In this issue
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 Sept. 25, 2009 / 7 Tishrei 5770

Men happily threaded to old clothes

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A United Kingdom poll found that women spend one year of their lives deciding what clothes to wear, 15 minutes a week chatting with friends on the phone about clothes and 16 minutes a week talking to their male partners about clothes.

A woman may spend 16 minutes a week talking to her man about clothes, but I guarantee you it's not about her clothes, it's about his.

I can also tell you that these are short conversations that never end well.

I know a woman who threw out a pair of her husband's sweat pants that he had hung onto from college 20 years ago. That woman's one small purge was followed by a 2-minute conversation and nine weeks of marriage counseling.

Women may have more clothes than men, but men have greater attachments to their clothes.

What male hasn't argued that his old underwear is "perfectly fine"? Every man has a favorite sweater that no longer holds its shape, a lucky shirt that looks like it fell on hard times, and, at the back of the closet, the best jacket ever made.

I've quit arguing with the husband about his socks with bare heels and holes in the toes. When I suggest ditching the socks, you'd think I was asking him to get rid of the family dog.

The husband also believes you haven't really gotten your money's worth out of your shoes until there is at least one hole in the sole and the front end begins to flap.

He is not alone. The last time I saw my brother he introduced me to Shoe Goo. It's a tube of gunk that will help hold your shoes together. I am certain it was invented by a man.

Once a year I initiate a conversation with the husband concerning his grungy worn-out T-shirts. I'm nearly always beaten by the 2-minute mark.

"Don't tell me you want to get rid of those!" he says, as though there is no end to the ways I squander money. "I'll use them when I mow!"

The last time he wore one of those old T-shirts to mow, he made $12 from passing motorists and a woman in a mini-van tossed him a bag from Burger King.

If the man ever wore all the old clothes he claims he's saving for work clothes at one time, he couldn't do anything outside until the temperature was below zero. He'd also have on so many layers he wouldn't be able to bend at the waist.

The husband has a maroon corduroy shirt hanging in our closet with a rip down the back. The corduroy is worn to the point of thread bare. I am not to touch it as it is his favorite "raking leaves" shirt.

There is an identical corduroy shirt, albeit in green, hanging in the hall closet that is also so worn that both elbows have disintegrated. It, too, is his favorite "raking leaves" shirt.

I've considered asking him to get rid of one of the shirts, but it would be easier if we simply moved to a climate where fall comes twice a year.

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