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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 Oct. 26, 2007 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

In the laptop of luxury

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now that the kids are gone, we find ourselves breaking a lot of the house rules.

We don't always put our dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. Sometimes we let them pile up in the sink and get hard and crusty overnight.

I occasionally hang in the refrigerator, letting the cold air escape while watching that little white bulb burn for no apparent reason. There's something about doing that that makes me feel rich.

Last night chair — hang on to your chair — we both left our shoes on the stairs WHERE ANYONE COULD TRIP OVER THEM!

I know, I know. Call us wild and crazy. He's Wild and I'm Crazy.

For some reason, we don't feel compelled to abide by the rules we imposed on the kids. This probably says something about democracy, fascism and benevolent dictatorships, but I'm not sure what.

I used to picture that, when we had the house to ourselves, the husband and I would linger over morning coffee together at the breakfast table. Never mind the fact that I'm not a coffee drinker, I envisioned us sipping java, tossing sections of the newspaper back and forth, pointing out items of note, laughing about cartoons, and marveling at how quickly I can solve the Jumble.

That scene rarely happens. Instead, in complete violation and total disregard of the Unplugged-While-You-Eat rule, we are more likely to have breakfast with our laptops.

There we sit. His and hers. Coffee, tea or PC?

The only things we toss across the table are power cords.

"Look at this picture from the game," the husband says, already browsing while my machine is still waking up.

"What? You want me to run around the table to look at a picture?" I ask.

We both laugh. At least we still know not to get up from our chairs before a meal is finished.

"Log on to instant messenger and send me the link," I say, clicking away, having finished the local paper on-line and now navigating through the Wall Street Journal.

"Whoa," I say. "You'd like this one. Hold on, I just e-mailed you an article."

"Hmmmm," the husband says with great concern.

"Lose your connection?" I ask.

"No, it looks like rain moving in," he says. "Go to Weather Undergound and zoom in on the regional radar."

Of course, that's much simpler than looking out the window where we would see ominous dark clouds gathering in the northwest, notice the wind whipping through the trees and a stray cat clawing at the back door seeking shelter. Who needs the outdoors when you have Weatherbug on your home page?

"Hey, did you remember I'll be out of town a few days?" I ask. "Go to the family Google calendar. I posted it on-line. Oh, and did you see the kids put new pictures of the condo renovation on Facebook?"

"Already seen them," he says. "You talked to any of them lately?"

"I received a lovely e-card from the youngest just yesterday."

I feel the husband's eyes boring into me but am now engrossed in the Drudge Report.

"I'm sorry. Did you say something?" I ask. "I was reading Walter Williams."

"I said I think we may have a problem," he says. "You know what they say. . ."

"The family that texts together, stays together?"

"No, we ought to stop meeting like this."

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