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Blumie Abend

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Blumie Abend is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, California. She is a mother and teacher, and uses her life experiences as a backdrop to her articles.
It blew my mind on this flight when five people went out of their way to help me on the airplane. Five strangers went out of their way to make my journey more comfortable—five humans who showed care and empathy and tried to make my full hands that little ...
Lessons From a Caterpillar’s Transformation
I couldn’t help but think of people who have broken wings.
I am an oasis of peace and serenity, a home to so many, a place of refuge for a nation that flees; I am the source of controversy and conflict, of fighting and bloodshed, a land that weeps in fear and pain while suffering constant beatings from the world.
I gather snacks and drinks, and we set out to discover the wildflower frenzy that has so many in their grip.
Although I may never be fully at liberty to do exactly what I wish when I want to, the gift of children and the challenges they have afforded me can only make me stronger, wiser, better.
Cynicism tip-toed its way into my life, a soft pitter patter so quiet that I didn’t realize it was coming until it was already standing at my shoulder.
Her left hand, abnormal in its growth of three fingers due to ABS (amniotic band syndrome), has come up in conversation now and then in the last two years.
Growing up, Erev Yom Kippur was a busy day. As the day wore on and the rush began, there were two very important things to do—and they were done every single year, no matter what.
I thought perfection was the goal. I was young and naive.
For the first time since my marriage almost five years ago, I embarked on an airplane journey alone.
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