Resources for Addressing Mental Health Challenges at Work

Every year, about 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness and 1 in 25 lives with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits at least one major life activity. Mental illness is a top cause of worker disability in the U.S. and 62 percent of missed work days can be attributed to mental health conditions.

A leader in employee benefits, Unum recently published the report, “Strong Minds at Work,” on the prevalence of mental health issues in today’s workplaces. The research revealed just 25 percent of managers in the U.S. have received training on how to refer employees to mental health resources and more than half of people are unsure how to help a colleague with a mental health issue.

“The development, implementation and promotion of mental health strategies has become a top priority for many of today’s employers,” said Michelle Jackson, assistant vice president of market development at Unum. “Creating a workplace culture that promotes mental health resources and encourages employees to take advantage of them helps to destigmatize mental health issues and can lead to a happier, more productive workforce.”

Some of the report’s findings include:

  • Fifty-five percent of employees said their employer did not have, or they were unsure if their employer had, a specific program, initiative or policy in place to address mental health.
  • Sixty-one percent of employees felt there’s a social stigma in the workplace toward colleagues with mental health issues; half of them felt the stigma has stayed the same or worsened in the past five years.
  • Among employees with a mental health issue, 42 percent went to work with suicidal feelings.

“The fact that such a high percentage of employees have come to work feeling suicidal is troubling,” Jackson said. “While this is certainly a worst-case scenario and employers would hope issues would not progress to this level, it also emphasizes the need to ensure support and resources are understood and readily available in the workplace.”

The bulk of mental health resources are usually offered via an employer’s health care provider and can include medical care, an employee assistance program (EAP), counseling referrals and financial and legal counseling. However, employees often don’t fully understand the resources available to them.

According to the Unum study, HR professionals said 93 percent of their employers offer an EAP, yet only 38 percent of employees were aware of this resource. More than half of HR professionals said they offer financial counseling, legal services and telemedicine services, but a fraction of employees said they were aware these services exist.

“Employees should ask their HR department what mental health resources are available and be supportive of colleagues who may be struggling,” Jackson said. “Offering support to others and knowing where to direct them can not only save lives but also help create a more inclusive workplace environment.”

To download a copy of the mental health report, visit unum.com/mentalhealth. (Family Features)

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Unum

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s Presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” Penetrates the Soul

Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” immediately penetrates the soul with the prologue proclamation of tradition. Set in the time of the last Russian Tsar in the small town of Anatevka, a proud impoverished dairyman, Tevye, lyrically enlightens us as to how his small Jewish community lives steeped in the traditions of their heritage while being precariously perched amongst their fellow Russian townspeople like a fiddler on the roof.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

As a husband and father of five daughters, Tevye’s love and commitment to his people’s way of life was being encroached upon more and more by the outside influences of his country. Yet, never could he have imagined himself being so radically challenged as he was to become from within his own family by his oldest three daughter’s strong-willed endeavors to marry for love and not tradition, much to the shagrin of the village matchmaker and the bewilderment of the Rabbi and villagers.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Our hearts swell and deflate with Tevye’s every attempt to cling to his traditions while grasping with exasperation to acknowledge and accept his daughter’s choices for husbands which increasingly stray further away from their Jewish faith and heritage and send Tevye reeling in antics as he desperately lumbers to keep peace with his stern wife Golde.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Joyous moments of celebration ensue among stark contrasting times of conflict as traditions are broken and the indomitable aspirations for love prevail when Tevye breaks his agreement for the marriage of his oldest daughter, then allows the engagement instigated by his second daughter and declares the figurative death of his third daughter who has eloped and married outside the faith.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

While the tumult of Tevye’s family has seemingly bound their Jewish community more closely together through such strife, there is no strength or combined will strong enough to combat the Tsar’s orders that all Jews be expelled from their villages. Heartbreakingly so, the Jewish villagers way of life in the small town of Anatevka is abolished in a matter of days as the fiddler on the roof climbs down from his precarious perch to join his fellow nomads and their pioneering trek for a new life, renewed traditions and renewed devotion to love and family which, as it is in life’s tenuous moments, began that same instant.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Fiddler on the Roof

April 2 – 7, 2019

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products:

Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s a good idea to shop around. To do effective comparison shopping, have a copy of your current policy ready and contact a handful of competitors. Provide them the exact same coverage details so you can compare like rates, but also be ready to listen to information about additional coverage options that may suit your needs.

