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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

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 Jan. 8, 2010 / 22 Teves 5770

New art hard to picture

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I mentioned to one of the kids that we were thinking of replacing a photograph that has been hanging on the wall for years and she went into shock. "You can't get rid of that picture of the old man," she shrieked. "He's been there so long he's part of the family."

"Well, the family is about to break up," I said. "This isn't a decision we rushed into; we've had that old man longer than we've had you. He is probably as tired of looking at us as we are of him."

The picture is a black and white photograph shot from a low angle of an elderly man with a set jaw, wearing a round hat and beard stubble. His rimless eye glasses reflect a big farm house about to be razed to make way for urban development. It's called Death of a Neighborhood.

The photo was more of a conversation piece when we were younger and the man in the picture was so much older than we were, but now that we are acquiring wrinkles on our necks similar to his, we're thinking a change may be in order.

I began looking around for replacement possibilities and discovered that a lot of wall art today consists of solid blocks of color. I'm not about to pay big bucks for a giant blue square when we have a grandbaby who will be able to grasp a marker in another year and make us one for free.

Landscapes are nice, but there's something about a lot of landscapes that is mildly depressing. A lot of them are so soft and pastoral they look like the great beyond. Others are so stark and barren they look like the aftermath of Agent Orange.

Letter from JWR publisher

My parents had a beautiful landscape on their living room wall. It was a majestic view of a snow-capped mountain. When people would ask about it my mother about it she would tell them it was the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (it wasn't) and that she was for drilling in ANWR.

Pictures of dancers are nice, but dancers are always so thin. Every time you walk by a painting of dancers you feel fat. I'm not ruling out a Renoir.

Another trend in wall hangings is graphics. Hanging your initials is popular. I toyed with that, but it reminded me of nursing homes where everything is labeled. We're not there yet, we still know our initials.

Wall stencils have become popular, especially the ones with inspirational sayings. I've seen charming ones that say, "All Roads Lead to Home," and "Dreams are Necessary to Life."

I'm a pragmatist. I'd want one that says, "Put it Back Where You Found It, Keep the Remotes Together and Take Your Dirty Dishes to the Sink."

Changing the wall decor isn't as easy as I thought. The old man is still hanging on.

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