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  • Meeting Hillary Clinton

    By Ilana Angel

    June 9, 2016 | 10:47 pm

    On September 11, 2000, I met William Jefferson Clinton, who was President of the United States at the time. I also met his wife and First Lady, Hillary Clinton. It was very exciting. I had my picture taken by one of their photographers and when the picture arrived I remember...

  • Bravery and Brilliance after Rape

    By Ilana Angel

    June 7, 2016 | 9:24 am

    To the woman who wrote this letter, who experienced this violence, who shared her bravery, who will forever be a light in the darkness for countless women who have not yet found the strength to be brave, know that we are with you. WE ARE WITH YOU. We hear you, we see you, we are...

  • Turning 50 in San Francisco

    By Ilana Angel

    April 12, 2016 | 3:22 pm

    I had a spectacular birthday. It was the perfect way to usher in my 50’s and since it was a milestone worthy of something special, I celebrated with purpose and will look back at turning 50 with great happiness. I was not anxious about my birthday, but rather reflective of my life...

  • Dating 101: Being Stood Up

    By Ilana Angel

    April 4, 2016 | 9:43 pm

    A couple of years ago I was at my local pub watching a Premier League football game and a man held the door open for me. I thought it was lovely and when I thanked him, he smiled kindly. I never thought about it again, until I saw him on an online dating site. I wrote to say hello,...

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  • The Ongoing Rape of Kesha

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2016 | 9:31 pm

    It takes bravery to step forward and speak about rape. A type of bravery that only those who have experienced it can truly understand. People think rape is about sex, but it is about violence, power, control, and humiliation. Whether you are aware of what is happening to you or...

  • 2015: My Year in Review

    By Ilana Angel

    December 31, 2015 | 8:24 pm

    On January 1, 2015, I went out to breakfast wih my son. He was about to turn 19 and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. I remember what we wore, what we ate, and the look on his face as he told me everything was going to be okay. I recall looking across at my baby boy and seeing...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    October 3, 2015 | 10:07 pm

    I left Los Angeles on a Sunday and arrived in Australia on a Tuesday. I skipped an entire day, which was good because it meant I arrived in Brisbane a day younger and looking Xanax rested and fresh faced. Once I landed in Brisbane I took a shuttle to Byron Bay.  I sat in the front...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 1, 2015 | 10:22 pm

    I am back from Australia and if I could only use one word to describe my trip it would be LOVE. I was there for 4 ½ days, which is ridiculous, but it is a time in my life I'll remember forever and be talking about until the end of my days. With the exception of the birth of my son...

  • Facing 50 - A Leap of Faith to Australia

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2015 | 3:08 pm

    I am not very good at doing things for myself. As a mother I have always put the needs of my child first. If he needs something and I need something, he gets what he needs. I have never hesitated to put his needs ahead of mine and the truth is I would have done the same even if I...

  • My Scary, Brave, Empowering & Emotional Birthday in Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    April 20, 2015 | 5:40 pm

    I’m not one to make a big deal about my birthday. It’s just another day and while I look forward to getting a card from my son, the truth is he is really good with cards and gives them to me at random times without requiring a special occasion. I do love a cocktail with my...

  • Dating 101: Can Women ask Men Out?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2013 | 8:38 am

    I wrote a man on Match.com this week.  His profile was beautifully written, lacked the typical stench of online dating crap, and he was just the right amount of sarcastic and funny. He is handsome, smart, Jewish, and entertaining.  He wrote back and we ended up speaking on the...

  • Meet Linda – This is What Cancer Looks Like

    By Ilana Angel

    February 5, 2012 | 1:12 am

    It took just three days for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to change their minds about funding Planned Parenthood.  There have been countless stories written about both their decision, and then their change of heart.

    I’m sure their hearts had nothing to do with either decision.  I...

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