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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 May 24, 2013/ 15 Sivan, 5773

Lucky for all sorts of reasons

By Sharon Randall




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am lucky.

Randy says so.

Two months ago, when I left his house to fly back to mine after a long and happy visit, my 2-year-old grandson woke from his nap and asked his mother, "Where is Nana?"

"She's gone home," she said, "to her house to see Papa Mark."

Randy likes me. A lot, I think. What's not to like about nanas? But he really likes Papa Mark.

"She's gonna see Papa Mark?" he said. "She's so lucky!"

I am lucky for all sorts of reasons. Papa Mark is one of them. A big one. But there are others that I tend to forget.

Why is it that people who make the greatest difference in our lives are often the easiest to take for granted?

For the past six weeks, off and on, I've been on the road or in the air, in eight states and three time zones, rummaging through a suitcase for things I forgot to pack, and depending on the kindnesses of strangers.

In those weeks, I spoke at fundraisers in four cities: In Grand Island, Neb., at a state convention of the General Federation of Women's Clubs; in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina; in Evansville, Ind., for TOUCH, Inc.; and in Fort Smith, Ark., for the Fort Smith Public Library.

Also, at one point, I took a quick break to drive from South Carolina to Tennessee, with my sister and two cousins to visit Graceland in Memphis.

The weather was interesting, to say the least: Three inches of snow in Nebraska; heavy rain in the Carolinas; thunderstorms in Indiana and Arkansas; and, on a connecting flight in Dallas, a near miss with a tornado.

I crossed, or at least caught glimpses of some of my favorite rivers: The Platte, the Catawba, the French Broad, the Ohio, the Arkansas and the Mississippi.

I saw dogwoods and redbuds and sandhill cranes, rainbows and waterfalls, wildflowers and sunsets and a whole lot of green.

I spent hours making friends with strangers, shaking hands and signing books and hugging necks; swapping stories and laughs with desk clerks and housekeepers and restaurant servers. One evening, for some reason, I got nostalgic watching two little boys shoot hoops on a court outside my hotel.

I felt lucky to be every place I went, to see the things I saw and meet the people I met, especially those involved in great causes -- as volunteers or staff or donors of time and money -- making a difference in their communities and in the lives of their neighbors, making their world, and ours, a better place.

They're the sort of people who bring to mind the quote generally credited to cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Because they usually prefer to work quietly offstage, seldom seeking the spotlight, it's easy to take them, and the work they do, for granted. But can you imagine where we'd be, what we would do, without them?

One of the things I love about my job is it lets me hear almost every day from people who care deeply about their families and friends, their neighbors and their communities.

It allows me to visit small towns, like the one where I grew up, and big cities like the one I now call home, to see firsthand all the extraordinary good being done by ordinary good people.

It keeps me hopeful and makes it hard to ever even think about being cynical.

Best of all, most of the time -- as much as I love getting to visit those places and meet all those wonderful people -- I get to work at home in my pajamas.

Randy is right.

I am lucky.

And so, I suspect, are you.

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Previously:


I promised myself he'd never have a stepdad

Did I hear it?

Other People's Stuff

Imprinted geography: Home is wherever the mountain is

Long-overdue thank-yous

My sister's big news

Finding peace wherever I can; at the moment and in memory

I wish someone had told me this before it took years off my life

The best part of being a grandparent

Feasting on scraps: The reality behind a life habit

The only tradition to keep absolutely

The class hears from the teacher's mom

We live in different towns, but share the same home

The value of one true friend

With Sandy raging, a 'which' kind of day

The connections that truly matter

Children don't need much --- but need to know they matter

Cancer is everyone's story

When does 'happily ever after' begin?

Is there ever a good way to say goodbye?

The being and the finding

When fishing, she lands companionship

Trophy sunsets

Helping a friend find the way

A home abloom with family and sunflowers

Healing is our highest calling

Needing help can really make you feel so, well . . . helpless

The bedspread from hell

A phone call to treasure

It was close to the best gift my father had ever received

It was the right time --- not a moment too late or too soon

25 tips for staying married

Some people water your soul --- a storm worth waiting for

Driving country roads helps restore hope

Confessions of a bad-weather magnet

The new star of my husband's harem

Shared family moments are precious, irreplaceable

What I'll remember from serving on the jury in a murder case

When someone walks into your life and never lets you go

Look for beauty

We can't always 'be there' when we're needed

Picture-perfect memories

To love someone is to want to hear all their stories

With age should come at least some wisdom

A story for my grandson

Regretting she didn't help out a woman in need

Post-holiday-visit blues

For 2012, tuck some hope into your wallet

The measure of a time well spent is not where you went or what you did. It's the way you smile remembering it

Treating people we love like the Jello salad at Thanksgiving dinner

We all need something or someone to pull for

Hold on to treasured words, don't trust memory

A storybook princess

Love reaches forward, never back

How to Watch a Sunset

Waiting often comes with gifts

An exceptional book club

There is no guilt in moving forward

Celebrations full of love and buttercream

It takes a whole village of shoes to raise a child

The best stories always tell us who we are

Stop, look back . . . and listen

The great outdoors, if one's lucky, a rock-solid companion

An iChat with my grandson

Lightening bugs and other things make us glow

Each and every Fourth of July a cause for celebration



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