Aire Serv of the Mid-Hudson Valley - Novmeber 2019

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COMFORT CONNECTIONS

T here’s no holiday quite as indulgent as Thanksgiving. If we’re talking food, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cheesecake. My wife and mother-in-law have a great recipe for cheesecake, and every time they make it, I can’t help but eat more than my fair share. ( Note from Andrea: I very rarely make this recipe, but it sounds like that’s probably a good thing! ) Granted, I’ll eat any version of cheesecake. For a quick treat, I usually opt for Kit Kat bars. When it’s time to unwind, I love to turn on Westerns. Anything with gun- slinging action and drama is exciting. Andrea isn’t as into the Westerns as I am, but she’s sweet to appease me and watch them when I want to. Together, Andrea and I recently finished watching Longmire , which is more of a modern Western that I think anyone would like. It takes place in a small Wyoming town, and this old-fashioned sheriff is policing in a modern era. The town is sparsely populated, and there’s a reservation nearby. But this sheriff’s intuition is anything but Podunk or outdated. He’s pretty smart at what he does. I also enjoy watching Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle , which is an alternative-history show that ponders what life would be like if Germany and Japan had won World War II. It’s dramatic and thought-provoking to see this version of what could have happened if the Allies had not prevailed. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking it out. Season 4 begins this November! Action and adventure tales are some of my favorite stories, so it’s no surprise that, when it comes time to shut off the television and pick up a book, I typically choose authors who write exciting adventures. I really FINDING COMFORT In Life’s Everyday Indulgences Celebrating everything I am grateful for with the family I love while enjoying amazing dishes is something I look forward to every fall, but lately, I have been thinking about all the indulgences I enjoy the other 364 days of the year.

"If we’re talking food, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cheesecake."

enjoy reading Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books. There’s an Amazon show inspired by this series, and so far the main character’s portrayal in this adaption brings as much heart-racing adventure as the books do. Of course, I do sometimes deviate from my traditional action-packed media. I really enjoy finding ways that I can improve by reading self- help books. One book that I particularly enjoyed was Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike. Anyone would enjoy this book, and I have recommended it to many people. It provides some interesting background on this global company that is recognized by nearly everyone. Whether it’s a good book, my latest Netflix binge, or a delicious slice of cheesecake, having these little indulgences provides some simple ways to kick back in a hectic world. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don’t forget to indulge, even if it’s just a little bit.

–Jim Serra

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