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Here are some time, money and energy-saving tips to reduce stress during the holidays:

•             Delegate so that you are not doing it all. Distribute the chores. Carpool and/or pick up things for others when you have to shop in the same place.

•             Simplify. Make less complex recipes, which can also be elegant.

•             Schedule time for you. Give yourself 30 minutes a day to relax, unwind, call a friend or do something that brings you joy.

•             Stop when you are tired and finish later. This applies to shopping, cleaning and organizing your home as well as cooking.

•             Prioritize what you want to accomplish to stay focused. 

•             Buy local. This saves time and energy and supports our Rhode Island economy.

•             Be financially prudent. Pay cash or use a debit card or a credit card with no, low or deferred interest.

Chloe Newman is Israel.Chloe Newman is Israel.Just over two months ago, I moved to Ashdod, the fifth largest city on the southern coast of Israel. The surreal feeling, that magical I’m really doing this, I’m really here mindset, still hasn’t left.

The adventure began when I received my acceptance letter into the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship program at the end of April. As a fellow, I would live in Ashdod with 14 other fellows, volunteering in elementary schools as English teachers from September 2014 to the end of June 2015. The 10-month program would provide us intensive Hebrew lessons, pedagogical training and weekly trips all over the country. The apartment provided promised a short, 10-minute walk from the Mediterranean. The Rhode Island beaches of my childhood really can’t compare with my balcony view, overlooking soft sands and warm (I mean, really warm) waters.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – An Argentine municipality hosted a conference with Israel as its model for start-up development.

On Nov. 11, the Israeli flag was flying over the Vicente Lopez district for a conference titled “Start-up Nation: Israel as a paradigm of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

More than 60 businesspeople heard from a panel of Argentine’s and Israelis about Israel’s model to develop start-ups.

“The Israeli model has a lot to bring to our society, the panel was inspiring for our entrepreneurs and we want to improve the institutional links with Israel,” Eduardo Vinales, general director of economic development for Vicente Lopez, told JTA. “After this success, we want to continue showing here the Israeli model in order to transfer to Vicente Lopez Israeli methodologies and experiences.

“Argentinians and Israelis share a basic personality trait, which is the ability to challenge the limits and think we are capable of achieving great things without fear of failure,” he said.

“There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.” (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

Over a century before scientists connected the “feel good” mental state that comes after heavy exercise to an endorphin rush, Providence’s Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) understood this connection. Gilman, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, was an important women’s rights advocate and a prolific writer. Her childhood passions were physical exercise (hiking, sleighing, rowing, running) and reading philosophy. In the fall of 1881, she persuaded a local teacher to open the Providence Ladies Sanitary Gymnasium in the Butler Exchange Building, the first women’s gym in the state. For three years, she considered herself the Gymnasium’s chief performer. “I could easily have been an acrobat,” she wrote later, “having good nervous coordination, strength, courage and excellent balancing power.”

The annual holiday party of the Cranston Senior Guild will be held at Phyllis Saperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, at noon on Dec. 3. There will be a dairy luncheon, raffles and entertainment. Janine Andrews, a well-known Rhode Island singer, will entertain at the party.  Because of the limited seating, members only can attend.  The cost of the luncheon is $18. For information, call Natalie at 401-615-9483.