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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

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 July 11, 2008 / 8 Tamuz 5768

Hard to keep your cool longing for A/C

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The day I choose to spend with our son and his wife in their condo in Chicago was the same day the two of them decided to turn off their air conditioning. Lucky me.


I walked in, and after a respectable amount of time (three seconds), said, "Hey, it feels like a steam bath here."


"Yeah, it is kinda warm," the son said, mopping his brow. "We turned off the air conditioner. We're acclimating — getting ready for our trip to Italy. A lot of the places we'll be staying don't have air conditioning, so we want to get used to the heat now."


The son said not to worry; it hadn't gotten above 88 inside. "At least not yet," he said, peering at the thermostat.


The daughter-in-law didn't seem to mind the heat. But she's young and pretty. When she gets hot, she breaks into a light sweat that makes her look like she's glowing. When I get hot, I look like one of the melting monkeys on "The Wizard of Oz," although I try not to make the screeching sounds.


The son said if I sat by the sliding glass doors, I might catch a breeze.


I might. Chicago is known as the Windy City, but what they don't tell you is that the wind needs GPS to direct it between all the tall buildings so crammed together they block the air flow.


Do you know why so many apartment dwellers in big cities have dogs? So the animals can drag their owners' limp bodies home after they pass out on the street from heat exhaustion and lack of air circulation. It has nothing to do with being man's best friend. It's a survival measure, pure and simple.


I shared the elevator in our son's building with a woman who was about 81 -- age and weight — heading out to take her rather large-size dog for a walk. This frail little woman should have been walking a Chihuahua, but do you know why she wasn't? Because a Chihuahua can't drag you home.


I don't know when I got so hooked on air conditioning. We spent a lot of summers as kids without air conditioning. Men worked in shirts and ties without it and families drove to California with nothing but a 470 — four windows down at 70 miles an hour.


We didn't get an air conditioner until the mid '60s. They were the big window units the dads hauled up from the basement around Memorial Day and lugged back down in September.


Once the window units appeared, neighbors didn't sit on the front steps in the evenings as often. Later, everybody put in central air and the neighbors mainly talked by phone.


I was thinking about how this marvelous convenience has changed us as I tried to sleep that night, tossing and turning, adding the temperature and the humidity to calculate the heat index. (It always helps to have numbers to substantiate your misery.)


I considered standing at the window for some fresh air, but the window faced six windows on the apartment building next to it. Someone could think I was window peeking and call the police, so I decided against it.


And then I thought, why not. It might be a good way to meet the neighbors. And if that didn't pan out, at least the police cruiser would have air conditioning.

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