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  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • Valentine’s Day Peep Show!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 14, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    I really don’t like Valentine’s Day!  I hate everything about it, the stupid, corny Hallmark cards, the over-priced flowers, the overcrowded restaurants, the need to out-do each other with pricey gifts, etc…  I am not saying that we shouldn’t show our love for the people in our...

  • I speak Latin, therefore I speak English

    By Julia Bendis

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother.  She came to the U.S. a few years after we did.  At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream.  My Grandmother had lived through the...

  • Grandma Who?

    March 25, 2009 | 4:41 am

    Growing up, I called my grandmother Grandma.

    We were Jewish, but also American. There was never any question but that my grandma would be Grandma. Even if she was born in the Old Country and, like all my friends and all their grandparents, spoke with a Yiddish accent. I used to...

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  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • VIDEO: Rachel Somekh teaches two classic Iraqi Jewish recipes—potato chops and cigars

    June 8, 2008 | 1:03 am

    Rachel Somekh teaches two classic Iraqi appetizers, potato chops and cigars

     

  • Child’s Play

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Is our culture trying to scam us into having kids?

    This is an epic question and I only have 850 words, so let me start close to home, with my grandma.

    "Listen to me," she said last week over the phone from Reseda. "You have to have kids. You'll never regret it. It's the best thing...

  • Delicious Link to the Past

    By Ellen Press

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Year after year I would walk up the pathway to Grandma Gussie's apartment, passing her kitchen window on the way to the door. I would hear the clanging of spoons, chopping of potatoes and vegetables or the tea kettle whistling on her tiny stove. My senses filled with the aromas of...

  • Wrestling With Family

    By Ric Drasin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, it's true. I was raised as an Orthodox Jew -- in Bakersfield no less. My parents were very strict about going to temple and observing the holidays and religion. But Dad also used to take me to the local wrestling matches when I was around 10. He got a kick out of watching the...

  • Beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    She has never been the gray-haired bubbe who stays at home andcooks all day. In fact, her hair is red and -- surprise -- shedoesn't like to cook.

    Roseann Cronrod grew up in the tenements of New York, the child ofrecent Polish immigrants to the United States. She went on to becomea...