My Life in the Middle Ages

Gayle Saks-Rodriguez

Gayle Saks-Rodriguez
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Birthday
November 11
Bio
Gayle Saks-Rodriguez has been a writer since filling her fourth grade diary with such perfectly crafted sentences as: "Ricky is getting confirmed tommorrow. Since I'm Jewish, I'm not really sure what it does. I should congradulate [sic] him though." She has written about everything from her mother’s double-suicide, online dating, to her work with female inmates, with deep honesty, candor and humor. Saks-Rodriguez (when she wasn’t yet a hyphenate) grew up on Long Island in a town that most people have never heard of and lives in Greater Boston with her husband, daughter, two orange tabbies and one slightly insane Lab mix. Please follow me directly on my site at: mylifeinthemiddleages.blogspot.com

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One of the most gut-wrenching things I learned about a woman in the weekly workshop I teach in prison was that her mother shot her up with heroin for the FIRST time when she was 10-yrs old.  That was until today when I was told that a woman in my class/…

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JUNE 8, 2012 12:06PM

Why Women in Prison Lose Their Dreams


One of the most gut-wrenching things I learned about a woman in the weekly workshop I teach in prison was that her mother shot her up with heroin for the FIRST time when she was 10-yrs old.  That was until today when I was told that a woman in my class/…

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JUNE 7, 2012 12:42PM

Forgiveness

 

I have had the idea of writing about forgiveness for several weeks. This morning, I started to google quotes to lead off this post that would reflect its content, but had to cut the search short to teach my bi-weekly writing workshop to female inmates at a Boston prison.

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JUNE 5, 2012 10:06AM

Jews Gone Mild

I will start by saying that I'm totally projecting.  I'M the Jew who went slightly "mild," AND, "mild" rhymes nicely with "wild" of the posts from two summers ago, "Jews Gone Wild Parts I and II."  I can't have a bunch of hysterical and defensive Jews on my hand.  Not with/…

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JUNE 4, 2012 12:37PM

Jews Gone Mild

I will start by saying that I'm totally projecting.  I'M the Jew who went slightly "mild," AND, "mild" rhymes nicely with "wild" of the posts from two summers ago, "Jews Gone Wild Parts I and II."  I can't have a bunch of hysterical and defensive Jews on my hand.  Not with/…

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MAY 29, 2012 12:39PM

Re-Branding Ourselves




Every time I change jobs (which has been quite a lot) I joke with my friend Mark that I'm going to change my entire look.  None of my new co-workers would know that I've never worn a headscarf, false eyelashes and a fake tan.  His first question is always "Who do/…

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MAY 29, 2012 12:39PM

Is Intellect A Safety Net?


This past weekend I was part of a 2-day training on how to speak publicly about suicide. I was in a room with six people, two other trainees and three facilitators, two of whom were also part of the unique group of "suicide survivors."  All five of us have very different… Read full post »

During the workshop I teach in prison on Fridays there is always one woman who says something so astute or so revealing that it momentarily catches my breath.  When it happens, I will approach their social worker after class and ask if I could possibly continue my involvement with them, one-on-o/…

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During the workshop I teach in prison on Fridays there is always one woman who says something so astute or so revealing that it momentarily catches my breath.  When it happens, I will approach their social worker after class and ask if I could possibly continue my involvement with them, one-on-o/…

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MAY 21, 2012 4:38PM

Is Intellect A Safety Net?


This past weekend I was part of a 2-day training on how to speak publicly about suicide. I was in a room with six people, two other trainees and three facilitators, two of whom were also part of the unique group of "suicide survivors."  All five of us have very different… Read full post »
MAY 9, 2012 10:45AM

Three Reunions




That's me on my first day of boarding school, a highly unusual place for a Jewish girl from Long Island to have ended up.  It was 1980 and I was 16, clearly with absolutely no interest in impressing anyone with the way I dressed.  None of my former classmates can remember/…

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MAY 9, 2012 10:45AM

Three Reunions




That's me on my first day of boarding school, a highly unusual place for a Jewish girl from Long Island to have ended up.  It was 1980 and I was 16, clearly with absolutely no interest in impressing anyone with the way I dressed.  None of my former classmates can remember/…

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Walking into my weekly prison workshop I never know what might potentially trigger certain reactions in the inmates or what will lead to off-course conversations (always the best ones.)  From my almost 2-years of doing this, I know going in that in the course of 45-minutes, I will walk away with/…

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Walking into my weekly prison workshop I never know what might potentially trigger certain reactions in the inmates or what will lead to off-course conversations (always the best ones.)  From my almost 2-years of doing this, I know going in that in the course of 45-minutes, I will walk away with/…

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APRIL 25, 2012 10:49AM

Re-Branding Ourselves




Every time I change jobs (which has been quite a lot) I joke with my friend Mark that I'm going to change my entire look.  None of my new co-workers would know that I've never worn a headscarf, false eyelashes and a fake tan.  His first question is always "Who do/…

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MARCH 28, 2012 10:19PM

My High Flying Bird


My best friend is a junkie. Crystal meth has tossed his brain into unrelenting chaos. It has jumbled his lobes and pathways into amorphous masses in need of a fix. It has made him think that a young mother and her child recently sitting next to him on/…

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MARCH 28, 2012 12:07PM

My High Flying Bird


My best friend is a junkie. Crystal meth has tossed his brain into unrelenting chaos. It has jumbled his lobes and pathways into amorphous masses in need of a fix. It has made him think that a young mother and her child recently sitting next to him on/…

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MARCH 23, 2012 4:42PM

Bunnies in the Sun


I recently bought a deck of “conversation starter†cards to use as writing prompts for my recent foray into being a writing coach. They each contain a question like: “What literary character would you most want to be friends with?â€, or “If you could ask your hero one question… Read full post »
MARCH 23, 2012 1:00PM

Bunnies in the Sun


I recently bought a deck of “conversation starter†cards to use as writing prompts for my recent foray into being a writing coach. They each contain a question like: “What literary character would you most want to be friends with?â€, or “If you could ask your hero one question… Read full post »


“So with the time we have left, tell me about your background, the key players in your life growing up.â€

Fuck. Here we go.

It's been 5 years since I stopped seeing an amazing therapist who I had seen for years. I wanted to start seeing someone again, someone new, someone who/…

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“So with the time we have left, tell me about your background, the key players in your life growing up.â€

Fuck. Here we go.

It's been 5 years since I stopped seeing an amazing therapist who I had seen for years. I wanted to start seeing someone again, someone new, someone who/…

Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 11:31AM

Won't Get Fooled Again?


I was already 10 minutes into my weekly prison class when a white woman stormed in in a huff, muttering so we all could hear that she was supposed to be released that morning but… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 11:31AM

Won't Get Fooled Again?


I was already 10 minutes into my weekly prison class when a white woman stormed in in a huff, muttering so we all could hear that she was supposed to be released that morning but… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 4:09PM

What Does it Mean to Be Gifted?


With the return of “American Idol,†I’ve been hearing that tired cliché about people being born to be a star, possessing a God-given talent causing their parents to notice something in their child, apparently the second they are born, that they… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 2:39PM

What Does it Mean to Be Gifted?


With the return of “American Idol,†I’ve been hearing that tired cliché about people being born to be a star, possessing a God-given talent causing their parents to notice something in their child, apparently the second they were born, that they… Read full post »