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  • Ready, Aim, Birthday!

    By Judy Gruen

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not every day that I am E-vited to a birthday party promising to feature live ammunition. Excitedly, I E-sponded with a resounding "yes."

    Paula was throwing a Wild West-themed shindig for her husband Bill's birthday. It was a "BYOF" (Bring Your Own Firearm) affair.

    "Don't...

  • Kohelet 5766

    By Judy Gruen

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On the holiday of Sukkot, it is customary to read Kohelet, the Book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon. The following "updated" version of Kohelet is written by Judy Gruen, with major apologies to King Solomon.

    "Futility of futilities," Sarah Rivkah bas Leah Rochel said. "All...

  • Rough It in Style at El Capitan Canyon

    By Judy Gruen

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a city woman whose family is unaccustomed to "roughing it," I planned our family vacation to involve a lot of nature but no sleeping on hard ground. That's what made El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara the perfect place for us: It's camping for people who like staying in Hiltons.

    A...

  • Walk a Mile With My Pedometer

    By Judy Gruen

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It does not augur well when you must suck in your gut and hold your breath as if you are having multiple X-rays taken simply to zip up your skirt.

    When this happened to me, I knew I had two choices: give up my current wardrobe or lose the excess baggage. Since I recently wrote a...

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  • Spiritual Help Can Benefit Hopelessly Ill

    By Judy Gruen

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When my friend, Debra, learned that a young man she knew had been in a tragic accident and was comatose, she went to the hospital to visit him every day for three months. No one knew if the man would emerge from his deep, distant sleep, but Debra believed that he would.

    During her...

  • Keeping My Hair Under Wraps

    By Judy Gruen

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Recently, I found myself spellbound while watching "Girl With a Pearl Earring." This film, based on the excellent Tracy Chevalier novel, is a fictional account of the history behind Vermeer's famous painting of the same name.

    The novel revolves around a servant girl, Grete, who...

  • Why I Keep My   Hair Under Wraps

    By Judy Gruen

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago I found myself spellbound while watching "Girl With a Pearl Earring." This film, based on the excellent Tracy Chevalier novel, is a fictional account of the history behind Vermeer's famous painting of the same name.

    The novel revolves around a servant girl, Grete, who...

  • Fretting About Fressing

    By Judy Gruen

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Apples dipped in honey. And while you're at it, dip the challah, too. Chicken soup with knaidel. Here, who's gonna finish this last little piece of brisket? What? You didn't try the noodle kugel? Don't tell me you're too full for my homemade honey cake and cookies -- it's Yom Tov!

    ...

  • Confront and Comfort

    By Judy Gruen

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Avi Schnnur doesn't get a lot of sleep these days. Schnnur, a West Los Angeles physicist who works for the defense industry, now spends nearly all his nonwork hours putting the finishing touches on a communitywide conference he has organized, billed as "Spiritual Responses to...

  • Challenging Content

    By Judy Gruen

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Hollywood may be taking a drubbing lately for its content and marketing practices, but if you ask Mark Honig, the industry has no one to blame but itself.

    Honig, the executive director of the Los Angeles-based Parents Television Council (PTC), a national watchdog group, says,...

  • Sticker Shock

    By Judy Gruen

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    After months of debate and deliberation, my husband and I decided to trade in the ocean breeze and proximity to the brand-new Starbucks on Lincoln Boulevard for the clogged air and congested streets of Pico-Robertson. I had toyed with the idea earlier, and had even lookie-looed my...
  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...