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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Dec. 23, 2011 / 27 Kislev, 5772

Last-minute holiday gifts, even if you're your own Santa

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Christmas comes but once a year, the saying goes, and this year it's on the sixth day of Hanukkah. This means there are plenty of gift-shoppers out there, and as the clock ticks down, panic may set in.

Relax, if only a little. Here are some suggestions for last minute shopping. Or, for treating yourself if the situation calls for that.

GET A FLASH DRIVE: One of the amazing bargains right now is the "Kingston Digital 8 GB USB 2.0 Hi-speed Datatraveler Flash Drive," which is an unwieldy name for a flash drive that not only stores 8 Gbytes of information (approximately 630 copies of the PDF version of this newspaper), but also has "urDesk," which is a private "desktop" on which you can store files or small programs such as an included photo viewer or a Web broser, also included. The idea is you can use another computer but keep your data and browsing private. (This feature is limited to computers running Microsoft Windows.)

I'm impressed, but also with the bargain-basement prices Amazon.com has on these Kingston devices: the 8 Gbyte model is selling for $8.99, a whopping 63 percent below the list price, and can be at your door overnight via Amazon's "Prime" service. Similarly impressive discounts are available on 4, 16 and 32 Gbyte models.

I don't go anywhere without a flash drive, and it happens to be this Kingston product. If having a way to make data portable is important to you, then you'll want one of these, too.

GET A GUIDEBOOK: If the experienced techie (or a tech tyro) in your life is getting a new computer or tablet or smartphone; upgrading their laptop's operating system; or beginning to blog with WordPress, a book can make life much easier. Sure there's lots of help online, but having a printed guide (with an index, no less), is something else.

For example, David Pogue's magnum opus, "Mac OS X Lion: The Missing Manual," (Pogue Press/O'Reilly, $34.99) is worth its weight in Genius Bar visits for the extensive amount of information it supplies. Mr. Pogue's exhaustive treatment of the Mac operating system will have a newcomer leaping tall buildings in a single bound, or just about. It's a super-good, super-clear reference.

I'm also a huge fan of any title in the "For Dummies" series, to which (full disclosure) I contributed a volume back during the first Clinton administration. Having gone through the editing process, I can attest - as I've done here before - that the final product is almost always a well-researched, well presented effort that's easy to read and helpful. Many Dummies titles are available with full color illustrations, such as Lisa Sabin-Wilson's "WordPress Web Design for Dummies," (Hungry Minds, $29.99) and that helps a lot.

AND ONE MORE BOOK: To borrow a phrase, let me suggest "one more thing" you'll want to consider as a gift (even, again, for yourself). It's Walter Isaccson's biography of the late Steve Jobs, which lists for $35 but is available in many places for around half price. (An audiobook version, unabridged, lists for $49.99, but can be had for $29.24, or 42 percent less, at Amazon.com.)

Mr. Isaccson is a writer for whom the word "compelling" was probably invented. Then again, it also was probably created for Mr. Jobs, whose drive, vision and dedication-bordering-on-fanaticism gave the world so many "insanely great" products, as the original Macintosh computer was supposed to be.

While I never had the opportunity to meet Steve Jobs, I have met many of the other people referenced in Mr. Isaccson's book. And, having been involved in this field for most of the time that Apple Inc. has been in business, I'm familiar enough with this story to verify that for a book published so quickly after its subject's demise, it will offer a good record of an incredible life. (Although, to be fair, others disagree.)

Either way, for its insights into the technology industry as a whole, into the history of Apple and its products, and, again, the very compelling life of Mr. Jobs, you can't find a better telling. It's a great read, I promise.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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