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The president's speech

I admit I did not listen to the state of the union address last night.  I did, however, see a quote that struck me for its lack of mechanical correctness: "Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love."
There are two striking errors here. One is the inconsistency of number -- "no American" is singular and so should not be represented by the pronoun "they." The second is the misuse the word "who" where "whom" is clearly called for.   I know that Twitter says "who to follow" rather than "whom to follow," but Twitter is not the defining authority on usage.

With a minimum of change, the corrected sentence should read: "Starting this year, no Americans will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of whom they love." 

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Here the soup is not in the kitchen exhibit

Fans ofCheaper by the Dozen and the sequel Belles on Their Toes should look for the Gilbreth name in the Kitchen Culture, In Motion exhibit.  You may recall that Dr. Gilbreth came up with a plan for a highly efficient kitchen setup, though the family resident cook and housekeeper refused to work in it.  Though the Warhol's soup can do not appear in that section of the museum, you can look for other representations of his work alongside the kitchen models and artifacts.

Other significant question that you may ponder include which animal is featured opposite the large male figure in Marc Chagall's I and the Village While the representative of the museum museum maintains it is a cow, other online sources describe it as a goat.  Personally, I think it looks more like a goat than a cow.  But you can draw your own conclusion.  This painting is meant to represent a Jewish village, yet features a prominent cross at the top central point of the picture.  There is also a cross that appea…

Tu B’Shvat: holiday for the trees - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Tu B’Shvat: holiday for the trees - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com  See the slideshow there and additional photos at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=1802353237&aid=47764  The photos I took at the same place last year are at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=1802353237&aid=15541

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Self-service: the possibilities and drawbacks of technology

I'd like to thank those who commented on http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/01/do-you-prefer-self-service-or-human.html Those question were on my mind because I was working on a blog post for http://www.thecmosite.com/author.asp?section_id=1167&doc_id=203281  Feel free to have a look and comment there.

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Opposites do attract, but should they marry? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Opposites do attract, but should they marry? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Beauty and Brains

Here's the gist of a rather short article:

The study indicated attractive men have IQs that are 13.6 points above the average, while beautiful women are 11.4 points higher than average.Since intelligent men are more inclined to achieve more success, they are "more likely to marry beautiful women," Kanazawa said. "Given that both intelligence and physical attractiveness are highly heritable, there should be a positive correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness in the children's generation. 
Good looking people have higher IQs

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Politics and words

I don't have any political agenda. Just wondering if others think that the "Jewish leaders" who spoke out against Palin's misuse of the word "blood-libel" really represent the general Jewish view.  What's your view on it?


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Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and want some free entertainment? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and want some free entertainment? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Do you prefer self-service or human service?

If the bank is open, would you head first for human teller or for a ATM? Why? 
Also please note if you observe different preferences in your parents or children. 
Other questions: In general do you prefer to pump your own gas (I know it doesn't apply in NJ) or to have someone do it for you?  Do you pay at the pump?  
 Do you seek out self-checkout lines at supermarkets and Home Depots, or do you avoid them? 
 Do you prefer to get your information by calling someone or by looking it up online?
Do you prefer to shop in stores in which someone offers to help you, or do you prefer to be left alone while you look?


a one date stand

I posted about the process of getting to know people through social media .  It's a process of listening that takes time.  The same process is required in dating.  But people are quick to take a stand against the person after only one date.  One miss of a checkbox gets the person rejected. As Orthonomics writes in her latest blog post,  "I get the feeling that far too many daters spend too much time (over) analyzing the packaging of the date itself and all the odd behaviors displayed by the date that they don't actually get to the heart of the courting process, i.e. actually getting to know something more substantive about their date." Read more atOrthonomics: Over Analyzing and Dating

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Getting to know you

That's the song for social media.  See the example of Kohl's and the controversy of boycott lists discussed in the comment section at http://www.thecmosite.com/author.asp?section_id=1167&doc_id=202637

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Teaching children to think in the box

This evening, my youngest was frustrated with her math homework on time. Her frustration was not due to the math involved but with the expectations of the writers of the workbook.
Here is what the problem stated:

9:58 AM is __ minutes before ___AM

  I had to tell her the answer here because, clearly, the writers are thinking so in the box that they considered it obvious that the reference point would be the hour, so that you would fill in the blanks with 2 and 10:00, respectively.  As my daughter rightly observed, though, there are many possible answers.  All you have to do is make the minutes match the time.  You could put in 1 and 9:59 or 3 and 10:01, and so on.



