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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 Feb. 13, 2014/ 13 Adar I, 5774

Put me in, coach; I'm ready to sit the SAT

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Just a year ago, I'd never even heard of something called an "SAT coach," and this week, well, I hired one.

Such is the power of peer pressure, middle-age Mommie style. All of a sudden, every time I was around other parents of high school juniors, whether it was a ballgame, a dinner party or just making small talk at the grocery store, the talk turned to the SAT, which stands for Scholastic Aptitude Test or, remembering my own lackluster test scores, Stupid Algebra Tricks.

And then, after discussing upcoming testing dates and locations, the Mommie voices would lower to a near-whisper.

"Have you hired your coach yet?"

The first time I heard this I nearly choked on the artichoke dip I had been thoroughly enjoying.

"Huh? Nah. The Princess doesn't play any sports."

"Not sports! An SAT coach, silly!"

"Do what?"

I don't remember the SAT being that big a deal back in the Black Sabbath days. You took it one time, you hoped it wasn't a disaster and then you found out you were pregnant, got married and never thought about it again.

OK, maybe that was just my high school.

But a lot has happened since then. The SAT has spiffed up its image considerably. Just to sign up the Princess to take the test had me in tears. There were so many questions. And I had to upload a digital photo for her admission ticket which I had no idea how to do. The Princess did that part but took way too long to find a picture of herself that she liked.

"It doesn't matter!" I finally screamed. "The College Board doesn't care if your messy bun looks too messy. Just pick one already!"

Signing up to take the test took an entire evening. When I finally hit the "SUBMIT" button I felt like I should take a "Rocky" style victory jog around the house. Fortunately the mood passed and I had a beer instead. Good call.



And then, not more than a week later, the SAT coach talk started up.

"Have you got one yet?" I was asked by a friend.

"Yeah, it's called all her teachers."

But, after a while, I started to fret. The mommies are very clued in to these things. One had prepared a flow chart demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of the various local coaches.

Another Mommie pulled me into a coat closet at a New Year's party and whipped out a coach's private number stored in her cell phone.

"Here you go," she said. "Happy New Year!"

"But I've read somewhere that it may not even help that much," I said lamely. "Why do parents have to micromanage everything?"

"My kid's score went up 200 points," she said, opening the closet door and booting me out, clearly regretting her decision to share. "Do what you think is best."

Me? I have no idea. But the Mommies have never steered me wrong. Coach starts in six weeks. I'm chilling the Gatorade.


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