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  • The Love of a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • The 24-Hour Girlfriend Getaway

    By Ilana Angel

    November 5, 2015 | 9:15 pm

    I write about everything going on in my life. I share the good, bad, sad, funny, beautiful, and ugly. It is my job, my therapy, my legacy, and a pleasure. I love this job and I am honored and humbled so many come here to read what is going on with me. From my love life, to...

  • 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...

  • Summer Vacation, Motherhood & Anxiety

    By Ilana Angel

    July 29, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Summer vacation is a stressful time in terms of motherhood.  My son is home, which is wonderful, but there is a certain amount of anxiety that comes with summer.  He is home everyday, hanging with his friends everyday, and needing money everyday.  A 17 year old kid with a car is an...

  • My Beautiful Heart

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2013 | 9:15 pm

    I had a medical situation this weekend and spent most of my time in the hospital. It was scary, and at the same time humbling.  As I lay there alone, not wanting to alarm my son or family, I watched as they did an ultrasound of my heart.  It was the first time I have ever actually...

  • 5 Simple Ways for Any New Mom to Lose Baby Weight FAST!

    By Sima Cohen

    June 26, 2013 | 6:16 pm

    First of all, congratulations to Kim and Kanye on the birth of their beautiful new baby, North! We all know that childbirth is a joy-filled experience, but most moms struggle with getting their pre-baby body back, and Kim will certainly be no exception. It might seem that celebrity...

  • School’s Out for Summer – Now What?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 6, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    No more pencils
    No more books
    No more teacher's dirty looks

    --Alice Cooper

    I can’t really believe that tomorrow is the last day of school. Tonight, I ran out at the last minute to buy gift cards for our son’s special education teacher, 1:1 aide and a few other classroom aides...

  • Prom, Dating, Knowing Your Worth

    By Ilana Angel

    June 2, 2013 | 10:48 pm

    My son went to his Junior Prom this weekend. He looked so handsome and grown up that it took my breath away. As we took pictures I stared at this man and wondered where the time had gone.  He has grown up in what feels like a minute and I cannot wrap my head around it.  He is tall,...

  • Ten Lessons from Special Needs Motherhood

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2013 | 9:28 pm

    "But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
    "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in...

  • Love: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    By Ilana Angel

    March 5, 2013 | 7:43 am

    Love is a great thing and I am blessed to have it in my life in many different forms.  I love my son, parents, sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, and friends.  I love them and am loved in returned which is special and something I do not take for granted.  I have been thinking a lot...

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