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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

E-mails you've sent

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Recent columns have prompted e-mails about bloggers covering their serious illnesses and a unique font — plus a question about an urban legend.

Coping with illness

Hey, Web Search: In your column Friday, you highlighted several websites and blogs devoted to disabilities or illnesses. I am the parent of a 28-year-old son with severe mental retardation. He is nonverbal and frequently has behaviors that are out of the norm. But he does have a full life, a part-time job and family who care about him deeply. There is much information on the Web about children and cognitive disabilities, but I am having a hard time finding anything about adults. And it seems to me there should be blogs where parents can at least vent.


Randy says: Start with the blog Parenting a Complex Special Needs Child (parentingacomplexchild.blogspot.com) and its related website (www.parentingyourcomplexchild.com). Oregon author Peggy Lou Morgan has a 23-year-old son with special needs and has written an advice book based on her experiences, "Parenting Your Complex Child." While Morgan focuses on raising young children, her regular blog comments about everyday life with her grown son might be helpful.

Unfortunately, I didn't find much beyond that. I e-mailed Morgan to recount your question and ask for her recommendations.

"I get a lot of e-mail like the one you forwarded because there is a lack of appropriate information about what parents of more difficult children and adults face," Morgan replied. "There are a variety of blogs and sites relative to children, but few deal with parenting adults with disabilities."

If any readers know of a website for parenting special-needs adults, e-mail me and I'll follow up.

Hey, Web Search: If you have the time, go to our daughter Cindy's website (www.faithfulpromises.com). She is the mother of 10 children, nine of them adopted. Thanks for the column today [on blogs about coping with serious illness]. I sent it to her.


Randy says: Cindy's thoughtful updates about her struggles with colorectal cancer serve as a true inspiration for those affected by the disease and those just visiting her site. Through it all, her husband and 10 children are always on her mind and at her side. "I have 11 dear reasons to put everything I have into this fight," she says.

More fun with fonts

Hey, Web Search: Sometime recently, you listed a website to download a process for making one's own handwriting into a font. Could you please give me those sites again?


Randy says: Fontifier (www.fontifier.com) lets you create a unique font from your handwriting by filling out a template, scanning it and uploading it to a website. You then can preview the font before paying $9 to use it permanently.

This is a good time to remind readers that anything you read in Web Search — and more — can be found in my blog (www.startribune.com/websearch), which includes a free, searchable archive.

The key to hotel cards

Hey, Web Search: How can I find out whether the story about hotel electronic key cards having guests' personal information is an urban legend — such as a credit-card number, Social Security info and such? I've looked on urban-legend websites, but have yet to find the answer.


Randy says: That one's definitely an urban legend. The key card has nothing more than the code needed to unlock the door. You can read more at the top urban-legend website, Snopes (www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/hotelkey.asp). While the practice is technically possible, Snopes says that hotels don't use key cards that way and that the systems used to encode them aren't configured to add personal info. If you're concerned, it adds, "When you check out of your hotel, you can retain or destroy your key card."

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