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Short Story: A Class Act

Tovy Breuer

From the vantage point of her bed, she could see the wind drive fallen snowflakes across the window, the barren branches of her maple tree, shivering in the icy cold. Heidi covered her mouth and coughed loud and long. She envisioned venturing out into that wind, pulling her green sweater taut around her neck. It had been a long time since she had braved the wind. Now she only lay in bed and moved the blanket up or down according to the weather.

 

All Flowers Are Not Red: Cultivating Creativity

Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

If you are creatively challenged like I am, dreaming up artistic projects to do with your kids is, well, a nightmare. I am happy to whisk off my children into the hills for an impromptu hike, but the thought of a living room swathed in sparkly stickers, glue, and paint makes my stomach sink. But, as educational research reveals, those mess-making craft projects might actually be the key to making my kids more successful.

 

The Game Of The Name

F. Lewin

What is it that causes both seasoned and amateur writers to stow away the name they received at birth, and feverishly pull out a baby-naming book to choose a carefully camouflaged byline?

 

Quiz the Creativity Whiz

Gila Arnold

A well-know writer once said: “Thinking is the enemy of creativity.” Such a quote may cause one to assume that creativity is in a league of its own — not conducive to laws of reason or clear thinking. Yet, researchers have managed to measure levels of creativity in people and assess it as a science. So … do you think you are creative? Find out!

 

A Moving Experience

Riva Pomerantz

The darkened theater is packed with every conceivable shade, shape, and hue on the female Jewish spectrum, from tichel to dreadlocks, jumpers to jeans. Intent on the moment when the black stage will reveal a promised look at the soul-journey of the baalas teshuvah, there is an electric atmosphere here, as if every woman in the room is perched to lose herself in a melting pool of camaraderie, inspiration, and yearning.



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