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When it comes to laundry, especially in Jennie Murphree, where there are 700 residents and only eight washers and three dryers, it’s every girl for herself.
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I’ve lived in two residence halls, Gilchrist and Jennie Murphree, and the game of trying to find out when was the best time to do laundry was never-ending. Early morning, late at night, middle of the afternoon, weekdays, weekends—I tried them all.

Each time I thought, “No one does laundry at this time!” the laundry room would be at capacity. As a summer C freshman, I scheduled myself to do laundry on Thursdays and Sundays, and apparently so did hundreds of others, because laundry facilities in my building were rarely empty. What they are full of, besides people, is irritating habits: unwelcome leftovers, six loads of wet clothes and no available dryers.

The most common annoyance is when laundry is dumped into machines and then left there for hours on end, taking the machines away from others who want to use them. I learned very quickly to always check and make sure the washer you’re trying to reserve is empty before you pay for it. Otherwise you’re faced with the choice of either losing your money or removing the long-forgotten clothes that were probably dry by then.

There is always the option of just coming back later. But, unfortunately college students procrastinate, and because of the cost of laundry and the amount of time it eats up, most students probably wait to do it until finally they reach into their underwear drawers and feel bare bottoms. Sometimes laundry can’t wait and the leftover clothes have got to go. And if they’re soaking wet, the owner will definitely be glaring daggers upon their return. (Well, what did they expect us to do, dry their clothes for them?) If it’s the dryer that’s taken, moochers are even more likely to find their laundry relocated since clothes don’t do well if they stay wet for a long time.

When it comes to laundry, especially in Jennie Murphree, where there are 700 residents and only eight washers and three dryers, it’s every girl for herself.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that some people have mountains of clothing. This must come from living in an all-girl’s dorm, because I don’t remember ever walking into the facilities at Gilchrist and seeing all of the machines being monopolized by one person. There’s almost always more than one large pile of clothing lying around on one of the counters, and I can count on one hand the number of times where there wasn’t at least two or three machines taken.

I never know what I’m going to find on laundry day. I’ve given up trying to figure out when’s the best time to go, but as soon as I can get all of my loads into the machines, I sit down and start my homework—because I’d rather not find my soaking wet clothes on the dusty floor of a much-used laundry room.
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Period panties just got a whole lot prettier.

(And don’t act like you don’t know what we’re talking about—we know you’ve got some scary stain-worthy pairs reserved for your little friend just like the rest of us.)

Thinx, a new line of women’s underwear that’s specially made to deal with leaks and pads when you’re on the rag, is coming to a retailer near you in May. And the best part? These undies are bloody cute.

They come from a trio of New York based entrepreneurs—identical twin sisters Miki and Radha Agrawal and their friend Antonia Dunbar—and represent three years of brainstorming, research, design and fund-raising efforts (including ,000 from a Kickstarter campaign). The result is a line of lingerie that’s leak and stain-resistant, anti-microbial, moisture wicking and durable. It’s all meant to provide some trusted backup to your sometimes less-than-perfect tampons—and there’s also plenty of material in the crotch for a pad if that’s how you roll.

The premiere collection of four styles pretty much has something for everyone: Hiphugger (hipsters, ); Cheeky (showing some skin, ); Shapewear Comfy (Spanx-like, with mini-heating-pad inserts for cramps, ); and Limited Edition by NAVEN (lacy, from L.A. designers, ).
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Just this week, Thinx won a product-pitch contest in Boston, with a prize of having the panties sold through online retailer Daily Grommet and promoted on Indiegogo.

The underwear was created thanks to a familiar "oops" moment.

“It all began while wearing a white skirt to a meeting. Let’s just say I had to go home and change my clothes,” explains Rahda, the founder of children’s media company Super Sprowtz, in the company’s Kickstarter video. “I thought to myself, I can’t believe they don’t make underwear that’s not leak and stain resistant. And wouldn’t it be great if they did?”

She and Antonia and Miki—a marketing exec and the founder of farm-to-table pizza franchise Slice Perfect, respectively—brainstormed the idea further while away together at a wedding in India. When they got home, they did some research into the lingerie market. That proved there was a niche waiting to be filled, as all the panties they perused were either too skimpy or too grandmotherly be acceptable for anyone’s time of the month.

“So we put our heads together and decided it was time for a more thoughtful pair of underwear. A pair that thought of us and acted as backup even when we weren’t thinking. We’re calling it Thinx.”

And that, we thinks, is one pair of undies we can really get with.

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Stan • 45 minutes ago Report Abuse
The grammer in this article is so low class it’s insulting to women and totally pathetic. Yahoo has been censoring comments and yet allows this kind of nonsensical trash to be published.
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Pinky • 5 hours ago Report Abuse
the only issue is im deff not shelling out 30 bucks for one pair of underware
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Karen • 51 minutes ago Report Abuse
I don’t care if this is a ‘girl’ writing this article, to use the trashy and definitely masculine term of "on the rag" is something I still don’t particularly care for.
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Jade • 1 hour 14 minutes ago Report Abuse
Did a 12 year old write this "your little friend"????????
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Cat • 41 minutes ago Report Abuse
What a terrible writer! "on the rag" ?? real class lady
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Lep • 4 hours ago Report Abuse
for a pair of panties? No way in hell.
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Zoey • 46 minutes ago Report Abuse
Buying liners, or Tampons, is MUCH cheaper! I shall pass on these…
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Spooky • 36 minutes ago Report Abuse
Does that really say "When you’re on the rag?"
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Dorothy • 37 minutes ago Report Abuse
Not new….and your choice of words is offensive & immature.
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Phil A • 28 minutes ago Report Abuse
My little friend is a Smith & Wesson 9mm
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Police Sergeant John-Paul Bebee said Giaquinto had two driving licenses, with addresses in Warwick, New York, and Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

Giaquinta is believed to be living at the Hasbrouck Heights apartment, where she is listed as owning a company called Rising Vitality Fitness Service.
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SPARTA — A woman wearing only an unzipped jacket was charged with driving while intoxicated after she allegedly crashed into a stone wall and fled the scene, police said.

A resident of Grove Terrace in the Lake Mohawk section of the township contacted police at 12:53 a.m. on Friday to report that a white Volkswagon Jetta had just crashed into a stone retaining wall on her property and then fled the scene, according to Sgt. John-Paul Beebe

Officer Joseph Pensado, who was in the area on routine patrol, saw the vehicle a short time later on West Shore Trail so he conducted a motor vehicle stop.

Despite the near freezing temperatures, the officer was surprised to find that the operator, Catherine Giaquinto, 36, of Warwick, N.Y., was only wearing an unzipped leather jacket, Beebe said.

Pensado spoke to Giaquinto and suspected she was under the influence of alcohol. When asked why she was driving in the nude, Giaquinto denied being completely naked, Beebe said.

The officer observed fresh damage to the left front fender, driver’s side door and the rear left passenger’s door which was consistent with the damaged retaining wall.

Giaquinto’s speech was badly slurred and mostly unintelligible. She could not remember if she had been involved in an accident and did not know where she was going, Beebe said.

The officer observed a dress and other articles of clothing in plain view on the rear passenger seat of the vehicle. He retrieved these items and directed Giaquinto to get dressed. It took approximately 10-minutes for Giaquinto to put her clothes on and when she wsa done, the officer noted that she had put her dress on inside out and backwards, Beebe said.

After Giaquinto was dressed, she was then directed to exit her motor vehicle to attempt to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Due to her high level of intoxication, Giaquinto could not maintain her balance by simply standing still and listening to the officer’s instructions, Beebe said.

These tests were terminated by the officer a short time later for Giaquinto’s own safety. She was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing and breath testing, Beebe said.

During processing, Giaquinto became argumentative and disorderly. She was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath testing, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, careless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and a documentation violation

She was released several hours later to a sober adult and her vehicle was impounded.
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PUBLISHED: 15:52 EST, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 EST, 22 January 2013

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The nearly-nude driver arrested for crashing her car into a wall while wearing only an unzipped leather jacket was once jailed for smuggling ecstasy in her underwear, MailOnline can reveal today.

Brunette fitness instructor Catherine Giaquinto, 36, was part of a courier ring convicted of sneaking into the U.S. a staggering amount of the illegal party drugs in 2000.

Giaquinto, whose address is linked to a fitness service called Rising vitality Services, was sentenced to 23 months in jail for hiding cash in her clothes while flying to Europe, then bringing 10,000 ecstasy pills back through Newark Airport.
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At the time, her lawyer told a judge that her behavior was “aberrant,” saying she had never been in trouble before.

Giaquinto’s latest run in with the law unfolded on Friday night when a Sparta Township, New Jersey, police officer pulled over her damaged Volkswagen Jetta at 12.53am.

Despite the freezing 16 degree temperature, the 36-year-old was wearing next to nothing.

She allegedly told Officer Joseph Pensado she had no memory of crashing into a nearby wall and did not know why she was driving in just a tiny jacket.
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The officer spotted clothes on the back seat and told her to get dressed. He claimed it took her 10 minutes of struggling before she put her dress on backwards and inside out.

He also noted that she could barely stand up during a roadside breathalyzer test and that her speech was slurred.

She was charged with a slew of offences, including driving under the influence, failing to wear a seat belt, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

More…

…NY dentist ‘arrested for conducting procedure on a patient while DRUNK’
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Giaquinto, who is single and lives in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Police sources confirmed to MailOnline that the alleged drink driving was not Giaquinto’s first brush with the law.
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She was one of nine people, including a New Jersey police officer, accused of conspiring to bring 35,000 drugs into the country in 2000.

They were arrested three years later and the case was prosecuted by Chris Christie, who is now New Jersey’s high-profile governor.

The court heard that the couriers flew between Newark and the Netherlands, often travelling back via other European cities to cover their tracks.

Giaquinto was accused of flying from Italy with 10,000 pills in her underwear. She later lost an appeal against the length of her sentence.

Her then lawyer Michael Pedicini told MailOnline that he had not spoken to her since the case.

‘She was a very nice, attractive young lady,’ he said. ‘It was very unfortunate.

‘She had never done anything like it before and our issue was the length of her sentence. We lost and she served time.’

