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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

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

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 Sept. 6, 2010 / 27 Elul, 5770

Paris, Antarctica and Shopping

By Alan Douglas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Human beings wander around. Even when they are in a perfectly safe and lovely place, our species goes somewhere else. Ants exhibit more rational travel behavior than humans. Ants seek food so all their travel is essentially a shopping trip. We go forth in search of something "better" or "different" so we can return and tell our neighbors.

My wife and I describe our Antarctica trip to others as a litmus test. Some listeners are immediately enthusiastic, while others react with instantaneous repulsion. The majority are perplexed. Those who question our sanity for visiting the icy continent cannot understand what there is to see. They ask why we would we subject ourselves to inclement weather. They fail to comprehend the motivation for going to a destination where there is no shopping. People have limited views of life, and travel challenges those limits. Here are some categories to assist you in clarifying your own travel objectives and decisions.

Extinction travel. Seeing the Eiffel Tower is wonderful, and it is probably on your checklist. But is there an event, land, species, or culture that you can see now that will not exist later in your lifetime? Eco tourism by definition ultimately means that the number of tourists is limited. In the old days, a few rich tourists went on a safari in Africa to shoot animals. Too much killing destroyed the very animals the hunters/tourists sought. As the safari weapons converted from guns to cameras the crowds of tourists needed to get close enough to see and photograph the wildlife. Guides in vehicles took you ever closer to the animals. As automotive vehicle traffic increases, it is changing the sleeping, hunting and migration patterns of the animals. Now the tourists with cameras are killing the wildlife. The future of African safaris depends on either reducing the number of tourists (not much chance of that) or keeping their vehicles on established paths. Ultimately, there will be no difference between a visit to Disney's Wild Kingdom where you watch the animals from your cart, and Kenya's Masai Mara Plains where you watch the animals from your truck. Ancient customs, gene pools, architectural wonders and natural attractions are vanishing. Did you visit a Communist nation under the oppressive rule of a hard-line regime? The developing countries of the world are no longer as unique as they once were. Technology gives all people some glimpse into the rest of the world's bedrooms. The ice is melting, Hard Rock Cafes are replacing quaint cuisine, and time is running out. Go, see, and experience what is disappearing.

Age/Ability travel. James Madison, American president and father of the United States constitution, was fluent in five languages but never left the United States because he was afraid of foreign doctors. Don't squander your physical, mental, and monetary advantages by waiting. At an older age you may not be able to climb steps, wade ashore from rubber Zodiac boats, or tolerate the thin air of higher altitudes. No matter what your age or ability, you can go to Iceland to see the birthplace of democracy and discover it isn't Greenland. Take the cruise on a floating resort hotel that features shopping when you can't do anything else.

Opportunity travel. Your friend with a temporary assignment in Hong Kong poses an opportunity for only a limited time. Those relatives of yours in Italy are all going to forget you or move someday. Often, long after natural disasters or upheavals, the locations have recovered, but they are in need of tourists. Tourists scare easy. These cities, countries, and regions offer incredible opportunities for you. If you have read "The Travels of Marco Polo," probably the most famous travel tale in the world, you realize the whole thing started when young Marco went on a business trip with his father, and was written when Marco was temporarily detained. Should you be unemployed or depressed (or both), grasp the opportunity to take a day trip and visit a mine, tour a historic site or museum. Find out about working on at an event in another city, serve as a courier or teach overseas. Do what you never could do when you lead a normal life.

Quest travel. A significant part of at least one trip you take should be part of a mission that serves others. If you are Jewish, go to work on a kibbutz in Israel. If you are Catholic, take a sick person to Lourdes for the healing waters and prayers. If you are not religious, participate in an archeological dig, assist in teaching, or volunteer for other activities. Take an elderly relative on at trip to a place they have always dreamed of going. Go visit an elderly relative that has not seen any family in years. You need not conquer other lands or slay dragons; good works come in many sizes and shapes. Take a trip that serves others.

Travel is as much about the before and the after as it is the experience. Polymath Kai Krause in his book "What We Believe But Cannot Prove" rejects the Zen concept of living in the moment and urges, "Spend your life in the eternal bliss of always having something to hope for, something to wait for, plans not realized, dreams not yet come true. Make sure you have new points on the horizon, that you deliberately create. And at the same time relive your memories, uphold and cherish them, keep them alive, and share them, talk about them. Make plans and take pictures." Whether you are considering Paris or Antarctica, go there. Travel affords you the chance to get a new lease on life. You can "try on" different beliefs and live differently. A "new" life, or lots of memories, the choice is yours. .

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JWR contributor Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, speaker, and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy.


Previously:

Personal Protection
Dispute Resolution
Jumped or Pushed?
Friends and Acquaintances
Revenge and Vindication

© 2010 Alan Douglas

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