, aim to gently remove toxins and waste from the body, leading to improved physical health and mental clarity. As Bernat’s vision for ULG evolves, he plans to introduce additional courses focusing on the cleansing of the liver, kidneys, blood, and bones.

When asked whether ULG promotes physical or spiritual transformation, Bernat’s response is unequivocal: “This absolutely applies to both sides of our Self. If the body does not function properly, then the brain, our conscious spirit, also does not function properly.”

Despite his demanding schedule, Bernat finds joy in traveling when he can, particularly to the Mediterranean region. He believes every change of place is a form of fulfillment, an attitude passed down from his childhood. Bernat’s love for travel and exploration is another reflection of his adventurous spirit and his thirst for new experiences.

Looking towards the future, Bernat envisions a dynamic structure for Ultimate Life Guiding, complete with practical courses, training, lectures, and a team of dedicated ULG guides. “Our first step that we are now taking together is a leading one for me. The effect of this action will be the real beginning,” Bernat shares.

Through his journey and the inception of Ultimate Life Guiding, Wojtek Bernat has demonstrated that the path to spiritual and physical resilience is not merely about temporary fixes, but a profound, transformative journey into one’s health and wellbeing. It’s about acknowledging the complexity of human existence and taking the reins to guide one’s life towards a more fulfilled, harmonious, and healthier existence.

Wojtek Bernat is not just creating a health program; he’s offering a path to whole-body wellness health that fosters deep, transformative change. He invites us all to acknowledge the complexity of our existence and take an active role in guiding our life towards a more harmonious, fulfilled, and healthier existence. This is not just a testament to Bernat’s spirit and vision, but a beacon of hope for a healthier, more mindful future for us all.

To learn more about Wojtek’s journey and the work of Ultimate Life Guiding, please visit


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Understanding Leg Injuries from Car Accidents: Common Types




Have you ever wondered how a car accident might affect your legs?

Car accidents can lead to serious leg injuries that impact your daily life. It’s important to know the different types of injuries that can occur and how they might affect you.

Read on to learn more about leg injuries from car accidents and find out how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident.


Fractures occur when bones break, often during car accidents. The force of the crash can be so strong that it breaks bones in your legs.

Common fractures include broken femurs, tibias, and fibulas. These car accident leg injuries can be very painful and may need surgery to fix.

Recovery can take weeks or even months. After an accident, it’s important to seek medical help right away. Always make sure to file a police report after a car accident, as this can help document your injuries for legal and insurance purposes.

Ligament Tears

Ligament tears happen when the tough bands of tissue in your legs get stretched or ripped during a car accident. These leg injury types can be very painful and may make it hard to walk.

Common ligament tears in car accidents include the ACL, MCL, and PCL. Treatment might include rest, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery.

It’s important to get timely medical attention to properly diagnose and treat the ligament tear. Be sure to follow any medical advice to help your legs heal and to reduce the chance of further injury.

Muscle Strains

Muscle strains happen when the muscles in your legs get stretched too much or torn during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to move your legs. Common signs of muscle strains include swelling, bruising, and muscle weakness.

Treatment usually involves resting, applying ice, and doing specific exercises to help the muscles heal. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest physical therapy. It’s important to take care of muscle strains properly to ensure you can move without pain in the future.


Dislocations happen when the bones in your legs move out of place during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling. It can also make your leg look strange or crooked.

The most common dislocations happen in the knee and ankle. If you have a dislocation, you need to see a doctor right away.

They will put the bones back in place. After that, you might need a brace or physical therapy to help your leg heal properly and get back to normal.


Contusions happen when small blood vessels break, causing bruising. This can make your leg look blue or purple and feel sore. Contusions can cause swelling and make it hard to move.

Treatment usually involves resting your leg, applying ice, and keeping it elevated to reduce swelling. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest using a bandage to help with the healing process. It’s essential to follow medical advice to ensure your leg heals properly and you can return to your normal activities.

Know How to Deal With Leg Injuries From Car Accidents by Knowing About Them

Leg injuries from car accidents can have a big impact on your life. They can change how you move and do daily tasks.

Knowing about these injuries helps you stay alert and take action if needed. Always follow safety rules and wear your seatbelt to protect yourself. Stay informed and keep yourself safe on the road.

We hope you found this article helpful. Keep reading our blog for more helpful tips and advice.

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Tips for Reducing Hot Water Usage Without Sacrificing Comfort




In an age where both environmental consciousness and cost-efficiency are paramount, reducing hot water usage has become a critical consideration for many households. However, many homeowners worry that cutting down on hot water usage will compromise their comfort. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to minimise hot water usage without sacrificing the comforting embrace of a warm shower or bath.

In the points below, we’ll explore practical tips to achieve this balance, and when necessary, consider the benefits of a hot water system replacement in Braeside.

Install Low-Flow Fixtures

One of the most straightforward methods to reduce hot water usage is to install low-flow fixtures for your showers and faucets. These fixtures can reduce water flow while maintaining pressure, providing the sensation of a full flow shower using less water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), low-flow showerheads can save a family thousands of gallons of water annually.

Opt for Energy-Efficient Appliances

Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances is an effective way to reduce hot water usage. Look for ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers and washing machines, which not only use less water but are also more effective in reducing electricity usage.

Adjust Your Water Heater Thermostat

Most water heaters are set higher than necessary – by lowering the thermostat to around 50 degrees Celsius, you can reduce your water heating costs by up to 10% while still enjoying comfortably hot water for most uses.

Take Shorter Showers

Encouraging family members to take shorter showers is another practical way to cut down on hot water use. Even reducing shower time by a few minutes can make a significant difference in your overall water consumption.

