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  • Am I a Real Entrepreneur? Firing the Fraud police

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 weeks ago

    Do you ever worry the Fraud Police are going to stop by your cubicle or descend into your lunch meeting where you need to close a deal? I worry if I reach out to a new contact, that they will not return my call because they will know I am not good enough. But that never happens....

  • President Elect Donald Trump

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2016 | 6:17 am

    It is a very sad day for America. I understand how last night happened, but I will never understand why it happened. I cannot wrap my head around Trump as President, nor can I imagine his wife as First Lady. I went to bed last night before the official winner was announced because...

  • Making Good Choices

    By Ilana Angel

    October 27, 2016 | 1:24 pm

    Today I was at Rite-Aid to pick up a few things. When I had everything I headed to the refrigerators to get a cold drink. As I turned with my iced tea in hand, I saw a man kneeling on the floor putting a carton of milk into his backpack. We locked eyes and I wasn't sure what to do....

  • Phone Calls in the middle of the Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 22, 2016 | 5:58 pm

    Last night my mother called me at 9:00, which was midnight at her home in Canada. I missed her call and she didn’t leave me a message. She called again at 10:00, but I didn’t answer the call in time and it went to voicemail. This time she left a message saying she couldn’t sleep...

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  • Motherhood, Flying & Growing Up

    By Ilana Angel

    August 11, 2016 | 9:30 am

    I am flying to London this afternoon. I have been working on a project for several weeks and it has required me to fly back and forth. I got home from London on Monday, and am heading back today. It is a long flight and I am not a good flyer, but it has been a great project and I...

  • Stop Being Afraid of Being Afraid: Motivation for the Next Step

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    August 9, 2016 | 10:00 am

    On Mondays, I write about motivation as inspiration for myself and to share about myself and my website. I am honored and inspired that many writers and travelers continue to share their personal stories in my ten Travel Writing Awards on We Said Go Travel.

    For the past month, I...

  • No Fear = Acceptance? Getting there.

    June 8, 2016 | 4:31 am

    [Ed. Note: This entry was written as a followup to a recent posting in this blog by Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan entitled Fear Gets Relegated to a Bit Part, which appeared on 5/25/2016. --- JB]

     

    Every individual, coming from their own life experiences, deals with death in their own...

  • Dating & Motherhood: Letting go & holding on

    By Ilana Angel

    June 3, 2016 | 7:48 am

    I have been dating Boots for several weeks and it is really good. We are having a wonderful time together. I feel happy when I am with him and miss him when I am not. He makes me laugh, think, and hope. He's become important to me in ways that are both comforting and surprising....

  • Fear Gets Relegated to a Bit Part

    May 25, 2016 | 4:06 am

    This week I came across a patient who feels it is unfair for him to be alive any longer if that means someone else in the world, such as a Syrian orphan, is giving up part of their allotted share of life in order for an old man like him, to continue being here. Using this odd...

  • After San Bernardino, don’t let fear change our daily routines

    December 7, 2015 | 10:57 am

    With the recent shooting in San Bernardino, television and social media have yet again brought images of fatalities and injuries and the grief of those directly affected into our homes. For many Americans, and in particular the Jewish community, the constant streaming of these...

  • The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 7, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Think about the day she finds out who her parents were.

    For a while, all she’ll know is that, yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story — how they abandoned her to do a...

  • To be a Jew means ‘I love you’

    November 23, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    On Thursday last week, a suicide bomber murdered forty three human beings in Beirut and injured two hundred and forty. On Friday last week, a suicide bomber murdered nineteen human beings in Bagdad and injured thirty three. In Paris, seven men murdered one hundred twenty three...

  • The Republicans’ rhetoric of hate and fear

    November 20, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Fear, laced with paranoia, is driving the American response against allowing Syrian refugees into the United States.

    President Obama has said he would accept 10,000 refugees, all of them subjected to intense scrutiny before being admitted to the country. France, with a population...

  • Welcome the refugees

    November 19, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    In the 1940s, politicians and the State Department saw the war ravaging Europe and said only Christians could enter this country as refugees, and only a select few at that. No Jews welcome here. A favorite argument for turning away Jews fleeing Europe was that they somehow had been...

  • In wealthy Paris hamlet, some Jews reconsider their future

    November 17, 2015 | 1:23 pm

    Babette and Sasha Bergman lead what many would consider a charmed life.

    Both Jewish high-tech professionals in their 30s — they met while working at Google’s European headquarters in Ireland — the Bergmans settled in this capital city shortly ahead of the birth of their now...

