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  • Thank You

    By Ilana Angel

    3 days ago

    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

    4 days ago

    "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

    2 weeks ago

    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.

    I...

  • Dating 101: 10 Tips to Dating Online for Men

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Five questions you may want to ask yourself if you are single

    February 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    Are you afraid of getting close? Do you follow a pattern of backing out of relationships once they get serious? If so, chances are that your relationships are fine, but you have difficulty with intimacy and attachment. Don’t give up the relationship; get help to give up your fear. ...

  • The singles crisis: Let’s support singles for relationship success

    February 12, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    We are now facing a genuine singles crisis. Lara, a successful 37-year-old chemist from San Diego, is concerned that her dream of marriage and a family will elude her. She rarely meets anyone for more than a few dates, and her only serious relationships have been long-distance...

  • Religion as romance

    February 12, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    I met my husband in college, hobbling my way through campus on crutches. He touched my shoulder, shouted, “Tag, you’re it!” and ran away. I laughed and found myself looking for his lanky swagger everywhere I went. We were both 20, both experimenting with the contours of our...

  • Dating 101: Don’t be a mind reader

    By Ilana Angel

    February 6, 2015 | 7:51 am

    I went on my first date since having surgery. Ugh. It needed to happen and the truth is I was ready, but it was a comedy of errors and it took me a week to write about it because that is how long it took to stop crying and laugh at the absurdity of it all. I've written about...

  • Doctors, Angels & the C Word

    By Ilana Angel

    January 9, 2015 | 9:29 pm

    I went back and forth trying to decide if I should share this story, and through a series of conversations this week I decided writing about it is the right thing to do. I have shared every aspect of my life and there is no point in stopping now. I am writing about this experience...

  • Women want to be chosen

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 15, 2014 | 10:58 am

    What women would give to be lusted after today.

    Women are not looking just for love in a marriage. They are primarily looking for lust. A woman wants to be wanted, needs to be needed, desires to be desired. A woman does not go into marriage principally to be loved. She goes into...

  • Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 4, 2014 | 7:39 am

    I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

    C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  Children live in joy, encouraged by those who nurture them to see beauty and...

  • Louise…Falling in Love

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    December 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

     
     
     
     
    Louise Polansky was 98 when she passed away a few days ago, on November 30. I interviewed Louise a few months earlier, and it was a joy to spend the day with her, listening to stories and memories about her life experiences, which covered almost a century.  This is a short excerpt from the interviews, in which Louise describes meeting her husband, Symon, and falling in love with him.
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I try to be grateful everyday but Thanksgiving is special because we are all being grateful together. Since this is my 48th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 48 things I am grateful for, in no...

  • Meeting an old Friend at Target

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2014 | 7:02 am

    Last night I went to Target to buy wrapping paper. I also stopped by the toy department to see about getting clothes for my nieces favorite doll. As I looked around I noticed a young boy sitting on the floor playing with an action figure. He looked up to ask his mom if he could...

  • Sex & Death Before Breakfast

    By Marcus J Freed

    November 13, 2014 | 12:36 am

    “I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.” ― Philip Larkin


    There is an art to healthy giving & well-intentioned sharing. The Kabbalah teaches about how the...

  • Cancer takes Brittany Maynard

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2014 | 6:50 am

    The young and beautiful Brittany Maynard passed away this past weekend. Many followed this woman’s journey as she brought awareness to her decision to choose when to die while battling terminal cancer. There is a lot of debate over Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and the...

  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2014 | 9:48 am

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • Dating 101: Bob Marley Update

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    I wrote a blog over the weekend about a lunch date I had last week with a man I used to date. We have known each other for a year and even though we keep doing the dating dance, we have not been able to lock into something. It is a shame because I like him very much and feel...

  • Dating Advice from Bob Marley & Maya Angelou

    By Ilana Angel

    October 17, 2014 | 8:00 am

    I had lunch last week with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. I missed him and as we sat for lunch I noticed things. All things I’ve noticed before, but to be aware of them all at once was interesting. For example, he isn't a vegetarian like me, but ordered vegetarian. He put...

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