Jewish Journal

My 20 New Year’s Resolutions

By Tamara Shayne Kagel

December 30, 2010 | 9:47 am

1. To develop an eating disorder and stick with it.
2. To include some 7’s and under in my circle of friends.
3. To stop correcting other people’s grammar out loud. 
4. To take a risk... read on

  • On Friends and Men

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 29, 2010 | 9:45 am

    I’ve had one of those amazing weeks with men where I feel like I’ve fallen in love ten times.  Not in the romantic sense - more like I forgot how great the men in my life are and they’ve all contributed in a matter of days to restoring my faith in the opposite gender. 

    I was a bit... read on

  • Why A Jewish Girl Loves Christmas

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 27, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas.  My mother is very clear about this.  We don’t have a holiday party, we have a Hanukkah party where gentiles are invited.  We don’t get a tree, a bush, or a plant of any kind or put up any lights.  We put up Hanukkah decorations so... read on

  • The Dump Redux

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 21, 2010 | 9:30 am

    Since my last blog post, I’ve received all sorts of responses about how and when and whom to dump.  A male friend of mine challenged my opinion, saying that after one or two or dates, it wouldn’t be appropriate to have a formal “it’s over talk” and I had to concede this is... read on

  • What Does a Girl Have To Do These Days To Get Dumped?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 13, 2010 | 9:30 am

    Here’s the scenario.  You meet someone you think you could like.  You’ve hung out three or four times, maybe a few dates and then meeting up with his friends for drinks.  You start to think you do like him.  You start opening up, talking about your family or dreams or whatever it is... read on

  • Going Solo

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 10, 2010 | 9:30 am

    One of the best things about being single, is that you can show up to things alone.  I know some girls complain about not having an auto-date for every function, but they just need to get over their insecurities and realize what they’re missing out on.

    This week has already been a... read on

  • Sugar Daddy vs. Law School Lackey

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 6, 2010 | 9:30 am

    I’m in the middle of studying for law school finals right now which means I’m close to suicidal.  Actually, I should be but I’m really just procrastinating – the joys of being a 3L I guess.  Every year, about this time, as I’m hating law school finals like the fat girls in... read on

  • Missed Connections

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 3, 2010 | 9:00 am

    I was reminded recently of one of the worst dates I ever went on and thought I’d share.  A little while back, this guy, let’s call him Matt, asked me out.  He was a lawyer with a degree from a fancy school whom I had met a few times before on the local Venice scene cause we had... read on




Tamara Shayne Kagel is a twenty-something fixture on the Los Angeles scene currently living in Santa Monica.  Currently, Tamara is a successful freelance writer (just ask her...

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