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  • Motherhood, Dr. Martin Luther King & a Very Happy Birthday

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Today is my son’s 20th birthday. I have been blessed to be the mother of this wonderful human being for 2 decades and the time has moved at lightning speed. I don’t really remember what life was like before I had him, but I do remember ever single second we have been together. He...

  • Happy Anniversary & F U Cancer

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    This time last year I was told I had cancer, had my thyroid removed, and while recovering from surgery, celebrated my son’s 19th birthday. I ended up having two surgeries, am now cancer free, and on Monday will celebrate my son turning 20, and being a mother for two decades. It was...

  • Motherhood, Brooklyn & a Birthday in Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    January 12, 2016 | 6:40 am

    My son will be 20 years old next week. It is hard to believe I have been a mother for two decades. Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was blessed to become this child’s mother, while other days it feels like I have been a mom for 100 years. There has been no greater joy...

  • Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian are Together for a Reason

    By Ilana Angel

    January 11, 2016 | 7:32 pm

    Leann Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian are perfect for each other and I always find it interesting when people speak ill of their relationship. They are with their soul mates and I wish them a lifetime of miserable darkness, which is how I would describe their lives together....

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  • 2015: My Year in Review

    By Ilana Angel

    December 31, 2015 | 8:24 pm

    On January 1, 2015, I went out to breakfast wih my son. He was about to turn 19 and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. I remember what we wore, what we ate, and the look on his face as he told me everything was going to be okay. I recall looking across at my baby boy and seeing...

  • The ‘Mommy Penalty’:  Special needs version

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 16, 2015 | 9:17 am

    My husband and I recently engaged in some long-term financial planning, and as I looked back at my own 30-year career in the nonprofit and Jewish communal sector while raising two children — one with disabilities — I realized how much my own wages have been impacted by the time and...

  • Friendship 101: Finding the Right Words

    By Ilana Angel

    December 16, 2015 | 6:37 am

    I am a fan of words. I like to read, write, and learn. I am articulate and pride myself on knowing the right thing to say at the right time. I have a strong command of the English language and a vast vocabulary. I am rarely at a loss for words. This week however, I have struggled...

  • Motherhood 101: Speak Up or Be Quiet?

    By Ilana Angel

    December 10, 2015 | 6:48 am

    I love my kid and am very proud of the man he is becoming. He truly is a wonderful human being, and at only 19 years old, has a very clear career path. My boy is talented, focused, and striding into adulthood with confidence. He towers over me, makes me laugh every day, and is very...

  • The Love of a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 19, 2015 | 7:45 am

    My mother has been visiting from Canada for the past 16 days. She is leaving today and I am so sad I can hardly breathe. It has been wonderful having her with us and I wish she was staying longer. My mom is funny, smart, charming, beautiful, opinionated, stubborn, wise, and quite...

  • Stories From My Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 10, 2015 | 10:57 pm

    I am having a wonderful time having my mother here with me. She has been here a week and it has been so much fun. She will be with us in Los Angeles for another nine days and while I am trying to focus on having a good time, I am sad at the thought of her going home. She is great...

  • Loving My Mother and Being a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 8, 2015 | 8:07 pm

    My mother is visiting and it is wonderful having her here. She is a remarkable woman and I like being with her. I am a lot like her and the older I get the more I see it. To spend time with her and my son, who is almost 20, is interesting because he sees similarities I don’t. It is...

  • A Visit From My Mom

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2015 | 11:04 pm

    I just picked up my Mother from the airport and I am so excited she is here I am hardly able to think straight. I love her very much and it has been too long since I saw her. She looks beautiful and I keep staring at her and touching her to make sure she is really here. I am...

  • 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...

  • Yom Kippur 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    September 21, 2015 | 11:52 pm

    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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • An Elliptical, Recumbent Bike and Chocolate Cake

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2015 | 7:02 am

    I bought a new exercise machine yesterday. She is a beauty and I love her. She is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent exercise bike. She is sleek, pretty, easy to operate, and effective. I was so excited to meet her I celebrated her arrival by baking a chocolate cake. Yes. I...

  • 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...

  • Please Just Shut Up

    By Ilana Angel

    February 18, 2015 | 8:14 am

    I am an informed person. I read the newspaper, several news and entertainment sites online, and am active on social media. I see things, I hear things, I am told things. I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things. I like to talk about politics, religions, sex, and any other...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Racism in America

    By Ilana Angel

    December 7, 2014 | 9:26 pm

    I am a short, middle class, Jewish woman. I am 48 years old and thanks to an abundance of freckles on the fair English skin I got from my father, I look 38. I have a cute nose, hazel eyes that lean towards green and although born in Israel, I look like an average American even...

  • Keeping the Faith with God

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    I am a woman of faith and depending on different things going on in my life, I decide what the faith refers to. There have been times where I've been so connected to God I trust he is my faith. Yet other times I have been in such doubt about God that I place the strength of my...

  • Dating at the Pub, a Man with a Cold, FIFA & Target

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2014 | 8:05 am

    Yesterday my son’s beloved Chelsea Football Club was playing against Sporting Lisbon in the Champion’s League, so we headed to our local pub to watch the game and have lunch. We go to the pub a lot to watch European football games.  There are several pubs in close proximity to our...

  • Mom, It’s Not My Fault!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 11, 2014 | 7:16 am

    When I was a child, my mother would invite over some thirty people and cook for fifty.  Five minutes before the guests' arrival, panic would set in, and she would instruct me not to eat any food until they left, lest the feast come short.  After the grand departure, she would over...

  • Dating 101: Raising a Mensch

    By Ilana Angel

    December 21, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Someone I care about hurt my feelings yesterday. It was not malicious, or purposeful, but that didn't make it hurt any less. As I cried about it I wondered what it is about a person that allows them to act with no sense of decency. I was kind to this person and in the end was not...

  • What Does Love Look Like?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2013 | 7:06 am

    I think about love often. I am blessed to know love in my family, child, friends, and faith. I have been held hostage by the way love is presented by Hollywood, and bought into the romance sold to me by writers of great love stories. I have dreams and fantasies about how I want...

  • 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...

  • Motherhood 101: Bed, Crying & Perspective

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2013 | 7:48 am

    On Saturday I did not get out of bed until almost 9 in the evening.  I got up, had a cup of tea, and went straight back to bed.  I didn’t answer my phone except to talk with my son who was with his dad for a couple of days.  I slept, read, prayed, and tried to get a little...

  • Flying Solo, Facetime, & First Impressions

    By Ilana Angel

    August 1, 2013 | 7:09 pm

    When I took my son to the airport on Tuesday night for his adventure back east, he asked for my phone to program in a number I needed.  I went to the restroom, returned and got my phone, and saw my son off.  I cried the entire way home.  I miss him like crazy and am counting down...

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