Combine homeowner insurance with other policies. Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they apply when you insure more than one item. For example, if your homeowner insurance carrier also insures your cars, you’re likely to save money on the rates for protecting both your home and automobiles.

Update your home’s first line of defense. Many homeowners focus on aesthetics when it’s time to make upgrades, but there are some important functional improvements that can make a difference when it comes to your insurance premiums. For example, as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, the first line of defense is often the type of roofing material chosen. Many insurance companies even offer discounts for using impact-resistant shingles. Check with your insurance provider before making a final selection, but in general, look for products that include “impact-resistant” in their name and specs, and “Class IV Impact Resistance,” the highest rating available for roofing materials.

For example, NorthGate Class IV impact-resistant shingles from CertainTeed are engineered to have a higher probability of resisting hail. These shingles are made using rubber-like polymers that offer flexibility and impact resistance, as well as crack and shrink resistance, even in cold weather. So when severe weather strikes, your home can be protected and stay looking good.

Install a home security system. An intruder alarm can provide more than peace of mind. Insurance companies often reward homeowners who take steps to minimize the chances of burglary or vandalism. After all, a well-protected home is less likely to result in a claim for losses. Some companies offer varying degrees of discounts on insurance rates depending on the type of system you install, so be sure to thoroughly research the options. For example, a system that simply emits a loud noise when triggered may generate one level of discount, while a system that dispatches emergency personnel when activated can lead to an even better rate.

Insurance rates are one place to save money on your home costs. Learn more about impact-resistant shingles and how they can save your home and wallet at certainteed.com. (Family Features)

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CertainTeed

A New Way to Watch a Fan Favorite

If you’re an entertainment seeker looking for a love story, chances are you may be interested in watching (or re-watching) one of the most popular reality dating shows to date.

TV viewers can enjoy some of the most thrilling seasons in “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” history with the first seasons of the shows streaming on Tubi starting April 1.

Fans can relive the magic of the opening seasons of the original shows, featuring contestant Trista (Rehn) Sutter finishing runner-up in season one of “The Bachelor” before finding love as the first Bachelorette with firefighter Ryan Sutter. After 16 years of marriage, the former TV stars can relish the opportunity to enjoy the ride alongside both original fans and new viewers.

“It brings back so many memories to watch early episodes and all those rose ceremonies,” Trista said. “It’s nice that fans of the show can relive those memories with us again.”

Fans can also re-experience the Sutter wedding ceremony, “Trista & Ryan’s Wedding,” which aired as a three-episode special and drew more than 26 million viewers, making it one of the most widely viewed episodes in reality TV history. In addition to the original series that started it all, viewers will be able to stream a 2018 television event, the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

A massive library of films and TV shows are available for viewers, all without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees, via ad-supported streaming services like Tubi, the largest of its kind, available on virtually every platform from mobile devices to video game consoles and more. With more than 40,000 hours of offerings, including 12,000 movies and television series, viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds on the growing platform from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films and specialty content.

Find more information at Tubi.TV. (Family Features)

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Tubi

Go Big on Brunch

Building out a full menu to please your brunch guests with simple, tasty recipes can help create a fun, flavorful atmosphere when it’s time for a morning bite.

By making a variety of dishes to accommodate an array of personal tastes, you can give friends and family the flavors they desire. With choices like Apple Strudel Pancakes and Mini Hash Brown Casseroles, you can fulfill a multitude of food groups from grains and fruits to dairy and meat. Allow the adults at your gathering to top off the meal with a spicy take on this Watermelon Bloody Mary, featuring simple preparation and a handful of garnish options.

