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Judy Gruen

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I have always loved writing, and always will. My writing career began in health care public relations and expanded into writing cultural and political commentary, about Jewish spirituality, marriage and family, as well as humor. (I like diversity!) I've written three award-winning humor books, co-written a book on MBA Admissions strategy, and most recently, the book closest to my heart, my memoir, The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith.

In addition to working on my books, my essays and features have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Saturday Evening Post, Orange County Register, Jewish Journal, Jewish Action, Aish.com, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s
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Judy Gruen With trembling hands, the young woman, reeling from a fresh diagnosis of cancer, carefully tapped in the number of her health insurance company. After…moreWith trembling hands, the young woman, reeling from a fresh diagnosis of cancer, carefully tapped in the number of her health insurance company. After following the prompts to get to the right department, she heard a recorded message saying, "Your call is very important to us, but the approximate wait time is 2 hours." (less)
Judy Gruen Hi Grey, I have only read one biography about Jackie O, and that was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life, by Donald Spoto. I enjoyed it,…moreHi Grey, I have only read one biography about Jackie O, and that was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life, by Donald Spoto. I enjoyed it, borrowed it for free on my Kindle, and found it gave me a good overview about her life, including her sad and lonely childhood, the ways that she tried to deal with John Kennedy's outrageous infidelities, and her anguish at having lost two babies.

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[image error]Mothers and fathers across the country are beginning to catch their collective breaths because school has begun! In recognition of this milestone, I offered as my first contribution to the new online magazine called Nashim one of my favorite columns, called The Kids Are Back in School and I’m Broke. I am really glad that over the years I chose to write so many “evergreen” columns a...

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“You know you're a mom when you open the door to the dishwasher mid-cycle and think, 'This is the closest I'm going to get to a spa treatment till next Mother's Day.'"

"Joining the words 'Lose Weight, Effortlessly!' in the same sentence may be a form of hate speech."

"Try to make time for the things that are important, not just the things that are urgent."

"I want my work to matter, my words to count for the good, and to spread some good cheer along the way.”
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“You know you're a mom when you open the door to the dishwasher mid-cycle and think, 'This is the closest I'm going to get to a spa treatment till next Mother's Day.'"

"Joining the words 'Lose Weight, Effortlessly!' in the same sentence may be a form of hate speech."

"Try to make time for the things that are important, not just the things that are urgent."

"I want my work to matter, my words to count for the good, and to spread some good cheer along the way.”
Judy Gruen

“Don't be so humble - you are not that great.”
Golda Meir

“The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”
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“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.

I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…

I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’

‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’

What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!

I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.”
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Elisheva Rina Mazel tov re: your new granddaughter!


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rivka The old photo was lovely, but I really like the new one!


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