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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

Turn your handwriting into a computer-based font that will allow you to churn out homespun greetings

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Have you sent holiday cards yet? How about those annual letters to update friends and relatives on what's happening with your family? Whatever you're sending, personalizing dozens of cards, letters and envelopes can be a chore. But one Web site can ease the burden by turning your handwriting into a computer-based font that will allow you to churn out homespun greetings by the stockingful. It's something to write home about.


Fontifier could be just the site you need this holiday season. You give the site a sample of your handwriting, and it turns it into a font that can be used with Word or any word-processing or image-making program on your computer. The cost, $9, seems reasonable considering the font's uniqueness and the time saved from doing the writing yourself.

Creating your font takes seven easy steps, although you must have access to a scanner:

1. Print out a template from the site.

2. Write out each letter and character as indicated.

3. Scan the template and save it on your computer.

4. Upload the saved file to the site.

5. Preview your newly created font and then buy it if you like it.

6. Download the font file.

7. Install the font.

The site walks you through all of these steps, which took me less than 10 minutes.

Here is what I created: (insert image of handwriting font here.)

Based on my experience, here are some things to keep in mind if you try Fontifier:

  • The site recommends using a felt-tip pen, but be careful not to use one that's too thick because the letters won't look nice.

  • Be sure to fill the space for each character on the template (leaving a small margin all around). I wrote my letters too small, which created legibility problems once I used the font in Word.

  • Be sure to position your characters relative to the baseline on the template, as indicated by marks on the side of each box, or your characters won't align correctly.

  • You can create bold and italic versions of your font, but be sure to read Fontifier's help file (www.fontifier.com/help.html) before starting.

  • There are ways to design your letters so that they connect with one another. Again, read the help file first.

  • Fontifier is not compatible with Mac OS 9 or earlier - something the site doesn't make clear enough before purchasing.

Give Fontifier a try. Because you can preview your font before paying for it, there's nothing to lose. It could help make your holidays happier.

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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