Police Sergeant John-Paul Bebee said Giaquinto had two driving licenses, with addresses in Warwick,
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Shocking, sensual and dramatic, this 1968 theatrical sensation is one of Joe Sarnos most compelling dramas – an erotic tale of lust and obsession, about an ambitious photographer, his love, and the sensual and manipulative woman who comes between them: Henning is a fashion photographer driven by visions of artistic glory. He is encouraged by a literary agent to produce a volume of erotic nudes and works to create the perfect layout with his favorite model, Leslie.

All seems to be going well until the mysterious Joyce appears; dark and sensual, Joyce plays games with the photographers ego, driving a wedge between Henning and Leslie and seducing one of his other models. Blinded by his own ambitions, Henning is unable to see the ruinous web that Joyce is weaving.

Unavailable since the time of its original release, this 40th anniversary edition containsthe un-cut and re-mastered feature film

ALL THE SINS OF SODOM Audio commentary with actress and associate producer Peggy Steffans

Interview with writer-director Joseph Sarno
Liner notes by Sarno biographer and film historian Michael Bowen
A glimpse into the 2008 screening at the noted Alamo Draft House Theater in Austin, Tx

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Now he’s off to new adventures, new horizons, his own life, his own decisions, the beginning of a new chapter in his life and in mine. I’ll miss him terribly. And I know his going away is the way it’s supposed to be.
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…..item 1)…. website … aish.com … Leaving Home … Saying goodbye is supposed to be messy and conflicted.

Sept 18, 2011 / 19 Elul 5771

by Lauren Roth

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With his pillow in his arms and his suitcase in hand, he turned to wave goodbye as he opened the door to the school. And as I watched my little boy, my mature, grown-up, 18-year old little boy, leave the cocoon of our house, the shelter of our home, I cried.

They were tears of longing, sorrow, and loss, and also tears of joy, excitement, and wonder for him and his new, fresh, just-beginning life. I always knew this day would come. I’d waited for it with anticipation, and with dread. The beginning of his independent life, the end of our life as a complete family unit, all sleeping under one roof, all eating dinner at the same time each evening, all coming and going from the same home base.

He was ready to soar, but tethered to his crying mother, too.

There were all the things I’d been waiting to do when I had more time and fewer children to actively care for. And then there was the awful feeling of emptiness in the pit of my stomach every time I replayed that image of his turning to wave goodbye, a sweet smile on his face as he wavered between his eagerness to immerse himself in his blossoming experiences on the one hand, and his feeling the connection to me, to our family, to our home on the other. He was ready to soar, but tethered to his crying mother, too.

I said all the right things: “I’m so excited for you!” “This is such a wonderful day, the start of a wonderful life!” “I love you, I’m proud of you, I know you’ll do great things; you’re a good person, my son.” But all the while, the tears flowed, belying my sadness even as I spoke my words of encouragement to him to “go, fly away, live your life!”

I want to turn back the clock, to experience our life together all over again. I kept picturing him playing in the sandbox; a cute, innocent boy of five. Or wanting to stay up late at night and talk to me in the kitchen when he was just becoming a teenager. Or laughing as he played in the pool with his siblings, roughhousing and dunking and swimming in the summer sun. Or even just yesterday, helping his little sister along the hiking trail, lifting her over the brook, as strong as a man.

Now he’s off to new adventures, new horizons, his own life, his own decisions, the beginning of a new chapter in his life and in mine. I’ll miss him terribly. And I know his going away is the way it’s supposed to be.

It reminds me of another leave-taking. When my two-and-a half-year-old boarded the bus for preschool for the first time, his excitement quickly dissolved into tears of utter despair as he realized I wouldn’t be coming with him. I remember seeing his cute face, framed by oodles of blonde, cascading curls, crumpled into a visage of abject misery. Of course, I cried too, just as I cried today. But now that toddler is eleven, and he’s as well-adjusted as they come. The sadness, the leave-taking, the loss of babyhood, is all part of the healthy growing process. Even though the sadness feels terrible at the time, it’s a gateway to the next step in life.

This also brings back memories of when my parents sent my severely handicapped sister to live in a group home in a different state. Even though she had lived in their home for 25 years, even though she was so physically large that it was difficult for my aging parents to maneuver her in and out of bed, in and out of the car, to and from the toilet, even though they couldn’t live their own lives fully because finding a babysitter who could give her the constant care she needed was next to impossible, still, when they put her on the plane and waved goodbye, my father lay down on the floor of his office in his fancy law firm and laughed and cried and cried and laughed.

If we’re conflicted, we’re thinking and feeling.

When saying goodbye is not messy and conflicted, that’s when I begin to wonder about dysfunctionality. The parents who told my teenaged client, “Please stay in camp for the next session too,” even though he told them he wanted to come home. The mothers who gleefully send their kids on the bus for the first day of school, excited to be rid of them for a few hours…. The lack of conflicted emotions might be easier to feel, but it’s not always the right way to feel.

I’ll accept the strange duality of my ineffable feeling of loss coupled with my confidence and assuredness that I’ve prepared him well, loved him well, taught him well, and that now is his time to fly.
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GETTING STARTED…Think of someone you’d be fascinated to meet, someone you’d really like to find out what makes him tick. Now realize the most fascinating person you could ever meet is … yourself.
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Don’t go through life making assumptions about who you are.

Take the time now to "meet" yourself – before a crisis comes along and forces the issue.

June 10, 2011 / 8 Sivan 5771

by Rabbi Noah Weinberg

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Did you ever get on a train going somewhere, only to find that you’re headed in the wrong direction?

The same thing happens in life. We set goals and make plans – and sometimes discover that we’re on "the wrong train."

Bi-vinat ha-lave literally means "understanding the heart." The heart is the seat of emotions. We say: "My heart is heavy, my heart is lifted, my heart is broken," etc. To understand your heart is to understand your true inner self.

Many people go through life making assumptions about who they are. They never take time to "meet" themselves. Don’t be afraid of discovering that the "real you" may be different than the "current you."

Often a crisis hits at midlife when people ask: "What’s my life about? Is this all worth it?" We’ve heard stories of people who suddenly change direction, quitting their job and getting divorced. You know, like the successful doctor who decides he never wanted to go into medicine in the first place — so he drops it and becomes an artist.

Knowing yourself is the essence of being alive. If you don’t know yourself, you are not living. If you don’t know what makes you tick, you’re a robot, a puppet, a zombie.

So don’t wait for a crisis. Life is too short to take wrong trains.
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Think of someone you’d be fascinated to meet, someone you’d really like to find out what makes him tick.

Now realize the most fascinating person you could ever meet is … yourself.

Sit down, say hello, and introduce yourself to yourself. Become familiar with yourself as if you’d just met a long-lost cousin. Interview yourself. Ask questions about your life and the direction you’re going. Search out your dreams — both the ones you’re fulfilling and the ones you’ve pushed to the back of your mind.

Get down to basics. You want to be rich. You want to be famous. You want to be good. You want to accomplish. You want meaning. You want to be creative. But why do you want all this? What’s driving you? What you really want out of life?

The process of self-discovery involves asking a series of questions, always probing deeper until the underlying truth emerges. Ask yourself 10 questions that you would ask an intimate friend. Then wait for answers. Don’t worry, no one is going to poke fun at you.

What is the purpose of life?
What is my goal in life?
Why did I choose this career?
How do I spend my spare time?
What is my motivation for doing what I do?
What really makes me happy?
Am I as happy as I want to be?
Is it more important to be rich or to be happy?
What are my future plans? Why?
What are my secret dreams and ambitions?

Don’t be surprised if the answers aren’t immediate. This process can take many months. Stick with it and find out what makes you tick. The answers are hiding in there. After all, you have a fascinating partner.

Finally, the most important question to ask is:

"What am I living for?"

It sounds like a simple question, but many are embarrassed to ask it. A voice inside us says, "Nah, why ask such a basic question?" We’re resistant because we know this requires a lot of difficult soul-searching. And when you thoroughly know yourself, then you have changed. You’ve changed your relationship with yourself and the world.
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People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake.

Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s biggest mistakes.

Imagine the beggar who receives a letter saying that he’s inherited a million dollars. If he doesn’t read the letter, is he rich … or not?

Similarly, God gave us the free will to make choices in life and achieve greatness. But if we’re not aware of our free will, then we don’t really have it. And then we wind up blaming others when things go wrong — even though we know the decision is really up to us.

If you’re not using your potential, it wears away at your confidence. Do you know what your potential is? Have you tried to use it? You have to tackle life. You haven’t given up yet, have you? Let’s get on with the game, with the business of really living, of not just "going through the motions."

Know the difference between "making decisions" and just floating, falling into place. Did you choose to go to college? Or perhaps you had nothing to do with the decision. Was it something you just did because you graduated high school and everybody else was doing it? Did you think it through and actually make a decision?

Imagine this private conversation of a college student:

Why am I going to college?
To get a degree.
Why?
Because I want to get into a good graduate school.
Why?
So I’ll get a good job.
Why?
So I can pay back my college loans!

Through the process of questioning, he reveals a logical fault in his motivation. Really, the primary reason for going to college should be to acquire wisdom, knowledge and information. In other words, to get an education!

Now try the process yourself, using this example:

Why do I want to get married?

Don’t accept pat answers. Keep asking "Why, why why?" Be frank. It’s yourself. Ask any question you like.

Be patient and persistent. Eventually you’ll get an answer.

When you thoroughly analyze an issue, then you can make wise decisions with confidence.

Identify where you lack confidence. What makes you nervous? What situations inhibit you from being yourself? Why can’t you make decisions? Is it that you don’t know how to make decisions? Or that you doubt your decisions after they’re made? Or you just don’t feel like making decisions?

Enjoy making decisions. Deal with the world you live in. That’s loving the dynamics of life.
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—– ISOLATE YOUR BLOCKS

Anytime you find it difficult to achieve a goal, figure out what’s holding you back.

Everyone has problems. Being aware of these problems is the key to getting in touch with yourself.

Because as long as you don’t face problems, they fester and bug you from behind.

