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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 August 1, 2006 / 7 Menachem-Av, 5766

Christie types find men with model behavior

By Lenore Skenazy


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For most women over age 19, the Christie Brinkley thing boils down to this: Does the fact that one of the world's most beautiful women can't find a decent guy (four times) mean that the rest of us are even more doomed? I.e., iflove eludes a swimsuit issue cover girl, what can the rest of us nonblond, brownie-eating, one-tooth-turning-a-funny-gray-color gals possibly hope for?


Or is this the tabloid story of the summer precisely because it bodes so well for the rest of womankind? After all, it's the two-timing jerks who go for the goddesses. Doesn't that leave the shorter, sweeter guys for the rest of us?


Yes! And yes.


Yes, we normal-looking women will never have the pool of guys to choose from that Christie had — or probably already has again. And yes, we are luckier for it.


Maybe it's my grayish tooth talking, but it really does seem like the men who chase models are the men that everyone — models included — should avoid. I base this on a column by the New York Daily News' David Hinckley, about how he, like most men, always had "marry a model" high on his fantasy life to-do list.


The fact that marrying a model is a universal male goal just shows that it is up there with reeling in a 20-pound bass — a way of proving one's manhood. Does the man care if the bass is smart or funny? Heck no — all he cares about is whether there's a photographer around to snap his picture with the thing. Then he can dump her for a cuter, younger bass who wants to sing and has no idea there's anything wrong with sleeping with the married fisherman to jump-start her career.


Ahem. What I mean is: The guys who actually go out and pursue models are generally not thinking of these women as individuals.


Now, those of us who are the herring in life know that when someone wants us, it's because of who we are, not what we look like. And that means that we also stand a good chance of being allowed to age without worrying we'll be thrown back to join the other rejects.


Older women are not high status in our society, but it's even harder to be an older woman once known for her looks. I got an e-mail the other day listing a lot of great beauties and their ages: Gina Lollobrigida, 79, Brigitte Bardot, 71, Ann-Margret, 65, etc. The tag line read, "I remember them all as beautiful."


As if they couldn't possibly be beautiful anymore.


As if anyone still pining for Gina and Brigitte isn't getting pretty prunish himself.


In Christie's case, she's not 19 anymore. She's 52. Anyone who finds that a failing is the kind of guy it's best to avoid. Fortunately for those of us with a grayish tooth or two, that's usually not too difficult.

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