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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 August 14, 2008 / 13 Menachem-Av 5768

Spying on kid at summer camp awfully fulfilling

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The princess is at her first sleep-away camp this week. This is a rite of passage for both of us.


She will swim, canoe and learn to sail a Sunfish.


I will mope, pout and be just a little ashamed that I spent the extra 10 bucks so I could view digital photos of her enjoying various activities at camp, updated hourly.


So while she thinks she's making papier mache crafts and learning how to use a bow and arrow and dive off a diving board into water that, frankly, doesn't look all that clean to me, away from the prying eyes of her meddlesome mommy, it's not exactly so.


The old hippie in me can't believe that I've done this. Camp should be a retreat in total, not an excuse for me to spy on my own kid, right? How Big Brother is that?


But I can't help myself. When she comes home, dare I say, "and just why was that blond boy sitting so close to you on the hayride at 3 p.m. Monday?"


Or: "Those cinnamon rolls at breakfast Tuesday morning looked amazing. I don't know why you had to share half of yours with that blond boy. Who is that kid, anyway?"


I'm kidding; there's no boy, just a lot of giggly girls her own age, including her best girlfriend from church. Whose clothes she appears to be wearing.


It's only Day 1 and, according to the photos, Soph has already used up five of the 10 outfits we packed plus some of her friend's. I want to scream. This is supposed to be a rustic, back-to-nature camp experience, not Project Runway.


And she's doing something funky with her hair, too. I can see it right there. Zoom in closer ... enlarge photo ... Oh. Never mind. That's somebody else's kid. Crap. I just clicked to buy a photo of somebody else's kid. I am officially nuts.


I can tell she hasn't put on enough of the SPF 50 that I bought for her. There appears to be too much pink on her shoulders and the tip of her nose. Ohmigod! There's a Band-Aid on her left knee. And it's not even a cute one. I want to weep.


To be honest, Sophie, burned and scarred as she is, seems to be having the time of her life. Away from me. And this is exactly as it should be as she prepares to spread her wings a bit before the start of (insert stabbing pain in my left temple) MIDDLE SCHOOL.


Although, thanks to the wonders of digital uploads, she's not nearly as away from me as she thinks. Heh-heh-heh.


The guilt has set in. I resolve not to look at the photos for the rest of the week. Something about it just doesn't feel right. I'll let her daddy do it.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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