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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 Feb. 10, 2014/ 10 Adar I, 5774

Joan of Art, without pretension

By David Shribman




JewishWorldReview.com | Her husband mastered the art of politics, she mastered the politics of art. Her husband campaigned for the presidency, she campaigned for art in public places. She cared for the couple’s children at the beginning of their lives together, he cared for her at the end of hers.

Joan Adams Mondale, who died Monday at age 83, was an artist, an advocate and an ambassador for American culture. She was also the wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale — a pathfinding second lady of the United States who left a permanent mark on the American landscape.

The art along the Boston subway’s Red Line, the sculpture on the plazas of the palaces of American commerce, the grace notes of culture that are a part of federal projects across the country, the exhibits that are on the walls of American embassies around the globe — all bear the fingerprints of Mrs. Mondale, who was instrumental in making the arts part of government and private-sector projects.

Mrs. Mondale, like her husband a minister’s child, grew up in Wallingford, Pa., and, like her husband, was educated at Minnesota’s Macalester College. She was not a native Midwesterner but drank in the spirit of the region and then personified it.

She could speak fluently about the nature scenes of Charles Burchfield, the watercolor-and-crayon creations of Richard Diebenkorn, the sculpture of Kenneth Snelson and the paintings of Richard Anuszkiewicz — and could rhapsodize on the virtues of soft-boiled eggs for breakfast. A Beacon Hill matron never got over the fact that when Mrs. Mondale stayed in her guest room during a campaign swing through Boston, she insisted on making her bed before leaving the house.

“When the two were together they were like small-town Minnesotans who were no longer small-town,” says Dayton Duncan, deputy press secretary of the Mondale presidential campaign in 1984. “She had the modest Midwestern values without being corny. She had a sophisticated outlook but never gave the impression that she had left something behind and moved up.”

When the couple moved out of the vice president’s house after the Democratic ticket lost in 1980, Barbara Bush remembered yesterday, Mrs. Mondale welcomed the new vice-presidential family into the mansion with uncommon grace. It was the same grace Mrs. Mondale showed when a neighbor, Diana Walker, told her that the youngest Mondale, Eleanor, had been ice skating down the sidewalk of Lowell Street in Washington after a midwinter freeze.

Mrs. Mondale had sharp political instincts and nudged her husband to pick Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first woman on a national ticket. “She understood the meaning of breaking an important barrier,” says David Lee Lillehaug, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice who as a young man lived with the Mondales during that period.

The American republic was conceived by poets and artists but, alongside Jacqueline Kennedy, Mrs. Mondale was the modern American who most nearly combined arts and politics. In his first Blair House meeting with Jimmy Carter as the Georgian’s vice president, Mr. Mondale insisted on a role in the arts for Mrs. Mondale, who became known as Joan of Art. Mr. Mondale placed the notion in the memorandum he prepared for Mr. Carter on his vision of the modern vice presidency.

“Public art was not a concept well-understood, let alone supported, until Joan came along,” says Richard Moe, chief of staff in Mr. Mondale’s vice-presidential office. “Now it’s seen as an integral part of architecture.”



Mrs. Mondale’s arts offensive was not without controversy. Though she had worked at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, she lacked the formal graduate training of the arts establishment. Unlike others in her field, she did not let phrases like trompe l’oeil tumble effortlessly from her lips — though she minored in French at Macalester. She may have prided herself on her precision — her traveling companions this week uniformly recalled her iron discipline when it came to her diet — but she abhorred pretension.

“She meant so much to people in the arts because she not only celebrated them but understood them,” says Ann Stock, former assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “She was a potter and made the vice presidential house an art showcase.”

The exhibits Mrs. Mondale installed in the house often had a regional flavor — first New England and New York art, then art rooted in the Far West. It was an idea hatched over peanut-butter sandwiches in her kitchen and fueled by her personal knowledge that politicians had little taste for galleries but would accept an invitation to the vice president’s house.

“She was tireless on behalf of high art and public art,” says Anne Hawley, director of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Indeed, one of the reasons Mrs. Mondale brought to her home a Snelson sculpture from the Whitney Museum of Art — a gangling assembly of four stainless-steel tubes and 10 steel wires — was because Mayor James Griffin of Buffalo refused to install a Snelson on a public plaza there. He said it was better suited to the bottom of Lake Erie. In time Mrs. Mondale won the battle of wills with Mr. Griffin, a former railway engineer who cultivated his populist image — but who eventually changed his mind.

Mrs. Mondale changed many minds, some on behalf of her husband, a onetime senator defeated by Ronald Reagan three decades ago. Throughout much of that campaign, she traveled on her own, winning friends — and pen pals. “She would get into the car after every event and start writing thank you notes,” says Heather Campion, who was the trip director for Mrs. Mondale and who next month becomes the chief executive of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation.

Once Mrs. Mondale grew ill with Parkinson’s disease, her husband devoted himself to ministering to her at the end of her life with the indefatigability she once applied to his political life. The two attended Christmas music concerts this winter despite the northern-plains cold and the difficulty of maneuvering a wheelchair through snow-rutted Minnesota sidewalks. For months Mr. Mondale, still a Twin Cities luminary, turned down scores of invitations, saying simply, “I want to be home with Joan.”

“He felt it was something he owed her,” says Maxine Isaacs, who served as press secretary in the Mondale campaign. “He knew she took care of the home as he was making his way, and at the end he wanted to repay the debt.”


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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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