Karina Grudnikov, past contributing blogger
Karina is a former News/Marketing Staff Writer for JUF. In the past, she’s written for Psychology Today, worked with author Bruce Littlefield and mingled with celebrities through her internship at Life & Style.
When not working, Karina loves reading, going to concerts and watching reality television. Other guilty pleasures include playing Rock Band and listening to ‘90s pop songs.
ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
Like many women, Robin Gelfenbien experienced bullying during her younger years. But Gelfenbien found redemption in the most unconventional of places: behind the steering wheel of Oscar Meyer’s Wienermobile.
Had her life gone the way she had expected it to, you would never have known Valerie Plame Wilson’s name. But on July 14, 2003, her identity as a covert CIA agent was revealed by Washington Post columnist Robert Novak in an article about her husband, former U.S. diplomat Joseph Wilson. More shocking than seeing her name in print was the sense of betrayal she felt—her name had supposedly been leaked by Bush administration officials as retaliation for her husband’s op-ed in the New York Times called “What I Didn’t Find in Africa.”
Several weeks ago, I had a quarter-life crisis. (And I’m not technically old enough to be considered quarter-aged.) I was sitting at my desk, doing some work, when an anxiety-provoking thought exploded in my brain: “You’re a grownup.” “No, no, no,” I thought. I hadn’t even reached my first high school reunion.
For Jewish readers of all ages, books about the Holocaust and World War II have always been popular, both in fiction and non-fiction. Given the magnitude of those historical events, and the particular importance that their memories hold for the Jewish people, it makes sense that so much literature is dedicated to them.
With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, there's no way I can avoid writing a blog about the holiday of turkeys, cranberries and too many relatives cramped in one space.
Eric Holt makes his living enhancing and perfecting peoples' appearances. As a makeup artist, he knows that when people like how they look, they can't help but feel uplifted emotionally as well. Last week, in the spirit of the holiday season, Holt wanted to volunteer his services to women he felt could use an emotional boost-cancer patients.
You might call Jason Alexander a modern-day Renaissance Man. Whether it is television, the big screen, or the live stage, he has tackled it. In addition to acting, Alexander has also taught, produced, and directed. Oh, and along the years, he has managed to nab a Tony Award, as well as a handful of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
One of my co-workers recently came by my office to show off a new gadget. “It’s a Kindle Fire,” he exclaimed. Shining in the bright office light, I could see why it was such an attractive piece of technology – Internet, books, movies, music and more, all in one sleek, smooth tablet.
Whenever I discuss the news with someone, one word seems to come up often: "depressing." Regardless of what news site you read, each page refresh brings more troubling information, regarding everything from merciless killers to crooked politicians. Another day, another crime, misdeed or tragedy.
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