  • Finding, Removing, Treating & Healing Cancer

    By Ilana Angel

    October 26, 2015 | 10:44 pm

    I want to take a moment to say thank you to the people who came into my life to save it. I am a lucky girl and very aware of my blessings, but without the kindness and brilliance of my doctors I would not be as happy or healthy as I am right now. There are many people who helped me...

  • 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...

  • At Death’s Door

    May 6, 2015 | 3:19 am

    For me, what’s on tap after death is unknowable. Not only that, what will happen right before is just about equally mysterious. How can we predict the way each of us is actually going to feel when the time comes? When we are children, we cannot understand what it is like to be a...

  • The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within

    February 26, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    There was something surreal about visiting Israel last week. I had come to learn about Israel’s independent sector, and it was inspiring to see how nonprofits were taking up the task of shaping Israel’s future, regardless of who forms the next government.

    Partisan politics still...

  • What “Charlie” knows

    By Diana Emuna

    January 11, 2015 | 6:43 am

    Stephane Charbonnier of Charlie Hebdot was unafraid. Charlie Hebdot published cartoons that made fun of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Charbonnier said  he would rather “die on his feet than live on his knees.”  He and his colleagues knew the risks.  They were threatened and their...

  • Choosing Love Over Fear

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 25, 2014 | 11:19 am

    By Cantor Rachel Goldman 

    I have spent an hour and a half flipping between a blank document in Word and seven tabs in my browser, all open to different articles on “What is going on in Israel right now.”  I feel like every time I see the latest headline, I get thrown or sad and...

  • Stop Choosing To Live Life in Prison

    By Ilana Angel

    January 16, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    I am a very blessed human being. Some would say I am lucky rather than blessed, but I believe God has a hand in my luck, which makes me blessed. I have a lot of things happening in my life and they have been consuming my time and thoughts. Professionally there are things I cannot...

  • Motherhood 101: Teenage Drama

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2013 | 7:56 am

    This is a typical conversation with my child:

    Me: Hi. How was your day?

    Him: Good

    Me: What happened at school?

    Him: Nothing.

    Me: Anything exciting going on?

    Him: Nope.

    Me: What did you learn today?

    Him: Stuff.

    Me: Great. Tell me about it.

    Him: Nothing to tell...

  • Dating 101: Love is Blind

    By Ilana Angel

    May 14, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    The process of dating is really hard.  When you are going on a series of first dates, it is also exhausting.  It takes a lot of time to get ready, to engage in banter with a stranger, to convince yourself that you want to be there, and not at home in your pajamas with a glass of...

  • Love

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 1, 2013 | 8:58 pm

    By Inga Roizman

     

    I suppose I should introduce myself as this is my inaugural ‘Addicted to Redemption’ submission. My name is Inga Roizman; I’ve been a counselor at Beit T’Shuvah for a little more than a year and a former resident upon two separate occasions.

     

    On my first...

  • Tall Jew, Short Jew, Lying Jew, Old Jew

    By Ilana Angel

    April 15, 2013 | 8:36 pm

    How is it possible that a large group of men can all suffer from the same disorder and not be aware of it?  Jewish men are simply unable to give their correct height.  Why?  If they are 5’4”, they say 5’7”.  If they are 5’7”, they say they are 5’10”.  If they are 5’10”, they...

  • Happy Birthday to my Son, Friend, Teacher, Love

    By Ilana Angel

    January 18, 2013 | 12:58 am

    Today is my son’s birthday.  He is the most wonderful human being I have ever known and it is hard to believe that the baby in this photo is now 17 years old.  He is smart, funny, kind, thoughtful, talented, gorgeous, charming, and in my opinion, perfect.  I am in love with this...

  • Me, Him, Us, Them & Shabbat

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2012 | 9:10 am

    I am complicated.  Not difficult, just complicated.  I have a vision for my life that has not changed since I was a little girl.  I always wanted to be a mom. I am.  I always wanted to move to Los Angeles. I did. I always wanted to work in Hollywood. I do.  I always wanted to meet...

  • Prince Charming is Taking Me To England!

    By Ilana Angel

    October 14, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    After 7 months of dating, and a slow and steady stroll to love, the Englishman is taking my son and me to England to meet his family for two weeks in December.  By slow and steady, of course I mean that I have loved him since our first date, but it took me months to allow myself to...

  • Manicures, Guns & Living Life Out Loud

    By Ilana Angel

    July 31, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    I had an appointment to get my nails done yesterday.  I have been going to the same salon for years and my nail girl, Julie, is the best.  She makes my nails look beautiful and I won’t let anyone else do my manicures.  I really love her and she has become a friend of mine.  She is...

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