Write your "blocks" on a piece of paper. That’s a good step in the right direction. By isolating specific obstacles, you turn them into concrete challenges that require solutions.

Ask yourself:

Am I lazy? Why?
Am I disorganized? Why?
Do I get angry? When?
Why do ever I get defensive? About what?
What makes me jealous?
What makes me arrogant?
Do I have trouble making decisions? Why?
Do I lack self-discipline?
Do I lack self-confidence?
Why don’t I take more initiative?

Negative character traits are the roots of our problems. Make a list of your negative traits, and identify when they affect you the most. Then analyze what triggers these reactions in you. Finally, formulate an effective counter-approach.

Working through this takes time. But do you have anything better to be doing right now?
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—– READ YOUR EMOTIONS

Get in touch with your emotional state. Take a reading of how you feel. Happy? Angry? Tense? Sad?

Emotions are a measuring stick for what’s going on below the surface. It’s like taking your temperature. If you’re sick, you need to be aware so you can fix the problem.

Find out why you’re upset. Who or what is pressuring you? Is it an internal or an external problem? Identify it.

Let’s say you are irritated. Why?

Because the boss chewed me out.
So why am I irritated?
Because I resent him.
So what? Why does that bother me?
Because I feel I am no good.
I’m no good? He’s nuts!

Get out of yourself and track it down. If you don’t, it’s just irritation. And the next thing you know, you’ll go home and yell at your kids.

Once you’ve identified what causes negative feelings, adjust yourself to minimize the impact. Either avoid these situations, or prepare yourself to handle them when they arise.

Further, root out negative motivations that corrupt your behavior. Let’s say that you give charity. Why? One motivation is to help humanity. Another is the pleasure of being constructive. A third is the desire to do the right thing. These are all positive motivations. A negative motivation for giving charity is: "I want people to admire me." That’s corruptive.

The next time you give charity, do so anonymously. Eliminate the wrong reasons. They are destructive.

The same goes with the positive emotions. Be aware of how your emotional state affects decisions. For example, don’t buy a new stereo when you’re in a euphoric mood. Wait. Think it over. You are susceptible.

Pinpoint what makes you happy. You can have more joy on a daily basis by formulating some practical applications. You got up in the morning, it’s a gorgeous day and you feet great. You’re energized. Now take that feeling and teach yourself how to get up on the right side — every day!

Another example: You did a good job and got the boss’s compliment. Now focus: Do you need the boss to tell you did a good job? No! Create your own pleasure out of doing a good job.
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—– GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR TWO SIDES

Everyone has an urge for greatness. We want self respect, power, fame. We want to accomplish, to be strong, to do the right thing, to even save the world.

Yet at the same time, we have a counter-urge to run away from responsibility, to get into bed and crawl under the covers.

Someone may say, "Life is beautiful," but he doesn’t feel it. His emotions hold him back and he walks around going, "Ugh, life is a burden."

Recognize the volcano of conflict within you: What you truly "want," versus what you "feel" like. This is the conflict between body and soul.

Once you appreciate the dichotomy, you can identify at any moment whether your body or soul is talking. This makes it possible to live with sanity and choose the right thing.

The next step is to make peace between your two sides. The easiest way is to squash your drive to be great. But life is not about taking the easy way out. Just because you feel uncomfortable about an idea doesn’t mean it’s wrong for you. It’s hard to break habits, and growth can be frightening.

For example, would you rather be happy or rich? Okay, you’d rather be happy.

Now imagine this exchange:

"Come on, I’ll teach you how to be happy. All it requires is effort and change."
"Oh, I’d love to, but I can’t right now. It’s impossible. I’ve got a flight to catch."
"Really? I’ll pay you ,000 a week to work on happiness."
"Sure! Where do I sign up?"
"Oh, but I thought you can’t right now…"

We conceal our problems with rationalization: "I’ll wreck my mind thinking about what life is about! Nobody really knows what life is about. It’s not going to work. Nothing can be done about it anyway. I don’t really care. It’s not worth the time!"

The Sages say that a person only makes a mistake when overcome by a moment of insanity. So realize that you are fighting "insanity." It is not logical. You’ve got to be on guard. Because if you get off track, you’ll pay for it down the road.

So … do you want to change? What have you got against it? Feel the antipathy of the body. We are so darn lazy. The body just wants to sleep. "Aaaah … I don’t want to change. I’m happy enough. I’m comfortable in my niche of misery." Are you rich enough? No! So are you happy enough?

You see the importance of tracking that down? You have to identify the animal you are fighting. "The dread of change."

If you’re alert, you see the enemy. You can fight it. You may lose a struggle with the body, but at least you have your confidence. "I know what I am doing."
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—– COAX THE BODY

Get in touch with your spiritual core. Know what is driving you. Don’t let free will be a subconscious thing. You want greatness. But the body says that’s too much effort.

To try to convince the body, try to identify the tangible benefit. "Why is it necessary? What will it do for me?" You have to bring it home to emotional realization. "What do I lose?" What do I gain?" Only then will the idea have power. And you’ll get out there and do it.

Here’s the secret formula: Identify with your intellect, and coax your heart along. For example, if you’re emotionally convinced of the benefit of getting into shape, then even when you break out in a cold sweat and your heart is doing palpitations, you will keep going. Because you have decided, "I want this," you know it is important.

To avoid negative backlash, your emotions have to feel comfortable with the changes you make. Learn to relax and reassure the body. Cajole the body and say, "It won’t be so bad. Remember the last time you made an effort, how great you felt!" Be encouraging and reward yourself for success.
Don’t say it doesn’t work. You haven’t made the effort. Don’t give up on your intuition and perception. Just realize you haven’t yet brought it home to actualization.

Consider how the basic human drives affect you: security, self-respect, honor, passions, social pressure, and possessions. Pay particularly close attention to how you accept responsibility. Let’s say that you made a mistake. You want to apologize in a full and forthright manner. Yet you feel like forgetting the whole thing, hiding, running away and saying "it’s not my fault."

This is the volcano. We want to be tough, dedicated and powerful — yet we feel like being marshmallows. Choosing the path of the soul doesn’t come naturally. It takes a lot of time and hard work.
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—– KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW

Don’t think that just because you understand something, you are living with it. It is possible to believe one way, and yet act another. It happens to us all the time. You can believe it’s important to eat healthy food, yet gorge yourself on French fries and chocolate cake.

Our actions are determined by our level of clarity. If we understand an idea on just a superficial level, then we’ll have difficulty sticking to it when the going gets tough.

Next time you go to a funeral, watch carefully. When they remove the body from the chapel, the mourners start to cry. Are they crying because they want to body to stay there?! No. All of a sudden there is a realization of death, that he won’t be coming back. At the cemetery, they lower the casket into the ground and the mourners cry again. It’s the emotional realization that death is final now.

Until you align your feelings with reality, you are in dreamland. Growth begins in the mind, but your heart has to buy into everything your mind discovers. Only then will you integrate these ideas into day-to-day life.
A lot of people believe in God. There are very few people who live with God. Does that make sense? You have to assimilate something that you’ve accepted as true. It has to become part of you.
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—– FIVE-FINGER CLARITY

You’ve got to know yourself cold, just like you know your hand has five fingers. How do you know you are on the right path? How do you know you’re not making a mistake right now?

To develop this clarity, articulate the important principles that guide your life. For example, in Judaism we say that love is an obligation. Is this reasonable? Work the issue through with yourself:

"Ridiculous. You can’t obligate me to love."
"But if I have children, will I love them?"
"Of course I’m going to love my kids!"
"How do I know? I don’t know what kind of kids I’m going to have. Maybe they’ll be brats and I won’t love them."
"I will. I’m obligated to love my children."

Do you see the contradiction? On an intuitive level, you know that love is an obligation. But the concept is not so clear that you can articulate it.

Take your time. Sort out the basic aspects of living. Ask yourself important questions about life’s global and spiritual issues.

— What is the meaning of existence?
— What’s good about living?
— How do I feel about humanity?
— What is the afterlife?
— How do I understand good versus evil?
— Do I have free will? How do I activate it?
— What makes me sad? Is it okay to be sad?
— How do I feel about God?
— Am I proud to be a Jew?
— How do I understand the Holocaust?

Some of these topics may be unpleasant to think about. If so, why is it unpleasant? Track it down.
Don’t just use slogans to parrot things that you heard. Know why you are doing what you are doing. Otherwise, it’s just society talking. You may have adopted part of society without analyzing its validity. Check it out.

Work through all the issues until you have "five-finger clarity." A human being who knows what he wants will get there. By hook or by crook. It’s like a homing mechanism on a missile. If you program it right, you will get there.
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—– WHY IS "KNOWING YOURSELF" AN INGREDIENT IN WISDOM?

You can know truth if you look honestly into yourself.
Emotions are powerful forces of greatness. Know them. Harness them.
Identify your problems. It’s the beginning of solving them.
If you don’t get it straight now, you’re bound to make some bad mistakes.
Don’t be afraid of finding out who you really are.
Use your free will as a conscious tool for better living.
If you’re angry or upset, track it down. What’s the root?
If you’re acting illogically, at least acknowledge that to yourself!
The key to sanity is letting truth into the body.
You can’t afford to wait too long to get to know yourself. Because you are the most fascinating person you’ll ever meet.
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YOU GOT IT by the great Roy Orbison! From Orbison’s multi-platinum album "Mystery Girl" (Available on iTunes! itunes.apple.com/us/artist/roy-orbison/id198798?uo=4), You Got It was written by Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. Recorded in 1988.

Roy began his career at Sun Records with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1950’s. Becoming the biggest selling artist of the early 1960’s with a string of hits like "Oh Pretty Woman", "Mean Woman Blues", "Love Hurts", "Only The Lonely" Crying", "Running Scared", "In Dreams", " It’s Over", "Blue Angel", "Blue Bayou", and many more. Orbison single-handedly brought us the fashion of sunglasses, popularizing them for the masses.

He suffered many tragedies in the late 1960’s and in the 1970’s retired and was ripped off by numerous music business companies and managers. When he decided to record again, it was one of the most anticipated comebacks in music history. Orbison smashed his way to the top of the modern music charts with "You Got It", "California Blue", She’s a Mystery", and "A Love So Beautiful" and "I Drove All Night".

