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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

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 April 28, 2006 / 30 Nissan, 5766

Cut the racket — later

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Edna St. Vincent Millay must have been sitting in this very chair when she wrote, "April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers."

There's babbling all right, and at present it is coming from a brigade of chickadees and a kamikaze blue jay circling the feeder.

Just when they reach a truce, a couple of show-off finches begin making a racket, flashing their canary yellow chests, taunting me to leave the computer and come outside. "What beauty is there in a, d, s, f, return and delete?" they say. "The computer will wait, but Spring is quickly passing."

Easy for a bird to say, a bird doesn't have to write a column.

A thousand shades of green are jostling with one another outside the window as well — emerald, lime, and Kelly — each squeezed fresh from the painter's tube, each clamoring for adulation. It's enough to drive a person to distraction. I am about to tell the greens so, and remind them that they aren't the only colors on the palette, when the Annabelle hydrangeas flutter in the breeze.

The Annabelles are squatting low to the ground doing that shy, coy thing they always do this time of year. Looks can be so deceiving. Behind closed shoots, the Annabelles are racing about, forcing millions of buds to the tips of stems that will explode at any moment in mass profusions of dainty blooms.

But who has time to wait for mass profusions? I resolve to return to my work when the lilac bush cranes its head and leans into view. Of all the shrubs and bushes in the heartland, the wood on a lilac is the most gnarled and arthritic of all. Who can say no to joints that look so pained?

Long curls of lavender poke their heads through clusters of heart-shaped leaves. Raindrops from an early morning sprinkle plunge from the sweetly scented lilacs into the lilies of the valley waving below. Only yesterday, the lilies sounded the trumpets, unfurled their leaves and debuted their dainty frilly bells now peering through the foliage. The e-mail in-box chimes again. I resolve to focus on the task at hand, when a robin begins strutting back and forth on a railroad tie bordering a red and yellow tulips. Rich soil, long blades of grass and the cool of morning converge for the robin, and voila! the perfect worm.

"What did that worm ever do to you?" I am about to shout, when the clematis tumbles off the trellis. You don't shout around clematis, they are regal sorts, awash in royal purple with majestic streaks of white. Pansies resting in a small pot curtsy before the clematis then turn their bashful charm my way. "No, I don't need to smell dirt on my hands," I snap. "Do you think I was born yesterday?"

I know how that ruse goes. You plant a few pansies, a geranium here, a begonia there and soon you have rich black earth up to your elbows and dreams of planting three flats by noon. "Oldest trick in the book," I whisper to the pansies.

Who can get any work done with all this beauty and babbling and Spring constantly knocking about? What I need to do is close the window, drop the blinds and shut the door.

And I will do exactly that.

Tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that.

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