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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

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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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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 6, 2006 / 6 Adar, 5766


By Mitch Albom

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Wow! The Oscars! I can't believe I'm up here!

First, I'd like to thank the Academy. I have to admit, I was pretty scared when I took that role as a gay cowboy. But with "Brokeback Mountain," I can see things have changed. Too bad I wasn't in "Brokeback Mountain." I played the gay cowboy in a movie called "La Cage Aux Folsom."

It didn't do so well.

Anyhow, I learned a valuable lesson there. I learned that I wasn't really the "controversial" type and that I was better suited toward playing famous singers, such as Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line." I'm so proud of that film.

I wish I had been in it.

Unfortunately, I played Johnny Cash in another film, a Nashville version of "West Side Story" called "West Texas Story." It didn't do so well. There aren't a lot of country music gangs. And El Paso isn't New York.

But as you can see, it taught me another valuable lesson — that maybe I wasn't "lead" actor material. Maybe I was more a supporting actor type. So when the role of Russell Crowe's boxing manager in "Cinderella Man" came up, I jumped at it.

Too bad I didn't get it. I did get the role of a boxing manager in "Rocky 8," but that never got made, since the producers were sued for using a title without permission. I think they're in jail now, or something.

Anyhow, as we say in the business, no regrets, because if all that didn't happen, I wouldn't be up at this podium right now. It was clear that my Hollywood dreams lay behind the camera. Which is what led to my directing work on "Crash."

I didn't actually direct the movie. I directed the traffic in the studio parking lot. Still, I felt a big part of the experience, especially when I blew my whistle and that golf cart "crashed" into that Buick. It was like karma, you know?

Ohmigosh! Is that the red light already? I'll be quick! Hang on!

Anyhow, the stress of directing led me to discover my real talent. I threw myself into screenplays. I've always loved writing. And finally, after countless drafts and long, hard hours in front of the typewriter, well, as you probably know, it was "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Not the movie.

The sentence.

That was what the studio exec told me, before he had been removed from his office. "Good night, and good luck." I still don't think the cop had to grab me by my nose.

But, hey, no hard feelings. Because if that hadn't happened, I might not be here right now.

I never would have discovered makeup.

To be honest, I didn't always know that makeup was important. But I soon realized an actor is nothing without it. Can you imagine if we'd tried to do "The Chronicles of Narnia" without makeup? You couldn't tell the Lion from the Witch OR the Wardrobe!

Anyhow, I am so proud of the work we did on "Chronicles." It's just such rotten luck that our movie came out so close to theirs, and that ours was called "The Chronicles of Sarnia." I personally thought ours was better, even if we shot the whole thing in Ontario, and our budget was only $5,000 (Canadian).

But that's OK. If that hadn't happened I wouldn't be here talking about my work in "Munich." Not the movie. The city. I did a stint with a German mime troupe.

Don't ask.

But failure, they say, is the best teacher. And without that setback — and without all the others — I would never have gotten the chance to stand on this stage. So I want to say to everyone out there, and everyone here in Hollywood, you just gotta believe, you gotta stand by your dreams. And never forget that when one door closes, another opens.

That's what we ushers say.

(Tap, tap.) Hello? Is this thing ON?

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