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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 Sept. 21, 2012/ 6 Tishrei, 5773

The Woman of the Year . . . is missing

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A number of luncheon events I speak at often serve chicken. You can't go wrong with chicken, although some chicken dishes are drier than others. It doesn't matter though. It is not the food that makes the event, it is the people.

I am speaking to a group of women who have gathered to raise money for women in their community. The head table is buzzing because a member of the group who is to be recognized as Woman of the Year has not yet arrived.

The woman they are waiting for is 90.

Doris has refused to come to the event with either of her daughters because she prefers to drive herself.

"Who knows, maybe she stopped off at Wal-Mart on her way for a bag of cat food," one of her daughters says.

"Maybe she's working on the gallery opening tonight," someone offers.

Time passes, the room fills, the emcee makes some announcements and Doris still had not arrived.

"Does she have a cell phone?" someone asks.

"Yes, but she's not answering."

The festive atmosphere grows mute. Anxious eyes at our table fix on the door.

"Maybe she's having trouble finding parking," someone says.

More quiet. More waiting. And then someone spots her and a collect sigh of relief sounds as Doris breezes through the door.

She takes her seat, others look at her expectantly and she says, "My friend Joe died Wednesday." A gasp circles the table as the others clearly have not heard about the death.

"I got a call Wednesday night," she says. "So I made some chicken salad last night, took it over the house this morning and sat awhile."

Doris hadn't stopped at Wal-Mart or dropped in on the gallery, she has heard of a death in the community, whipped up some comfort food and has been sitting with the grieving.

This powerhouse of a little lady is eating her lunch when her name is announced as Woman of the Year. Her eyes grow big, her spoon falls from her hand and she shakes her head.

She accepts her award without much to say. The emcee tells her story for her. Doris Myers grew up poor. The first art she created was with a burnt match on a paper bag. Doris went to college when not many girls did and earned a business degree. She wanted an art degree, but the college didn't offer one. So she went to a second college and earned an art degree. She taught art at the high school, founded the fine arts council in town and "brought culture to the county," as they called it. When she retired from teaching, she painted the history of the town on a wall mural in the high school working on 15-foot scaffolding.

I've only known Doris five minutes, but my eyes are tearing up with the rest of them. Remarkable, simply remarkable.

Hard work, a life well-lived, and giving to others along the way is that quiet recipe for greatness so often overlooked.

We are having quiche at this luncheon. If they had wanted chicken salad for 150, I imagine they could have asked Doris and she gladly would have brought it.


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