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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 May 21, 2014 / 21 Iyar, 5774

Frank Lloyd Wright lives again --- in Arkansas

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes a single news story will illuminate more than just the usual darkness all around, bringing back a brighter past and, with it, hope for a brighter future. Like the latest announcement from Crystal Bridges, a not so little museum located in a little town in the heart of the heart of the country: Bentonville, Arkansas, which is up in the northwestern corner of the state. That's where a little company you may have heard of has its headquarters: Wal-Mart.

This time the already extensive but still fast-growing museum has acquired an archetypal example of the work of the one American architect most Americans might be able to name from the last century: Frank Lloyd Wright.

One of Wright's model little Usonian houses is to rise, if that's the word for it, on a wooded lot chosen for its natural setting and view of water, like much of the famous architect's work. For the little house is less separate from the outdoors than part of it. Like so much of Wright's architecture.

How fitting that students and faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas will play a role in the house's careful reconstruction, for Fay Jones was a disciple of Wright's -- as talented and innovative as his teacher, and just as much his own man.

Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect of the horizontal, as opposed to those of the vertical school who built soaring skyscrapers that tower above dark concrete canyons like Manhattan's, shutting out the light and reducing man to a creeper far below. Even when Wright designed his rare skyscraper, it was so man would have an eyrie, a new coign of vantage from which to view the great American expanse all around.

No one who has been to Fallingwater, built over a stream in the Pennsylvania woods, can fail to admire the sweep yet intimacy of Wright's imagination -- from the cantilevered design to every cultivated Art Deco detail within and without. If his engineering wasn't necessarily sound, he could always commission engineers to correct his mistakes. His vision was his sublime own.



Much like "The Great Gatsby," another masterpiece of 20th-century American art, Wright's genius represented a revolt against the East, a realization and appreciation of the virtues of the Midwest. No one who could create Prairie Houses, and come to exemplify the whole Prairie Style of American architecture, would ever be confused with a product of the Old World or even the old America. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright is a whole new Declaration of Independence.

Just as "The Great Gatsby" still captures the essence of the American experience, so does Frank Lloyd Wright's vision, and that essence is: separation and differentiation from all that has gone before. Separation and differentiation from old Europe. Separation and differentiation even from the old America. We would go on our own, ever-westering course way out here in the wide-open middle of the country.

Maybe the Usonian house never caught on as the kind of mass-produced innovation Frank Lloyd Wright had envisioned, but it's not a visionary's job to fulfill his vision, just provide one. And now one of his visions will ornament a shady copse at Bentonville, Ark. Thank you, once again, Alice Walton and all the collectors and connoisseurs and curators she has assembled at Crystal Bridges, the newest capital, shrine and ongoing enterprise of American art.

There's a moral to this story. It's symbolized by this little modern house before Wright's work was eclipsed by the postmodernism of today's deconstructionist architects. You know the sort: iconic figures whose much celebrated and overpaid efforts tend to come out looking like botched intestinal operations. And the moral of the story is: America is still out here, somewhere in a clearing, waiting to be found again, saved, rediscovered, restored, brought back to life, revived. Then we Americans will be, too.

For this is still a young country and our destiny still awaits, as in rendezvous with. It's been out here all along, "in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night," as Nick Carraway discovered at the end of "The Great Gatsby" and of his time in the East. That's when he decides to head back to where he belongs and what he came from, and realizes what he needs to be. It's a realization that tends to hit nice if naive young people who do their apprenticeship up East or out West before coming home to the Midwest or South or wherever they truly belong. Before they come home to America.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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