The movie "Pretty Woman" became the biggest selling soundtrack to date. More music business lawsuits and record company embargoes pulled Orbison off the radio, off TV, and out of the record stores in the 1990’s, but in recent years he has been slowly rising to his proper place at the top thanks to kids and teenagers who have recently rediscovered him.

Called both "The True King" and "Rock & Roll’s Man in Black", Roy Orbison in his day was called "The Big O"! Anything You Want…

For more information about Roy "The Soul of Rock and Roll" Orbison, please visit www.RoyOrbison.com

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…lyrics … Roy Orbison – You Got It

Every time I look into your lovely eyes,
I see a love that money just cant buy.
One look from you, I drift away.
I pray that you are here to stay.

Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!

Every time I hold you I begin to understand,
Everything about you tells me Im your man.
I live my life to be with you.
No one can do the things you do.
Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!
Anything you want
Anything you need
Anything at all

Im glad to give my love to you.
I know you feel the way I do.
Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.
Baby!
Anything you want, you got it
Anything you need, you got it
Anything at all, you got it
Baby
Anything at all
Baby
You got it
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Snappy Stories (June 1, 1926) … Who is this cruel taskmaster, this architect of anxiety? (Sept 18, 2011 / 19 Elul 5771) …item 2.. Quick to Judge — And did I mention the gorgeous weather? (February 9, 2012 / 16 Shevat 5772) ..

Snappy Stories (June 1, 1926) … Who is this cruel taskmaster, this architect of anxiety? (Sept 18, 2011 / 19 Elul 5771) …item 2.. Quick to Judge — And did I mention the gorgeous weather? (February 9, 2012 / 16 Shevat 5772) ..
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My frustration only grew. How can I be efficient if no one else is? I told myself. (Instead of what I really should have said: “You are becoming a little obsessive; have a drink and go to sleep.")
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…..item 1)….. website aish.com … My Relentless Taskmaster … The tyranny of To-Do lists.

Sept 18, 2011 / 19 Elul 5771

by Emuna Braverman

www.aish.com/f/mom/My_Relentless_Taskmaster.html

Help! I’m feeling trapped. My oppressor is a relentless taskmaster, tormenting my waking hours and disturbing my sleep. Whenever I try to settle down this instrument of torture attacks. In the wee hours of the morning (I’m usually available around 4:00 a.m. if anyone wants company!) it pounds away at me relentlessly. Until I finally give in and leave my warm, but no longer comfortable bed to do its bidding.

Who is this cruel taskmaster, this architect of anxiety?

It is my To-Do list.

My To-Do list seems to resemble a scene from Disney’s Fantasia. No matter how quickly I check off items, they are replaced – with even more than I began with. The list overflows like the hapless Mickey Mouse’s buckets of water.

I tried not making a list but that only made the voices in my head scream louder. To preserve my sanity (and that of those around me) I tried to write everything down. That was list was totally and completely overwhelming (you have a similar list, right?) so I sought advice.

My husband, whose interest in the preservation of my sanity is the strongest, suggest that I don’t look at the whole list and just move through each piece slowly and methodically, one at a time. This helped – and dinner is still on the table awaiting him every night (although take-out is sounding very tempting).

But the midnight clamoring persisted. Why aren’t there any offices open at 1 a.m? I have some questions I need answered. Why is shopping the only commercial activity available at that time? And why isn’t everyone else responding to my emails as rapidly as I’m sending them? Don’t they know how busy I am?

Don’t they recognize I’m depending on their answers?

My frustration only grew. How can I be efficient if no one else is? I told myself. (Instead of what I really should have said: “You are becoming a little obsessive; have a drink and go to sleep.")

Perhaps I’m jittery from all the coffee I now need to keep my awake (I console myself with the fact that three to five cups a day are supposed to ward off Alzheimer’s) or perhaps it’s just the ongoing tyranny of that To-Do list. Can someone else please go to the dry cleaner’s and the grocery store?

It’s not a time management or organization issue – I could write those books. It’s strictly a numbers game. There’s just a lot to do. And there’s really no one to blame but me. I took on all my responsibilities – gladly. And I am happy about all of them. Really.

There seems to be only one solution. Hire a personal assistant! No, seriously, I mean a deeper, more spiritual solution. I need help. And while I could (and do) delegate where possible, the real assistance I need is more profound. I need to ask the Almighty to give me the energy and the peace of mind required to accomplish my daily tasks. And I need to remember He’s got my back.

By myself, I’m very limited. With His help, there’s nothing I can’t accomplish. My mistake has been thinking it’s all on me, that it’s all my responsibility. I can breathe a little easier now. I remembered that I have a partner, that the Almighty and I, we’re in this together. Take that To-Do list!
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Why is our instinctive reaction all too often to be critical?
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February 9, 2012 / 16 Shevat 5772
by Emuna Braverman

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It was the last day of mid-winter vacation. The sun was shining brightly, the ocean was calm and blue, and the temperature hovered in the mid-70’s (Just threw that in to make New Yorkers jealous!). We hadn’t really taken any family trips during this time so we decided to go out with a bang and go “segway”-ing along the beach. If you haven’t tried it, segwaying (I’m sure it’s not yet a legitimate verb) is a lot of fun – especially when done in such a setting. (I also did it recently in Talpiot on the Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem – now that’s beautiful!)

Anyway, the view was spectacular, the weather perfect (did I mention that?) and there was the additional challenge of trying to weave in and out of the pedestrians and bikers. As we passed one group on bikes, I heard one guy mutter to another, as he glanced in our direction, “They are so lazy.”

At first I was outraged. How dare he?! He doesn’t even know me! Should I stop and tell him that I already got my exercise for the day; that I ran on the treadmill before I came to the beach?

Then I began to laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Why did I care what some complete stranger thinks? Why do I feel the need to present him with justification for my activities and choices? A simple “Harumph” or better yet, completely ignoring him would have sufficed.

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Finally I had the most sobering thought of all. I had been him. We frequently go biking at the beach and I always looked at those segwayers (now I’m creating nouns) and thought they were lazy. I felt virtuous and self-righteous about the fact that I was biking and they were cruising. Didn’t they recognize how much healthier my activity was than theirs? Didn’t they care about their bodies and their health? How self-indulgent they were…

It never occurred to me that perhaps, like me last week, they weren’t there for the exercise, that they were just having fun. And even more than that, it was family time. It was an opportunity to see the beautiful California coast.

And worse than that, I was so quick to judge – complete strangers, whose lives I knew nothing about, quick to put a negative spin on their activities and motivations. I may never have muttered the words but my thoughts were loud. I felt embarrassed by my own shallowness.

Why did I feel the need to judge them at all? Sometimes when our feelings are hurt, it can be a challenge to fulfill the mitzvah of judging others favorably. And yet we must try. But in this situation, the other vacationers had done nothing to me. We had no relationship whatsoever. They hadn’t spoken to me. They certainly hadn’t hurt or insulted me. And yet my instinctive reaction was to be critical of them. Not a moment to be proud of. The desire to build ourselves up at the expense of others is so ingrained and so insidious that it requires constant vigilance not to give in to it. I guess my defenses were down (see how I try to judge myself favorably!) as I was caught up in the pleasure of the moment. But we can never relax our defenses because that’s when our base inclinations see their chance to attack and thrive!

I like to think that, besides the fun, the family time and the opportunity to once again appreciate the Almighty’s beautiful world, I gained some perspective, that I made a small stride forward in the area of thinking before I speak, in constantly being on my guard and judging others more favorably.

Turns out it wasn’t only a pleasurable activity (which it definitely was) but a chance for growth as well.

And did I mention the gorgeous weather?
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German officers rounding up Kutno Jews, German-occupied Poland, 1939 … item 2.. Haftarah Lech Lecha: Flyin’ Like Eagles — (‍‍9 cheshvan 5773 – october 25, 2012) …item 3.. Inner Strength – Each of us lives in two worlds — (2012 / 5773) …

German officers rounding up Kutno Jews, German-occupied Poland, 1939 … item 2.. Haftarah Lech Lecha: Flyin’ Like Eagles — (‍‍9 cheshvan 5773 – october 25, 2012) …item 3.. Inner Strength – Each of us lives in two worlds — (2012 / 5773) …
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Isaiah 40:27-41:16: It’s rough goings for Abram’s tribe in this week’s parsha. Desert wandering, famine, Abram’s brush with death at the Pharaoh’s palace, Lot falls captive to the allied armies of Chedorlaomer at the evil city of Sodom. Not exactly a sweet deal following world flood and the promise of a new, great nation.
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Here, on the anniversary of the official establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1940, LIFE.com presents a series of photos from Warsaw and from the town of Kutno, 75 miles west of the Polish capital, in 1939 and 1940.

Adding perspective to the images is an essay (below) by Justyna Majewska, discussing just what Jaeger’s haunting images can still tell us about that era, three-quarters of a century after they were made.

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……item 1)…. LIFE History … life.time.com/history

The Brink of Oblivion: Inside Nazi-Occupied Poland, 1939-1940

Hugo Jaeger — Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

Elderly Jewish man speaks with German officers rounding up Kutno Jews, German-occupied Poland, 1939

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In the late 1930s and early 1940s, a German photographer and ardent Nazi named Hugo Jaeger enjoyed unprecedented access to the Third Reich’s upper echelon, traveling with Adolf Hitler to massive rallies and photographing him at intimate parties and in quieter, private moments. The photos made such an impression on the Führer that Hitler famously declared, upon first seeing Jaeger’s work: “The future belongs to color photography.”

But beyond merely chronicling Hitler’s ceaseless travels, Jaeger also documented the brute machinery of the Reich, including the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. Here, on the anniversary of the official establishment of the Warsaw Ghetto in October 1940, LIFE.com presents a series of photos from Warsaw and from the town of Kutno, 75 miles west of the Polish capital, in 1939 and 1940. Adding perspective to the images is an essay (below) by Justyna Majewska, discussing just what Jaeger’s haunting images can still tell us about that era, three-quarters of a century after they were made. — Ben Cosgrove

Why would Hugo Jaeger, a photographer dedicated to lionizing Adolf Hitler and the “triumphs” of the Third Reich, choose to immortalize conquered Jews in Warsaw and Kutno (a small town in central Poland) in such an uncharacteristic, intimate manner? Most German photographers working in the same era as Jaeger usually focused on the Wehrmacht; on Nazi leaders; and on the military victories the Reich was so routinely enjoying in the earliest days of the Second World War. Those pictures frequently document brutal acts of humiliation, even as they glorify German troops.

