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  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    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

    4 days ago

    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...

  • Yom Kippur 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • A grand love, in life and thereafter

    3 weeks ago

    My husband came into my life like a sun and showered me with a golden light I had not known before. The moment we met, we recognized each other and without wasting too many precious moments, reunited after a much-too-long hiatus. Of course, I knew when we started that our time...

  • 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...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • 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...

  • Love each other

    August 6, 2015 | 9:53 am

    We are different.
    We don’t dress the same (although we both wear kippot around town and tallitot when we pray). Our accents are different (in 60 seconds you’ll be able to guess who is from Brooklyn and who, from Omaha). More significantly, we don’t understand Judaism or...
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 26, 2015 | 6:49 am

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • Freedom

    By Emily Stern

    July 15, 2015 | 7:04 pm

    I certainly shout I choose freedom
    past the heavens
    They touch it, swing by the birds, doing double takes, being spun around,

    what was that?

    I certainly am freedom in the depths of me,
    And I choose that light through a crouching prayer
    The seeker seeds the sower.


  • 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...

  • Marriage: What’s in a promise?

    By Gina Nahai

    July 1, 2015 | 11:59 am

    The week after my parents’ wedding, at the swanky Officers’ Club in downtown Tehran, another Jewish couple were married in the same ballroom, by the same rabbi, and before many of the same invitees. Like my parents, both members of the other couple were children of a new but...

  • Dating 101: Assumptions and Momentum

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2015 | 7:36 pm

    My last date was with a man with a dog, and not just any dog. I love this pooch and while I’m not really a dog person, he’s special. He looks at you like he understands everything you’re saying and wants to tell you stuff. Secret stuff, and jokes, and chat about the weather. He is...

  • Dating 101: Happy Anniversary!

    By Ilana Angel

    June 25, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    Yesterday after work I ran a few errands. My last stop was the grocery store where I picked up a some things, including flowers. I love flowers and buy them for myself weekly. They make me happy. I love all kinds of flowers and buy all types of stems that I mix to create beautiful...

  • Motherhood, Rotten Kids & Going Back to Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2015 | 6:30 am

    I had a great Mother’s Day. My kid is a wonderful human being and remarkable child. We had a terrific day together. Had foot massages, went out for lunch, saw a movie, took a walk, and cooked dinner together. It was fabulous. He bought me the most wonderful card that made my heart...

  • Dating Drama Free Men in Midlife Crisis Looking for Sex

    By Ilana Angel

    May 7, 2015 | 10:58 pm

    I am 49 years old. I don’t date men who are younger than me and I don’t date men who are more than 10 years older than me. No scientific reason, just how I roll. That makes my current dating pool men between the ages of 49 – 59. This means I date men who are quite often in the...

  • Dating 101: My Cat Lady Transition

    By Ilana Angel

    April 10, 2015 | 8:04 am

    My dating life is interesting. By interesting of course I mean the smart thing would be to get another cat and call it a day. I often marvel at the men I come across in the city of angels. One would think an actual Angel would have better luck, but alas no. Dating is hard and...

  • Dating 101: Faith, Religion & God

    By Ilana Angel

    March 27, 2015 | 9:51 am

    I went on 3 dates with the same man last week. We had 2 great dates with fantastic conversation, witty banter, intellectual and sexual chemistry. He is 55, handsome, tall, funny, and decent. At least he seemed decent until we got to our 3rd date and decided to discuss religion....

  • Cinderella, Sir Kenneth Branagh & a Bucket List

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2015 | 7:45 am

    This week I went to the premiere of the new Disney live action Cinderella movie. It is spectacular and I recommend it to young and old alike. Apart from the tension that might come from women catching their breath at the sight of Prince Charming’s blue eyes, it is also a great date...

  • Mother, Father, Son & Valentine’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    I have not been feeling good this week. All things considered I am doing great, but it has been a particularly emotional few days as I com\ to terms with my cancer diagnosis, mentally prepare myself for radiation, and try to understand how my life looks now. Cancer messes with your...

  • How we met: Love stories for Valentine’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    February 12, 2015 | 5:32 pm

    This Valentine’s Day, I am beginning a new series asking happy couples the age-old dinner-table question: How did you meet? I believe that, for those looking for love, there is nothing more inspiring than a real love story.

    Ellen Abramson-Cohen and Jonathan Cohen 

    Ellen is from...

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