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  • I’m Past All That

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    There is some unwritten statute of limitations on how long one can whine about a crappy childhood, a negligent parent, a few too many chicken pot pies, summers with the grandparents, days spent on Greyhound buses and with dubious caregivers and creepy neighbors. There is just a...

  • Chewable Xanax and the shoe debacle

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 18, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    I had to look inside myself, which was kind of like looking into my high school locker: moldy half-eaten sandwich, a few loose Starburst candies, heaps of notebooks and burrito-stained gym clothes obscuring the few things of value. Sure, there’s a book of Sylvia Plath poems and a...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • The dress, the ring, the registry and the rest

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 12, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Once upon a time, Teresa Strasser was The Jewish Journal's award-winning singles columnist. Then she met Daniel. Next week the two will wed. In the series below, Strasser charts her journey from "I will" to "I do." And we're sure they'll live happily ever after . . .

    Two months...

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  • N.Y. or L.A.—which is better for dating?

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In my now perhaps exceedingly long life as a single woman, I've lived in both New York and Los Angeles.

    When people ask me which city is better when it comes to dating, I can only answer by citing a famous scene from the horror classic, "When a Stranger Calls."

    The babysitter is...

  • The Candy Man Can

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you've ever tried to split a Big Hunk candy bar -- the kind made out of brittle white nougat and peanuts -- then you understand a typical breakup. It's usually not neat, like a Kit Kat, two for you, two for me, let's go our separate ways and we'll run into each other in three...

  • Singles - Painted Clowns

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As part of our stroll down memory lane, it seemed fitting to reprint a column by one of our most popular writers. Teresa Strasser, now a regular on prime-time television and morning radio, generated stacks of reader mail with pieces such as this one.

    I'm drinking at a bar called the...

  • Unmarried Counseling

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My neurosis is like a Ferrari. I can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

    One second, I'm nervous I may have said the wrong thing in a meeting; the next I'm convinced that the best way to deal with how horribly I've botched the situation is to toss myself off the Staten Island...

  • And Mari Makes Three

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Another woman has come into my relationship with my boyfriend, and she's the best thing that's ever happened to us.

    A week ago, a 22-year-old Japanese foreign exchange student named Mari moved in with us for the month while she studies English in the morning and hip-hop dances in...

  • Child’s Play

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Is our culture trying to scam us into having kids?

    This is an epic question and I only have 850 words, so let me start close to home, with my grandma.

    "Listen to me," she said last week over the phone from Reseda. "You have to have kids. You'll never regret it. It's the best thing...

  • Singles - Poetry in Motion

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In one night, I had dinner at an all-you-can eat salad bar in Arcadia, met my father's first girlfriend in 25 years and weathered a nearly disastrous poetry emergency.

    Sound the onomatopoetic sirens; this thing was a relationship 911. Free verse was about to cost my father the best...

  • Thy Name Is Too Wrong

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Love is a beautiful thing. That is, unless it happens to a couple of excessively famous people whose affair we can no longer stand.

    Even if they get married, a decent hyphenated name (as in Jackie Joyner-Kersee) will not do. That's where the "hyphe-mate" comes in, a shorthand way of...

  • He’s my ...

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The term "boyfriend" is like the knee joint on someone who is morbidly obese. It is being asked to do way more than it was designed

    to do. It is buckling under the pressure. Where it once could do the job, it is now carrying too much weight.

    Example: My grandma had a companion...

  • Do I Know You?

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was headed into a pizza joint for a slice when I noticed a guy whose face looked eerily familiar. I couldn't place him but he gave me a subtle nod, frat-boy style.

    Just as I snapped my head back to make sure it actually was the dude from "Average Joe," he was craning his head...

  • Your Letters

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Silverlake JCC



    I always assumed that a healthy part of our donations to The Federation went to support our local JCCs and support Jewish education ("Members Rally to Save Centers," March 26).

    Now The Federation's commitment seems to be to building some flashy building in an area...

  • That’s Nice

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Women love bad boys. Nice guys finish last.

    Welcome to the most damaging and far-flung myth ever to hit the dating world.

