Jewish Journal

Dara Lehon

  • Stuck between two worlds

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I finally saw "Juno," a movie I'd been told was "uber-cute," "amazing" and just "soooo good." And I've become one of many Juno-obsessed. But unlike others who are doting mostly on the movie's dialogue, soundtrack and sweatbands, the movie got me pondering about who...
  • The cultivator

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    He saved a stub from Dec. 24.

    I know this because I saw it on his desk.

    After we'd broken up; when we shouldn't have been talking, and when I certainly shouldn't have been in his home.

    But we'd started as friends, and I foolishly thought we could stay that way.

    The stub sat right...

  • The Archivist

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've always been a pack rat. I used to save every letter I got, every note I drafted but didn't mail, every card to every gift. My scribbled-in Hello Kitty diary and my first-ever plastic address book (the red one with hearts) that stored vitals for my camp friends, crushes and...
  • The unlikely candidate

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've always admired investment banker/doctor/accountant/lawyer/teacher/artist-types those who'd set their paths out early on and pursued their objectives outright I, on the other hand, have had a seemingly somewhat ... unexpected career path.

    Since graduating college (with an...

  • Smith Barney doesn’t manage this portfolio. My heart does.

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A conservative, long-term investor, I'll still admit to my sometimes ridiculous attraction to the highs and lows of risk. Question is: How much can I -- or anyone -- really handle?
    At 22, I'd fearlessly seek the beta -- or risk factor -- in anticipation of the alpha -- or excess...
  • ‘Talk to You Soon’

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the record, not all men are creeps. Sure, some creep along to get things done, but most don't mean harm, and there are some really, truly terrific guys out there.

    And get this: Not all men (particularly those who dump you) are idiots. In fact, they know exactly what they're...

  • Wiesel Adds Sinai to Shabbat ‘Collection’

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I miss Shabbat," Elie Wiesel told a packed audience at Sinai Temple in Westwood last Friday night.

    The renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at Sinai's Friday Night Live, a monthly Shabbat service combining music with mingling and prayer geared to young professionals....

  • Dating Creeds

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Believe it or not, I've never felt quite as valuable, attractive and desirable as the times I've gotten dumped. Well, sort of.

    According to some once-doting men, I'm terrific. I'm also beautiful, talented, smart, sassy, funny, dynamic, cute and sweet. To make matters worse, I'd make...

  • Out of the Picture

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Summer's over, and I just got round 10 of Beth's camp pictures. She's made new friends, and seems to be learning a ton. She has that youthful exuberance. Adorable, no?

    Well, sort of.

    Beth is not cute. She's not small. And she's not particularly -- well -- that young. Beth is my...

  • 11:59 and No Plan

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It's almost 2006, and I'm almost proud of myself. Almost.

    I've accomplished most of my 2005 New Year's resolutions: Been a devoted daughter/aunt/sister/friend, got a new job, got into grad school and bought a new, sumptuously soft forest green couch, complete with a plush, inviting...