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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

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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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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

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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 Feb. 24, 2011 / 20 Adar I, 5771

Feeling drowsy is lousy

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Fatigue can make us do some loony things.

One morning I was so tired I drove through McDonald's for a Diet Coke. It would be a quick in and out, as there wasn't a single car in line. I pulled into the drive-through, rolled down my window and waited to place my order.

I waited. And waited. Thirty seconds passed, then a minute, a minute-and-a-half. I rolled my eyes and tapped my fingers on the steering wheel.

Then I noticed something. I wasn't staring at the speaker, I was staring at the opening of the trash receptacle 10 feet in front of the speaker. Service improved dramatically once I pulled forward.

Once again, I have been long on work and short on sleep. Today, I found my favorite ballpoint pen in my make-up bag. I looked in the mirror to make sure I hadn't lined my eyes with an extra-fine blue Sharpie.

Our daughter with six-month-old twins is in a constant state of fatigue. The last time I was with her, we were driving in the car and the babies were crying in the backseat. She reached for the volume knob on the radio to turn down the sound on the babies. If only.

When they were newborns, she once attempted to ask me if I had given one of the babies a bottle, but couldn't think of the word bottle. Instead, she asked if I'd given one of them a doughnut.

Words can be elusive when you're tired. I try to make sure I get enough sleep before speaking somewhere because when I'm really tired I tend to get my merds wixed up.

We often say we are bone tired and it must be true. Our feet get tired, our necks get tired, our backs get tired and our legs get tired. Even our eyes get tired. Someone has said that the only part of the human body that never gets tired is the tongue.

There is a difference between being tired and being forgetful. Forgetful is when you are talking on the phone putting groceries away and realize later that you put the grapes in the freezer. Tired is when you see that you put the grapes in the freezer and you don't care. In a few days you'll pass them off as a delicacy.

Once while tutoring a sleepy little Burmese boy who kept falling asleep with his face down in the book, I grilled him on the importance of sleep. "You need to get enough sleep every night so your brain is awake and ready to learn when you come to school. You don't need TV, you need sleep. Tell your parents that you should be in bed by 8 o'clock every night."

He looked at me with heavy eyes and said, "But my parents no speak English."

The Royal College of Psychiatrists says that any given time, one in every five people feel unusually tired. I'm not sure if that is true or not. I think I'll sleep on it.


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