Recently I sent a mail with the following content:
"I' ve got an idea!
I suppose any of us may have somewhere inside
a profound wish for realizing or creating something in
this new year 2004. It doesn't have to be necessarily good intentions,
it may also pertain to a deeply felt desire to actualize some potential
or something...Wouldn't it be nice to share this with each other...
by dedicating a few lines to wording this wish, putting it in a mail
and send it to me and I will place it in the safe part of the Cassuto
family site, so each of us may read it!
It will be a stimulus for realizing it and who knows we meet an unexpected
side of the other - and maybe we have a piece of advice or support ..."
Here are the first responses!
of course you can send your UPDATE
excellent idea. We call these promises to ourselves "New Year's
resolutions" because we resolve to accomplish a given goal. I will
submit mine to you know, available for public consumption as you publish
them on your website.
I, George Henricus Cassutto, resolve to aspire to the following goals
with the start of the 2004 calendar year:
1. To dedicate myself more deeply to God, in whatever form he takes
to His people. This requires greater Bible study as well as carrying
out His commandments in daily life.
2. To be a more loving, kind, and gentle father to my three Children,
Gabriel, and Glorie Cassutto. I promise to be their voice as they experience
the changes that divorce brings; to take their needs into consideration
before my own, and to teach them love and understanding between each
the people with whom they come in contact.
3. To examine within myself the causes and effects of marital separation
the breakdown of the nuclear family, and to write one or more articles
outline these causes and effects for publication in a national magazine
as "Men's Health" or "Men's Fitness."
4. To continue my doctoral studies at George Mason University in Virginia,
USA (which I began in the fall of 2003) in the area of curriculum and
instruction with an emphasis in educational technology.
5. To achieve the goal of physical fitness through correct diet and
exercise, reaching a goal weight of 165 pounds and a Body Mass Index
within the "normal" range. This goal requires an additional
weight loss of up
to eight to ten pounds. Reaching this goal will finalize the loss of
pounds since 1998.
6. To continue revisions on my book "Middle School Civics,"
which is a
collection of US Government lesson plans for teachers not certified
Civics in their state.
7. To be a more effective teacher and department chairperson at Harmony
Intermediate School in northern Virginia. This promise involves not
out my basic responsibilities but also to maintain a positive and cheerful
attitude in the face of adversity and volunteering, when possible, for
responsibilities over and above my required duties.
Well, that's it for now. Thanks to Rob for the great family website
the wonderful idea!
With love to all!
vrijdag 2 januari 2004
I like your idea very much. For me, a "wish list" is always
a "prayer request list", but each person can approach the
list in his or her unique way.
Along the lines of a "wish list" however, there is one family
wish that we hope will be resolved eventually, and that is that Alex
needs to find a way to visit his brothers in Greece, since he has not
done so since 1990. I think his job would allow him the time off needed,
but he insists that he not go alone and wants me to come. I am not sure
that I can take the time off from work, and I would prefer if he went
alone. We have been contemplating this problem for a few years now with
Dean's best friend, who was his travelling buddy when he came to Holland
in 2001, is like family to the Chryssovergis', and he is in a situation
where he needs to find steady and secure employment.
Those two are the major wishes that I can share right now, that would
be different from the constant wish for health and happiness for all
Veel liefs, Lynne
One of my wishes was for a job for Steve (Dean's friend travelling companion
to Holland in '01). He was going to take a waitering job, as a last
resort, but then Dean took him to CompUSA, where he used to be employed
during his college years. They hired Steve full time with benefits to
work in the shipping and receiving department. This is an answer to
all of our prayers. Groetjes van Marilyn!
would like to go singing again in a choir,
make a habit
of "lernen" (Jewish bible study) and in this scope prepare a
lecture about a certain subject of the old testament, the spiritual aspects
of the Moses story, which I find more and more interesting.
(a beginning may be read on my personal site, go to
During this year I intend to give this lecture.
relation with Minke, the woman who is most near and dear to me but we
have to work at some things not yet clear.
to make steps to improve my health. A residue of the strayings of my
youth is a weak liver condition. I have to research into the best medical
way to deal with it and not postpone it any longer, apart from keeping
my diet and do my fitness work outs. I used to do a lot of jogging,
but now my right knee is not willing anymore, so my plan is to buy a
And I want
to paint and draw more and make beautiful and interesting websites!
