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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

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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 Sept. 26, 2008 / 26 Elul 5768

Change you can count on

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We are a nation divided: those who will stoop over to pick up loose change and those who won't.


Fewer and fewer of us seem to be interested in bending over for pennies, nickels and dimes. Quarters, maybe, but your smaller coins, not so much.


I was coming out of a store and saw a kid in front of me look at a dime on the pavement and deliberately step over it. He watched me pick it up and gave me a slight shrug as if to say, "Who cares?" Yes, well, you'll care when you're filling your own gas tank one day, kid.


A fast-food restaurant had one of those machines attached to the cash register that shoots your change down a slide. There was a quarter, two pennies and a dime already in the change machine before the cashier rang up my order. The customer before me didn't think 37 cents was worth the bother.


Mark my words, the man will be checking vending machines once his kids are in college.


Half the time I walk into the grocery store, there is change lying on the mat by the automatic door. If it is only a penny I think twice. When you figure how many dirty shoes from the parking lot have stepped on it, it's not worth the risk.


Plus, there's always the danger of bending over in the entryway and having your backside slammed by a grocery cart. That would clearly be a case of penny wise and pound foolish.


You have to wonder who is bothering to pick up coins these days. There's Gracie the Boston Terrier on You Tube who picks them up and deposits them in a drinking glass. Other than Gracie, it is a dwindling crowd.


I wonder if people with less income are more likely to pick up coins than those with a more generous income, or if wealthier people have a greater appreciation for compounded interest and are more likely to pick up a coin than someone who's never had a bank account. Or maybe it all goes back to how you were raised.


I can't see Bill Gates picking up coins off the sidewalk. Or Warren Buffet. Oprah? That one is a possibility.


George Soros is rich, but I can't see him picking coins off the ground. Well, not unless he thought a Republican had dropped them. I can see the Waltons of Wal-Mart fame picking up coins, though. I can even see them counting them at board meetings.


The bottom line is, we all have our price: the amount that makes us stop, stoop and swoop.


Personally, I stop for anything silver. It's like I really found something, even though it's barely enough to pay sales tax on a dollar. I'll also stop for a penny as long as it's shiny and not in a heavily trafficked area.


I don't pick up coins because I live by a motto of thrift, but because of an Everett Dirksen quote that lodged in my head as a youth. Dirksen was a colorful, rumpled senator with unmanageable hair, who once said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."


Last week I netted 48 cents in found change. I'm that much closer to real money.

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