Find more brunch recipes at Culinary.net.

Add Apples to Your Brunch Buffet

As part of a balanced brunch, these Apple Strudel Pancakes feature whole grains rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins to provide energy for you and your guests. With a rich, nutty flavor, buckwheat flour complements the sweet taste of apples and maple syrup for a twist on traditional pancakes. Find more nutritious recipes at aicr.org.

Apple Strudel Pancakes

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research

Servings: 8

Apple Strudel Mixture:

  • 1          cup water
  • 1/4       cup raisins
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3       cup thoroughly chopped walnuts
  • 1          large apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Batter:

  • 1          cup buckwheat flour
  • 1          cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          eggs
  • 2          cups 1 percent buttermilk
  • 1/4       cup safflower oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • maple syrup
  1. To make apple strudel mixture: Boil water; add raisins. Remove from heat and let steep until raisins are plump and reconstituted, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In shallow pan over medium heat, add butter. Once butter melts and is bubbling, stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook about 3 minutes until sugar starts to dissolve. Add walnuts, apples and raisins. Cook apples until just tender when pierced with fork, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. To make batter: In large bowl, mix flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly and mix with buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, mixing as little as possible. Add apple strudel mixture and fold all ingredients together. Set aside.
  5. Heat nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Grease pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Once pan is hot, ladle about 1/4 cup batter per pancake taking care not to overcrowd pan. After 2-3 minutes, flip pancakes once.
  6. Serve pancakes warm with syrup.

A Small Brunch Bite

A full brunch menu calls for small bites on the side to complement the multitude of flavors brought on by a variety of brunch dishes.

For a clever option that’s quick to make, these Mini Hash Brown Casseroles provide a morsel bursting with flavor to pair with just about any morning meal. Made with refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, which are pre-shredded for a faster fridge to fork kitchen experience, you can make a batch of the tasty cups in less than an hour.

Find more brunch solutions and recipes at simplypotatoes.com.

Mini Hash Brown Casseroles

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 24

  • 1          package refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1          pound Bob Evans Farms Original Sausage Roll
  • 4          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          cup ham, cubed
  • 1          cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Remove hash browns from refrigerator and let rest.
  3. In skillet, cook sausage according to package directions.
  4. Lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins. In bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add hash browns, butter, ham, red pepper, black pepper and cheese; mix.
  5. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 27-30 minutes. Serve warm.

Sipping on Sweet and Spicy

Take your brunch the extra mile with a twist on the traditional mid-morning beverage. By adding jalapeno and horseradish to this Watermelon Bloody Mary, you’ll have a spicy, tasty version of a traditional brunch drink ready for your guests.

With watermelon balancing out the jalapeno, it’s an ideal balance of spicy and sweet with just the right amount of kick. Find more brunch recipes at watermelon.org.

Watermelon Bloody Mary

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Yield: 4 cocktails

  • 2          cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1          medium jalapeno pepper, stem removed, chopped
  • 2          limes, juice only
  • 6          ounces low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1          teaspoon horseradish
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/3       cup vodka
  • lime wedges
  • chili lime salt
  • ice
  • 4          bamboo skewers (6 inches long)
  • watermelon wedges (optional)
  • prosciutto (optional)
  • cucumber slices (optional)
  • jalapeno slices (optional)
  • green olives (optional)
  1. In blender, blend watermelon cubes and jalapeno pepper until completely smooth. Pour mixture through fine sieve set over pitcher.
  2. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, fish sauce, horseradish and hot sauce, to taste, to pitcher; stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add vodka and stir.
  3. Line rims of four glasses with lime juice from lime wedges; dip in chili lime salt poured on plate. Carefully put ice in each glass and divide Watermelon Bloody Mary mixture evenly.
  4. Add garnishes, as desired, by skewering watermelon wedges, prosciutto, cucumber, jalapeno and green olives. Place garnishes in glasses and serve. (Family Features)

SOURCE:

American Institute for Cancer Research

Simply Potatoes

National Watermelon Promotion Board

New Children’s Book Offers Highly Effective Anxiety Coping Strategies

Reena B. Patel, a licensed educational psychologist and author, has a new book that will help parents, educators, and children with combating anxiety 

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day, making it a great day to consider the impact that some books can have on today’s youth. One author, Reena B. Patel, is on a mission to help children learn how to identify and address stress and anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country, affecting 18 percent of the adult population and 25 percent of children between the ages of 13 and 18. Many children under the age of 13 also experience anxiety disorders, making it an issue that impacts the population as a whole. 

