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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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

A quest for dragons

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Have you seen any dragons lately? You can today in theaters, as the fantasy film "Eragon" opens. Of course, you can find the mythical creatures anytime online.

www.eragonmovie.com

The site for the new movie "Eragon," based on the bestselling fantasy book by then-teenager Christopher Paolini, contains all kinds of dragon-y things for fans, including the expected screensavers and wallpapers. The derivative story has been cited as being "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" with dragons, but it's a good yarn: A farm boy named Luke — I mean, Eragon — learns the ways of the Dragon Riders to overthrow a tyrannical ruler, who uses the dark side to reign over the Empire. Take an interactive tour of Alagaësia to visit the places of the story, or send a friend an e-card using the language of that land to get in the spirit of things. The slick website Shurtugal (www.shurtugal.com) follows "Eragon" from a fan's perspective.

www.draconic.com

Draconic claims to be the largest online community of otherkin dragons — "otherkin" being people who believe themselves to be something other than human. "Are you a dragon? I am," site founder Chris Dragon (a k a KaniS) says. "That's why I've created this site. ... I think that dragon spirits have always been here, but it has only been since the age of the Internet that we could easily find one another." He obviously believes strongly in those statements, because elsewhere on the site, in rules for new members to the forum, it warns, "Do not lie or pretend to be something you are not in order to get attention. ... And do not try to teach others 'how to be a dragon.' " For an informational guide to dragons, check out Draconian (www.draconian.com), although the ads are annoying.

www.crystalinks.com/chinadragons.html

Dragons were an important symbol in Chinese culture, and Crystalinks' Chinese Index has the lowdown. "The legend of the Chinese dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization and shaped their culture until today," the site notes. "Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings." The page includes information on the types of dragons, personality traits of people born in the Year of the Dragon and the tale "The 4 Dragons." To see how dragons appear in other cultures, see Wikipedia's thorough entry (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon).

www.annemccaffrey.net

You can't talk about dragons without bringing up the name of author Anne McCaffrey, creator of the beloved "The Dragonriders of Pern" books. Her official site includes a complete bibliography with summaries and purchase links.

www.isidore-of-seville.com/komodo

There are real-life dragons — in name, at least. They're called Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizard at up to 10 feet long, and they are a nasty thing to encounter on the islands of Indonesia. Komodo Dragon Central is a one-stop resource for links about these fascinating creatures, including a pithy article from Scientific American (www.startribune.com/a2058).

www.dragonsarecoming.com

What if dragons, as we know them from myths and stories, really did exist? That's the driving question behind Animal Planet's "Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real." The website for the faux nature documentary contains spectacular footage of the beasts — realized through top-notch special effects, like those in the new movie "Eragon" — as well as activities and a look at their evolution. You just might believe in dragons after exploring the site.

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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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