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April 8, 2014

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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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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 Feb.1, 2005 / 22 Shevat, 5765

Clean up your act

By Lenore Skenazy


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As I sit here slurping noodles at my desk in the middle of the newsroom, I realize that perhaps I am not the right one to be asking this question (especially since some of the noodles just spilled on my lap and - mmm! Waste not, want not!), but anyway, here goes:

Why is everyone so disgusting in public these days?

I mean, look around you. Sniff around you. Perk up your ears. If you are in a mall or on a bus or anywhere that isn't the Oval Office (lately), chances are that right now you are overhearing someone's dinner plans, dating history and/or recent diagnosis: "Polyp! You know - polyp! A BUMP ON THE LINING!"

Turn around and you'll see someone else putting on her makeup. Not just the lipstick, but the whole shebang, with sponges and swabs and sometimes the application of entire eyebrows.

Brett, a friend who flies a lot for business, says he has been on several trips where the women near him were painting their nails. "Smelled like a salon!" And that was a good smell compared to the passengers gnawing their cheesesteaks and tuna heros even before the plane took off.

At my local multiplex, I have been hard-pressed to concentrate on a movie (okay, "The Incredibles" - not that deep) while sitting behind a family eating their evening meal. I couldn't even blame them for all the lip-smacking and ketchup-dripping because the theater sells these meals! Not just nachos but entire chicken dinners, with side dishes! Maybe the VCR brought movies to our living rooms, but now the movie theaters are returning the favor.

In fact, the whole world has pretty much become our living room, and the reasons are as many as the magazines slipping off the coffee table. Clearly, it was the cell phone that brought private conversations into the public sphere. But remember when boom boxes brought someone else's choice of music to the streets? The assailing of innocent ears goes back at least to the 1980s.

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As for gorging in public, it was fast food that brought eating out of the home into the car. It has been spilling out ever since. Clever marketers, aware that we're willing to do pretty much anything so long as we can eat while doing it, started serving food in hitherto off-limits locales, like bookstores and supermarkets. Now we don't even think twice about chewing in front of strangers trying to read or shop.

And of course, our time-crunched lifestyle means that a busy mom simply has to clip her nails while she's waiting for her chai behind some college kid in his pajamas. Yes, they are really wearing p.j.'s. And slippers. Sometimes fuzzy ones. Sometimes bunnies.

If only all this homey behavior - dressing for bed, spewing crumbs, yakking about innards - meant we actually treated each other more like family. Or ... wait!

That's exactly what we are doing and it's gross!

America, it is time to brush yourself off, shut off that phone and go back to treating strangers like strangers.

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