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Feb 28 2014

Photos from Mayim Bialik’s Book Release Party for “Mayim’s Vegan Table”

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Last night was the book release party for Mayim Bialik’s vegan cookbook “Mayim’s Vegan Table” in Los Angeles. In attendance were some of Mayim’s cast mates, Kveller’s editor Deborah Kolben, Kveller contributer Cara Paiuk along with her twins Elora and Pepper, who stole the show.

Be sure to check back in on Monday for Mayim’s post on the party. (Spoiler: she will be giving away free VIP goodie bags from the event plus an autographed copy of her cookbook book!) Read the rest of this entry →

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 24-28

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.

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-Dear Media People: Quit Using the Word “Adoption”. There was a huge response to Amanda’s plea to the media to stop differentiating between biological and adopted children, with many adoptees, adoptive parents and advocates weighing in. “Parenting is parenting,” she writes. Amen to that.

-Mayim Bialik: What I Told My Inner Child Before Going on The Howard Stern Show. In case you missed it, Mayim killed it on the Howard Stern show this week–and lived to tell about it! Here’s what she had to tell herself before going on the show.

-Facebook “Likes” Are Great, But How Can We Help Children like Colin Make Friends? Many readers connected with this piece about Colin, a boy with special needs, who struggled to make friends in school and then unknowingly became a Facebook sensation.

-When I Finally Developed My Daughter’s Camera, Her Photos Took My Breath Away. This lovely essay by Sarah Wildman about seeing the world through her daughter’s eyes is a must-read. And all it took was a simple USB cable.

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Feb 27 2014

Mayim Bialik: What I Told My Inner Child Before Going on The Howard Stern Show

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1. It’s Important To Try Scary Things

Sometimes we don’t want to do things because they have a lot of uncertainty attached to them. We don’t know how they will turn out and that feels yucky inside. Scary. Dangerous. But it’s OK. You are strong and you can handle it. I promise you can.

2. Words Can’t Kill You

Howard can’t hurt you with his words. No one can hurt you with their words in a way you can’t recover from. Of course words have power. But they can’t cut you like a knife. They can’t give you a boo boo on your head. You will be OK.

3. It’s Good To Show People You’re You

It’s important to protect a lot about you. You’re modest. You are socially conservative. But you also are a rebel. You’re very liberal. You have big ideas and you know how to talk about them. Howard wants you to come on his show because he’s curious about you. It’s OK to show him who you are. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 26 2014

Highlights From Mayim Bialik’s Book Tour for “Mayim’s Vegan Table”

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You’d have to be living under a large soundproof rock–or out of reach of a television, radio, or computer–to not know I just did a book tour in New York for my new book, “Mayim’s Vegan Table.”

Well, just in case, here are the highlights of my publicist Heather and my whirlwind tour of New York for my book. Heather (VP of Much & House Public Relations) and the good people at De Capo Press worked very hard to put together an incredibly (impossibly?) packed itinerary and I am sharing with you the major appearances, hilarious and awkward highlights, and LOL moments of each appearance.

As a general rule, as you read this, please know that it’s very hard to insult me or make me feel small or insignificant, because I sort of feel that way all the time as a modest default. So any time I am slighted or potentially humiliated, I take it as a sign from God that I’m not God. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 21 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 18-21

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-Top 7 Highlights from Mayim Bialik’s Appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Mayim reflects in on her recent appearance on Bill Maher, during which they discussed–in addition to her new cookbook–controversial topics such as attachment parenting, Gwyneth Paltrow, and whether the Torah is wicked.

-My Daughter Wants To Know Who Her Father Is. Many readers connected with Shaindy’s moving account about what it is like to raise her daughter alone, without the help of her daughter’s dad. On filling the roles of both mother and father.

-My Local Kosher Market is Closing & I’m Part of the Reason Why. Cara’s piece about the shuttering of West Hartford’s beloved kosher supermarket struck a chord with Jewish residents of West Hartford and elsewhere who have watched their local Kosher food providers fold to corporate giants like Target and Wal-mart.

-Managing Motherhood & Depression Means Asking For Help. Risa wrote a wonderful essay about managing clinical depression while raising her daughter–and knowing when to ask for help.

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Mayim Bialik Eats a Bagel

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Here is Mayim eating a vegan cream cheese bagel in New York City (via Instagram). She is in town promoting her new cookbook Mayim’s Vegan Table. Get it here!

