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  • Dating 101: Introducing the Gentile Giant

    By Ilana Angel

    January 5, 2014 | 8:36 am

    I had a date last night. We met online, spoke on the phone, and exchanged a couple of text conversations. He is my age, funny, charming, and I think he looks like a young Ed O’Neill. He is a gentle and inherently kind man. I felt comfortable with him both on the phone and in...

  • In Case of Emergency Avoid the Stairs

    By Ilana Angel

    December 29, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    The other day I was rushing out the door, reached into my far too big purse to find my sunglasses, lost focus for a split second on where I was, and went flying down a flight of stairs. It was so shocking and violent that I had an out of body experience. I actually floated outside...

  • Dating 101: Men, Makeup & Nerves

    By Ilana Angel

    December 27, 2013 | 8:21 am

    I had a date last night with a man I met on Match.com. He is 52, 5’10”, dark hair, blue eyes, works in finance, divorced, two adult children, and a great sense of humor. We spoke on the phone twice and our conversations were short but fun.  We decided to meet for a drink. He...

  • Motherhood 101: Gas Money

    By Ilana Angel

    December 19, 2013 | 2:57 am

    I love my kid. Love him in a profound way that makes me marvel at the blessings I have been given in being the mother of this remarkable human being. My son is smart, funny, kind, gentle, aware, talented, compassionate, fair, open, handsome, and delicious. I marvel at who he has...

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  • 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...

  • Dating 101: Saying You’re Sorry

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2013 | 8:55 am

    I think it is both unnatural and invigorating to date in middle age. I am 47 years old and truly surprised to still be dating. I’m not a good dater.  I am great in a relationship, but meeting new people, dating, and the time spent dating to see if there will be a relationship is...

  • Dating 101 – Timing is Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    October 10, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    I have a date with Coach tonight and I am looking forward to it.  He is a lovely man. He listens, values my opinion, thinks I am beautiful, makes me laugh, and through his life experiences I am not only able to respect his bravery and grace, but also value my own experiences in a...

  • Dating 101: Good, Bad, Ugly & Good Again

    By Ilana Angel

    October 6, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    It has been a complicated week in my dating life.  I was reminded of my past relationship in a way that has released me and allowed me to finally move forward.  It has been seven months since the Englishman decided to be a coward and break my heart. This week rather than be sad...

  • Dating 101:  Sexual Advances, Ex Pics & Online Profiles

    By Ilana Angel

    September 19, 2013 | 9:44 am

    I am not dating online as much as I am spending a few minutes each day writing men that I would never go out with, to tell them I appreciate their interest, but we are not a match.  I wish them good luck with their search and while it is disheartening, I write back to all who...

  • Motherhood 101: College Makes Me Cry

    By Ilana Angel

    September 11, 2013 | 9:58 pm

    Ever since my son started the process of applying to colleges I have been crying. I am overcome with pride and fear at the same time. He is a remarkable human being and my entire heart is wrapped up in him and so the thought that we have arrived to this place, when I feel like I...

  • Dating 101: Can Women ask Men Out?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2013 | 8:38 am

    I wrote a man on Match.com this week.  His profile was beautifully written, lacked the typical stench of online dating crap, and he was just the right amount of sarcastic and funny. He is handsome, smart, Jewish, and entertaining.  He wrote back and we ended up speaking on the...

  • 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...

  • Wendy Davis & Rick Perry = Good vs. Evil

    By Ilana Angel

    June 27, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I love Wendy Davis.  Truly love her on levels that are deep, even though I only learned who she was recently.  She is an amazing woman and I admire her.  I do not like Rick Perry.  I dislike him on levels that are deep, even though I know I am wasting my energy.  Wendy Davis is...

  • Dating 101: “Why Are You Single?”

    By Ilana Angel

    May 7, 2013 | 7:41 pm

    I never like it when men ask me why I am single, yet I recently asked a man that very question.  It is an odd question and should never be asked, except when discussing your love life with a therapist. There are only two ways to answer it, and both ways are never going to be good. ...

  • Mother, Son, Dating & a Dancing Queen at the Bus

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2013 | 9:47 am

    When my son was thirteen he came to me and announced he was going to leave home for college and attend in another city.  He respectfully and adorably informed me I had four years to “find a man to replace him”.  If I was not in a relationship when he was off to college, he would go...

