Bonding with My Son at Keystone Resort

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Keystone Resort with a child. The goal was for myself and other writers to experience and cover Kidtopia, a series of events offered all year long for kids of all ages, both on and off the snow. My son, who just turned 13, was just at the cusp of the age requested to attend the trip, but was prime material for both them and myself in terms of covering the resort. For one thing, he loves to ski. For another, he loves traveling and experiencing new things and he's totally open to a jam-packed agenda. The two of Read More


Review: “A Walk with Mr. Heifetz” at the Cherry Lane Theatre


When I think of the State of Israel, I often think of music. I think of the national anthem, "Hatikvah" and the Israeli flag rising over Temple Mount. I think of the song "Jerusalem of Gold" and I envision the Dome of the Rock. I think of David Broza playing "Yihieh Tov" in the desert. For me, music is what culturally binds the land to its people, and as since its creation. Arts and culture journalist James Inverne clearly saw this, too, only has the smarts and literary ability to turn his vision into a new play called "A Walk With Mr. Heifetz," now Read More


Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn


This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice's Arbor. It had been years since I'd been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, so I was eager to make this particular trip from our home in Westchester. As a vegetarian, I can tell you that the menu, which is inspired by Chef Mike Franzetti, is diverse and wide ranging. Carnivores can have their share of meat, from chicken to ribs for Read More


A Visit to Israel with a Loving But Conflicted Heart


“But doubts and loves dig up the world like a mole, a plough. And a whisper will be heard in the place where the ruined house once stood.” These are words from Israeli poet Yehudah Amichai’s poem, “The Place Where We Are Right.” Interpretations of poems can vary, but for me, this piece refers to a difference in opinion about a place that you love but can’t quite vocalize both out of fear and out of love. I have felt this type of conflict several times in the past year on two very different types of trips. A year ago, I visited Read More


Where You Can Find Me

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I apologize for my silence here on the blog as of late. Call it a combination of working full time and raising kids. Then there were the holidays. We went to Montreal and Vermont for a week, for a bit of skiing, spa'ing, and relaxation. Stay tuned for more on that in future articles and clips. Meanwhile, I haven't been that quiet on the Internets. If you do a Google search, here's where you can find me.   Trekaroo San Antonio with Kids 48 Hours in Portland with Kids 48 Hours in Seattle with Kids 48 Hours in Vancouver with Read More


Netflix: My Year in Review and Shows I am Thankful For


Disclosure: As part of Netflix’s Stream Team, I get inside access to Netflix's programming and share my thoughts on their programming with my readers often. But as always, my thoughts are my own. Netflix just gets better and better. I've been a member since its humble start and am continuously impressed with its original and bold slate of programming, both original and acquired. It keeps my entire family occupied at various times of the day and night. My teenage daughter is obsessed with its offerings, many of which I used to watch at one point in Read More


Reflecting on Meeting Some of the Cast and Crew from “The Greatest Showman,” a Musical Feast


Disclosure: I attended a screening and press junket hosted by 20th Century Fox. I was not paid to write this post. It's so crazy that two weeks ago I knew very little about Phineas Taylor Barnum. I knew he started the circus I grew up with, but little more. Since seeing the upcoming Christmas motion picture "The Greatest Showman," I have thought little else but this man, his life, and the story that inspired this beautiful new movie, which is fortunately a musical but not just a musical. He was not ony a brilliant business man, but he was a family man Read More


Living Out Loud in Israel

"Greatness is not what happens to you. Greatness is who you are in the face of what happens to you." - Adrienne Gold Davis This was one of the first things I heard on my recent trip to Israel with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and it really resonated with me. With this inaugural trip for a group of what was coined "media magnets," I knew I was experiencing something kind of amazing and didn't want to lose sight of the importance of this very signifiant statement. I had been on many press trips in my time, and you've read about many of Read More


Review: The Parisian Woman at the Hudson Theater

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Beau Willimon wrote "The Parisian Woman, now playing on Broadway in NYC. He is also the creator of Netflix's "House of Cards" and the upcoming series "The First" on Hulu. From what I understand, he is constantly making changes to his new play, which takes place in contemporary Washington, D.C. and revolves around an uncannily familiar President who we don't learn is called Trump near the end of the play. But believe me, it is completely obvious that this play was written to reflect the tumultuous, turbulent, twisted times we are living in. I actually Read More


Guest post: Review of “Puffs” at New World Stages


Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. If you or you kids are fans of  the Harry Potter series, the play Puffs is for you. In addition, if your kids have never read the book or watched Harry Potter movies (like my 8 year-old twins), then the play “Puffs” is also for you. The truth is this play may be more for kids than for adults. My kids enjoyed every minute. They could not stop giggling. At times, I was wondering why do they Read More