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“THE SCHMUCK IN MY OFFICE” By Dr Jody Foster, Contributing Writer   Everyone has a “schmuck” in their office – a difficult, disruptive person who upsets the workplace, confuses coworkers, and causes concern. It’s hard to understand why schmucks act the way they do, but one thing is certain, they seem to come in all shapes and sizes… Enter: Jody Foster, MD, MBA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania,...

Mar 14 2016
by Denny |
Comments Off on Women and False Choice: The Truth about Sexism

For millennia, women have been told who they are: loving, empathic, caring mothers and wives, who exist always in relation to others need for care, be it a child, a husband, an elderly parent or community. Men, on the other hand, have been told that they are the ones who make things happen in the outside world, and they are the ones who bring home the bacon, so to speak. These cultural ideas of who women and men are and how they are situated in society still, unconsciously, rule...

Mar 13 2016
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Paula Shoyer

Paula Shoyer, author of The Holiday Kosher Baker, has done it again with her beautiful new book The New Passover Menu. Whether or not you keep kosher, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I myself bookmarked the chapters on breakfast foods and desserts for my upcoming Easter brunch. Of special note is the equipment list for each recipe (so you’ll know which tools you need) along with preparation and cooking times. Also included are tips to help with meal planning and storage....

Jan 26 2016
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A Fresh Take on Tradition
Amelia Saltsman

I am very excited about The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition cookbook. The recipes were organized by seasons and by course, featuring new ways to use old-world ingredients in a fresh, contemporary meals, highlighting the diversity of flavors in Jewish food. The author, Amelia Saltsman, was born in California to a Romanian-Israeli mother and an Iraqi-Israeli father. In her introduction, she states, “one grandmother used parsley, the other cilantro, one cooked...

Sep 22 2015
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The Money Queen

Are you a material girl? The truth is that, as women, we all have a unique relationship with money. We strive for financial security to support our family, ensure we can retire comfortably, create independence separate from our partners, and along the way, buy some nice purses. As much as we are motivated to make money, we often do not consider the crucial relationship between what we do today and how it will impact our life tomorrow. The Money Queen’s Guide is an uplifting...

May 07 2015
by Denny |
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Just in time for the spring home improvement season, America’s leading authority on paints and painting has published an informative new book on interior and exterior painting sure to be welcomed by the nation’s legion of do-it-yourselfers. The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Successful & Satisfying Home Painting is the work of the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to inform and educate about the ins and outs of painting. That’s exactly what this new book...

Mar 06 2015
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By Gail Ward Olmsted

Jackie or “Jax” Sullivan is a marketing professor at a small New England college. Like nature, she “abhors a vacuum….At even a hint of a potentially awkward silence, you can count on me to jump in and save the day.” Jax still sleeps with her supportive ex-husband, Robbie, and is deeply in lust with Rick, a tour guide she met out in Sedona, Arizona. She is buoyant by nature and subscribes to what she calls “the Whack-a-Mole theory of life….I remain ever vigilant for...

Dec 31 2014
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The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival – Edited by Jacqueline Lapidus and Lise Menn; Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Ohio: Kent State University Press; $38.95) The woman let slip that she’d been married before and widowed young. “It was hard for me,” she said simply, “because there were no role models for young widows.” Those words came back to haunt me years later, when I, too, was widowed young. “The Wild Things,” a poem I wrote...