My Blissdom Experience: Spreading the Awesome

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If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know I've been hanging out at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville as a participant of Blissdom '11 this week.  Blissdom is an annual blogging conference for women.  It's meant to inspire, encourage and its overall goal is to make its participants feel awesome.  I kid you not, that is the goal.  Did I leave there feeling inspired? Most certainly.  Here are a few reasons why: 1. Feeling empowered: The founder, Allison Worthington, stressed that the goal of the conference is to "find your awesomeness."  I have to say, … [Read more...]

Westchester Advocacy Event: Room to Read

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To all my Westchester peeps, please join me in the celebration of the launch of the Westchester Chapter of Room to Read, a nonprofit organization founded by John Wood,  author of "Leaving Microsoft to change the World".  Room to Read builds schools and libraries in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, India, Zambia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & South-Africa.   The proceeds of this event will go to the Local Language Books Program.  Please check it out on www.roomtoread.org.  The event is open to the public. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this … [Read more...]

Guest Post: To the Source of “Outsourced”/ The Importance of Being a Cultural Mom

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Admittedly, I’m a few years late on this one: the independent film Outsourced came out in 2006, long before NBC turned it into a TV series in October of last year. Still, of all the films I watched on Netflix last week while drifting in and out of the flu and consciousness, this one is most worthy of note. The day I watched Outsourced, I’d already had a bad experience with another West versus East movie. No offense to funny man Albert Brooks, but Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was cheap, superficial, and without revelation or redemption in … [Read more...]

Where to Take Your Kids Skiing in NY and Connecticut

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There are so many reasons people are fortunate to live in Westchester.  First and foremost, there is the proximity to New York City.  One can jump on the Metro North train and whiz into the city to work, play or eat.  Space is another issue – one can buy a house with a yard in Westchester.  But what some people don’t realize is one valuable reason: SKIING.  There are ski slopes that are less than one hour from our doorstep.  As a result, my kids are growing up to be born skiers.  There are ski slopes in Northern Westchester and Southern Connecticut that … [Read more...]

Guest Post: 4 Inch Heels for 4 Wheel Drive

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This guest post is written by Erin Allan.  Allan is originally from San Francisco but came to Nairobi via New York. She lives in Langata with her husband and two children. After nine years in Kenya she considers herself an American African although her Swahili is not up to par!  She blogs over at Toto Knits. For the last month before I left New York, I must have blown a whole month’s salary on sushi as I was sure there would be nothing of the sort in Nairobi where I was moving for 16 months. Nine years later and I am still in Nairobi. … [Read more...]

Playtime! @ Playwrights Horizons

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This is really cool!  As soon as I read about a THEATER OFFERING CHILDCARE, I said to myself, my readers need to know about this!  See, I love theater so much that I run to see plays all the time and leave my kids with my husband.  He's very good about it, he knows theater is my drug.  But sometimes we just want to bring the kids and either can't get a babysitter or don't want to pay for it.  So listen to this: Playwrights Horizons is pleased to announce the launch of PLAYTIME! at Playwrights Horizons, a brand new program offering affordable, … [Read more...]

Affordable Family Theatre begins Monday – 20at20

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In the spirit of NYC ' s Restaurant Week comes 20at20, your chance to see the Best of Off-Broadway for only $20! TWO WEEKS ONLY!   January 24th – February 6th 2011 Looking for inexpensive tickets to high-quality children's plays in New York City?  Look no further.  20at20 is a two week theatre promotion offering tickets to Off-Broadway shows for$20 to the public twenty minutes before curtain time. They're offering family friendly shows this year including Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Dear Edwina, Freckleface Strawberry, Gazillion Bubble Show, … [Read more...]

The Tale of “To Work or Not to Work” on Scary Mommy

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I had a very exciting week after having a guest post on my friend Jill's wonderful web site, Scary Mommy.  I don't usually write from the heart on this blog, although I do on occasion, but I tend to do it other places.  However,  I did reveal some of my inner feelings about a topic I've been mulling over since my kids were born this week and was touched by the outburst of comments from Jill's readers.  Most were in sympathy of my honesty, few shocked by my announcement of not ever having loved being home with my kids.  I have been reading the (78 today) … [Read more...]

Review: Other Desert Cities at Lincoln Center Theater

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A few months ago, I came upon an article written by Jon Robin Baitz about the depression he experienced after his TV creation, "Brothers and Sisters" didn't work out in his favor and how he took a much-needed hiatus after that five years ago. I remember my feeling of hope that he would bounce back quickly and come back to play writing, as his former plays including THe Substance of Fire had such a profound effect on me. Not only has he bounced back with a new show at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, but it is some of his best work in a … [Read more...]

The Culture Mom’s NYC Events not to Miss with Your Kids and a Ticket Giveaway to see the Little Orchestra Society Lolli-Pops Concert

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Here is a list of some of the exciting events for kids being offered all around New York City this month that this Culture Mom highly recommends: Drop-in Family Programs at the Noguchi Museum February 5th-6th featuring two separate drop-in family programs.  Advanced registration is not required.  During Open Studio, families are encouraged first to explore the galleries, and then to make art in the Education Room in response to this experience. (Sunday, February 6th, 11am-1pm).  Children will also discover possibilities for and unexpected ways of … [Read more...]