  • Valentine’s Day, Teenagers, Co-Parenting & a New Sheriff

    By Ilana Angel

    February 19, 2013 | 10:51 am

    I had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  The Englishman and I spent the evening with the kids and had a wonderful dinner.  I got the most wonderful cards, flowers, chocolate, and gifts.  I love Valentine’s Day and to share it with the people I love was very special.  I know it is full of...

  • Happy Birthday to my Son, Friend, Teacher, Love

    By Ilana Angel

    January 18, 2013 | 12:58 am

    Today is my son’s birthday.  He is the most wonderful human being I have ever known and it is hard to believe that the baby in this photo is now 17 years old.  He is smart, funny, kind, thoughtful, talented, gorgeous, charming, and in my opinion, perfect.  I am in love with this...

  • Me, Him, Us, Them & Shabbat

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2012 | 9:10 am

    I am complicated.  Not difficult, just complicated.  I have a vision for my life that has not changed since I was a little girl.  I always wanted to be a mom. I am.  I always wanted to move to Los Angeles. I did. I always wanted to work in Hollywood. I do.  I always wanted to meet...

  • One Mother, One Child, One Fear, One Day

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    I sometimes feel very alone in terms of my life as a mother.  I don’t always relate to other moms.  I often think people just don’t get how hard it is to be a single mom, or even how much joy I get from being the mother to only one child.  I am raising him alone and it is hard.  It...

  • Love, Cats, Stealing & Blessings

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Thank you all for your inquiries about my Englishman.  We are still together and doing great.  He is a remarkable man and has shown me a kindness that I have never known.  He is funny and charming, has a killer accent, and is not anyone I would ever have imagined myself dating.

    He...

  • Coming Home For a Good Cry

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Yesterday I drove with my son from Toronto to Montreal.  We blasted RUSH and Justin Bieber and I will tell you that both artists sound just a little better in Canada.  We zoomed along the 401 and life was grand.  I cried for the first hour after we left Toronto having left my...

  • Manicures, Guns & Living Life Out Loud

    By Ilana Angel

    July 31, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    I had an appointment to get my nails done yesterday.  I have been going to the same salon for years and my nail girl, Julie, is the best.  She makes my nails look beautiful and I won’t let anyone else do my manicures.  I really love her and she has become a friend of mine.  She is...

  • What do tattoos say about you?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 30, 2012 | 7:40 pm

    I spent Sunday in Malibu, which is one of my favorite places on earth.  It was sunny and warm with just the right mix of locals and tourists.  It was busy but not overly crowded.  We scoped out our spot and settled in.  It was about 11 am and our fellow beach bums were families with...

  • 18 days and 22 years

    By Ilana Angel

    July 26, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    My son has gone back east with his best friend for three weeks.  It is the third year he has made the trip and he truly loves it.  They hang out at the lake, play tennis, go hiking, see movies, and have a classic all American summer experience.  Today marks 18 days until I see him.

    ...
  • The Bachelorette Nightmare Ends

    By Ilana Angel

    July 23, 2012 | 9:04 pm

    I love this show and no matter how hard I try to not get sucked in, I always do.  This was, according to the insanely ridiculous Chris Harrison, the most dramatic, surprising and emotional season ever.  The thing is, it’s never that dramatic, surprising or emotional.  Harrison...

  • The Dance of Love

    By Ilana Angel

    July 18, 2012 | 10:00 pm

    I have been dating a man for a little over four months.  By dating of course I mean I have been in a relationship.  From our first date there was a connection and we simply fell into a relationship without really dating.  It has been fun, effortless, complicated, and exhausting.  I...

  • The Bachelorette Men Tell All Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    July 16, 2012 | 11:29 pm

    This episode comes every season and I have yet to see the point.  What is it with The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise that makes them want to recap every single thing?  There are some funny moments I suppose, but in the end I would be perfectly fine without the tell all specials.

    ...
  • Chicks and Cars

    By Ilana Angel

    July 12, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    I wish I was the type of chick that knew about cars.  I cannot change a tire, or my oil, and I describe things in my car as doohickeys and thingamajigs.  The only thing I am able to do in terms of my car, besides drive it, is gas it up. By drive it of course I mean I am a New York...

  • The Bachelorette is Crawling to the Finish

    By Ilana Angel

    July 11, 2012 | 8:37 pm

    I got a few emails this week telling me I was being too harsh in terms of Chris Harrison.  I don’t mean to be and so I am sorry.  I will no longer talk about the fact that he is not needed on this show.  I will also not make a big deal about the fact that it is creepy for him to be...

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