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Judy Silk
Judy Silk is a stand up comic, freelance writer and blogger at A California native, she requires little water.

Entries by Judy Silk

My Online Dating Profile (If I Was HONEST)

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:55 AM

About me

Well, let's see. I'm older, wrinklier and fatter than I used to be. I'm OK with that. Are you?

I think most things are funny, so I'll err on the side of humor every time. I believe that laughter is aerobic, so maybe extreme laughter causes weight...

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Free Cancer Retreats: Altruism Lives in Harmony Hill

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:48 PM

When my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV recurrent colon cancer, a dear friend told me about this amazing place for people affected by cancer. "Harmony Hill. It's in the lush forests of Washington," she said. "You can go together; caregiver and patient. They give you full support for the...

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Robin Williams: We All Know Someone Hurting Like He Was

(11) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The death of beloved Robin Williams has touched so many of us because his humor reached into our deepest souls and helped us laugh at the ordinary, the profound, the tragic and the absurd. He magically unraveled the common threads between us all. From Facebook to Twitter, network news to...

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A Widow's Hint to the Living: Talk About My Husband

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Speak of my late husband. Go ahead, I beg you. There is an old Jewish proverb that says "As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them."

I've been where you are. I...

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When Your Husband Has Cancer You May Have to Lie

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Cancer is everywhere. It's probably just a function of my age (56), but I seem to know way too many people, close ones, who are affected.

My husband for one. He is my second husband, and the love of my life. We both needed to be divorced to find...

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Bra Shopping In A Blended Family

(15) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:46 AM

"Mom, Sophia wants to take me out this afternoon."

"Ok, but I thought we were going to go shopping."

"Well, she wants to show me our new apartment. She says there's four pools."

I've got custody of my daughter most of the week, so, if her step-Mom wants to take...

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Love Doesn't Get Cancer

(13) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 3:40 PM

I'm letting the bad cat out of the bag. My husband has terminal cancer. I don't say that word much, terminal. It sounds defeatist. When the oncologist says there is no cure, or the radiologist says we're just administering palliative care, I try and ignore the offending phrase. But the...

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Hemming and Hawing: The Lost Art of Tailoring

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 5:44 PM

I'm a little old-school, and I have some pet peeves when it comes to the following:

1. Chipped nail polish as a fashion statement (really, kids, you're just too lazy to use nail polish remover between coats -- admit it).
2. Bra straps showing, entire back of bra showing,...

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What's in a Name? Or Please Forgive My Memory Lapse, I'll Think of it in a Minute

(5) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 7:40 AM

I was standing in front of the yogurt shop the other day with my Mom and my sister when a friend approached. We exchanged hugs and I attempted to make introductions. "This is my Mom Naomi and my sister Joan." When it came time to identify my friend, I drew...

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Fat and Happy -- They Didn't Get That Expression Out of Thin Air

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 3:36 PM

I was delighted to read about the explosion of fashion designers creating lines for the plus size market. Apparently it's the latest big thing (no pun intended). The fashion industry and purveyors of taste and trend have gotten the message that there's a lot of money to be made from...

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You Can't Be On The Same Page When You Aren't Reading the Same Book: Why Divorce May Be Better

(33) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 2:00 PM

When I was first married, I was a little haunted by something that happened at our wedding. We had asked some friends to share little pearls of wisdom at the ceremony. Paul, a friend of my husband's, contended that long marriages were based on shared values. He was going on...

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A College Chick Returns to the Nest: One Year Down, Three More to Go

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 7:49 PM

My daughter survived her first year of college. She ventured up to the Pacific Northwest with high hopes and blind fortitude. I like to think that I survived it too, but that sounds so egocentric. It was her year, not mine. The truth is, it was a learning experience for...

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Vacation Pictures Make A Comeback

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I'm a product of the 50's. A boomer. When I was a kid, my Dad, Mom, sisters and I packed ourselves into the wood paneled Mercury for the annual summer road trip. My father refused to fly, so sans seatbelts or air conditioning, we cruised around the western states. My...

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Steps And Exes: 10 Simple Things I've Learned From Living In The Trenches

(13) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 11:20 AM

When I was younger, divorce was something you whispered about, like cancer. It came with a certain stigma and a mysterious other-worldliness. My aunt and uncle got divorced when their kids were in college and some of that stigma dissolved as we all learned to live with it. When my...

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A Cancer Wife's Reflections and Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 8:49 AM

In my mind, I can see miracles
I can also see death
In my mind, I can mourn for a minute
I can also know this moment of joy
In my mind, I can vacillate
I can also fixate on what if
In my...

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College Applications: Would I Have Met Today's Standards?

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 12:23 PM

If I were going to college today, I don't know if I could get in. In the freshman profile of several top-tier schools, over 90% admitted seem to come from the top 10% of their graduating classes. Where do the other 90% go I wonder?

When I was going...

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The New Normal: Life Lived With Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 7:27 PM

I hardly know where to begin. I usually like to be funny in my writing. Or try. But this isn't really funny. Humor plays a part, but it's not the primary emotion or characteristic. I'd say the main elements are cope and hope.

I don't know what I was thinking...

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The Phuket List or Ten Things I'm Just as Happy to Never do Before I Die

(14) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 4:58 PM

We are all influenced by pop culture. Who didn't want to go out and adopt a homeless football player after seeing The Blind Side? And how many of you got your yellow labs after seeing Marley and Me?

It was no different with the wonderful film, The Bucket List,...

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(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Have you ever had that dream where you had to look for a job and were groveling at a stranger's feet, rambling on about how qualified you are, but fearing they would never hire you? What about the one where you were dating again, having to sell yourself to a...

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