books and reading · chronic pain/fibromyalgia · Los Angeles · movies · television · women/feminism · writing

The Short History of a Fan Girl

Confession: I am a total fan girl. I love books. I love movies. I love TV. I love myself some stories. And I really love the good ones. As a kid in an abusive home, I also really needed the escape that came from being able to visit a world outside my own. It helped… Continue reading The Short History of a Fan Girl

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · health · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · Los Angeles · writing

I.O.U.

Another head covering eaten by my afro. Yes, dear, I owe you a blog post. There have been many recent developments I’d like to share. Unfortunately, none of them mean coming back to blogging full-time as I am still trying to recover from the downturn in my health since April 2010. But there’s plenty of… Continue reading I.O.U.

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

To Those Who Judge Unfavorably…I am NOT a Piñata!

This Rosh Hashanah, I was accused of un-Rebbetzin-like behavior by a stranger who didn’t even know me, who didn’t even talk to me, at a local minyan I attended. I don’t know this person. I don’t know this person’s name or anything about him or her other than the casually uttered harsh words this person… Continue reading To Those Who Judge Unfavorably…I am NOT a Piñata!

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · family · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

How My Writing Changed Someone Else’s Life

My pain is acting up from too much typing so I have to make this briefer than I’d like but longer than I should. 🙂 Yesterday, as everyday, I had to push myself to go to the gym and run errands but I was terribly exhausted after having overdone it the day before at the… Continue reading How My Writing Changed Someone Else’s Life

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · culture/multiculturalism · Halloween · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · Purim · rabbi

The Purim Curse?

When they say it almost never, ever rains in Los Angeles, what they don’t tell you is that when it does, it rains all at once like G-d is trying to pull that Noah’s Ark business all over again. And that’s the kind of rain that hit here this Purim. Rain is my kryptonite (okay, how is… Continue reading The Purim Curse?

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · disabilities · family · happiness · Los Angeles · writing

March Health Update: It’s Always Sunn(ier) in California

February was hard especially after a January that was a bit easier even if I couldn’t pick up the phone and wish everyone I’d hoped a “Happy New Year.” One relative (no Jewish guilt there) said she thought I was dead after it took me two months to return her New Year’s message. Okay, not… Continue reading March Health Update: It’s Always Sunn(ier) in California

allergies · babies and pregnancy · chronic pain/fibromyalgia · depression · disabilities · fibromyalgia

Another mini health update from Los Angeles or Oops, I fell off the planet AGAIN!

Before this painkiller runs out on me, I thought I’d squeeze in a blog post. Because of the immense facial pain and carpal tunnel pain, I’ve been unable to keep up with friends and readers alike. I’ve never felt so isolated, especially living away from home, from New York, for the first time in my… Continue reading Another mini health update from Los Angeles or Oops, I fell off the planet AGAIN!