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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 July 23, 2013/ 16 Menachem-Av, 5773

I Can Handle the Tooth

By Lenore Skenazy



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Have you met the tooth fairy? I have. She is skinny, has glasses and is cheap. She writes a column in this very newspaper. She thinks a tooth is worth $1 in a plain white envelope (unsealed so it can be used again if it's not too crumpled). And sometimes, after the kid has lost a few teeth already, she "forgets," and there's nothing under the pillow.

There are probably a lot of fairies out there who are far more generous and creative than I ... uh ... she. But that's today's point: The homegrown, DIY, seat-of-her-tutu tooth mom is suddenly facing big fairy.

A consortium of toy executives has created the Royal Council of the Real Fairyland, which they hope will start replacing parents and their piddling envelopes. The group is also legally registered as The Real Tooth Fairies LLC, which has got to conjure up a mental image of the Real Tooth Fairies of Atlanta, New York and Orange County cat fighting it out as they flit above a canopy bed. Tune in tonight to see which fairy's getting lipo! Which one obviously has a drinking problem? (And we're not talking fluoride.) Which one is spitting mad at the other fairy for sleeping with her prince? "Oh, right, you were just putting a dime under his pillow. Why did it take you all night, you witch?! You're still in the gown you were wearing yesterday!"

Come to think of it, that's a show I actually would pay to see — or at least get cable for.


But anyway, the toy execs truly hope to license these real fairies and make them the must-haves of the missing-tooth set. The idea is to get kids to expect not just a homemade card or a couple of bucks but a toothbrush, a doll, a game, a website and maybe even a party, all featuring these licensed characters, who look like standard-issue princesses — lots of hair, mascara, wings and high heels. Hey! That's just like the real housewives, too — except for the wings.

Now, living in America and appreciating the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this country great (if wacky), I can understand why the businessfolk want to get this idea off the ground. What they see before them is low-hanging fruit: a beloved but copyright-free character with built-in repeat business potential. Each tooth lost equals revenue gained! But what they seem to be forgetting is that the tooth fairy is beloved because she's not a licensed character.

She exists not as an anorexic Barbie with hair extensions and an enamel addiction. She's the person you kind of think could be your mom (or dad) but you kind of think is something else. My son, 15, just told me he'd thought "she" was a sparkly light. His friend says he thought the fairy was a guy. Yeah, a guy with wings.

When imaginary characters get licensed bodies, it's hard for kids to dream up their own versions anymore. Just as it's hard to think of Santa as a bald man from Barbados, once you get an image in your head — or culture — it kind of crowds the other images out.

That's why I'm hoping The Real Tooth Fairies go the way of most of the women on the first season of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Seen them anywhere?

Only in your dreams.

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