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The hoopster, and living with MS

The hoopster, and living with MS

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Ben Eisenhardt had the same childhood ambition as many kids. “Professional basketball is a dream [that] starts from kindergarten,” he says. But his aspiration is now reality. Soon, the 6’10”, 215 lb. forward will head to Israel to play for Euroleague’s Elitzur Yavne. Ben will also make aliyah, an(…)

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Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist On a recent trip with my now-adult daughter to see family in Florida, I reminisced about her initial visit to the Sunshine State, when she hadn’t even reached her first birthday, and wondered where all the time went. One minute, she was an adorable baby, screaming endlessly throughout the(…)

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When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist This is the second of a two-part column on “BRAINS@BGU,” featuring some of the latest brain research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Last year, BGU toured President Obama through its brain research labs after the president launched his BRAIN initiative, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies,(…)

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Unusual careers

Unusual careers

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in a place like Pakistan? If you’re Edmonds native Margaret O’Connor, you are working as an “academic exchange specialist in the South and Central Asia branch for the office of academic exchanges in the bureau of education and cultural affairs at the U.S.(…)

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Nipping the zucchini bounty in the bud

Nipping the zucchini bounty in the bud

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Every gardener loves to lament that they get overrun with zucchini and have to resort to baking too much zucchini bread or, worse, ringing the doorbell, dashing and leaving them on people’s doorsteps. Well, let me tell you: You’re doing it wrong. The way to avoid being overrun with(…)

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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

p5rn7vb By Ed Harris Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for our annual family vacation. For several years now, our travel(…)

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A taste of Argentina in Seattle

A taste of Argentina in Seattle

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Chimichurri is the quintessential sauce of Argentina, and deserves to be better known in the northerly climes. It is somewhat like an Italian pesto, but made from parsley, and without the cheese or nuts to thicken it. Like pesto, it comes together in a food processor with just a(…)

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Six action items to #bringbackourboys

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know there seems to be no shortage of awful things that happen to us Jews, and maybe on some level we should get used to it. As I read about anti-Jewish activities in France for example, I confess — I sometimes just glaze over. I(…)

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Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

By Ed Harris Households across America this month celebrated Father’s Day. June, with its “Dads and Grads,” is probably a great month for Hallmark, especially now that most of humanity has embraced Facebook as a way to offer free birthday congratulations, a transgression I have committed more than a few times myself. You can get(…)

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Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist As part of his U. S. brain initiative in 2014, President Obama visited Israel and learned about groundbreaking brain research developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. This is part one of a two-part look at some of those technologies. He’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s resident warrior(…)

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As spring turns to summer, our palates follow

As spring turns to summer, our palates follow

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Green garlic is one of those wonderful farmer’s market ingredients. You don’t often see it at grocery stores, but it’s at every market in the early summer months, where it overlaps with last year’s storage potatoes. Green garlic is simply the shoot of an immature garlic plant. The kind(…)

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Honors all around to current and emerging leaders

Honors all around to current and emerging leaders

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “Humbling,” is how Seattle’s Joshua Gortler described receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Yeshiva University (YU) May 22. Speaking the week before, he said the most remarkable thing was that this could happen to “an immigrant kid who [came] to this country without a penny. “What I’ve(…)

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My two left feet

My two left feet

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist I knew being a father would bring surprises: Becoming a “Dancing Dad” is one, however, I never saw coming. I am in fact a terrible dancer, much to my wife’s disappointment, as her favorite leisure-time activity when we first met was folk dancing. Early dates of ours included student(…)

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