“Starting at a young age, children are plagued with worry and anxiety, yet we are not always good at providing them with the coping skills that will help them overcome it,” explains Reena B. Patel, a parenting expert, licensed educational psychologist, and author. “This is often because parents and educators are not sure what coping skills work, so they can pass that information on to the children in their lives.”

That’s where Patel aims to change things. Her new book, “Winnie & Her Worries,” explores the area of worry and anxiety. While the book was written for kids ages 3-10, the information and coping strategies offered are effective for all ages dealing with anxiety. The book provides examples of common stressful situations, which are often brought on by living in a competitive world that has high demands and unrealistic expectations. The book also provides coping strategies that can be used to help address the fear and anxiety.

Coping strategies are thoughts and behaviors that people can use to help them get through emotionally difficult times, such as when they have anxiety, which is the fear of the unknown. Patel’s book aims to help parents, educators, coaches, and caretakers be able to help them identify anxiety in a concrete way and learn the coping strategies they can use to become more confident and less fearful. 

“Too many people experience anxiety on a regular basis,” added Patel. “The good news is that there are numerous things that people can do to address the situation. It’s just a matter of someone showing them what works, which is exactly what my new book does.”

In the January 2017 issue of the journal Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, researchers reported that chronic stress leads to anxiety and depression. Their report noted that stress is often neglected in day to day life when it could play a detrimental role in one’s mental health. They advise that social support, explanatory styles, locus of control, personality types, and coping skills can be significant when dealing with stress.

Winnie & Her Worries” offers healthy habits for the whole family. The book was written to target young kids, because it is harder to change maladaptive habits as teens and young adults if they do not have coping skills. Those who read the book will find that they will be able to better identify anxiety triggers, as well as gain valuable information regarding preventative tools and coping strategies for anxiety and stress. The tools are aimed at helping those who use them to feel more confident, comfortable, and able to engage in their everyday routine with ease and no worries or stress. This book has been created using professional techniques that are easy to implement, even amidst busy lives, making it an important book to have in every classroom and home. 

Patel is the founder of AutiZm& More, and as a licensed educational psychologist and guidance counselor, she helps children and their families with the use of positive behavior support strategies across home, school, and community settings. She does workshops around California, where she provides this information to health professionals, families, and educators. She is also the author of two children’s books that teach compassion and kindness, called “My Friend Max: A Story About a Friend with Autism,” and “Winnie & Her Worries,” both available on Amazon. To learn more or order the books, visit the website at www.reenabpatel.com.

About Reena B. Patel
Based in the San Diego area, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) is a renowned parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst. For more than 20 years, Patel has had the privilege of working with families and children, supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness. She works extensively with developing children as well as children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development.  She was recently nominated for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year.” To learn more about her books and services, visit the website at www.reenabpatel.com, and to get more parenting tips, follow her on Instagram@reenabpatel.

Sources:

Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health. Chronic stress leads to anxiety and depressionhttps://www.jscimedcentral.com/Psychiatry/psychiatry-5-1091.pdf.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America.Facts & Statistics. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.

Here are 3 Ways to Believe in Yourself and in Your Success

Featuring Encouragement from Dannie De Novo, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Dannie De Novo

Dannie De Novo

What is truly in the “success” recipe? Life and business coach and author of Get in a Good Mood & Stay There Dannie De Novo says “as a coach on the principles of success and personal awareness, I am often asked what the secret to success really is. Hard work, persistence, or talent? All of those things are part of the success recipe, but the most important ingredient, the part that makes or breaks your success in any area of your life, is faith.”

