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  • Empathy for a prom dress program

    LOS ANGELES, June 10 (JTA) — I remember what I was wearing on just about every first date with every boyfriend I’ve ever had. I remember what I wore on the first day of fifth grade — a hand-me-down green flowered dress with red polyester knee socks. I remember the pastel, flowered, zipper-at-the-ankle Guess jeans…

  • Singles: Not sweating the missing sweat pants

    LOS ANGELES, May 13 (JTA) — In comes the summer — in and out goes my latest boyfriend. He was a great guy — funny, smart and possessing what my mom calls “The Big Three,” a job, a car and an apartment. The only problem was that getting his affection was somewhat like getting gasoline…

  • Singles: When the wedding day isn’t yours

    LOS ANGELES, April 4 (JTA) — To all the people who’ve invited me to events with those two fateful words, “And Guest,” I apologize. I’m sorry you have to look through your wedding or shower or Bar Mitzvah photos and say, “Who’s that?” when looking at my date. “What was his name?” asked my aunt,…

  • Singles: When the wedding day isn’t yours

    LOS ANGELES, April 4 (JTA) — To all the people who’ve invited me to events with those two fateful words, “And Guest,” I apologize. I’m sorry you have to look through your wedding or shower or Bar Mitzvah photos and say, “Who’s that?” when looking at my date. “What was his name?” asked my aunt,…

  • Singles: Spying on potential mates over the Net

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (JTA) – It used to be that you had to take a guy’s word for it. Now, all you need is a good search engine. Among the Internet’s many uses, following your stocks, ordering books, doing research, you can also find out if that guy you met at a party last…

  • Singles: Growing up is hard to do

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (JTA) – They say you can never go home again. Well, you can. Only you might find yourself staying at a TraveLodge, driving a rented Ford Contour and staking out your childhood home like some private eye just trying to catch a glimpse of the Johnny-come-latelys that are now living in…

  • Singles: The Olympics of gift-giving

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (JTA) – An innocent batch of chocolate chip cookies started what I’ve come to call “The Great Gift-Giving War.” The couple that manages my apartment complex couldn’t be nicer. An older Japanese woman and an even older Polish war veteran live just across the hall from me. He is the tallest…

  • Singles: Country tunes, diner coffee

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (JTA) – Something quite unexpected has happened to my musical taste: I’ve gone country. Not cheesy Garth Brooks country, but deep-down throaty, hard-livin’ Lucinda Williams country. Just the name of her recent album, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” makes me feel like I’m part of a twangy sisterhood of wise,…

  • Singles: A ‘cool cat’ becomes my stepfather

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (JTA) — According to the state of Nevada, I now have a new dad. It’s not every day your mother has a shotgun wedding at a Las Vegas chapel, so it was a special moment. Who was holding the shotgun? Uncle Sam. It was a forced wedding of the new millennium…

  • Singles: Curing writer’s block

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (JTA) — When I have things to write, I suddenly seem to have things to read. Yahoo online stock profiles of stocks I don’t own, because I don’t own any stocks. It’s too hot to work, I tell myself, sitting with a fan the size of a large potted plant at…