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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

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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

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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 April 23, 2010 / 9 Iyar, 5770

Garden soil is extra rich this year

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I suddenly have an irresistible urge to garden this year.


Maybe it's because of the jaunty red and yellow tulips just outside the window.


Maybe it is the need to feel my hands in the rich black dirt.


Maybe it is because friends just found $200 in their garden.


A friend was cleaning out a small garden bed, shoving old leaves and winter debris into a trash bag when she picked up a crumpled piece of paper. She was about to trash it, too, when she took a second glance. It looked like a dollar bill. Not just any bill, a bill with Ben Franklin's mug on it.


She took the dirty crumpled weathered bill inside the house, showed it to her husband and asked if he thought it looked like play money or real money. He said it looked like a genuine hundred dollar bill to him and asked where she found it. Digging in the garden, she said.


He, too had an irresistible urge to garden. He went outside, dug around in the garden bed and found a Franklin as well.


Soon, their parents, neighbors, friends, friends of friends, aunts and uncles, second cousins and cousins six times removed, made their way to the house with an irresistible urge to garden, turning over every square foot of lawn, uprooting sod, pulling out shrubbery and tunneling under the driveway.


Not really, but you can see how such a thing could happen.


How could you hear about finding hundred dollar bills in the soil and not have an interest in gardening? Even if it is in someone else's yard.


The Franklins were in a little garden bed they plant every year and clean out every fall and every spring. They live in a new subdivision with lots of open spaces, few trees and strong winds.


The friends, who are as honest as a crocus is an early bloomer, thought they should try to find the owner. But how realistic was that?

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Then, as happens to anyone who experiences something good and unexpected, they turned melancholy. Maybe it was counterfeit. Maybe it was from a bank robbery. There hadn't been any in the area and there was no dye on the bills that they could see, but if they took it to the bank they could be implicated in a robbery. Wouldn't that be something? You get lucky, only to wind up behind prison bars singing Johnny Cash tune and wearing horizontal stripes that add 10 pounds.


They did the only sensible thing — since they both work during bank hours, they let her parents take it to the bank. The only thing better than gardening and finding money, is having parents willing to be implicated in a possible robbery on your behalf.


The parents took it to the bank, explained how the money was found and asked legal type questions. The bank confirmed the money was legit and then two tellers closed their windows early and went home with the irresistible urge to garden.


I know that I am going to enjoy gardening this year a lot more than usual.


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