Jill Zarin

Jill explains why she declined Ramona's trip offer and shares her thoughts on the "mean-spirited" season.

on May 20, 2010

Allyson only has two weeks left of high school. I have never been busier in my life. We are planning some big trips over the next six months to help me with the "empty nest" syndrome. It keeps my mind off the fact that Ally is leaving! If you have any ideas that have helped you get through this part of life, please let me know! I was just talking to my sister, Lisa, last night about my fears and she has a special guest on her radio show this Friday who wrote a book about it. Lisa's show is on daily from 4-6PM. She just won a Gracie Award for her interview with Gloria Steinem. If one good thing comes out of this show, it is introducing my sister Lisa Wexler to the world. She is incredibly smart, articulate and a gifted writer and radio host all in one. I listen to her show almost every day to learn about what is going on in the world. It is easier to listen to her show than to read four newspapers. If I miss a show, I can download it to my iPhone. Go to http://lisawexler.com/ and I promise you will learn something or hear something interesting. Right now she is advocating for a woman who has been jailed in CT for not paying her mortgage payments. It stems from an ugly divorce but it is beyond unjust and Lisa (who is also an attorney) is trying to "rally troupes" to help save this woman and her two underage children now with a mother in jail and no means to make money to "pay" the mortgage. I am so proud of you Lisa.

As many of you know, I have been on a book tour with my sister Lisa and Mom. I have had the best time of my life and it isn't over. The book did so well that it just sold to a Japanese publisher to be translated. The show doesn't even air in Japan so we were really excited that they bought the book on its merit alone. We have received so many letters from people who read the book that told us how it has helped them...That we reminded them of even the simplest things in life that we often forget like "make sure your children know you love them everyday and is as many ways as you can" or Gloria's "Must have qualities in a husband and the must avoids." If you are single and read her list, you might save yourself a lot of heartache. We hope to visit more places over the new few months including Florida, Boston and RI. If you have questions for any of us, email us through www.secretsofajewishmother.com and sign up for our newsletter for book tour and personal appearance updates!

I am writing this from my parents' living room in "Boca" spending quality time with them and Allyson. You never know what life will throw at you so embrace your loved ones as much as you can. Love has a 100% cure rate for everything.

I am excited that the Jersey Girls are back in town!