The photographs that Jaeger made in the German ghettos in occupied Poland, on the other hand, convey almost nothing of the triumphalism seen in so many of his other photographs. Here, in fact, there is virtually no German military presence at all. We see the devastation in the landscape of the German invasion of Poland, but very little of the “master race” itself.

It is, of course, impossible to fully recreate exactly what Jaeger had in mind, but from the reactions of the people portrayed in these images in Warsaw and Kutno, there appears to be surprising little hostility between the photographer and his subjects. Most of the people in these pictures, Poles and Jews, are smiling at the camera. They trust Jaeger, and are as curious about this man with a camera as he is about them. In this curiosity, there is no sense of hatred. The men, women and children on the other side of the lens and Jaeger look upon one another without the aggression and tension characteristic of the relationship between perpetrator and victim.

[Read the stranger-than-fiction story of how Time Inc. came to own Hugo Jaeger’s archive, and see more of his photos.]

Strikingly, none of the people in these photos appear to have been forced to pose. In fact, Jaeger probably asked them for permission to take their pictures; maybe he and they had a short chat before he began photographing them. We can even go so far as to suggest that there is no sign of overt brutality here. To Jaeger (unlike for so many of the Reich’s supporters), Jews were not mere “rats,” or “parasites”: He simply perceived them as fascinating subjects. While he probably felt that their subjugation was inevitable in the face of the German Blitzkrieg, he nevertheless captures these already subjugated people sympathetically.

We know, all these decades later, that these thousands of people were, in fact, prisoners, whether or not the ghettos that would follow had already been built. [NOTE: In a city the size of Warsaw the creation of the notorious ghetto was quote complicated, and took a few months to complete; in Kutno, the Jews were forced into their ghetto in one day.]

We know what it means that their homes had been destroyed. We know what the anti-Semitic regulations — like the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear at all times in public — would ultimately come to symbolize. But Jaeger, photographing in 1939, shows these people as a community trying to rebuild against all odds.

Seeing these photographs today, seven decades later, we know the harsh, unspeakable truth. Within a very short time, the situation for Kutno’s and Warsaw’s native Jews became more and more difficult, and ultimately catastrophic. Poles and Jews were separated from one another. The Nazis created a Jewish council, the Judenrat, responsible for making Jews obey the Germans’ diktats. The food supply dwindled horribly.

In June 1940, all of Kutno’s roughly 8,000 Jews were forced into the ghetto — the grounds of an old sugar factory. Typhus and hunger soon began killing hundreds of them. In 1942, the Nazis implemented Operation Reinhardt, which effectively put in motion the Nazi’s planned destruction of all Polish Jewry. In the spring of 1942 the Kutno Ghetto itself was “liquidated.” Jews who were unable to escape and find help among their Polish neighbors were taken to Kulmhof (Chełmno), the first death camp, located on the River Ner not far from the city of Lodz. There, thousands of Kutno’s Jewish men, women and children were put to death in “gas vans” — mobile gas chambers — in what were among the first mass murders of the Holocaust.

Operation Reinhardt also sealed the fate of the Jews of Warsaw. Liquidation of the massive Warsaw Ghetto started in July 1942 and took nearly three months. Horrifically overcrowded cattle trains carried 300,000 Jews to Treblinka death camp.

All these many years later, Jaeger’s pictures from Warsaw and Kutno are still so hard to look at — and hard to turn away from. I presume that the beautiful young girl seen smiling directly, confidently, at the camera (slide #1 in this gallery) is Jewish: on the collar of her coat, we see what is evidently a folded, yellow Star of David. Neither she, nor Jaeger himself, could have truly, fully foreseen her fate: to die of typhus, or to starve to death, or to be forced into a gas chamber at Chelmno, only to emerge again in a haunting photograph long, long after she was dead.

Justyna Majewska works as a curator at the Holocaust Gallery in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Polish Academy of Science’s Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Her dissertation focuses on social change in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Related Topics: 1940, Germany, Holocaust, Hugo Jaeger, Kutno, Poland, Third Reich, Warsaw Ghetto, World War II
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Haftarah Lech Lecha: Flyin’ Like Eagles

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Isaiah 40:27-41:16: It’s rough goings for Abram’s tribe in this week’s parsha. Desert wandering, famine, Abram’s brush with death at the Pharaoh’s palace, Lot falls captive to the allied armies of Chedorlaomer at the evil city of Sodom. Not exactly a sweet deal following world flood and the promise of a new, great nation.

In the haftorah, Isaiah addresses Israel’s complaint: “My way [of serving G‑d] has been ignored by the Lord, and from my G‑d, my judgment passes [unrewarded].” Isaiah reminds Israel of the Creator’s greatness and promises “He will give the tired strength, and to him who has no strength, He will increase strength. Youths shall become tired and weary, and young men shall stumble, but those who put their hope in the Lord shall renew [their] vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire.”

The life metaphor here is nagging but utilitarian: sometimes we’ve just gotta wait for the payoff. Delayed gratification is never easy, particularly when we work slavishly for what seems like a frustratingly futuristic reward.

We work our way through school hoping to pave our way for a career; we put in long hours away from friends and family for what typically feels like little pay. We put up with bosses and clients we’d often rather not. We scrimp and save, think twice about superfluous purchases. We try to keep an eye on the future and hope that all our efforts will “pay off” in the future. Sometimes it feels like we do everything right and still can’t catch a break. We are Israel, face up to the heavens, wondering why we go unrewarded.

Yeah, I’d feel like I just got the brush off if I got Isaiah’s reply as well—a pat on the back and an ‘attagirl’ for all my hard work!? I could sit around and wait to fly like an eagle, but unless I crank up some Steve Miller Band to go with it, that probably won’t make me feel better.

I think there’s more than just the “have faith” consolation going on. When we don’t get that long-awaited reward for our good behavior, maybe it’s time to shake it up a bit. Feel stuck in a dead-end career? Your employer “reward” your years of faithful service by downsizing you? Just mired in some mid-life existential muck? Nobody said “sit and wait,” did they? Isaiah just promises that one day, things will be better. He didn’t say you wouldn’t have to make that happen. Because along with all that free-will stuff comes a responsibility to ourselves to take the reins on our own pursuit of happiness.

Casey (Kefira) McCarty is a published author living in Ohio. She is the Assistant Director of the Columbus Idea Foundry, a community workshop space, and is an artisan who crafts jewelry, Judaica and fine art available online and in Central Ohio galleries and boutiques. You can find her online shop at www.sinemetudesigns.etsy.com
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Chayei Sarah(Genesis 23:1-25:18)
Inner Strength

Being a strong person means more than being able to lift a heavy weight over your head. In this week’s Torah portion we learn about Abraham’s son, Isaac, the second of our forefathers. Our sages teach that Isaac’s most outstanding character trait was ‘gevura’ – self-control and inner strength to do what’s right even when it’s hard. We have all inherited this trait from him and by tapping into it can become strong where it really counts.

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STORY

In out story a group of kids get their ideas about strength turned over on its head.

"THE SIXTY-SIX POUND STRONGLING"

"I’ll take Robby."

Maybe they’d pick me next, thought Joel optimistically.

"I’ll pick Kenny."

Nope.

"I’ll take … Glen."

Joel Landers liked playing football with the guys in the neighborhood, but he hated standing in the line-up as they picked out teams. This was mainly because he was always picked last. (That is, unless you counted the time Kenny brought his five-year-old cousin along, and Joel suspected the only reason they didn’t pick that kid before him too was that he was wearing a cast.)

"I pick, um Fred, I guess.

Last again. Well, what could he expect? At 66 pounds, even with his coat on, and arms about as thick as spaghetti, he wasn’t exactly what you could call prime football material.

"C’mon Beanpole, you’re with us. But be careful, it’s pretty windy today and if you blow away it’s gonna be kind of tough to find you," joked Danny, the team captain putting one of his huge arms around Joel’s shoulder.

If only I were built like big, strong Danny or some of the other big guys in the neighborhood, I’d for sure get picked, Joel thought to himself.

The guys began to play and were having a good time. Then Danny punted the football, giving it a good kick, just as a big gust of wind came. The kids stared in wonder as the ball flew and flew … and then suddenly CRASH!! The ball sailed right through Mr. Edwards’ porch window, which was unfortunately closed at the time.

Everyone ran like crazy. Mr. Edwards always yelled at them just for playing near his house. Now that they had actually done some damage, who knew what he would do? Led by the fast-running Danny, they knew that once they jumped over the fence they’d be safely out of screaming range. Joel started running with them too – and then…

"Wow, huff, huff, that was a close one, huff huff," said Danny, out of breath as he looked the guys over. "At least we all got out of there in time… Hey, where’s Beanpole?"

"Hey, look back there!" said Kenny pointing back across the fence. "There he is, and he’s talking face-to-face with Mr. Edwards!"

Joel tried to stay calm as the red-faced man came ambling his way. Sure, he could have taken off with everyone else, but somehow it didn’t seem right. After all, they broke a window. Shouldn’t someone at least own up to it and offer to pay?

"We’re really sorry, Mr. Edwards," said Joel. "From now on we’ll stay only on the far end of the lot. Here’s five dollars now, and we’ll get the rest of that 50 dollars to you within a week, I promise."

Joel wiped the sweat off his forehead as Mr.Edwards walked back into his house MUCH calmer than when he had come out. He even gave them back the football. Joel turned to look for his friends and saw nine amazed faces staring at him through the chain-link fence.

The next day Joel was daydreaming as the guys lined up to pick teams. He knew he’d have quite a wait until they got to him. Suddenly he felt a poke on the shoulder. "Go ahead," said Kenny, looking his way.

"Huh?"

"Danny just picked you for his team. Go over to him."

