No Magic But Some Helpful Chutzpah in this Fairy Godmothers Advice
CLASS OF 70 | The woman on the other end of the line with Helen Rosenau CW70 was desperate. Her boss had a bad case of B.O., but no one in her office would tell her.
So Rosenau dialed up and confronted the olfactory offender. After that awkward conversation, the smell went away. All in a days work for someone who calls herself Your Jewish Fairy Godmother.
Rosenau cant turn a pumpkin into a carriage, but she can help you negotiate a better deal on your car, decide whether to take that job across the country; deal with your exhibitionist neighbor, or figure out if your obsession with the blade in your food processor is normal.
I help people with everything from the trivial to the deeply emotional, she says.
Rosenau runs her own consulting service (www.YourJewishFairy Godmother.com) out of her home in Eugene, Oregon; writes a newspaper advice column; and has a book in the works.
She picked up her magic wand in 2000 after a miserable winter spent care-taking a friend and her own mother in the hospital.
As fairy godmother, she doles out advice with humor as well as the desire for people around me to be happier and manage their lives in order to reach their long-term goals.
Although Rosenau brings a Jewish sensibilityand a recipe for chicken soupto her consulting work, people contact her from a variety of backgrounds. One of her favorite clients is a Zen Methodist.
Rosenau doesnt know everything, but she has a good idea of how to
find it out.
I dont know squat about medical insurance, says Rosenau, but she did some research and eventually connected with a nonprofit that arranged for the child to get free surgery.
Finance charges and expired warranties dont intimidate her, either.
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