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Julie Gray
A former denizen of Hollywood, where she was a crack story analyst, Julie Gray now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel where her sense of humour was truly honed. The founder of the first grassroots media literacy program in the region, (MEMLI - The Middle East Media Literary Initiative), Julie also uses her considerable writing, speaking and storytelling experience to develop and edit creative, business and social narratives.

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Entries by Julie Gray

How Queen Mimi Defies Age Bias

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 5:50 AM

2016-04-24-1461489720-7701669-Mimi.jpg Kevin Smith, bless his heart, recently shared a Facebook update in which he was absolutely incredulous that "Marty and Patti" from Oklahoma, a "pair of white hairs", knew about his movies and were fans. In fairness, Smith quickly copped to his...

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Dig if You Will a Picture: Goodnight, Prince

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 5:41 PM


I dreamt of David Bowie's death the night before he died. And in the dream, I was inexpressibly sad. Because, I understood in the dream, he'd been a part of my life in a strange way. And in the odd way of dreams,...

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Fractured Narratives & Common Goals in Israel/Palestine

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 5:36 AM

When I grew up in America, you were either a Democrat or a Republican. Over the course of my life that has come to include more pinpointed terms like the Left, the Right, the Far Left, the Far Right, the Religious Right, the Neoconservatives, the Paleo-conservatives, the Regressive Left (okay...

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Media Literacy in the Middle East: Give Peace a Chance

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 6:37 AM

"To hell with facts! We need stories!" Ken Kesey

For many years, I was a story analyst, which is to say that I was part of a low paying cadre of Hollywood "readers" whose job it is to read a large number of stories very quickly, looking, as it were,...

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Why Hope Is Overrated

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 7:07 AM

In my 100% scientific survey garnered from both social media and conversations with friends and family online and IRL tells me that there is a widespread feeling of doom. Duh.

Paris, Beirut, Da'esh, climate change in the form of typhoons in South East Asia and El Niño closing in on...

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What Is the Church of Scientology Doing in Israel?

(23) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:42 PM

The Scientology Centre in Jaffa sticks out like a store thumb. Located in a richly renovated and cavernous theatre evidently from the 1930s, the centre is pristine and gleaming on a street mostly populated with kiosks selling candy, cigarettes and falafel.

Jaffa is one of the oldest cities in...

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Truth & Beauty in Wartime Israel, Palestine & Peace

(14) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:04 PM

I had been living in Israel for about nine months before I went back to visit the U.S. for the first time. We had just had a 10-day war with Hamas and it was the first time Tel Aviv had been fired upon since the Gulf War. It was frightening...

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Cowspiracy & the Tipping Point

(44) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Sounds like a Mike Judge movie, right? Cowspiracy? Maybe a follow up to 2006's Idiocracy?

Let me put it this way. If you thought Food, Inc. was a documentary about food that gave you second thoughts about what we eat, Cowspiracy, streaming on...

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Sweet Dreams, Mama Cass

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 8:24 AM

That voice - that rich, sultry, gorgeous voice was the soundtrack of my childhood.

I used to gaze at The Mamas and the Papas album covers with fascination, flipping them front to back, reading every word. (Remember album covers?) The casual, 60s, California coolness of that band bowled me...

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Veronica Pooh Nash Poleate: Feminist Icon

(40) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:44 AM

"The problem isn't that Bernie Sanders is a crazy-pants cuckoo bird," said Jon Stewart recently (moment of silence please...) "It's that we've all become so accustomed to stage managed, focus-group driven candidates that his authenticity comes across as lunacy."

Such is the disruptive, intoxicating power of unbridled authenticity,...

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A Bug's Life: Food in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 4:50 AM

If I were on a desert island, and there was nothing else to eat, would I rather eat a grasshopper, than say, my companion? Yes. Under those circumstances. Eating insects falls about there on the "would you rather" scale for me.

So when I saw an article...

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Genealogy in the End Times

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 11:54 AM

In these intense days of the early 21st century, humanity, it seems to me, appears to be writing its last chapter in double time. It seems that everything is escalating and intensifying almost daily.

Sometimes I worry that we are the graduating class and I feel some kind of...

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4 Reasons to Stop Saying RIP

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 1:36 AM

Most people know that RIP stands for "rest in peace." But mostly, we simply use RIP as a short hand, not for rest in peace, actually, but rather a quick way to say -- aw, I'm sad this person died!

The original Latin for rest in peace is requiescat in pace -- much more...

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Okay, Cupid

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 2:57 AM

I have some feedback for you.

Okay, design flaw number one: Why did you make it so that I can choose to let a person know I have visited his profile, just to, you know, let him know that I'm out there, subtly saying, "Hey cutie," or whatever, and...

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Start Me Up

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 5:45 PM

So I live in Israel. You know, The Holy Land, That Bad Place on CNN, or Start Up Nation, depending on your perspective.

For the uninitiated, Start Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle is a bestselling book about the phenomena of start up innovation in Israel. It's...

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When the Fat Lady Sings

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 10:14 PM

If someone would have told me, 20 years ago, that there was a magical way I could lose weight quickly and forever, there would be nothing but smoke where I had been standing moments before.

I have not been fat all of my life. I have been Rubenesque, big-boned,...

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The Financial Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Poverty. It's a word we associate with other people, who most likely live in huts and drink dirty water. Or we think of urban poverty, with crime and dirty streets and chain link fences. Poverty - being poor - is not something that we do. Until we do.


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The Totally Normal Life Stage That Dare Not Speak Its Name

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:42 AM

Menopause. There. I said it.

That is what has been going on with me for the past several months that I have described as "fatigue" (lie: exhaustion) or "feeling down" (understatement: depressed) or "the flu" (half truth). Menopause is why I have been unable to focus for more than...

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Hanukkah: 8 People Who Give Me Hope

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 6:50 AM

Most of us have seen and heard the mighty kerfuffle of the Sony hack and the embarrassing emails that have been published. Of her racially insensitive comments, Amy Pascal said that's not "who I am" and her words really rang in my ears and gave me...

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I'm So Blessed!

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 9:02 AM

CATHY! OMG! I am SO sorry for the late reply! I feel horrible that it took me a week and a half to reply to your email! Wait - was that two weeks? What, three? Super sad panda sorry! (Ha ha I saw that on Facebook today). Time goes by...

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