Daily Archives: November 2, 2014

Early Visitors Can't Expect Perfect Hospitality

Dear Helen: Aaarghhh! What does one do with visitors who arrive early? I’m not talking about the occasional party guest who shows up while you’re still making hors d’oeuvres, but out- of-towners who announce that their schedule has changed and they’ll be showing up on a Thursday instead of a Friday! This happened last weekend,…

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This Story of Death is Surprisingly Upbeat

The week after Jewish forensic pathologist Judy Melinek, M.D., and her husband, T.J. Mitchell, released their jointly authored Working Stiff: Two years, 262 bodies and the making of a medical examiner, the book hit the New York Times nonfiction best seller list. It might have been America’s infatuation with shows such as “CSI” and “NCIS,”…

Hidden Gems: La Panza Cafe

As the temperature drops, we crave heartier foods. For stick- to-your-ribs satisfaction, it’s hard to beat tacos, enchiladas and burritos. However, many restaurants prepare these items with pork or lard. But with the recent opening of La Panza Café in Southeast Portland, people who observe Jewish dietary restrictions without keeping strictly kosher can enjoy these…

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Tomatoes on Page and Plate

I have been a member of a few book clubs over the years. I start out with the best intentions of finishing the book in a timely manner. But alas, invariably I find myself letting busy schedules get in my way. I show up anyway only to quietly sip my wine and try to come…

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The Aging Brain: Israeli Researchers Uncover New Facts

Life expectancy has increased to more than 80 years in many parts of the world, according to professor Alon Friedman, a neurophysiologist and neurosurgeon. Friedman is chairman of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, a center of excellence at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel. Many neurological disorders increase with age, and Friedman and…

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Natalie Linn Weaves a Lifelong Passion

Natalie Linn’s journey to becoming a national expert on Native American basketry began with the purchase of a $5 “Indian basket,” which turned out to be a fake. Nowadays Natalie is a frequent appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow” and has appeared on “History Detectives.” She has lectured on Native American art at museums and universities across…

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