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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 March 5, 2010 / 19 Adar 5770

Are you talking to me?

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Women have been known to bare their souls at the grocery store. Which is why I wasn't surprised when the woman next to me at the apple display said that her granddaughter had injured her ankle.

"Is that right?" I offered sympathetically.

"They're taping it for now, but the poor thing may need surgery."

"That's too bad," I said, edging toward the grapefruit.

"Oh yeah, it's bad, real bad," the woman said.

"How unfortunate," I said, wondering how to move to the broccoli without seeming rude.

I looked at the woman and said I hoped her granddaughter got better. She jerked her head around to show me she was wearing a hands-free headset.

Bluetoothed again.

It happens everywhere — airports, malls, restaurants, doctors' offices and coffee shops.

I was washing my hands in the restroom of a big box store when a woman in a stall screamed, "ARE YOU THERE?"

My heart nearly jumped out of my chest — I thought she was having a medical emergency. Turns out she was just telling someone that, and this is a direct quote: "DON AND THE KIDS WILL BE A LITTLE LATE."

That woman has no idea how close she came to having a total stranger with soapy hands and outdated CPR certification crash through the door to her stall and administer unneeded first aid.

When we went to see "Blind Side," I literally was. Some guy had his Bluetooth blinking in my peripheral vision.

There is no question that a Bluetooth denotes a sense of importance and urgency. Yet, most of the time, people wearing them are saying the same mundane things the rest of us are saying into hand-held phones.

Letter from JWR publisher


The President's security detail has had hands-free headsets for years. I'd be devastated if I ever walked past one of them and heard, "A loaf of bread and milk? Sure, I'll pick some up on the way home."

More than anything, Bluetooths can make ordinary people look like they've simply lost their minds.

It used to be you knew someone was a few cards shy of a deck when they talked to themselves. With the increasing popularity of hands-free headsets people everywhere appear to be talking to themselves. It is harder and harder to tell the very well connected from the completely disconnected.

Take the guy walking down the street, staring into space, shouting, "Let's have a meeting, Phil! Tuesday? Yeah! Tuesday's good, Phil. Yeah! Tuesday! See you Tuesday." If he's turned so you can't see if he's wearing an earpiece, you're not sure if there is a Phil somewhere, or if Phil is a figment of the guy's imagination and he has a fixation with Tuesday.

I can hear you now. We all can.


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