Joel looked at the rest of the guys still lined up waiting to get picked. Was this some kind of joke? He turned to Danny, who was smiling at him brightly.

"That’s right Bean… um, Joel. I picked you first. After seeing what you did yesterday – standing face-to-face with Mr. Edwards when we all ran scared – I think it’s pretty clear to everyone that you’re the strongest one of us all."

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

— Ages 3-5

Q. How did Danny feel about Joel at first?
A. They felt that he was weak and that they were strong because they were bigger than he was.

Q. How did he feel about him in the end?
A. Danny saw how Joel was the only one brave enough to do the right thing by not running away and realized that Joel was really the strongest one of them, inside where it counts.
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— Ages 6-9

Q. What do you think the guys learned that day about strength and weakness?
A. They had assumed that what made a person strong was his physical size and strength. But when only Joel, the physically weakest among them, stayed to take responsibility after they broke the window, the kids saw that there is a type of inner strength to do what is right even when it’s tough, that has nothing to do with the size of one’s muscles.

Q. Which type of strength do you think is more important? Why?
A. To be strong and healthy is a good thing and taking good care of our bodies is even one of the mitzvah-guidelines of the Torah. But even more important is how healthy and strong we are inside-meaning our spiritual strength to remain true to our values no matter what situation we are in.
Spiritual exercise: Do one thing that is ethically right even though it’s hard today.
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— Ages 10 and Up

Q. Wise men teach that it is harder for a person to conquer their inner negative inclinations than to conquer a fortified city. How do you understand this?
A. Each of us lives in two worlds. Our ‘outer’ world in which we struggle to get and hold onto the things we want and need (metaphorically ‘conquering cities’), and our ‘inner’ world in which we struggle with whether we choose to focus on positive or negative thoughts, feelings and values. Although it might not be so apparent, it is how well we succeed in the struggles of our inner world which will most determine whether we live a happy and successful life. Because these struggles are more hidden yet more important, they often present an even greater challenge than the outer struggles of life.

Q. What can a person do to develop his inner strength?
A. Like any other type of strength we want to build-exercise. Each time we choose to stand up for our inner values despite temptations not to, we get stronger. Also, the stronger we connect ourselves to God and feel Him more in our lives the easier it will be tap into our inner strength to live our lives the way we feel He wants us to.

Spiritual exercise: Do one thing that is ethically right even though it’s hard today.
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By NINA GOLGOWSKI

Last updated at 8:34 PM on 26th February 2012

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Wyoming state representatives have voted to create a doomsday government task force in the event the state must self-sufficiently operate during a national economic or political collapse.

Passing on its first reading Friday, House Bill 85 would permit an investigation on issues like alternative currency, food distribution, a possible state military draft, and obtaining military aircraft.

The bill faces two more House votes before it goes to the Senate for approval.
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Protection: Some of the areas the task team would investigate are alternative currencies, food distribution and obtaining military air craft and possible drafts

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‘To put your head in the sand and think that nothing bad’s going to happen, and that we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy,’ Rep Lorraine Quarberg, a Republican of Thermopolis said according to the Casper Star Tribune.

The amendment sponsored by state Rep David Miller, R-Riverton, is said to be in precaution, notably at a time when the national debt exceeds trillion.

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The house vote came the same day the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC-based think tank, released a report cautioning the national debt limit’s own doomsday to be closer than previously expected.

The BPC expects it to hit .5 trillion between late November and early January of next year.
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified before the Senate Budget Committee last week saying the US will reach its debt limit ‘significantly’ after September 30 when the fiscal years ends, but also ‘before the end of the calendar year,’ according to a Politico report.

The BPC credits the skyrocketing figures to unexpectedly low corporate tax revenues and the extension of the payroll tax holiday.

‘I don’t think there’s anyone in this room today that would come up here and say that this country is in good shape, that the world is stable and in good shape, because that is clearly not the case,’ Rep Quarberg said Friday for the bill.

Like other states, Wyoming’s Department of Homeland Security has a management plan in place but that plan doesn’t cover extreme national emergencies such as total government meltdowns.
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Not the first state to propose the brainstorming of alternative currencies in recent years, at least 11 others have proposed legislation for their own legal tender in the instance federal dollars become worthless.

‘I think we’re in the process of inflating a dollar bubble that could be very devastating,’ said North Carolina Representative Glen Bradley, R-Youngsville, early last year during his own legislative proposal according to the News Observer.

In addition to North Carolina, lawmakers in Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah and Washington have also proposed legislation in accepting currency of silver and or gold.
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The proposal of the hard metals and not paper bills follows in accordance with the US Constitution, in Article 1, Section 10, reading ‘No state shall … coin money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts…’

None of the states’ proposed bills have thus far been successful.

Wyoming’s proposed task force would be made up, among others, of state lawmakers, Wyoming’s Department of Homeland Security director, the state’s attorney general and its National Guard’s adjutant general.

The proposed bill originally appropriated ,000 for the emergency task force but was cut in half earlier this week by the Joint Appropriations Committee.
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SUPER BOWL XLVI – INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2012) .. Sizzling Superbowl Chili in A Snap (Feb 2nd, 2012) …..item 2..Paula The Octopus Predicts Super Bowl Winner — seems to think the Giants will win. Panacea, Florida (Feb 4, 2012) …

SUPER BOWL XLVI – INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2012) .. Sizzling Superbowl Chili in A Snap (Feb 2nd, 2012) …..item 2..Paula The Octopus Predicts Super Bowl Winner — seems to think the Giants will win. Panacea, Florida (Feb 4, 2012) …
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The perfect recipe is still being debated by cooks from Texas to New York and beyond. You will find my modest contributions to the lists of recipes below. Since there are beaucoup recipes available, I suggest you try them all. Just remember: the hotter they are, the quicker you’ll run out of antacids.

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Sizzling Superbowl Chili in A Snap

By Eileen Goltz | Feb 2nd, 2012 |

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Please note: Eileen Goltz is a freelance kosher food writer. The Orthodox Union makes no endorsements or representations regarding kashrut certification of various products/vendors referred to in her articles, blog or web site.

I’m traveling a lot this year so my regular recipes that take time to prepare aren’t going to cut it. I decided that a big pot of chili with all the fixings and a bunch of store bought snackie stuff (chips, pretzels and the other usual suspects) will round out the menu nicely.

However, that decision being made, I have the difficult task of deciding whether this will be a bean or no-bean kind of chili menu. That brings us to the age-old question of what exactly is the definition of chili.
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If you ask Wikipedia, they say the name is modified from the phrase “chili con carne,” which translates to “peppers with meat.” For all intents and purposes, chili is a stew made with some combination of peppers, meat, tomatoes, a variety of spices…and beans if you want them.

This hotly (pun intended) debated dish probably evolved from the cuisine of the early Spanish settlers. It was the perfect dish for using the less expensive tough cuts of meat that were available to those settling in or traveling through the Old West. Chili enthusiasts take their love of the dish to extreme heights with recipe contests, cook-off’s and grudge match cooking meets of the beans no beans winner take all variety (all of what I’m not quite sure but they do take this seriously)

The perfect recipe is still being debated by cooks from Texas to New York and beyond. You will find my modest contributions to the lists of recipes below. Since there are beaucoup recipes available, I suggest you try them all. Just remember: the hotter they are, the quicker you’ll run out of antacids.

Oh, and one last word: HEY PEYTON, GET BETTER QUICK.

Tip: Use as lean a cut of meat as you can. You may also want to drain the fat from the cooked meat before you add the remaining ingredients. Greasy chili can really sneak up on you…if you catch my meaning!

Tip: Several recipes call for beer; if you don’t drink you can use apple juice instead.
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——.. VEGETARIAN CHILI (pareve)

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

3 stalks chopped celery

1 red bell pepper, diced

4 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 19 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 19 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 envelope taco seasoning or 1/4 cup taco seasoning

1 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

3 cups vegetable broth

1 6 oz can tomato paste

Directions:

1. Heat oil in saucepan. Cook the onions and garlic until they are soft and translucent. Add beans, celery, red bell pepper, taco seasoning, basil, oregano and thyme. Mix to combine.

2. Add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth and tomato paste. Mix to combine and cook covered for at least 1 1/2 hours. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Season with salt and pepper.

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——.. TERRIFIC CROCK POT TURKEY CHILI (meat)

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground turkey

1 cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 cup green peppers, diced

1 cup chicken broth

2 teaspoon dried cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cooked and mashed potatoes

2 15 to 16 oz cans of kidney beans (not drained)

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey and drain.

2. Add all ingredients to crock pot except the can of refried beans. Cover and cook on low 2 hours.

3. Add the mashed potatoes to chili for thickening. Cover and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.

From my files, source unknown.
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——.. CHOCOLATE CHIPOTLE CHILI (meat)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 lb. chopped kosher spicy sausage (it’s out there)

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped onion

8 oz tomato sauce

8 oz chipotle sauce (with tomato base)

1 cup water

1 bottle lite beer (12 oz)

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons instant beef bouillon

2 tablespoons cumin, ground

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons oregano leaves

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon cornmeal

1 teaspoon flour

1 teaspoon warm water

Directions:

1. In a large stock pot, brown the meat (the beef and sausage) and drain off the fat. Return the meat to the pan and add the garlic and onion; cook and stir constantly until the onion is translucent.

2. Add the tomato sauces, water, beer, chili powder, bouillon, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, coriander and cocoa. Mix well. Bring the chili to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 2 hours.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the cornmeal and flour, then add the warm water and mix well. Stir into chili and cook, covered, for about 20 more minutes.

Tip: You can serve with pareve sour cream and pareve cheese.

Modified from slacker.blogspot.com (yes, it’s a real blog, I checked it out). This link was sent to me by reader Perry Nicson of NY who loves it.
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——.. GOOD OLD-FASHIONED CHILI (meat)

Servings: 10-12

Ingredients:

3 pounds lean ground beef

2 medium onions, chopped, divided

2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

2 cans tomato sauce, 1 pound each

1 can tomato puree

1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons mustard

1/2 cup ketchup

1 12 oz can beer

2 cans red kidney beans, drained

2 packs chili seasoning

2 teaspoons chili powder

pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a large soup pot, cook ground beef. Drain and add 1 chopped onion, 1 pack of chili seasoning and 1/2 can tomato sauce. Mix well and cook for 20 minutes.

