Parlez-Vous Jewish?

Hello dear readers!  I’d really appreciate it if you mosied on over to Quarterlette for my latest piece. I typically prefer not to discuss religion or politics, but I recently saw a few articles that I could not ignore.  I was compelled to examine and express my feelings on the subject.  I hope you enjoy.

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Monday Reads

We all have some grammar “rules” stuck in our brain. Here are a few that can be de-bunked…in certain circumstances. Mitochondrial disease can cause all sorts of difficulties if passed on to children. But did you know there is such a thing as mitochondrial DNA transfer, which would allow would-be mothers with unhealthy DNA to…

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Monday Reads

Listening to hip hop could actually improve your mental state. Bring on the Nicki Minaj. In Indonesia, women who want to become police officers must undergo a virginity test. That means if you want to become a policewoman, you have to be degraded as someone performs the “two finger test” to determine if your hyman…

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Monday Reads

Thanks to a trait called hypercriticism, we perceive negative statements as more intelligent. That’s why, sadly, all your bitter Facebook status posts go more viral than your peppy ones. My high school experience was not full of cliques. It was more like a bunch of people who all got along and then a few “alties”…

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30 Before 30: #6 – Vote in a Local Election

I am a firm believer in the “no vote no voice” concept.  One of the best things about our country is its democratic nature.  We, as members of the community, have the power to influence exactly how that community is run.  If you don’t want to exercise that power, fine, that’s your prerogative.  But if…

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Monday Reads

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means I will intentionally overbuy trick or treating candy so I have some leftover for myself.  Here’s a handy wine-pairing guide for all those Halloween sweets. When I was watching the Miss America pageant last month I noticed there was a lot of talk and [even better!] scholarships about…

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Monday Reads

I use a trip to the grocery store as a way to unwind and don’t find the NYC lines frustrating at all (once I learned how to navigate the different stores).  I wonder how many people will opt into Chicory, a delivery service that works by attaching a “Get Ingredients” button to the bottom of…

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Monday Reads

On Thursday, Scotland is voting to break from UK.  The United Kingdom has been, well, united for over 300 years so this is kind of a big deal. Betty Boop did not just emerge from a cartoonist’s imagination.  Did you know the inspiration for the animated sexpot was actually an African American woman? You know…

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Monday Reads

European Court has upheld France’s ban of the niqab, the type of veil worn by many Muslim women that only leaves a slit for the eyes.  I’m not sure I like the veil itself…but I’m also not sure how I feel about a government telling someone they can’t wear something that is a part of…

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Monday Reads

I have no problem eating meat or wearing leather as long as the animal’s population is not in danger and it is actually going to good use.  Killing tigers for social status, however, is not something I’m cool with. There is a science to flirting and nailing it will go further than looking hot. For…

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