Happy Passover to our Jewish relatives and friends

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Tonight, on Wednesday April 8th 2012, when the first star appears in the sky, the First Seder of Passover will occur and the Jewish people will celebrate their massive escape from their indenture to the Pharaoh in Egypt and their arrival in the Promised Land. For a whole week they will not eat any food with chametz (leaven) in honor of their  ancestors who, skedaddling from their homes in a hurry to join the exodus, could not wait for their bread to properly leaven and took it unusually flat to use it as sustenance.

This picture shows our dear son Gian Luca when he visited the Western Wall last year in a marvelous trip organized by Birthright Israel with a group of outstanding youngsters. He is assiduously praying for all of us, which we certainly need in these terrible times.

May God Almighty have mercy on all of us and lead us through this worldwide ordeal.

Chag Pesach samechunnamed (3)

 

Masturbation during Social Isolation – Part I

The enforced social isolation during the pandemic for millions of people around the globe will exacerbate certain personal and community tensions that have been latent for many decades. One of them is the issue of Onanism which, in spite of being as old as Mankind itself, has taken a new twist due to the cloistering of so many single persons without the possibility of going out to meet a partner. In order to start the much needed and long postponed discussion, we will first transcribe what we already wrote about this issue in our upcoming book “Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague”

-“Doctor…Before serving a dish to a customer, got to try it myself.”

Tanya X. is the feisty, lesbian sous-chef of a posh beach resto that jokingly told us that, despite having a partner, she used “self-stimulation” as an appetizer. There is a high prevalence of masturbation in the USA[i], both amongst the young and adult persons, but it is still considered as a taboo issue in most public forums. Despite a strong social opposition, that practice is slowly “coming out.”

The National Health and Social Life Survey, administered by the University of Chicago, showed that in the 18-60 years old segment, 38% of women and 61% of men said that they had at least one episode the previous year. The masturbation-partnered sex linkage had a bimodal presentation for both genders as it was both a compensation for an unsatisfying sex life and an addition to a satisfying one too.

Yvonne Fulbright, a relationship expert and writer, said: “how to stimulate the ‘hot spots’, whether your own or your lover’s, can be a piece of cake—that is once you know the recipe. The secret to becoming a rave-inspiring ‘masterchef’ in the bedroom is knowing when (and how) to throw in a dash of this or a pinch of that, let the things simmer a bit or even mix up the ingredients. It’s also important to know why the right blend makes things so sweet.” [ii] A personalized cookbook.

Researchers at the Kinsey Institute [iii] interviewed more than a thousand heterosexual Australians about what they usually hide below the bedsheets. The data showed that only 61.6% of women claimed to reach an orgasm during sexual intercourse compared to almost 85.5% of men that claimed they did. Almost 38% of the participating women said that they needed stimulation of the clitoris to reach an orgasm in 75% of the sexual encounters they had had; the investigators  stated that previous clinical studies did not fully address the issue of clitoral stimulation.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

References

[i] Das A.“Masturbation in the United States”, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 2007 Jul-Sep:33(4)301-17.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17541849

[ii] Yvonne K. Fulbright, “Touch me there. A hands-on Guide to your Orgasmic Hot Spots”, Hunter House, Kindle edition. https://hunterhouse.com

[iii] https://kinseyinstitute.org/pdf/womens%20orgasm%20annual%20review.pdf 

A homemade chicken stew with orzo, potatoes, carrots and corn to fortify us

unnamedDear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and we wish you a quasi-happy Sunday. This moment of necessary and enforced social distancing for millions of us across the globe, represents a rather good opportunity to regroup as a family unit and share these difficult times close together.

Both our children love our homemade cooking and particularly enjoy our strong soups and stews prepared with many vegetables and a piece of meat, pork or poultry. As we watched a glimmer of boredom mixed with concern in our son Gian Luca’s eyes last night, we decided to recur to the millenary remedy of poor peasants’ families that we had inherited form our Basque and Italian ancestors: a strong, steaming chicken stew.

