Judy L. Mandel is the author of the New York TimesBest Seller, Replacement Child–a memoir, (Seal Press). She is a writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and senior editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Judy’s essays, articles and short stories have appeared in 34th Parallel, The Tishman Review, Connecticut LIFE, ASJA Monthly, Complete Wellbeing Magazine, Connecticut Authors and Publishers Magazine, The Southampton Review and other publications.
Recently a commentator on a major cable news show (okay it was MSNBC) was criticizing the proposed new healthcare bill, itemizing that 24 million Americans may lose their healthcare coverage, that…premiums were likely to rise at least for the next 10 years and scores of Medicaid recipients would be thrown off the rosters. Then she said, “It doesn’t seem to be a very Christian plan.” Really? As a noun, Christian refers to someone who follows the teachings of Christ, which makes perfect sense to me.… >> Read More
I was too young for the sexual upheaval of the 60’s and the birth of feminism. Though, I did my best to catch up in the 70’s, Betty Friedan and Germaine Greer were talking to someone else—maybe…even to my mother, who tried to understand what her generation had missed. Gloria Steinem was almost mine, but we passed like ships, too. I have only recently read Joan Didion’s signature works of our country in cultural revolt. This information, and the bereft feeling of missing out on the revolution, was brought home recently… >> Read More