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Judy Gruen

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I have always loved writing, and always will. My writing career has spanned health care public relations, ghostwriting, humor (including 3 award-winning books), cultural and political commentary, family life, and Jewish spirituality. In addition to my five books, my work has appeared in 10 anthologies and media outlets including 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 Day, Family Circle, and Kveller.

In recent years I also began editing non-fiction books and become a non-fiction writing coach.

I'm very excited about the upcoming release of my next book, The Skeptic
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I write this just two days before the holiday of Passover — a holiday incomparably rich with spiritual depth and meaning. It has always been striking to me that even Jews who have become distant from observing most other holidays or the Sabbath, participate eagerly in a Passover seder. There is something so momentous in the historical sweep of the narrative, so much to consider and review about...

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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

“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.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“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.”
J.K. Rowling

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
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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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