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ention "wood" and you can conjure up many
images. There are those who will lecture you on
saving trees. Some might explain their creativity
with carpentry. You may even experience the collector of
walking sticks who can regale you with the varied places they
were obtained.
Knowing me as you do, I will have a slightly
different outlook. I would like to direct your
attention to the predominance of "stick" in our
everyday conversations.
For those of us old enough to recall, stickball
was a quite popular game when children actually
left the house and engaged in physical activity.
When learning to draw, many of us started with
stick figures; those of us who are artistically chal-
lenged, like moi, are still producing those figures.
(Hey, it may be OK for a game of Hangman, but
it ain't art!) There are also those who learned to
drive a stick shift car; many still do.
If you are going to do something that is chal-
lenging, then you should plan to stick to it; stick to your
guns; stick it out. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.


Those who refuse to budge on something are known as
stick-in-the-muds. I prefer to think of myself, rather, as deter-
When you decide to take a chance on something, then
you may find that you have to stick your neck out — take
that risk. Do not, however, display your hostil-
ity to those in opposition to you by sticking your
tongue out; that's not the adult way. (It is effective
To be a real friend, you must learn to stick up
for someone. This also applies to ideas or plans
that you feel are worthy: Stick up for them.
If you enjoy cooking or enjoy the results of
someone else's culinary attempts, then you can
really appreciate a stick-to-the-ribs meal.
Are you familiar with the stickpin? It was at
one time the fashion adornment for men's ties; it
worked to secure women's hats; it was used to fix
butterflies to a backing for the avid lepidopterist.
And now (drumroll, please) for my usual
corn, er, humor: Did you hear about the stickup on the
Ambassador Bridge? Yes; someone threw it there.


Sept. 26-Oct.2, 2013 I 22-28 Tishrei 5774 I Vol. CXLIV, No. 8

Ann Arbor
Arts/Entertainment ...47
Health & Wellness .... 41
5,14, 47
Life Cycles
Next Generation

Out & About
Out to Eat
Points Of View
Red Thread
Staff Box/Phone List ...6
Synagogue List
Torah Portion


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