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Easy chicken that's not the same old, same old

Ginger marinade for chicken - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Forever Younger

I was thinking of entitling this "The Secret of Eternal Youth."  It is actually is about keeping a secret, but I refrained from doing so because the overuse of "secret" in titles is one of the things I object to.  Another titled I considered was "Living a Lie."  Can you guess where this is going yet?  First, a disclaimer:  This was told to me by my eight grade daughter, who was relaying what her teacher said, who was relaying an anecdote she heard of.  As in the game of Telephone, it is quite likely that some of the details and even facts got distorted along the way.  I certainly hope so.

This is what my daughter recounted last night.  Supposedly, someone asked a rabbi if they can lie about their age for the sake of a shidduch. His reply was that they can do so, so long as they will adhere to that age forever after.  In other words, say, a girl of 27 passes herself of as 22, she would have to forever after act as if she was, indeed, 22 that year.  I suppo…

What do your goals say about you?

I decided to post this in response to seeing a Tweet that said "What are your fashion goals for 2011?"  I'm sure you're all dying to hear what I'm planning to wear.  Seriously, then you are far more interested in my choice of fashion than I am. Other than dressing to code, so to speak, and not falling for trends that are inconsistent with my lifestyle, I don't really think much about clothes.  Yes, I would be happy to buy some more skirts if they become available in long enough -- but not trailing to the floor - -- lengths. But that is not much more of a goal than an intent to buy cherries when they are in season and affordable.  (They are BTW $2.99 a lb. this week at Stop & Shop, which is pretty good for winter time,but not a price I find impossible to resist).

Read more at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/what-do-your-goals-say-about-you


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Introvert power!

Introvert tend to get a bad rap in the world of business.  They are stereotyped as anti-social and so expected to not be good team players and to be too shy to effectively lead.  But this stereotype, like many others, is not altogether true, according to a Harvard Business School researcher.  Here's an excerpt from http://edition.cnn.com/2010/BUSINESS/11/29/introverts.leadership/index.htmlHarvard Business School researcher Francesca Gino has found that introverts can play a crucial role in leading teams. Many of the strengths that people associate with leaders, for instance being dominant or being good at giving directives, are often the same traits that characterize someone who is an extrovert, Gino told CNN. But in a forthcoming paper, she argues that when it comes to day-to-day teamwork in the workplace, less obvious leadership qualities can become more important. She and her collaborators asked bosses to rate how extroverted they considered themselves and then studied how their t…

The Myth of Mars and Venus

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/01/gender.books
The idea that men and women differ fundamentally in the way they use language to communicate is a myth in the everyday sense: a widespread but false belief. But it is also a myth in the sense of being a story people tell in order to explain who they are, where they have come from, and why they live as they do. Whether or not they are "true" in any historical or scientific sense, such stories have consequences in the real world. They shape our beliefs, and so influence our actions. The myth of Mars and Venus is no exception to that rule.......Do women really talk more than men?...... The reviewers are inclined to believe that this is a case of gender and amount of talk being linked indirectly rather than directly: the more direct link is with status, in combination with the formality of the setting (status tends to be more relevant in formal situations). The basic trend, especially in formal and public contexts, is …

Proponents of polygamy

I was searching for something completely different when I happened upon the site that declares itself "THE ORTHODOX JEWISH PRO POLYGAMY PAGE." http://emeslyaakov.com/
To set the record straight: the Torah did allow multiple wives.  However, the Torah also shows that multiple wives can be far from the bliss some men may imagine it to be.  Just about any time we get an insider look at a household with more than one wife in TaNaCh, the stresses and tensions that arise show that a man may get far more than he bargained for when taking on another wife -- even when there are particular reasons for it, like an infertile first wife.  We also notice that in situations where there was a Divine direction behind the shidduch, as in the case of Tamar and Yehudah or Ruth and Boaz, the first wife of the men involved was dead and buried beforehand.  So even in these unusual cases, the matches were monogamous.

 Avraham only took on Hagar at his wife's urging, and he sent her away for the…