Category Archives: recommended reading

It’s All About Me, Me, Me…EFFIE

From the time I was in elementary school, I cringed at the sound of my name: EFFIE. No one had that name, except Aunt Effie, my mother’s sister. I was named for her. She’s 101 years old now…and she was named for her … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Insomnia

Counting sheep? Listening to the clock tick? Drinking warm milk or hot tea? All are potential signs of insomnia. Me? It’s 5:23 a.m. I went to bed at 11:00 p.m. and slept for an hour. When I heard a buzzing … Continue reading

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IBM in WWII Germany

Barnes and Noble is a great bookstore, providing a variety of historical books. The one I discovered after church today was entitled, IBM and the Holocaust, by Edwin Black. He, through investigative journalism, discovered how Hitler and the Nazis were … Continue reading

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Curious George Didn’t Monkey Around with the Nazis

A harrowing escape is the fiction of today’s action movies and thriller novels, but Jews fleeing the Nazis during the Holocaust is a reality of danger that most of us cannot imagine. If it weren’t for the little monkey, “Curious George,” … Continue reading

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Mirrors: Cracking the Case

“Break a mirror and you’ll have seven years of bad luck.” That was one of my father’s silly superstitions.    What is true, I discovered just this morning on the brown and purple envelope of my instant oatmeal: In 1291, a … Continue reading

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The Rabbi’s Fiction

CHAIM POTOCK (1929 – 2002) was an American Jewish writer, rabbi, and army chaplain. His first book of fiction, The Chosen, remained on the 1967 New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold nearly 3.5 million copies. When … Continue reading

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