2. Add the remaining onion, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato puree, honey, mustard, ketchup, beer, beans, chili seasoning, chili powder and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the temperature to a simmer.

3. Cover and cook 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.

Submitted by Randy Karpton, Tucson, AZ.
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——.. NO-BEAN CHILI (meat)

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef, cooked and drained

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 red onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1-1/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon pepper

optional toppings: pareve cheddar cheese, pareve sour cream and sliced green onions

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients into a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until heated through.

Modified from about.com.
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——.. BRISKET CHILI (meat)

Servings:

Ingredients:

1 pound kosher breakfast beef, diced

2 red onions, diced

5 pounds lean brisket, trimmed, cubed

1/3 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 heaping tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon pepper

1/4 cup green chili peppers, chopped

3 12 oz bottles of beer

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon coriander

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped

Directions:

1. In a large pot, cook the breakfast beef, onion and garlic. Drain when cooked. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover.

2. Stir every 20 minutes or so for the next 2 hours. Check to see if the meat is tender. If not, keep cooking.

Tip: You can add more beer if the chili is too thick.

Submitted by Irene Louis from Chicago, IL.

Eileen Goltz is a freelance kosher food writer who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. She lectures on various food-related topics across the U.S. and Canada and writes weekly columns for the Chicago Jewish News, kosher.com and the OU Shabbat Shalom Website. She is the author of the Perfectly Pareve Cookbook (Feldheim) and is a contributing writer for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Group, Chicago Sun Times, Detroit Free Press and Woman’s World Magazine. You can visit Eileen’s blog by clicking: Cuisine by Eileen.

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Paula The Octopus Predicts Super Bowl Winner
An octopus at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea is hoping she can predict the winner of the

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Posted: 12:47 AM Feb 4, 2012

Reporter: Jacquie Slater
Email Address: jacquie.slater@wctv.tv

>>>> Paula The Octopus Predicts Super Bowl Winner <<<<<

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Betting on the big game is big business. Hours are spent compiling stats and figuring out the odds.

The folks at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea say it’s a lot simpler than that. Paula the Octopus seems to think the Giants will win.

"If Paula predicts the giants and the Giants win, all I can say is it’s an incredible question of how that happened. Is it just chance?" said Jack Rudloe, President of the lab.

Two crabs, each in its own box. One labeled Giants, the other Patriots. Whichever she eats first, that’s the predicted winner.

"I mean, the octopus is by far one of the smartest animals in the ocean. It’s very cool, but, um, you know, the sea turtle, everybody loves sea turtles," said Cypress Rudloe, Executive Director of the lab.

In an unofficial experiment, we decided to check and see what other specimens in the lab thought. With Patriots and Giants papers in our hands, we waved them next to various sea creatures.

A horseshoe crab and one other crab chose the Giants. A shark was given the choice of two fish to eat, one in front of the Patriots sign, another the Giants. The shark chose the Giants. Only one crab chose the Patriots. As for Paula the Octopus, she chose the Giants.

"Octopus are smart animals, but, uh, the Patriots have it. I disagree with the octopus," said Cypress Rudloe.

If Paula’s right, people who take part in sports betting might want to reconsider their sources.

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Frustratingly, too, we can also find ourselves able to build vivid memory pictures of events that occurred decades ago, but incapable of remembering what we had for breakfast. This is because the brain creates very different kinds of memories — and in mid-life some of our memory systems can become weaker than others.

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By JOHN NAISH
Last updated at 9:17 AM on 13th January 2012

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Senior moments? Forget them. Now it’s middle-aged muddle we must worry about. Scientists last week declared that our ability to remember everyday things such as names and numbers starts to go at the tender age of 45.

But before you resign yourself to spending the second half of your life as a mental basket-case, there is positive scientific news, too.

For memory is a strange and complex thing, as this guide to the mind makes clear…
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—– First the bad news…

Last week’s study of more than 7,000 Whitehall civil servants revealed how our power of recall starts to decline earlier than previously thought. Men and women suffered the same 3.6 per cent loss in memory power between the ages of 45 and 49, revealed the ten-year study published online in the British Medical Journal.

Fears about age-related memory loss are hardly new. Plato wrote that when a man grows old, he ‘can no more learn much than he can run much’. But evidence of problems in mid-life is worrying because these may be the first signs of a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). This is an accelerated loss of memory power that can, in about half of cases, turn out to be the first early sign of Alzheimer’s. Scientists believe that Alzheimer’s can begin in the brain two or three decades before serious symptoms appear.

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Regardless of our Alzheimer’s risk, though, we all seem to suffer some loss of mental capacity from a comparatively young age. Studies show that the processing speed in our brains slows down from our 20s onwards. ‘By mid-life, most of our brains show some fraying around the edges,’ says Barbara Strauch, author of The Secret Life Of The Grown-Up Brain.

‘People’s names are often the first edge to go ragged,’ she adds. ‘But the names are not technically gone. For the most part, it’s a problem of retrieval, not storage.’ This difficulty is not caused by a simple loss of brain cells. Scientists used to think that we lost 30 per cent of our brain cells through ageing. But recent studies show that the loss is much smaller. Instead, advancing years can bring a drop in the levels of chemical messengers in our brain — called neurotransmitters. As a result, memory-power can drop, and we can also find ourselves getting distracted more easily.

Research shows that much of what we learn is not missing; it just gets misplaced. Hence that frustrating sense of ‘it’s in there somewhere,’ when names, facts and figures elude our grasp.

Frustratingly, too, we can also find ourselves able to build vivid memory pictures of events that occurred decades ago, but incapable of remembering what we had for breakfast. This is because the brain creates very different kinds of memories — and in mid-life some of our memory systems can become weaker than others.
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Wisdom of the ancients: Plato wrote that when a man grows old, he ¿can no more learn much than he can run much¿

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—– So how does your memory work?

There are several memory systems at work in the brain. One memory system comes into operation if you try to remember a place name or a phone number. Remembering things that can be expressed in language is called ‘explicit’ memory. Another memory system covers things of which you may not be consciously aware, such as how to ride a bicycle. That is called ‘implicit’ memory.

There is also short-term or ‘working’ memory and long-term memory. Short-term memory would be remembering a phone number for five minutes; long-term involves recalling it in a year’s time.
Such differences in memory types are all too familiar to Joshua Foer, an American writer and international memory champion who has honed his immediate short-term memory so well that he can recall details such as the order of a newly shuffled deck of cards.

But he admits memories that require a little more longevity are more problematic: only a few nights after he won the annual US Memory Championships in 2006, he forgot that he had driven his car into town to eat dinner. He took a train home instead.
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An MRI scan of a human head shows the brain: Short term memories are formed in the hippocampus, scientists say, but where long term memories reside remains a mystery

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Short-term and long-term memories are stored in different parts of the brain. A structure in the brain called the hippocampus is key to short-term memory. This area normally grows new brain cells throughout our lives, and is responsible for processing information and retrieving it. It is one of the major areas that are damaged by Alzheimer’s, which is why short-term memory is one of the first casualties of the disease.

Long-term memory involves many disparate parts around the brain, which are called ‘association cortices’. One current theory of memory is that the hippocampus forms short-term memories and then squirrels some of them away for long-term storage in various cupboards — the association cortices. But we don’t yet know how the brain does this.

In fact, scientists remain unsure about many details of how memories are stored and formed. Mystery also surrounds the question of how we can remember events happening in the right sequence. Recent studies have shown, however, that an area of the brain called the medial temporal lobe is crucial to recalling events correctly: people who have suffered damage to this area through strokes have trouble remembering the plots of films or even personal anecdotes in the right order.

—– Senior moment – or something worse?

In normal age-related memory loss, short-term recall is usually most affected. In moderation, this is quite healthy. It is also natural to worry that such mid-life forgetfulness is a harbinger of something more sinister, such as dementia.

The ‘aha!’ test can indicate if you should be concerned. If you forget a word temporarily, but feel that it is on the tip of your tongue, and finally recall it with a sense of ‘Aha! That’s it,’ then your reaction is healthy.
This does not tend to happen with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, where people lose that sense of recognition when a memory is right.

—– It’s not just age that ruins memory

Growing older is not the only reason that our memory power may dwindle. Our ability to remember things can also be afflicted by our lifestyles. One common problem may be stress.

Studies show that quick bursts of stressful excitement can actually benefit our memory — perhaps because our brains evolved to rally their best resources when faced with an immediate threat such as a tiger in the grass. But long-term chronic stress, the sort that can grind into us with the constant demands of busy modern life, can damage our brain’s ability form new memories.

This is because constant high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can damage the hippocampus. Being soaked in cortisol dramatically reduces the ability of the hippocampus to produce new cells. This is linked to significant problems with concentration and memory, says research by the Stanford University scientist Robert Sapolsky.

Such difficulties can be increased because, ironically, in stressful situations we often depend more on memory for recalling certain things to help guide us through the problem.

—– Does modern life make us forget?
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‘Security protection code overload’: The profusion of PINs has many worried that they are losing their memory

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More and more people are anxiously consulting medical experts about ‘problems’ with their memory, in fear that they have early signs of dementia, according to Michael Saling, a neuropsychologist at Melbourne University. But, he says, they are often just suffering from a problem that psychologists have labelled ‘security protection code overload’.

Put simply, the worried patients feel mentally overwhelmed by all the numbers, codes and operating systems that they have to know in order simply to function in a computer-dominated environment.

That can lead to the common experience of ‘PIN-number amnesia’, where you find yourself standing in front of a cash machine, your mind a fearful blank, with an impatient queue forming behind you.

—– The good news…

Stresses and strains aside, modern life has good news for middle-aged brains. Neuroscientists have recently begun to discover how the mid-life brain, rather than giving up, instead reconfigures itself in order to cope.

As researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, and elsewhere have found, people in middle age begin to use two sides of their brains where previously only one might have been employed on a task.
This is called bilateralisation.

