Source: Photo by mdorotta 123RF The other day, my wife and I got in argument about an article in the New York Times. It was about Barbra Streisand's decision to pay $50,000 to clone her dead dog, Samantha. The procedure was successful, and now she lives with a pair of cute puppies that carry Samantha’s genes. “That’s disgusting,” Mary Jean told me. “Why?” I said. “It’s her money. She’s got the dough.” “Well,” she said, "everyone knows that the clones will not be identical to their mom.” Playing the devil’s advocate, I said, “She's not dumb. She knew they would not be identical copies of Samantha. But she also knew that they will look a lot like her old dog, and they will probably have at least somewhat similar personalities.” Mary Jean wasn’t buying it: “The puppies will be unhealthy and have genetic disorders. Remember Dolly the sheep? She was all messed … [Read more...] about Why Does Cloning Your Dog Just Seem Wrong?
There was never an official diagnosis, but I knew my seasonal, winter depression was a case of serious HOLIDAY ENVY caused by being Jewish at Christmas. Oh sure, we had Chanukah. It’s billed as “the festival of light” but it’s really Christmas-light. “Dreidel” isn’t even in MS spellcheck. You won’t find a latkeh with Judah Maccabee’s face on E-bay. Growing up, my family tried to put on a festive face. We’d stick a tarnished menorah in the window, our way of saying “us too” in the neighborhood’s winter wonderland of sleighs, reindeers and elves, each house giving off more light than a shuttle launch. We had those blue and white streamers attached to banisters and we spun plastic Dreidels, but what I was lusting for was Santa, the first unavailable man in my life. I yearned to sit in his oversized lap and whisper what I wanted. Unlike my mother, he wouldn’t have scoffed, “You don’t need … [Read more...] about Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Easier to be Jewish at Christmas