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Judy Gruen

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Growing up, I wanted to be the next Erma Bombeck, only Jewish.

Fortunately, I kept my day job in health care public relations as I wrote humor pieces at night. I’ve kept that love of writing ever since. I’ve published three award-winning humor books, a memoir, The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith, and co-authored a book on MBA admissions strategies. My memoir is truly a work of my heart, and I’ve been so pleased by the fantastic reader reactions it receives by people of all faiths.

I published my first fiction story, “The Inheritance,” about a couple in conflict over religious observance, and look forward to exploring more themes within fiction over time.

My essays and features have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago
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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, borrow…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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Seizing the Day

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Have you ever done something that was both so spontaneous and also so “big” that you almost couldn’t believe you did it? Well, about six weeks ago I realized that the annual Jerusalem Women’s Writers Seminar was coming up fast. I had never been to it, and I wanted to go. Israel is close to my heart but not to my house. It’s 11,000 miles away and a 14-hou

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The Women's Daily Irony Supplement (Humor)
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Description: A collection of hiliarious essays on men, motherhood, why bad contractors happen to good people, the lure of exotic, foreign moisturizers, and other women's obsessions.

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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.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

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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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