In this issue

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

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 18, 2011 / 14 Nissan, 5771

When the wrong road turns right

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It turned out that the detour warning that disappeared in a blur as I sped past really was for me. The interstate exit I want is closed, so I shoot off onto an alternate two-lane highway.

It is a dark, moonless night and growing late. My GPS is searching for satellites and the rental car did not come with a map of back roads winding through coal-mining country.

Oh well. It can always be worse, right?

Right. Which is why it starts to rain.

At least I have the road to myself. Yep, not a car in front of me or a car behind me. No taillights to follow, no oncoming headlights to signal for help, just pitch black.

I have a general idea of where I am headed, but the road curves and winds so that the general idea suddenly feels a little disoriented and slightly lightheaded.

The only constant is an overpowering sense of smallness. My headlights occasionally catch the steep hillside to my left and the sharp drop into the river on my right.

Falling Rock and Fallen Rock signs appear. Seems the rocks will get you one way or another — either they'll tumble down on the top your car or you'll skid to avoid one in the middle of the road and plunge into the river.

The highway fits snug against the river. I take another curve and pass a deer warning sign. Those would be the deer that survive the falling rocks on their way to the river.

Around another bend, street lights, store fronts and a few homes with lights on reflect into the river. It's quiet. And peaceful.

The speed limit jumps to 45, then a few miles later slows again to 30, then 15 as I approach a pedestrian crossing. Five men cross the street and descend a wooden staircase leading to flatland. They wear hats and carry lunch boxes. They are coal miners working the night shift.

This is country where generations of men have made their living above ground in the steel mills or below ground in the coal mines. Sleepy village after sleepy village, houses crowd the street and front porches nearly brush the curb.

Most of the stores are closed, but a few chains are open -- CVS, Rite-Aid, McDonald's, a Pizza Hut now and then. The real stops of interest look to be DeFelice Brothers Pizza or Vocelli's.

A white stucco building sits alone on a corner. It was likely a general store years ago. The door in the middle is flanked by a large display window on either side. A glowing pink neon sign inside reads, "Mayor's Office."

Bend after bend, village after village has been chiseled out of the mountainside. These towns tell stories even in the dark when they're sleeping. Houses, hammered into the hillsides, stand like sentinels keeping guard over the river. Cars are parallel parked street side, bumper to bumper. These homes were built long before the attached two-car garage became standard.

Garmin is back online, nagging me to turn right, turn right, turn right. What else do I have to do? Garmin leads me up a vertical incline, a block west, down a steep drop, a block east, and up again. Garmin is in a holding pattern and must be enjoying the sights herself.

The rain is only a mist now. I pass the same grocery twice and finally find my hotel just shy of midnight. It was a long and winding detour.

Hopefully, the interstate will still be closed when it's time to go home.

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