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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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

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Jewish World Review Feb. 22, 2008 / 16 Adar I 5768

Walk like a diva

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are times when you simply need to break out of the mold, raise the bar and swing from a star. You know, use real cream in your coffee instead of that non-fat stuff. End a sentence with a preposition. Leave the drive-through without waiting for your 3 cents change.

Or maybe read Google's instructions on "How to Walk Like a Diva"

What gal can't use a new spring in her step?

You should know that walking like a diva is not for amateurs. It is a complex 10-step process, which is only two steps less than the process for staying sober. By the end of this, you can see how the two directly relate.

Step No. 1 advises that you pretend that your head is being pulled up by a hair on the crown of your head to elongate your neck, lift your chest, and allow your shoulders to fall back.

Word of caution: You'll probably need to move the coffee table and the sofa to have enough room to work.

You should also pretend that there is a string attached to your sternum that lifts your chest toward the sky to hold your ribcage up off of your pelvis. Now pull your navel into your back.

If you catch a glimpse of this contorted stance in the mirror, you may look like a short giraffe with a slipped disc, but don't worry. Keep going -- it gets worse.

Step No. 2 says to repeat to yourself: Chin up, neck long, shoulders back, chest out, abs tight, pelvis forward and buttocks tight.

Right. If I could remember all that in my head, I wouldn't have to write down a list of three things I need from the grocery.

The next few steps involves the "slightly's." You should arrange your body as slightly pigeon-toed, slightly knock-kneed and slightly knock-elbowed. Let your arms hang with your elbows bent.

The frightening thing is, I can do this part with ease. Why? Because I have seen this stance every day for the past year at a nearby pond. It is the stance of a Great Blue Heron stalking his prey.

Now, standing with all major body parts thrust counter clockwise, you should rotate your pelvis in vertical and horizontal circles. Now, my pretty, you are ready for the walk.

Walk as if you are walking on a tightrope, allow your hips (the ones now dislocated) to sway (no problem, they won't go back where they belong) and your arms (still bent at the elbows) to swing feely.

Steps 8 through 10 require some serious multi-tasking. Try to appear as though you are walking into the wind. Place each leg directly in front of the other leg, the way a cat does.

For the grand finale, lift your legs boldly in the same manner as a horse trots.

The end result is a diva walk that is something of a cross between Clydesdales pulling the Budweiser beer wagon and Hitler's brown shirts goose-stepping through Berlin.

I take my first diva baby steps to meet the UPS man, who is dropping off a package. He says, "Hello, that must have been some accident you were in," and sprints back to his truck.

I diva walk back to my workstation, clipping the door molding, kicking the back of my computer chair and wrenching both knees. The ads on the computer screen are for a joint surgeon, hip pain and aching legs.

Coincidence? I don't think so, diva.

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