Possessing unwavering faith in yourself is the key to success. “Whenever I have failed to reach the level of success that I desired, I take a look back and ask the question: Did you believe,” she asks.

What does it mean to believe? What does it mean to know something so well and so deeply that no outside influence or opinion can make you feel any differently? “Faith is the most powerful concept behind your success because when you believe, your self-image changes into a picture of that person you want to become. And then, you become that new person,” Dannie believes. “You succeed.”

Success tip #1 Fake it ‘til you shake it

If at first you really can’t believe that you are capable of achieving your desired goal, what do you do until you raise yourself to the level of belief? Fake it ‘til you shake it, baby! Fake your behavior until you are able to shake that old image of yourself completely.

What does success look like to you? Answer that question and then pretend to be successful.

Forward movement is movement regardless of how slowly you are going. Try faking it for a while. It will at least get you moving. But here is the catch, you have to do the work in the next 2 tips in order for belief to take hold. Because faking it alone will eventually fail you, leaving you like four flat tires will leave a car stranded on the side of the road.

Success tip #2 mirror work

Belief means that you know something—you know it down to your core. And your knowing is based upon your thinking. Change your thinking, and over time, you will change your belief.

A great way to start shifting your thinking is through mirror work and affirmations. Take some time and write out a list of affirmations about what you want to believe about yourself.

These affirmations can be anything you want and aspire toward. But everything must be very positive and phrased in the present tense. Remember, these are statements about things you want to start believing about yourself, that you likely don’t believe presently.

Start each affirmation with “I am.” I am healthy. I am attractive. I am strong. I am resourceful. I am a leader. I am abundant. Etc., etc.

Then, take your list of affirmations over to your mirror and say the affirmations out loud while you look yourself in the eye and smile. Do this every day and you will begin to see changes in yourself that indicate your belief is also changing.

Success tip #3 visualize

Another way to shift your thinking, and in turn, your belief is through visualization.  Start getting a real clear picture in your mind about what you want your life and your success to look like.

Make these images really detailed and elaborate. Then all you have to do is sit and let those images play out on the movie projector of your mind. Visualize yourself being that person you want to become. How do you dress, where do you hang out, what do you do on a daily basis? Keep these pictures in the forefront of your mind as often as you can. Revisit them daily.

“When you can see yourself doing something in your mind then you will begin to believe you can do it in your heart,” Dannie explains. “And that is the definition of faith.”

About Dannie De Novo: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com

Duma Explorer Offers New Off-The-Beaten-Path Journey

5% of Tanzania Legends bookings to help support Mozambique cyclone relief efforts

Photography courtesy of Duman Explorer.

Tanzania is known for its many superlatives and is home to some of Africa’s top destinations including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro National Park. In addition to these world-famous parks, there are many other destinations that a first-time visitor misses. Since many travelers choose to visit more than once, Duma Explorer has created a new off-the-beaten-path itinerary called Tanzania Legends tailored to those who value new experiences combined with the legendary Serengeti National Park – perhaps the greatest wildlife park Africa has to offer. Duma Explorer is donating 5% of all bookings of the Tanzania Legends tour to help support the Mozambique cyclone relief efforts.

As part of this new itinerary, travelers visit Hatari Lodge, a historical property with an interesting Hollywood pedigree near Arusha National Park. View resident wildlife at close range with Tanzania’s highest peaks in the background. During the stay at Hatari, enjoy game drives through Mount Meru’s old growth forest and around the flamingo-filled Momella Lakes. A gentle hike through Meru’s rainforest with a picnic lunch at Majo Waterfall is a half day activity for those wanting to enjoy time outside the vehicle.

