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  • Singles: Cats, nose jobs and pickup trucks

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (JTA) — The way a woman driving a pickup truck is inherently sexy, there’s something to be said for a woman who owns a dog. I don’t mean a pug or a poodle, I mean a bruiser, a canine that’s muscular and intense, a beast that succumbs to her quiet command….

  • A WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE A Jewish woman with pale skin realizes the truth about the sun

    LOS ANGELES, July 15 (JTA) — I don’t know how to tell you this, but I think it’s over. I don’t want you to take it personally. It’s not you, it’s me. I just need some time to get my head together. I just need to find out who I am without you in my…

  • A WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE Learning what steps to take to cope with a rash of troubles

    LOS ANGELES, June 14 (JTA) — One recent day, all was right with the world. I was the master of the details in my universe. I had arranged to pay my bills online, lugged five pairs of shoes in to be shined and reheeled, picked up my dry cleaning, bought stamps. I slept in peace,…

  • A WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE Feeling the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ after an Israeli self

    LOS ANGELES, May 20 (JTA) — Like most women, I had never punched anyone in the face. That is, until I socked Spar Pro, a plastic peach-colored torso on a stick. It was a totally foreign sensation — twisting into a right-handed uppercut and letting Spar Pro have it right on the chin, his beady…

  • A WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE Battling angst, sleeplessness — and a case of ‘What&

    LOS ANGELES, April 19 (JTA) — It’s past midnight and I can’t sleep. I call a friend back in San Francisco, a scientist I know who is really good at thinking. “Hi, it’s Teresa. I was just wondering, What’s it all about?” “It’s about two hours after my bedtime. What’s what all about?” “What’s life…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE How Passover gives order to a confirmed mess-maker

    LOS ANGELES, March 1 (JTA) — I’m so used to the clutter that has accumulated in my 1986 Honda Civic that usually I don’t even notice it. Now and again, however, I squint and think to myself, “Why am I seated in a mobile garbage can?” The passenger seat is piled high with unopened junk…

  • A WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE On finding new friends

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (JTA) — “Don’t you want to play with the other little girls?” my grandmother asked me one summer, while the two of us sat on a park bench near a screaming pack of children. I buried my head deeper into my book. “Just go up and introduce yourself. Say ‘I’m Teresa…

  • CHANUKAH FEATURE December dating dilemma: Admire tree, choose menorah

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (JTA) — It was pretty mortifying, tripping over the life-size baby Jesus in an extravagant plastic Nativity scene at a Christmas party one year. And Freud says there are no “accidents.” As I went careening toward a platter of Santa cookies — leaving baby Jesus horribly askew — I was sure…

  • Youth from ex- Yugoslavia gather together in Vienna

    VIENNA, Nov. 23 (JTA) – With Austria currently holding the rotating presidency of the European Union, conferences here that draw people from several European nations are common. But a gathering here last week was unique: All of the participants were Jewish teen-agers and college students from the five republics of the former Yugoslavia. The 40…

  • Medieval Dubrovnik shul reopens for Rosh Hashanah

    DUBROVNIK, Croatia, Oct. 13 (JTA) – With its walls freshly painted, floors sanded and varnished, and a new tile roof overhead, the elegant, baroque synagogue of Dubrovnik reopened its doors for Rosh Hashanah 5758. The synagogue first opened in 1655. Located deep in the center of Dubrovnik’s medieval walled city, it has faithfully served a…