Feb 19 2014

Going to a Harlem Globetrotters Game with the Kids and the Ex (And Heidi Klum)

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When I was a kid, my parents took us to see the Harlem Globetrotters play. I have only the best memories of watching those games. The players are part comedians, part athletes, and part choreography geniuses. It’s a really fun spectacle for all ages and I really was thrilled to finally have my kids be old enough to take them to a game.

Last year, the ex and I took our sons to their first Harlem Globetrotters game at the Staples Center here in Los Angeles. It was mostly disturbingly and shockingly loud for Little Man, who had me cover his ears the whole time but turned out to enjoy the game that way, so besides my tendinitis flaring up from holding my hands over his ears for hours, everyone was happy. Firstborn loved everything about it and laughed his butt off. He was the perfect age for that kind of humor and spectacle.

We went again this weekend, a year later and with an even more cautious Little Man and an even more terribly excited Firstborn. Yes, it was yet another “Mayim and her ex go to a basketball game” just like when we went to the Bruins game a few weeks ago, but this time was different. It was with friends of ours and their sons, and this experience left much more of an impression than the Bruins game did because of the following things. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 17 2014

Top 7 Highlights from Mayim Bialik’s Appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher”

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7 highlights from Mayim Bialik's appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher

Backstage at the Bill Maher show.

 

I was on “Real Time with Bill Maher” last Friday, Valentine’s Day. Here are the highlights:

1. Bill.

I like Bill Maher quite a bit. So being a guest on his show was extra pressure because I like him and respect him and didn’t want to come off like a dolt.

2. The Other Dudes.

Um. Jeremy Scahill? You are seriously smart. Like really smart. You remind me of my UCLA Marxism professor I had a huge crush on because he was super duper serious and cerebral and you didn’t know if he ever laughed but you wanted to be the girl who made him laugh. Never mind. I have issues. Anyway. Jeremy Scahill and Eric Klinenberg and Dylan Ratigan? You’re all super smart. Bill Nye the Science Guy as the first guest? Super duper smart and eloquent. Didn’t want to come off like a dolt in front of these men.

3. A Natural Woman.

I am very sensitive to situations where I feel so… female. Like on the Bill Maher show. I was especially nervous about coming off like a dolt because then people might say, “Oh, that woman said something dumb.” Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 14 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: Feb 9-Feb 14

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This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.hitsoftheweek

-My Daughter’s Birth Left Me Scarred, But How Can I Grieve? Her baby was healthy, but, after a complicated c-section, she felt like she had been “hit by a truck.” This heart-wrenching essay by Rachel Minkowsky about healing after traumatic childbirth sparked an heated debate among readers.

-Despite Racy Lyrics, Mayim Still Lets Her Sons Listen to Pop Music… In Moderation. Though she raised her boys on Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Mayim’s sons keep requesting Drake, Macklemore and Mylie Cyrus, with some awful, awful lyrics. Do you let your kids listen to pop music?

-Why Do We Keep Telling Our Kids “You’re OK”? Another controversial opinion this week had readers split right down the middle. Rachel Stein’s piece questions why parents don’t agknowledge children’s pain when they are hurt or scared.

-Jewish Day Camp Was No Problem for my Daughter with Special Needs. Sally Gottesman submitted a lovely essay as part of our Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month (JDAM) series about sending 7-year-old her daughter with special needs to Jewish day camp.

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Feb 13 2014

Despite Racy Lyrics, Mayim Still Lets Her Sons Listen to Pop Music… In Moderation

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My sons love pop music. Despite literally raising them on Bob Dylan, Dan Bern and The International Jewish Banking Conspiracy, They Might Be Giants, Israeli extravaganza David Broza, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, my 5- and 8-year-olds like gyrating in their car seats to Pink, Katy Perry, Macklemore, Drake, and–yes–Miley Cyrus.

I didn’t used to play any music in the car for the first years of my older son’s life. I was that hippy who believed that my son’s interactions should be with voices and conversation only. It worked with #1, but once #2 came along, #1 was almost 3 and was already used to hearing music by then. Also, #2 screamed bloody murder in the car for literally two full years, and sometimes music helped drown out his screaming. Or at least provided some illusion of drowning it out. (Ugh, those years sucked big time.)

Anyway. I played CDs for my sons initially but at some point the radio became introduced (should I blame my ex? OK! Just kidding, Mike. Sort of.). And that was the end of the innocence. Pop music is like the best candy ever. It’s generally mindless. It has no nutritional value. But it tastes so good. Like really delicious. Yummy. So yeah, I get it. I like pop music, too.

The issue is that pop music is/has become, in some cases, kind of racy. I am generally admittedly a socially conservative fuddy-duddy even though I am a complete bleeding heart liberal politically. Read the rest of this entry →

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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