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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 Feb 14, 2014 / 14 Adar I, 5774

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings: Part 3

By Dave Weinbaum



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When I was 44, my father, Mel told me that he wished he had done more with his life. He had two weeks to live. I told him he had done great, yet inside I knew he had talents he hadn't fully explored.

From a one-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment on the west side of Chicago that housed nine other relatives, he rose to be an independent businessman. He dropped out of high school to work and coped with the ups and downs of his own businesses and the inferiority complex he carried from his lack of education. Plus, he coached all my little league teams and attended all my football practices. He sent me to an expensive college at a time of extreme financial difficulties. I was honored to make him and my mother, Mildred my partners in their mid-50s.

The most important inheritance you can leave your children is the example you set in life

About a year after Mel died, I started writing quotes and jokes — by accident. I began a monthly paper for the crews in my eight restaurants. My job was to do a top ten list. I would scan everywhere, looking for famous quotes and jokes—always afraid I would run out. Inspired by the sayings of others, I started coming up with some of my own. One of my sources was The National Enquirer. When I saw an ad in the Enquirer urging folks to send in original one-liners the proverbial bulb lit my head up.

I discovered I had authored 52 original quotes and jokes in ten months. Asking friends what they thought my chances were of someone actually publishing me led to a LOT of laughter and questions about my sanity.

I sent them anyway.

Nine issues later, as I sat in my Lazy Boy at 3 AM, I scanned the Enquirer per usual. Finding nothing, I came across a story about Halle Berry and male strippers on the second to last page. As I finished the story, I closed the paper. A little corner stood out. Shockingly, my name was there.

WHOA! I was a published author. I went on to be published in the Enquirer exactly 100 times until they stopped publishing original quotes after their anthrax attack in 2001 kicked them out of their Boca Raton headquarters. They stopped publishing quotes—another reason to hate terrorists.

Even so, that experience exploded my creativeness to the point where today, I've written 45,000 original quotes and jokes, been published in 16 Reader's Digest Quotable Quotes and ten Forbes. As I opened my JewishWorldReview.com edition today, my quote headlines it as it has many times in the last eight years.

Social media has been a boon to my sayings as Tweeters, Facebookers, Pinterestees, Stumbleduponers and bloggers from all over the world publish my material daily in up to 27 languages.

I was going to be an astronaut but they ran out of space

Ten years ago, my banker and friend, Dave O'Reilly told me about the Yahoo Finance message boards. I was stunned at the anti-American, Progressive and anti-Semitic blogs on the Pfizer, IBM, Walmart and other company boards. No one seemed to be answering, so I took it upon myself to parachute in. As I retorted their garbage, I was forced to do research on my rebuttals.

After developing an effective arguing style, I looked at some of my responses. They sure looked like op-eds to me. I concluded that they were close enough to submit.

Since most of the MSM leans left, I found it difficult for a young 57 year-old conservative to latch on.

Then I got my big break after my local papers started including my columns. Binyamin Jolkovsky, owner and chief editor of the Jewish World Review published me. My columns are posted alongside of some of my heroes: Ann Coulter, Nat Hentoff, Larry Elder, Thomas Sowell, Paul Greenberg, Bill O'Reilly, Jack Kelly and last and certainly a candidate for the best, Charles Krauthammer. There are many more of the same caliber scribblers on the site. They possess many Pulitzers and have sold millions of books.

As a C- high school student who finished in the bottom half of my class, I've slowly developed a penchant for seeing what I can really do if I'm passionate about something.

What better reason to have a new beginning?

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