In this issue

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
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

Let books be large and in charge

By Jim Mullen

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My library has a gargantuan large-print book collection. Here's my question. Why aren't all books large-print?

Guess who has got the best eyesight in the world? Children. The library has a huge children's section. And guess what — children's books are printed in type THIS BIG! (AT LEAST!) Yet you rarely see toddlers wearing reading glasses.

Now go over to the new-release section, and all you will see are people wearing bifocals and trifocals browsing through the books with type like this. (Imagine that the words "like this" are really tiny.) I'm not talking about a new idea. When John Hancock put his oversized signature on the Declaration of Independence he said, "There, I guess old King George will be able to read that without his blasted monocle!"

Walk through a library or a bookstore and look at the shoppers: It's the bifocal set. The only time you'll see a teen or a 20-something in a mall bookstore is if they're using it as a shortcut on their way to the piercing parlor. They don't buy books and they don't read them.

Oh, I just heard a parent ask, "What about 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight'?" So I will inquire in turn, "What are they reading right now?" The tattoo on their boyfriend's arm? The notes on a Guitar Hero game? The instructions on how to dye their hair blue in the kitchen sink? I like "Harry Potter" as well as the next former high school wallflower, but do you want your child to be one of those people who can grow up to say, "I read a book, once?" Besides, the more children read, the less chance they will have of misspelling their first tattoo.

Instead of having a small large-print section in bookstores and libraries, we should make large print the norm, not the exception. And I don't mean large print the way it's done now. If you haven't read a large-print book yet, let me just tell you, it's a dismal experience.

The type is bigger, but the margins are much smaller. It makes all large-print books look like ransom notes from slightly incompetent kidnappers. There's just something "off" about them. They are harder to read, not easier. I don't want the type of a regular book blown up and printed on cheaper paper. I want all books to be designed and printed in readable 18-point type.

When I was younger, I could read an entertaining book — a mystery or a thriller — in a night. Now it takes about three pages to put me to sleep. Bifocals aren't designed to work when your head is on its side in a pillow. Challenging books are even harder. I think part of the explosion in audio books is that the book-buying audience finds it exhausting to read books in 10 or 12-point type. That, and the fact that no one of bifocal age can stand to listen to the car radio anymore. I can plug my iPod (which has 20 unabridged audio books on it at the moment) into the car stereo and soak up "Martin Chuzzlewit" and James Ellroy and Suetonius and Vikram Chandra and never have to hear a minute of a Morning Zoo or a shock jock or Miley Cyrus. It is bliss.

I'm not commuting, I'm reading. I can't read and drive even with a book that has print the size of a plot hole in a Dan Brown potboiler.

Maybe booksellers would do better if they stopped calling those things with covers books. Call them "extra long text messages" and kids might flock to the text store. (That works in Japan, right?) Gotta go, Jane Austen's texting me. It sounds urgent.

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Jim Mullen is the author of "It Takes a Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life" and "Baby's First Tattoo."


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