Commenting on this research, Barbara Strauch explains that as we age, the two sides of our brains become more intertwined, letting us see bigger patterns and think more broadly. Science may even have witnessed how ‘middle-aged wisdom’ grows in the brain. It used to be thought that the brain steadily lost myelin with age.

Myelin is the white-matter fatty coating of neurons which makes the connections in the brain work well by enabling electrical signals to travel through the brain quickly and efficiently — rather like the insulation on electronic wires.

When myelin withers, we may forget the names of people we’ve just met, or details of how to get to a new address.

New research shows that in mid-life, most of the myelin loss occurs in parts of the brain responsible for learning new things. The parts responsible for long-term memory show no such loss.

That would account for why we have trouble with new memories as we age, but not with our core knowledge. And something else has been found to happen — the level of myelin around people’s brains can continue to grow late into middle age.

Harvard University scientists who have witnessed this say that it may be a physical sign of the growth of ‘middle-aged wisdom’, where accumulated knowledge is being collated and networked more efficiently by the white matter.

—– How to protect your memory

Fortunately, health researchers believe there are ways in which we can significantly help to preserve our memory in later life.

The key is to stave off the sort of physical decline that can lead to mental decline and dementia. Dr Anne Corbett, of the Alzheimer’s Society, says: ‘Preventing dementia is all about everyday healthy living.

‘We have strong evidence for what medical conditions increase your risk. They are high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol and depression. If you have these in mid-life onwards you are at higher risk of developing dementia.’

The human brain is the most complex piece of thinking equipment that has ever evolved. Your body is the life-support system for this very hungry piece of grey matter.
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Brain training: Just a little daily exercise, like this Zumba class, could reduce the risk of the decline of your mental abilities, many studies have shown

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While your brain constitutes only about 2 per cent of your body’s mass, it uses more than a fifth of its energy production. Efficient supply and maintenance are vital. If your physical health declines, your brain — and its sophisticated systems of memory — are at serious risk of following suit.

Just taking a little more daily exercise could make a huge difference for millions of people. ‘More than 13 studies show that exercise can reduce risk by up to 45 per cent,’ says Corbett. ‘Evidence shows that the exercise does not have to be strenuous to have this benefit: it can involve active walking for around 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

‘The exercise just has to raise the heartbeat by a little, making you feel slightly breathless.’
‘Exercising’ your brain with expensive computerised ‘brain-training games’ will not provide any real benefit, though, says Dr Corbett. Studies show that you may get better at playing the games themselves, but the benefits go no farther, she explains. It is the same with crosswords and Sudoko. They should be enjoyed for themselves, rather than taken as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.
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Ginko biloba: A study of more than 3,000 adults found that it made no difference at all to memory retension

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And beware any claim about how any single food can boost your memory, says Corbett. Only last year, an important report in the Journal of the American Medical Association punctured the idea that the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba is a brain-saver. The study of more than 3,000 adults found that it made no difference at all.

Adopting broader healthy-eating habits can, however, significantly reduce the risk of dementia. A range of studies indicates that Mediterranean-style diets work best, as they are low in fat and salt and high in oily fish.

Avoiding junk food can have real benefits, too. A study last month in the respected journal Neurology found people with junk diets high in complex ‘trans-fats’ are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s than those who consume less of the artery-damaging fats.

There is another compelling reason why healthy eating can boost your memory: it helps to keep your weight in trim. People who are obese in middle age are 74 per cent more likely to develop dementia compared with those of normal weight, according to a 27-year study of more than 10,000 men and women in the British Medical Journal.

Laboratory studies conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found that caffeine strengthens brain connections. Drinking two cups of coffee a day appears to boost electrical activity between neurons in the hippocampus. The scientists say stronger connectivity means better learning and memory.

—– Memory plays tricks on us all

No matter how good our powers of memory, they can all be fooled. Because, whatever our age, memory is a slippery thing that can be grossly misleading.

A survey of 1,500 people last August by the University of Illinois found that most of us think that human memory is as reliable as a video camera that records information precisely. Moreover, around half of us think that our memories never change.

But scientific research shows the opposite is true. Even our most closely held recollections can completely change without us noticing.

Researchers who study how people remember momentous events have discovered that although people will swear faithfully that they remember exactly what they were doing when they first heard news of the event, their memory is wrong in about a third of cases.

John Seamon, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, has studied this phenomenon and says that, oddly, it is possible that the more frequently we recall an event, the less accurately we remember it.

His research suggests that when we use our minds to recall a particular memory, we do not go back to the event itself, but rather to the last time we remembered it. Each recollection adds new flaws and reinforces previous flaws. Eventually, we settle on a version that we subsequently consider to be gospel truth.

‘This is not done on a conscious level,’ Seamon believes. ‘But people are figuring out: “Where was I?
What is the story I’m going to tell about this event?”’

After about a year of doing this, he says, the memory — including the false elements — solidifies and becomes the person’s constant ‘truth’.

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According the the Harvard School of Public Health, beginning in the year 2012, 10,000 people a day will start turning 65.We are aging differently than previous generations, however. Physically and mentally, the health of today’s 70-year-old now equals that of a 65-year-old in the 1970s. In that period, deaths from heart disease and many cancers have dipped. And while most older adults have at least one chronic health problem, disability has slowly and significantly declined. It is interesting to note, that the United States has been slipping in its longevity ratings compared to other countries. Israel, on the other hand has been climbing.

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September 13, 2011

The Quantity and the Quality of Life
By Alan Freishtat

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Long life, Arichus Yomim, has been said as a bracha (blessing) from one Jew to another for thousands of years. We also say L’chaim!, to Life!, as a blessing to each other as we take a drink. Two blessings we give, but very different in their ramifications.

According the the Harvard School of Public Health, beginning in the year 2012, 10,000 people a day will start turning 65.We are aging differently than previous generations, however. Physically and mentally, the health of today’s 70-year-old now equals that of a 65-year-old in the 1970s. In that period, deaths from heart disease and many cancers have dipped. And while most older adults have at least one chronic health problem, disability has slowly and significantly declined. It is interesting to note, that the United States has been slipping in its longevity ratings compared to other countries. Israel, on the other hand has been climbing.

When the numbers are added up more carefully, though, there are obvious differences between men and women and people of different races. A newborn boy born in 2004 or after can expect to live a bit more than 75 years, while his sister can expect to live to slightly more than 80. As you grow older, your average life expectancy stretches. For example, while the life expectancy of a newborn in the United States is nearly 78, a 65-year-old can expect to live 19 years longer, and a 75-year-old for another 12 years. What is just as important as Long Life, is the L’chaim part of it—living life and how to maintain not only longevity but quality of life until 120.

Why did life expectancy increase so much in the 20th century in developed nations? Whether individuals develop a particular disease is usually determined by three things: their lifestyle (including diet and exercise), their environment (such as exposure to infectious microbes or toxins), and their genes. Increased life span surely has nothing to do with genes: our genes today are the same as they were a century ago. Instead, changes in lifestyle and environment are responsible. Changes in the environment—such as better sanitation, the use of antibiotics, and many other improvements in medical care—can claim much of the credit. As for lifestyle, in developed nations, nutritional deficiency diseases largely were eliminated in the last century. Still, not all nutritional changes have been entirely for the better. In the United States, at the turn of the 20th century, most Americans lived on farms or in rural communities. We ate fresh, unprocessed food every day, and we worked hard physically. Today, our diets are less healthful in many ways, and we exercise less. And that leads us to the second blessing—L’chaim!

The doctors can definitely help us live longer with all of the great advancement in medical care and medicines that we have today. But there is so much that we can do that will extend and enhance our lives. And we all understand the value of every second of life. So it is incumbent upon us to take our well
being into our own hands. The Be’er HaGolah at the very end of Choshen Mishpat tells us there is not bigger Hefkerus than not taking care of one’s self and the Rambam in Hilchos Daos 4:1, 14 writes very clearly: "Because for the body to be healthy and wholesome is among the ways of Hashem… therefore a person must distance himself from those things that cause his body damage… And they stated another rule relating to the health of the body: As long as a person engages in physical activity (= exercise) and works hard… no illness will attack him and his strength will increase.”

So what are some practical measures we can take to both extend life and be able to server the Ribono Shel Olam well during that time? Again, Harvard Medical School gives us some practical tips to do to the best of our ability:

1. Don’t smoke.

2. Include physical and mental activities into daily life.

3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.

4. Take a daily multivitamin, and be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.

5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape.

6. Challenge your mind.

7. Build a strong social network.

8. Protect your sight, hearing, and general health by following preventive care guidelines.

9. Floss, brush, and see a dentist regularly. Poor oral health may have many repercussions, including poor nutrition, unnecessary pain, and possibly even a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

10. Discuss with your doctor whether you need any medication—perhaps to control high blood pressure, treat osteoporosis, or lower cholesterol—to help you stay healthy.

Most of your health and longevity is in your hands. Hashem has given us all the tools at our disposal in order to maintain health. Let’s use them. Be active, exercise, eat right, stay positive, manage and reduce stress. Following these tips can “add hours to your day, days to your year and years to your life.”

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ALAN FREISHTAT is an A.C.E. CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER and a LIFESTYLE FITNESS COACH. He and Linda Holtz M.Sc are the Directors of the Jerusalem-based Weight Loss and Stress Management center Lose It! Alan and Linda can be reached on their U.S. Line 516-568-5027 In Israel call 02-651-8502 or 050-555-7175, or by email at alan@loseit.co.il or linda@loseit.co.il

The Lose It! Center for Weight Loss and Stress Management is a fully integrated Weight Loss program which combines a healthy and balanced eating plan, a supervised and professional exercise program and cognitive behavioral therapy to achieve behavior modification. The emphasis of the program is for long term, sustainable weight loss. Lose it! has programs available to assist people with Stress Management, and overcoming Depression and Anxiety Disorders. The program is done both at their Jerusalem offices and throughout the world online and by telephone.

You can see the Lose It! video and gain much information by visiting our website www.loseit.co.il For more information about Lose It!, email us at info@loseit.co.il or call 516-568-5027. In Israel, contact us at 02-654-0728

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