Right from the instant when he was sitting down at the table, his nostrils were taken over by the bewitching storm of the earthly ingredients that speak of family warmth. As he was eating it, his mood totally changed and he made a full recovery from “the blues.” Then we all watched the first episode of the “Casa de Papel” (Money Heist) in Netflix.

Why don’t you tinker a little bit with the pots and pans that stand lonely in your kitchen? The call of the More Natural  for a healthy lifestyle might be a silver lining in this cloud.

Buon apetitto!

Bon apetit!

Buen apetito!

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

If only one

PAPA_LIBRO_HushedPlague_Cover_V3Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning to you all. For the past few days we have been pondering whether to go ahead with the publication of our new book “Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague” or not, considering the dire social circumstances and the stoppage of publishing venues.

After much discussion with our family and our publishing house, we finally decided to go ahead, in spite of the difficult logistic and community challenges that move implies. We believe that people forcibly cloistered at home due to the social distancing (like we presently are too) must have a varied choice of reading material in their residences.

This is a transcription of If Only One, our essay’s first page that we recently completed.

“If only one person reads this book…we would feel very satisfied.

If only one person gets the message…our mission would be done.

If only one man treats women better…the effort was not for naught.

If only one woman gets respect…our misdeeds might be redeemed.

If only one person is distracted from the Horror…we would be happy.

We were about to deliver the final edited version of this book manuscript for its publication when the Coronavirus pandemic brutally arrived in the United States.

Initially shocked like the rest of the population, we went into strict social isolation. However, as a practicing physician, we had to continue our duties as best we could.

In the relative safety of our desk, we pondered whether we should publish it or not. We know that there has been a complete shutdown of most publishing initiatives.

But people cloistered in their homes deserve the possibility of substantive reading. Terrified by the darkness swirling around, they might like this little piece of light.

Emulating the heroic example of, we should garner our moral strength. Dismissing any commercial considerations, we will go ahead with its publication.

In one of the poor quarters of Napule—where many of our relatives had lived in the past—a neighbor lowered, with a little rope, a big basket with a sign from the balcony: inside passers-by could leave any food item they wanted to donate for others to pick it up.

Chi può, metta…Chi non può, prenda

Whomever can, put…Whomever cannot, take

We are lowering our most humble basket to offer you our latest writings

We sincerely hope that it might distract you, temporarily at the very least.

And, prodding you to ponder about the daily plight of our devoted women,

engage you in the civic fight for their equality of rights in our societies.

 The world coming out of this terrible calamity must be better than this one”

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Happy Sunday with a Super Naan sandwich

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Happy Sunday to you all. As part of our continued, irreverent experimentation in the kitchen, we prepared today a Naan sandwich with a pastrami, ham and mozzarella cheese omelet topped with pine nut hummus for our breakfast. We must admit that it turned out to be deliciously decadent, ideal to lift our spirits in this social isolation.

Let us dream tightly together of the much better times that will surely come. Forza!

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Let’s cheer up with some pork cutlets, potatoes, onions and peppers

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good evening. After we finished writing and editing today, we felt a “little down” so we decided to hit the kitchen to “vent our minds” a little bit. Cooking has always relaxed us, ever since our times at Medical School. Whenever we felt mind-boggled by the medical knowledge, we snapped the textbook shut and skedaddled to the kitchen of our shared apartment in La Plata, Argentina. Our  homesick study companions were happy that homemade cooking was our way of relaxing and they enjoyed our dishes to the hilt. However, they did not like it very much when they had to clean the plates though…

Today we prepared thin cut pork cutlets sautee in a little bit of olive oil and honey, teriyaki-style; we also fixed a big tray of potatoes, onions and peppers. Sharing the “social distancing” with our son Gian Luca has prod us to cook in earnest again.

What better company, and stimulus to cook, than our dear son could we possibly have?

Would you like some?

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