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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 1, 2014/ 29 Teves, 5774

Quit Hiding Behind Your Cute Little Kids

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now that everyone's joyful holiday cards (except ours — sorry!) have been sent out, let us take a moment to figure out what happened to an entire generation of Americans.

You know the generation I'm talking about: the folks over age 30. Look at any glossy family photo card and they are harder to find than a frowning snowman. In their place grins a group far more photogenic.

Their children.

True, true — every once in a while you may get a card that features a whole family. Once in a while you get a wheat penny in your change, too. But the cards gaily arrayed on my mantle (OK, gaily piled next to the phone) show, for the most part, brothers and sisters with their loving arms around each other — or at least together in the same room.

This wouldn't be so bad if I had spent my childhood growing up with these tots, or had gone to college with them or even had wasted years and years and literally tens of thousands of dollars in graduate school with them (and for WHAT?). But the fact is, these are things I did with their PARENTS. And it is their parents that I really want to see. Especially if we have grown apart, this is our one chance to be together again. And isn't that the whole purpose of annual cards? To weave a skinny thread through the years, tenuously but tenaciously holding loved ones together? (Answer: Yes.)

Ideally, cards should work like time-lapse photography. You should be able to flip through them and see: How do my friends look now? And now? And now? Old sparkle still there? Old wife? Old hair?

Boy, am I glad I didn't marry HIM!



Of course, it is precisely those sentiments that adults hope to avoid by using their kids as proxies. These moppets are doing for them what Miss November is doing for the jug of motor oil she's, uh what exactly IS she doing with that jug of motor oil? Let's just call it caressing. The point is: She is making it look good. Better than any other brand of motor oil, ever.

But come on — we were never friends with motor oil. We certainly never slept with it. Motor oil is not the point. Aging friends and family are.

So suck in your stomach, if you must. Wear dark glasses. Rent a spouse. But next year, do us all a favor and put your old, sweet self on your holiday card.

And by then you should be getting our card, too.

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