Continue on to West Kilimanjaro to learn from the Maasai and enjoy the remote Kilimanjaro ecosystem. Drive through Maasailand and enjoy a picnic at 3,600 meters before arriving at Shu’mata Camp. Situated on a hilltop beneath Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak, Shu’mata offers breathtaking views of Maasailand below and Mount Kilimanjaro above. Designed to inspire conservation, Shu’mata treads lightly on this fragile ecosystem and works hand in hand with the Maasai to restore harmony between migrating herds and local communities. While at Shu’mata, enjoy walking safaris, Maasai cultural experiences and game drives in the Kilimanjaro/Amboseli ecosystem.

The 13-day itinerary then takes travelers to Serengeti National Park, the world’s most iconic safari park, flying over the Ngorongoro Highlands and arriving in Central Serengeti in the early afternoon. Spend the next two days viewing wildlife around the Seronera River Valley, Retina Hippo Pool and various rock outcrops in the area. Your base for the next two nights is Kiota Camp, an intimate tented camp with breathtaking views located just twenty minutes from the Seronera River Valley.

Fly from Central Serengeti to Ndutu or Northern Serengeti and spend the next two days at Chaka Camp, a mobile tented camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally. Chaka Camp follows the wildebeest migration, covering hundreds of kilometers as it moves seasonally around the Serengeti. In the Northern Serengeti, the migration crosses back and forth across the Mara River as the herds search for fresh grass. Witness a spectacular river crossing in the north and perhaps even a crocodile taking down an unlucky individual. In Ndutu, the herds gather in groups of several thousand as visitors eagerly await calving season, when the wildebeest give birth to up to 8,000 babies each day.

This epic journey ends with an optional beach excursion on Tanzania’s seldom-visited coast. Spend four nights luxuriating on a stretch of untouched beach south of Pangani on the Swahili Coast. Take a boat trip to Maziwe Marine Park to explore the nearby reefs and enjoy a picnic on the island of sand. Explore the mangrove forest and river estuary behind the hotel and finish with a sundowner overlooking the vast salt-plains.

Rates for the 13-day journey start at $7450USD per person based on double occupancy during peak season (December 21 – February 29; June 16 – October 31) and $6345USD off-season (March 1 – June 15; November 1 – December 20). Price includes all meals, accommodations, park fees, activities as indicated and internal flights. International flights are not included. Duma Explorer will allocate 5% of all bookings of the new Tanzania Legends tour booked by December 31, 2019 will go towards the Mozambique cyclone relief efforts. For reservations, visit info@dumaexplorer.com or www.dumaexplorer.com.

For travelers looking for a specific type of itinerary, Duma Explorer can put together experiences for almost every type of traveler. From the adventurist to multi-generational families, here are just a few.

Extreme Adventures

Duma Explorer started as a Kilimanjaro trekking company back in 2004 and now runs approximately 30 Kilimanjaro climbs per year. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. At 19,341 feet above sea level, a trek to Kilimanjaro’s summit is a multi-day affair and not for the faint of heart. Though not a technical climb, most trekkers experience varying levels of altitude sickness and the summit success rate is approximately 70%. Duma Explorer recommends 7, 8 or 9 day climbs to increase chances of summit success. Other climbing adventures in Tanzania include Mount Meru, Oldonyo Lengai, and Ngorongoro Highlands trekking.

Families

Safaris are a wonderful experience for families. The magic of seeing wildlife in its natural environment is an experience that can be enjoyed over and over again by adults and children alike. Every safari is unique, and many travelers return as families for repeat trips. Duma Explorer recommends safaris for children ages 7 and older and most lodges and camps offer a 50% discount for children ages 12 and under. Safaris are also a great way for families to bond and are the ideal trip for multi-generational families.

Honeymooners

Often thought of as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, safaris are perfect for honeymooners looking for a truly memorable experience. There are many small boutique camps and hotels that provide an intimate, romantic getaway for honeymooners. Add-on romantic experiences include a Serengeti balloon safari, private dinners under the African stars, bush breakfasts, and sundowners in the wild. Chaka Camps operates three boutique luxury lodges that are a wonderful choice for honeymooners.

