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  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • The Love of a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    My mother has been visiting from Canada for the past 16 days. She is leaving today and I am so sad I can hardly breathe. It has been wonderful having her with us and I wish she was staying longer. My mom is funny, smart, charming, beautiful, opinionated, stubborn, wise, and quite...

  • The Power of Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I pray everyday. Some days it is a conversation and others a rant. There is no plan, routine, or schedule. Some days I pray for a minute, and other days for an hour. Some days I pray once, and other days often. It is important to me and has value. Prayer is something I am not...

  • The Religious Brains exchange, part 1: Between faith and neuroscience

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger is the leader of the Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth, Texas, an adjunct faculty member at Brite Divinity School and has served as the Jewish co-chair of the Texas Conference of Churches' Jewish-Christian Forum. Rabbi Mecklenburger was ordained at the...

  • Loving My Mother and Being a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    My mother is visiting and it is wonderful having her here. She is a remarkable woman and I like being with her. I am a lot like her and the older I get the more I see it. To spend time with her and my son, who is almost 20, is interesting because he sees similarities I don’t. It is...

  • The 24-Hour Girlfriend Getaway

    By Ilana Angel

    November 5, 2015 | 9:15 pm

    I write about everything going on in my life. I share the good, bad, sad, funny, beautiful, and ugly. It is my job, my therapy, my legacy, and a pleasure. I love this job and I am honored and humbled so many come here to read what is going on with me. From my love life, to...

  • A Visit From My Mom

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2015 | 11:04 pm

    I just picked up my Mother from the airport and I am so excited she is here I am hardly able to think straight. I love her very much and it has been too long since I saw her. She looks beautiful and I keep staring at her and touching her to make sure she is really here. I am...

  • Harry Hamlin: Nazi or Moron?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 1, 2015 | 9:35 pm

    Actor Harry Hamlin dressed up as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols for Halloween and people are talking about it because he wore a t-shirt featuring a Nazi swastika. If you Google images of Sid Vicious, one of the first pictures that come up is of him wearing a swastika t-shirt, so...

  • 50 by 50 Week 4

    By Ilana Angel

    October 30, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Today I start week 4 of my weight loss challenge and I am motivated but disappointed. I lost 1.3 pounds during week 3 , so while shy of my 1.86 goal, with the etra weight I lost on week 1 and 2, I am on track for my final goal. It was a hard week and I have only myself to blame.

  • Exploring prayer: A conversation with Alden Solovy

    By Roger Price

    October 28, 2015 | 9:18 am

    Alden Solovy is a poet and liturgist. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012. His first book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing, was published in 2012 by Kavanot Press. He is currently working on a mythical journey, told with prayers and poetry, called...

  • The meaning of coincidences

    October 14, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    One of the most powerful ways we experience God’s closeness is through coincidences.

    I know this is certainly the case with me. Stuff happens to me all the time that I can’t explain.

    Here are two examples.

    One Friday night, I was in shul and my mind wandered a bit. I realized...

  • 50 by 50: Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2015 | 6:44 pm

    This is my first video blog and I am excited but nervous. I hope you will watch and join me on what promises to be a challenging and fulfilling journey, as I take back control of my life. I will be posting a new 50 by 50 video every Thursday, and will be introducing you to some...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    After the most beautiful wedding, over four glorious days in Byron Bay, I headed to Brisbane for 24 hours. It really is quite silly to travel so far for such a short time, but it forced me to cram a lot of dreams into a short period. I arrived in Brisbane at 8:30 in the morning and...

  • The Teen Project

    By Ilana Angel

    October 4, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    Our world is amazing with limitless possibilities at the same time it is dark with endless suffering. I support many charities and believe that only when you give will you receive. I don’t give to receive of course, but the feeling I get when I give fills my heart and gives me...

  • 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...

  • Yom Kippur 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    September 21, 2015 | 11:52 pm

    Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur. Though I speak to God every single day, Yom Kippur is special because when every Jew prays at the same time it is a chorus being sent to God and that matters. I hope we are all inscribed in the Book of Life and have a year of health and...

  • Ashley Madison and Karma Finally Meet

    By Ilana Angel

    September 13, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    I have written a lot about the Ashley Madison website. I have interviewed the CEO Noel Biderman, interviewed his wife, and organized a debate between Mr. Biderman and Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuva, which was moderated by Rob Eshman. When I first wrote about Ashley Madison...

  • Australia, Qantas Koala Class & Justin Bieber

    By Ilana Angel

    September 3, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    As I approach my 50th birthday I am examining my life and making a conscious decision to take more risks than I ever have before. By more risks of course I mean taking just one risk would be more than usual for me. I like to think of myself as brave when it comes to raising my son,...

  • Friendship 101: Old & New on a Search for Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    August 25, 2015 | 11:41 am

    It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I am experiencing moments of happiness and sadness, which is normal, but they seem to be happening simultaneously, which is quite frankly exhausting. I know a lot of people, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. I don’t trust a lot of...

  • Healing Powers Provided by Dr Teal’s

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    I recently discovered products by Dr Teal’s and they are so fantastic I want to share them with you. I not only recommend them to you with 100% conviction, I will go further and encourage you to try them. I have used the Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and the Pure Epsom Salt...

  • The Joy of Speaking Canadian

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:19 am

    I am a Canadian. I wasn’t born there, but immigrated when I was 2 years old and have lived in Regina, Langley, Toronto, and Halifax. I have a brother and sister in Toronto, and my mother and another sister in Montreal. I have lived in Los Angeles for 24 years, which is longer than...

  • 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...

  • Motherhood 101 – Where did the time go?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 13, 2015 | 7:13 pm

    I love my son. I also like him. A lot. He is my favorite person on this planet and I would choose him to spend time with over anyone else. Unless of course he were busy and needed me to hang out with someone else, in which case I would choose Idris Elba.

    My son is funny. A...

  • Dating 101: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    By Ilana Angel

    August 5, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    Last night I had a dream about Coach. It was so vivid that when I woke up I was startled because I wasn’t sure where I was as the dream was so real. It was around 3 am and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I thought maybe something was going on with him so even though we have had no...

  • Faith in Religion, Confidence in Science

    By Roger Price

    August 5, 2015 | 10:47 am

    In response to a theoretical physicist’s article regarding developments in cosmology and the then current debate about whether the universe had a finite age or was in a steady state without beginning or end, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, initiated a brief...

  • Cancer, Scars & Feeling Sexy

    By Ilana Angel

    July 30, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    I had surgery this week to remove a smidge of cancer. I say smidge because I think the word mass is offensive. It was not a mass, simply a smidge, and it was not Cancer with a capital C, simply cancer. Cancer is a horrible beast but I have decided to not give her any power. A silly...

  • Thank You

    By Ilana Angel

    July 27, 2015 | 10:50 am

    I’ll be taking a few days off beginning today and want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who spends part of their day with me. I’m going in the hospital this morning for my 2nd surgery in 6 months and while a little nervous and anxious, I am mostly relieved to have it...

  • Dating 101: 10 Tips to Dating Online for Men

    By Ilana Angel

    July 14, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    To men who are dating online and between the ages of 45 and 58, please allow me to help you. You're in my dating range so I'm helping you in an attempt to help myself. Dating is rough and dating online is as painful as it is entertaining. Some days it is a miracle just to make it...

  • Leann Rimes: Queen of Denial

    By Ilana Angel

    July 5, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    It has been a while since I wrote about Ms. Rimes and even though she has certainly been doing things worthy of comment, I have to be in a certain mood to write about her. Truth be told, it might actually be her mood that inspires to write about her. I’m not on Leann’s list of...

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