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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 July 11, 2013/ 4 Menachem-Av, 5773

Get this look, or not

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a feature that often accompanies pictures of celebrities on websites called "Get this look." The pop-up directs you to sales points for the fashions and accessories similar to what the celebs are wearing so that you, too, can look like a celebrity, which we know is always better than looking like yourself.

I just saw a picture of Miley Cyrus dashing off to a recording studio in low-slung white leggings and a white-cropped T-shirt exposing her belly. The girl is so lean as to be dehydrated. Clearly, she does crunches in her sleep and avoids carbs like incoming missiles. The "Get this look" feature displays sunglasses similar to the pair Miley is wearing for only $18.

Sure, I could cough up 18 smackers. I could get the sunglasses. But I would not look like Miley Cyrus. If at any time I thought a pair of sunglasses might make me look like Miley Cyrus, someone should put me away. Immediately. Yesterday.

And if you buy the sunglasses, you probably won't have the look either. Was that harsh? I'm so sorry.

But let me tell you this, in some cases, I'm not so sure you want the look.



It's a good thing news outlets label the celebrities as celebrities, because some of them are dressed so casually that it's difficult to tell if they are rich and famous or destitute and seeking shelter. A number of rich and famous young women seem to have anger issues with their shirts. It looks like they took a man's T-shirt, cut it off with scissors in a fit of fury, and then stretched the bottom so violently that it is wavy and exceptionally ill fitting.

If you truly wanted to "Get this look," you would have to rage in your man's dresser drawer. Or go dumpster diving.

I actually like the "Get this look" feature. I only wish those words could hover over those we meet in real time. This would eliminate those awkward moments of complimenting someone on something they are wearing, hoping they might mention where it came from and if it was on sale.

Then again, I would not particularly want it to hover over the husband. It would point to articles of his clothing and say, "Get this look: Available only from the back of the closet." Or, "Get this look: His wife said that if he wore that shirt again, it would be over her dead body. He's still wearing it and she's still alive."

Actually, I wouldn't want it hovering over me, either. It would point to me and say, "Get this look: Workout pants, out-of-style, out-of-stock. She wears them to make it look like she works out, but she rarely does."

Our daughter emailed us an illustration from a children's book of a Grandma who looks considerably advanced in age, with her hair in rollers, and a Grandpa of a similar age slouched on a sofa in a cardigan. She said her girls saw it and yelled, "Grandma! Grandpa!" and then kissed the picture.

We've got the look all right. And the kisses.


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