Eco-Conscious

A safari is a perfect adventure for travelers interested in the environment. It is a chance to witness wildlife in its natural environment, uninhibited by the development of humans. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the only remaining ecosystems in the world large enough to support the wildlife populations in it, making it a perfect destination for eco-conscious travelers. Staying at properties within the national parks gives an inside look at what it is like to operate ‘off-the-grid’. Chaka Camps operate on solar, collect rainwater, recycle all plastic and steel and more.

About Duma Explorer

Founded in 2004, Duma Explorer is an adventure travel company offering safari and trekking packages to beautiful Tanzania. With decades of Tanzania tourism experience, Duma Explorer prides themselves on their long-standing reputation for providing high quality travel experiences to their guests. As one of Tanzania’s only Travelife-certified tour operators and a founding partner of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, Duma Explorer continually demonstrates their commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability. www.dumaexplorer.com.

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

It takes a strong will to resist the pull of the “dream job” when it’s dangled in front of you. Often, the driving force behind employees jumping from job one job to the next is the excitement behind the fact that your next role could be what you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child.

When the urge to hit the peak in your career becomes too strong, going from job to job can become the norm. Sometimes, however, this journey can lead to you missing out on developing your skills, building relationships and making a real difference to your company.

Although swapping jobs may feel like the easy way out when you’re feeling unhappy, or when things aren’t quite as you imagined, staying put and having a little more patience can often result in a huge payoff.

However, knowing whether to stay put in your role or to move on can be a challenging decision.

If you need a hand with figuring out whether to stay or go, CALLCARE has put together this useful flowchart. By the time you get your result, you should feel more confident in making the right decision for yourself and your future.

Passover 2019: Perfect Timing for Exciting New Wine Releases

Wine Expert Gabriel Geller Shares His Top Picks for Passover Seders and Festive Meals  

  • Kosher for Passover Spirits
  • What Makes Wine Kosher
  • Royal Wine Celebrates 70th Anniversary
  • Kosher Wine Generates Upwards of $10 Million in Sales
Passover 2019 Chateau de By NoV

Chateau de By

Wine is essential to Passover, when Jewish people around the world gather with family and friends to recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt and share a festive meal. It is customary for all (adults) to drink four cups of wine at the Seder. That’s a lot of wine for one meal!

This year Passover begins on the night of April 19, which is somewhat later than usual.  But it’s great news for wine lovers, according to Royal Wine’s PR Director, Gabriel Geller. In the runup to Passover 2019, Geller recommends new bottlings to explore for the “Feast of Freedom” – the commemoration of the redemption of the Jewish people, some 3,500 years ago, from centuries of slavery in Egypt. His suggestions pair exceptionally well at the Seder table or any other special occasion, and run the gamut of varieties and price points.

Promising Rosés

According to Geller, some outstanding new 2018 rosé wines were released in time for Passover 2019, and the new vintage is promising. “I enjoy starting the Seder with a glass of cold, fresh rosé, so the timing is perfect.”

Smooth and easy to drink, rosés are best consumed young and fresh. He cites the Herzog Lineage Rosé from Clarksburg, CA (SRP $19.99) as a delicious, fruity, and herbal complement to light starters. Other good bets include Gush Etzion and Flam (SRP $24.99 and 34.99 respectively). These wineries, both located in Israel’s Judean Hills, were among the first out of the gate with their new rosés this year.

Complex Reds

“As soon as the main course is served,” Geller said, “I will typically move on to a more multi-layered wine such as the Carmel Limited Edition 2014 (SRP $79.99), a Bordeaux-style blend from Israel.” Also of note is Domaines Rollan de By, owned by Jean Guyon. The extravagant designer just released the first-ever new kosher run from his estates: Chateau de By Medoc 2016 (SRP $27.99). “Well-balanced and medium-bodied, this Bordeaux from an exceptional vintage is silky in the mouth and pairs well with many types of dishes,” claims Geller. “It would be a good choice for the Passover Seder.”

