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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 June 26, 2014 / 28 Sivan, 5774

Cat psychics? A purrfectly crazy idea

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) As someone who lives with four cats, I am surprised at how many cat whisperers and animal psychics there are out there just dying to diagnose all sorts of problems by reading your animal’s mind.

On a late-night drive recently I discovered a live radio show in which pet owners call in and a psychic tells them, right there on the phone, what their pet is thinking and feeling.

I don’t want to imply that I don’t believe this is possible. I just want to come right out and say it. THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE.

The “animal communicator” (preferred term) has an Angela Lansbury voice that inspires trust and an irrational urge to embroider something. You want to believe her but the fact that you can reason and have opposable thumbs won’t let you. A woman with a troubled horse calls in and answers several questions designed to ferret (ha!) out tidbits that can help with the diagnosis. After a pronouncement of some sort of emotional problem, the pet psychic adds, cagily, “Hmmmm. I’m hearing from someone else. Is there another horse who nips a little too hard sometimes?” And, yes, there was! How did she know that?!? But, if you think about it, it was an easy educated guess. Horses are the sorority sisters of the animal world. You almost never see just one.

On most calls, she zeroes in almost too quickly.

Caller: “My parakeet –”

Psychic: “He’s really quite bored, isn’t he? He’s been wondering if you would consider changing his diet just a bit…”

Whaaaa?

Caller: “My dog has been acting depressed lately and–”

Psychic: “Well, wouldn’t you be depressed if you had a low-grade tummy ache all the time?”


She’s always right because who can argue? It’s not like the caller can turn to her parakeet and say, “This wackadoodle lady on the phone says you’re sick of sunflower seeds. Is this true?” Ditto the dog owner.

Will she whirl around and ask Bowzer if his stomach hurts and will he say, “Oh, thank the sweet Lord above, I thought you’d never ask.”

The radio pet psychic is proud of her celebrity clients including poor recently-cheated-on Tori Spelling. If only her dog had told the pet psychic during a home visit that “Arf! Dean’s in the pool house with the maid again!” Now that would’ve been a check worth writing.

At the end of the day, I don’t think anybody knows a pet better than their owners. Two of my cats are constantly hissing at and chasing one another so I asked them to explain, via mind reading, what they dislike about one another.

And here was their response:

For now, I’ll believe in Jason, the affable host of “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet who urges us to observe a cat’s body language. “Their claws can communicate with you,” he says.

Amen, Jason. I have a whole dialogue on my lower arm from this morning.


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