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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

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
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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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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

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Jewish World Review Aug 9, 2012/ 21 Menachem-Av, 5772

When fishing, she lands companionship

By Sharon Randall

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm a fisherman's daughter and proud of it, but I will tell you this: I flat-out hate to fish.

I hate the hooks, the bait, the sitting and waiting and, most of all, the not talking. The only parts of fishing I don't hate are the fish I never catch.

My sister, who loves to fish as much as I do not, knows this about me. She must know it. I have told her countless times.

"Sissy," I say slowly, as if trying to talk to a strong-willed stump, "I'd do anything in the world for you, more or less, pretty much, but hear me on this: I. Don't Fish."

She nods, as if to say, "Yes, we all know you are … different."

Different? I've been called worse. But knowing what I am does not stop her from trying to make me something I am not.

What else are sisters for?

When we were little girls, five years apart, our daddy would take her fishing, leaving me at home because, she said, she was his "boy." I was just his "baby."

They'd come back sunburned and sleepy-eyed to gut and clean and batter and fry a big mess of whatever they had caught.

It all tasted like fish to me. I never acquired a taste for it. But for years, before I got anywhere near the sharp end of a hook, I was sure the act of fishing had to be the best thing anybody could ever hope to do.

When I told my mother that, she said my daddy felt the exact same way, which was one of the reasons she divorced him.

Imagine my thrill, when I was 8, to hear my dad say I was big enough to go fishing, just the two of us, without my sister. I don't know where she was or why she couldn't go. I didn't care. It was going to be the best day of my life. And I could not wait to brag to her about it.


Have you ever noticed how the anticipation of a long-awaited event sometimes has a tendency to outshine the reality?

Fishing was not fun. It was dirty, smelly and, get this, I was not even supposed to talk!

My dad didn't seem to have much fun at it, either. We went home without a nibble, which at least spared me the whole gutting, frying and eating mess.

I blamed my sister. Clearly, she had tricked me. It's a wonder we still speak. I tried fishing a few more times over the years, with much the same result. Finally, it dawned on me. I didn't need to be my daddy's "boy." I was happy just to be his "baby."

Yesterday, my sister tricked me again. I was in town for a short visit. She wasted no time.

"Cree called," she said. Cree is 11, her grandson. I wish you could see him. Talk about cute. "He wants to take us fishing."

I shot her a look that said, "You know I hate to fish."

She shot me one back that said, "Yes, but you love Cree."

I couldn't argue with that. Next thing I knew I was holding a pole, hoping I wouldn't get a bite. Cree had dug the worms. My sister baited my hook. It was still and quiet. No need for talk.

I smiled at the two of them, Cree and his fishing buddy. I thought of my grandbabies in California. What kind of buddy would I be to them?

Moments later, my niece and her 8-year-old, Logan, joined us on the dock. I wish you could've seen them. Talk about cute.


Logan loves to talk. I don't know where she gets it. The talking did not sit well with her cousin Cree. But my sister, their "Mimi," handled it like a pro, quieting one, getting the other to be patient, being all things to both children at once.

That's what grandmothers do. It's like fishing: A dirty, smelly job, not always fun. It takes patience. Faith. Perseverance. Snacks. A well-stocked ice chest and a cushion to sit on.

But to some, it's the best thing anybody could ever hope to do.

What? No, I didn't catch anything. Maybe next time I'll bring my own fishing buddies.

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