Fix Leaks Promptly

A dripping faucet or a leaking shower head can waste a surprising amount of water over time. Regularly check your fixtures and repair any leaks to prevent needless hot water wastage.

Insulate Your Water Pipes

Insulating your water pipes helps prevent heat loss as water travels from your heater to your faucets. This means you won’t need to let the water run as long to heat up, thereby saving water and energy.

Use Cold Water for Washing Clothes

Switching to cold water when washing clothes can significantly reduce a household’s hot water usage. Modern laundry detergents are formulated to perform excellently with cold water, which also helps in preserving your clothing’s colour and texture.

Consider a Hot Water System Upgrade

And finally, if your water heater is old and inefficient, it may be time to consider a replacement – new models are more efficient and can significantly reduce water and energy use.

Reducing hot water usage does not have to mean compromising on comfort. By implementing the above strategies, you can decrease your environmental footprint, save on utility bills, and still enjoy the warmth and cleanliness that hot water provides. Whether it’s making minor adjustments or opting for a complete system upgrade, every step counts towards a more sustainable and cost-effective home.

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Millions of Dirty Dieselgate Cars Still on Road, Experts Warn




In the now-infamous Dieselgate scandal, car manufacturers worldwide were found to have cheated emissions regulations by implementing software, or defeat devices, in their diesel vehicles. The fallout from this scandal still echoes today, as many of these highly polluting cars remain on roads, posing health hazards and environmental threats.

The Dieselgate Dilemma

Dieselgate dates back to 2015 when it was revealed that several major automobile manufacturers, notably Volkswagen, had been installing software in their diesel engines that could detect when a vehicle was undergoing an emissions test, hiding the fact that, outside a laboratory environment, the car emits up to 40 times the legally permitted level of nitrogen oxides (NOx). This revelation surrounding Volkswagen emissions resulted in one of the largest automotive industry scandals in history, shaking consumer trust and sparking massive recalls. It also underscored the lackadaisical nature of emissions oversight and revealed the perils of policy enforcement.

The Aftermath

In the aftermath, legal settlements worth billions of dollars and euros were imposed, and companies faced waves of class-action lawsuits, diesel claims, and executive resignations. However, the physical remnant of this deception, the defeat device, continues to be a problem, as an International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report highlights. Experts from the organisation warn that over 10 million such vehicles are still operating in Europe alone, perpetuating a silent but deadly form of air pollution.

Environmental Implications

The diesel emissions scandal carries profound implications for the environment. Diesel vehicles are a significant source of NOx emissions, contributing to smog and acid rain formation. The prolonged presence of these defective diesel cars on the road poses a concerning challenge to air quality initiatives and perpetuates environmental degradation.

Despite concerted efforts by regulatory bodies and manufacturers to address the issue, the share of NOx emissions from these Dieselgate vehicles remains disproportionately high. The consequences of this protracted pollution are far-reaching, affecting not only the air quality we breathe but also accelerating climate change and its catastrophic ramifications.

The aftermath of Dieselgate is a stark reminder of the potential pitfalls in the transition to cleaner fuels and technologies. It has cast a shadow over the automotive industry’s efforts to move towards sustainability, raising questions about the trustworthiness of future green initiatives and the adequacy of current emission testing procedures.

Health Hazards and Public Welfare

The proliferation of NOx emissions, particularly from diesel vehicles with defeat devices, is more than an environmental concern; it’s a public health crisis. Exposure to high levels of NOx has been linked to respiratory issues and can worsen conditions such as asthma. The long-term health implications for populations affected by these emissions are alarming.

The lingering presence of these diesel cars on our streets represents a continuing threat to public welfare. The scale of the issue is immense, with countless individuals unknowingly exposed to harmful pollutants daily. The societal cost of healthcare and quality of life is a daunting burden we collectively bear.

Policy Pathways and Public Response

The plight of Dieselgate involves multifaceted considerations, from technical remedies to policy adaptation. Regulators have been pressured to ensure manufacturers follow emission standards. In response, there have been calls for more transparent testing methods, robust monitoring mechanisms, and harsher penalties for non-compliance.

The regulatory response to Dieselgate has been a pivotal point, marking a potential shift in how emissions standards are enforced. The ensuing debate has centred around the efficiency of current policies and the need for greater accountability from all stakeholders, including automakers and regulatory bodies.

On the consumer end, the Dieselgate debacle has prompted a spectrum of reactions, from outrage to resignation. Many affected vehicle owners have sought recourse through legal channels, while others have opted for vehicle buybacks or retrofits. However, the sheer scale of the issue warrants a concerted, systemic approach to remediation that comprehensively addresses environmental and public health considerations.

The Way Forward

The diesel emission saga has left an indelible mark on the automotive industry and environmental discourse. While the focus remains on the immediate challenges posed by Dieselgate vehicles, it also serves as a call to action for a more sustainable and responsible approach to transportation.

Advancements in engine technology and an increased focus on electric and hybrid vehicles present a promising avenue for cleaner transportation. The push for sustainable mobility solutions powered by renewable energy sources offers a glimpse of a future free from the legacy of Dieselgate.

At the core of the Dieselgate fallout lies an ethical quandary that obliges corporations to prioritise social and environmental welfare over profit. Industries must adopt transparent practices, uphold stringent ethical codes, and engage constructively with regulatory and public entities to rebuild trust and enact change.

The pervasive nature of the Dieselgate scandal necessitates a global approach to emissions mitigation. International collaboration can harmonise emission standards, facilitate the exchange of best practices, and promote a unified front against the detrimental effects of such events.

The time to act is now. Talk to a diesel compensation claims expert at today.

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