Febr. '04 I
took the step of joining a choir in Nijmegen; it has a repertoir of
Jewish liturgic and jiddish songs. Sunday Febr. 8 I paticipate in a
presentation in the beautifully renovated Nijmegen shul. The choir counts
jews of all feathers and "goyim", half to half. The atmosphere
is "gezellig" and the songs are beautiful.
also on my website CASLOG my column
about the choir
the choir website Hatikwa
I bought a new bike! Very beautiful specimen, which inspired me
to a Column
about my bike
lecture about Moses came upon my path! I was requested by my Reform
Jewish Congregation Gelderland to prepare and conduct a study hour ("lernen")
of the congregation after the Shul service of Shavuot on Tuesday night
May 25. And the subject was the revelation to Moses of the Thora on
Of course my preparation required a lot of study as I am a relative
newcomer in the Jerusalem of Judaic thought and praxis, but all went
very well and many a participant encouraged me to proceed on this way.
I included the notes of my argument on a page of the congragation website;
if you are interested you may read them here.
my health and my liver condition: after a consult with a hepatologist
of the Amsterdan University Hospital I have taken the decision to subject
to a medicine cure with rather heavy medicines. I have to take them
probably for a year and the side effects are rather drastic. But I may
have a good chance to get rid of the virus which now is active. After
a previous cure, which was not succesfull, this is a second try with
a slightly different medicine and better monitored than the first cure.
It feels like good decision, as it is the best means of avoiding nasty
complications in the long run.
Let it be in the will of the universal source and stream of creation
that the cure will be effective. ( I keep a
of the various experiences in this field)
May 29 '04
I bougth a row apparatus for work outs at home!
a week ago I started with the hepatits c cure, with interferon (brand:
Pegasys) and Ribavirin. Up till now the side effects are less than expected.
see for further detail the diary
Aug. 11 '04
My wishes for the future are to be more selfish.
Before you say "what?" I mean that I'm going to start doing
what is in my best interest instead of always thinking of what the other
person wants of me whether it's a good thing or not.
be vigilant about my health and know from recents test screenings that
I must eliminate certain foods from my diet in order to keep my digestive
tract healthy. So that means the diet colas are gone and I'm weaning
myself from coffee as well.
want to save up enough money to take a trip to Holland and not worry
about what certain people will say to stop me because of finances.
goals for home improvements that I know are doing extremely slowly.
I resolve to get things done around my house that need improving this
year and no later.
I will strive to be the kind of person that people can count on without
taking advantage of me. I will do this with God's ! help because He
knows what's best for me
Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar van de oudste Amerikaanse Cassutto! Now I will continue
on in English...
my sisters, brother and your 'wish list' for 2004 with much interest.
Here are my ideas....can't say 'resolutions' really because I am a 'go
with the flow' kind of person, and hate to add the stress of trying
to keep a promise, even to myself!
George and Carolyn are keen on their health issues.
I must say, that after the very distressful 2003 that I had, I have
to add to that. I wish for a 'healthier 2003' as well. This means there
are steps I will have to take to make that happen.
Since I just added a sluggish thyroid to my other assorted problems,
I will maintain a watch on that condition. I will have to modify the
fats, sugar, salt and carbohydrates in order to bring down the cholesterol
and blood pressure levels, which, I have been told, are dangerously
I will try to get moving, and get at least a minimum amount of exercise.(walking
I will try to rest more and work less to relieve the stress on my hand
and elbow, which is recovering from recent surgery. I have had a successful
start to that goal by reducing my work schedule and accepting more help
from my co-workers.
I will learn to relax and let go of things that cannot be changed by
my worrying about them.
I will make time to travel, take short weekend trips with my husband
( 35 years in 2004!) and see my children and Jim's family in Florida
whenever possible, and my siblings and friends.
This also means making time to do the things I enjoy... see the sports
( baseball, football!) and go to shows and concerts.
Maybe there will be a trip to Holland in my future, right Canne?
I also wish for peace, thank the Lord for my blessings, and get a good
night's sleep ( very hard to find.)
en goede wensen voor iedereen in 2004!
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