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Don't Bet On It

W

hat is life? (No, I am not
about to go off on a philo-
sophical rant; you should
know me better than that.)
According to one old
song, it is "just a bowl of
cherries." One poet sug-
gests it involves "the road
not taken." Often we have
heard that it is "just a
gamble." Aha! Considering
the latter, we can become
aware of the many gam-
bling terms that pervade
our daily existence.
If we want things to go
well in business, our social
lives, etc., we are reminded
that we need to play our
cards right. This may involve know-
ing when to bluff (keep a poker
face). We are alerted always to play
our cards close to our vests. Well,
of course, you are not going to want
to broadcast your every move; not
unless you are genuinely naïve, such
as I.
How we act when the chips are

down may determine our strength
of character. Usually the term means
that there is no more action or play,
but we have adapted it to indicate
"in the face of a crisis" or
other challenge. We also
must remain cognizant of
when to cash in our chips.
Interesting to note that this
has also become common
parlance for "going off to
that big bingo game in
the sky"; but I prefer not
to dwell on something so
final.
If you wish to keep hold-
ing all the cards (being in
command), you sometimes
have to keep an ace up
your sleeve. Though I would not
recommend this action for an actual
card game, it may be a good business
practice — at least it will provide
more positive outcomes.
Do you feel that your life is often
determined by a precarious spin of
the wheel? Ah, you fatalist, you! Then
you probably have no real feel for

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beginner's luck. If that is the case,
you will never ask someone to bank-
roll you; you do not have the courage
of your convictions. You are not ready
to put everything on a throw of the
dice.
Well, if you know where the action
is, you are probably a real go-getter
who is ready to ante up and put a
fair amount on the nose.
Advice: Be ready to enjoy what life
has to offer; take a gamble!

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Hope. A fresh start.
A good education.
The next great idea.

You can still donate to the Keane
Fund, or to any of our targeted
loan funds, and help fund interest-
free loans to support Jews in
our community. Call our office,
or select the 'Donate' tab on
our Web site,

www.hfldetroit.org

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Recently, the Detroit area's Jewish
Community turned out in force to
celebrate Mary and Norm Keane
on their retirement, to honor their
many accomplishments with Hebrew
Free Loan and Jewish Family Service,
and to help them establish the
Keane Community Crisis Fund.
In the name of this special and
compassionate couple, the fund will
help these two vital agencies pro-
vide a safety net to fill gaps other
services or loan programs don't cover.
For example, imagine someone
who is receiving medical assistance
through Project Chessed, who
approaches HFL for a loan to
purchase a reliable car so they can
get to work. The loan is approved,
but no qualified co-signers are
available. Hebrew Free Loan and
Jewish Family Service may agree
to provide money from the Keane
Fund without requiring co-signers.
Supporters of Mary and Norm
helped raise $90,000 to launch the
fund, which helps, just like Mary
and Norm would, to keep people
from falling through the cracks.

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