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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. 24, 2014/ 23 Shevat, 5774

Say 'Nite-nite, Mr. Germ'

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like a lot of kids during cold and flu season, our grandchildren have been trained for good health and good manners: Cover your mouth when you cough and say bless you when someone sneezes. Earlier in the day, one sneezed and another one said, "Hey! Don't bless on me!"

Three of the grands are spending the night. Their mother is putting them down and I have been summoned to tell a bedtime story. The baby is already asleep, another is on the verge of sleep, and the third apparently has been downing espresso on the sly. The conversation between the very awake toddler and her rapidly fading mother turns to germs. "Grandma is going to tell you a story, because Mommy doesn't feel well."

"What's wrong, Mommy?" the three-year-old asks.

"I have a virus," Mommy says, getting up to leave.

"What's a virus?"

"A virus is caused by a germ."

"What's the germ's name, Mommy?"

Mommy sits back down. "I don't know."

"But, Mommy, what's the germ's name?"

"It's probably rhinovirus. All right? Mommy's going to leave now."

Mommy gets up again.

"But wait, Mommy. Where is the germ?"

"It's in my mouth."

"How did it get there?"

"I don't know. Germs just travel this time of year."

"Oh. What's the germ's name?"

"Rhinovirus."

"Oh. I can't say that."

"It's a hard word to pronounce," says Mommy, who has inched her way to the door.

"And it's in your mouth?"

"Yes, it's in my mouth."

Mommy leaves the room. I begin telling a story about a heavy snowfall and a full moon. It is a captivating story, if I may say so myself, and yet I am interrupted.

"Mommy has a germ."

"I know. And on the most crooked branch of the tree sat a very round and puffy owl."

"What's its name?"

"What's what name? The owl or the germ?"

"Mommy's germ. What's the name?"

"I think it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

"I don't think that was it, Grandma."

"Maybe not. I don't remember the germ's name."

"It's hard to say, Grandma."

"Yes, I know. The owl had yellow eyes, pointed ears and a hook nose."

"Grandma?"

"Yes?"

"Mommy has a germ. The germ has a name. The germ is in her mouth."

"Yes, that's why she has a sore throat and doesn't feel well."

"Do I have a germ in my mouth?" She opens her mouth wide.

"No, all you have in your mouth is your teeth and your tongue."

"Oh. That's good," she says with a yawn. "Good night, Grandma."

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