Archive for May, 2007

Surgically Slim by Tomasz Rogula

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

In ancient ages, obese individual was considered sick. Hippocrates used to say that a fat man should eat modestly and walk long distances. In the Middle Ages, obesity was a sing of prosperity and wealthy life….but was very uncommon. Currently, obesity is again seen as a disease. Diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, acid reflux, back and joint pain, cancer and many other disorders are more often recognized in obese people.

Obesity became epidemic in the United States in recent years. Every forth adult and every sixths child suffers from being fat. Five percent of Americans is morbidly obese, which means their life is at risk. Forty five percent of adult Americans were obese in 1980, while presently this number increased to sixty five percent. 120 billion US dollars is spent yearly to treat obesity-related diseases.

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When the dialogue is interrupted…

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Suddenly, unexpectedly, speechless, in the very middle of an existential debate, we feel dissatisfaction and rebellion. So much still to be said, so much still to hear… Suddenly, there is no time for this discussion. And once again in life, in a moment of shock, when someone we have valued leaves us, we promise to ourselves that we will spend more time with our friends and acquaintances, those people who create our reality, whom we hurry to love before they leave… So, unexpectedly, ended our friendly dialogue with Jurek Perkitny. We want to scream, defenselessly: „this didn’t really happen! We still need you here!” There are moments in life when one can call out only in memory.

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Papa Convention of the Polish American Priest Association – Cleveland 2007

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I am just recovering – in time to write this article – from the 18th  National Convention of the Polish American Priests’ Association which was held here in Cleveland for first time from April 16th  -20th , 2007. We had 78 priests, one cardinal, and eight bishops in attendance gathering from around the country and from Poland and Rome, as well.

Each year, one of the Chapters which make-up our national organization host the convention. This gives our members a chance to visit the various centers of Polonia across the country. A schedule of events which includes time for convention business, visits to various sites of interest, and presentations on pertinent topics is arranged by the host chapter to help our time together not only be an enjoyable gathering, but also worthwhile and enriching one, too.
This year’s convention began on Monday evening at our convention venue, the Marriott Hotel at the Key Center in downtown Cleveland, where our opening dinner was held. Bp. Robert Carlson of Saginaw, Michigan, powerfully addressed our membership on the important theme of cultivating a culture of vocations in our communities today as has been so successfully done by Polonia in the past. No one was left unmoved by his simple yet powerful words.

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APCC – American Council for Polish culture

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The Spring Board Meeting of The American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Members were absolutely delighted by the extensive activities and food extravaganzas, which were hosted by Ben Stefanski, President of the Polish American Cultural Center- John Paul II. Contributions were also made by Thad Cooke, founder of the Jamestown Colony of Poles in Cleveland and George Sobieraj, President of the Cleveland Society of Poles.
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Gene Bak award celebration continued with the roar of a Tiger

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

After Eugene Bak was presented with the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland on April 20th, his two sons celebrated with him by taking him on a spring golf tour.  The festivities started with a day at Firestone Country Club on Sunday and then moved on Monday to Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, the site of the 2007 U.S. Open Championship.  The event at Oakmont was sponsored by American Express and was set up to provide avid golfers with an opportunity to preview the 18 holes that contain more than 300 bunkers before the professionals arrive for the U.S. Open in June. After an enjoyable round, the group of 80 golfers settled in for a lunch.  During the lunch, a presentation was made by American Express and a number of celebrities were introduced.  First was Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and then Mike Tirico from ESPN and Monday Night Football.  Finally the President of American Express announced we were to experience a very special treat, and in walked Tiger Woods.  The very special treat was that Tiger was about to play a practice round at Oakmont and the 80 golfers attending the event were to walk the course with him.

We all embarked onto the first hole where Tiger displayed a completely different side of him.  Normally, all business, he portrayed a light hearted side, cracking jokes and interacting with the small gallery.  He started off with a 350 yard drive with a follow up comment “That will work”  Each hole was a mini-clinic, as Tiger explained his strategy from tee to green and how he intended to hit the next shot. It was amazing to see Tiger hit within five feet of his intended target on almost every hole.

When we reached Oakmont’s famous row of church-pew bunkers between the third and fourth fairways, someone asked if he would demonstrate how to hit a shot out of them. He refused. “Why bring negativity into your thoughts,” he said, adding he only practiced from places he intended to play.  Gene asked Tiger “How do you deal with the noise and distraction of the fans” to which Tiger responded “What noise.”
On the 484-yard final hole, into the wind, he hit his approach with a five-wood: “This is my senior club,” he said. “When you turn 30 you get a five-wood, when you turn 40 you get at seven-wood, when you turn 50 you get a nine-wood.”  Gene has taken this advice and is in search of an eleven-wood.

The evening culminated with an awards dinner, where Gene Bak received yet another award, second place in the net score competition.  Gene accepted his glass cup trophy and of course made sure his sons felt the humility of having the old guy beat them.

Although the Tiger appearance was icing on the celebratory cake, the opportunity to unite the Bak boys, who only get together about once per year, was the true gift to Gene.

Mark Bak