Lineage Choreograph a field blend of more than a dozen different grapes comes from an experimental plot on the Herzog estate vineyard — the wine is soft and inviting while at the same time complex and flavorful, and very reasonably priced (SRP$20.00)

Herzog Wine Cellars also recently released Herzog Special Reserve Quartet 2015, a blend of varieties grown in prime regions of California. The wine, as its name indicates, comprises 4 grape varieties: Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Full-bodied, rich, complex, and spicy, it impresses with its remarkable balance, while showcasing the unique characteristics of each variety (SPR:  $39.99).

Geller also noted that Italian wines have been gaining in popularity among kosher consumers. Wine Spectator recently awarded the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico Riserva (SRP $34.99) an impressive 93 points. Now that the 2013 has made its way to the shelves, Geller predicted that this superior vintage will outperform its predecessor.

Sweet Endings

A long meal such as the Passover Seder also requires some fine dessert wine to end the night on a sweet note. Chateau Guiraud, which was absent from the kosher scene since 2001, recently made a comeback with two new wines available for the first time in a kosher version.

G de Guiraud 2017 (SRP $39.99) is a satisfying, dry blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, while the chateau’s second Sauternes, Petit Guiraud 2017, is a luscious, wonderful dessert wine (SRP $74.99). Herzog Late harvest Orange Muscat 2018 – don’t be fooled by this wine’s orange tinge and floral near orange aromas.  Its 100% Orange Muscat Grape has great lively acidity and sweetness, all rolled into this floral, long-lasting luscious wine (MSRP $22.99).

New Kosher for Passover Spirits:

· Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Anejo 
Sotol is from the northern state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Sotol is not made out of Blue Agave like tequila, but Dasylirion wheeleri, otherwise known as Desert Spoon, or Sotol in Spanish (My wife translated that for me).
This Anejo Sotol is rich and smoky with slight hints of Grapefruit.  

· Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Reposado
Like a typical Reposado from Mexico this is aged only for 6 months. A special uniqueness to Sotol is the oak used for ageing the product is Virgin oak unlike tequila which does used bourbon barrels. The fresh oak gives added tannins and spice to this tasty item.   

 · Zachlawi Dry Arak
Arak, which means perspiration in Arabic, is the spirit drink of choice in the countries of the middle east. Abe Shrem, founder of Zachlawi, brought his family’s old Syrian recipe back to life here in the USA. Bold Anise aromas shine through with delicious licorice finish.

 · Elite Arak

Elite Arak is one of the leading Israeli producers of this centuries-old spirit. Every Friday afternoon, a day off for many Israelis, men and women sit outside together with friends while sipping a cold shot of Elite Arak.

 · Alouf Arak

The most popular Arak in Israel, Alouf Arak is silky smooth with notes of sweet anis and fig.

· Godet Fine de Cognac

A wonderful blend of eau-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne growing regions. These two growing regions have very chalky soil which helps to make a very aromatic eau-de-vie, which is distilled to make this special cognac.

What Makes Kosher Wine Kosher:

There’s a common ‘urban legend’ that wine is rendered kosher after being blessed by a Rabbi – that is incorrect. Actually, for a wine to be made kosher there are strictly supervised purity guidelines that need to be followed from the moment the grapes enter the winery to when the wine is bottled.

To be considered kosher, Sabbath-observant Jews must supervise and sometimes handle the entire winemaking process, from the time the grapes are crushed until the wine is bottled. Any ingredients used, including yeasts and fining agents must be kosher.

Some Kosher wines are processed as Mevushal, which means ‘cooked’ in Hebrew. Some wineries produce their Mevushal wines by heating the must (grape juice) prior to fermentation, while others apply that procedure on the final product, prior to bottling.

When kosher wine is produced, marketed and sold commercially, it will bear kosher certification granted by a specially-trained rabbi who is responsible for supervision from start to finish.

About Royal Wine/Kedem:

Founded in 1848, NJ-based Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots go back eight generations to its origin in Czechoslovakia.

Today, Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina.

Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.

The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest, Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary Californian Cuisine.