    I'm sure you've heard it in its many forms; if you want a girl to fall for you, don't let on that you like her, treat her badly, be aloof. Never work too hard...

  • Your Letters

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    The Talmud says, "Give everyone the benefit of the doubt." Arnold Schwarzenegger has a long record of support for the Jewish community and for Jewish causes. If anyone has earned the right to be given the benefit of the doubt that our tradition requires, he...

  • The Nose Knows

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What is it like to be one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People? I have no idea.

    I can tell you what it's like to work closely with one of these magically attractive people day in and day out, to wake up to Matt Lauer and Katie Couric discussing his muscles and come home to...

  • Hotel Holiness

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I walk into each new hotel room, look at it suspiciously, shake its clammy hand and gingerly put my suitcase down.

    I unpack my makeup, put my mascara and lipsticks in a water glass, hang up my coat. I see what cable channels I have, check out the room service menu for any items that...

  • Am I Annoying?

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I knew better. I had about as much business being there as an elderly tourist has of being on Skid Row after midnight with a map in his hand and a blank cashier's check taped to his forehead. I was in grave danger of a psychological mugging, and I knew it.

    I kept telling myself to...

  • The 2002 Simon Rockower Awards

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The 2002 Simon Rockower Awards

    SECOND PLACE

    "Chinese Box" by Gina Nahai

    THIRD PLACE

    "The Waiting Room" by Marlene Adler Marks

    Excellence in News Reporting

    SECOND PLACE

    "How Cookie Crumbled" by Sheldon Teitelbaum



    Excellence in Feature Writing

    FIRST PLACE

    "Sing a New Song"...

  • Car Shame

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It happened fast, like swerving out of the way of a stray cat.

    I was driving toward the valet parking kiosk of a fancy-pants department store in Beverly Hills. As I approached, I saw clusters of press and well-dressed young women gathered to attend a charity brunch. A Mercedes was...

  • A Trivial Pursuit

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You don't plan to become a trivia writer, it just happens. The next thing you know, you're a one-woman trivia carnival, packing up your trunk of battered almanacs and dictionaries and moving on to the next show.

    "Goodbye, guys," you say, because you're often the only female on the...

  • Ex Marks the Spots

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let the courts decide who gets custody of kids. What I want to know is, who gets custody of the coffee shop? The grocery store? The brunch place?

    It's been seven months since I broke up with Z, and I miss our old haunts, the places we used to go together, the places I relinquished...

  • Red Like Me

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, I look like James Coburn eating a lemon in a windstorm. Drunk. Not only does my face look red and crackly, it must be covered at all times with a Vaseline-like lotion, thick and greasy, giving me the appearance of someone who has just eaten a pork chop with no hands....

  • Your Letters

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lenin Revisited

    Contrary to Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein's claims ("Lenin Meet Noah," Oct. 19), "state-controlled terror as an instrument of imposing the government's will" was not invented by Lenin. In fact, the revolution he led outlawed anti-Semitism and the pogroms that permeated...

  • The Grief Counselor

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In second grade, my alternative San Francisco elementary school gathered all the students together for a "share" session. It was a tiny school. We crowded into the library, where a teacher calmly announced that there had been a tragedy over the weekend.

    A girl a few grades above me...

  • Reality Doesn’t Bite

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last night, I was watching "Big Brother," a show mocked for its lack of action. Call me crazy, but to me, it's Chekhov; it's all about the subtext. Anyway, a contestant named Bunky was voted out of the house last week. That's when I realized that slowly, quietly, the new breed of...

  • Your Letters

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Back to School

    While we are both strong supporters of day schools, your Back to School issue failed to put day school education in the proper context.

    The 1997 Los Angeles Jewish Population Survey found that more than half of Jewish married couples with children in Los Angeles did...

  • All Dressed Up

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 24, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    I remember what I was wearing on just about every first date with every boyfriend I've ever had.

    I remember what I wore on the first day of fifth grade -- a hand-me-down green flowered dress with red polyester kneesocks.

    I remember the pastel, flowered, zipper-at-the-ankle Guess?...

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