Review: “Prepare Ye” for Godspell on Broadway

Godspell on Broadway

I think that I was actually one of those children who was raised without ever seeing an original production of Godspell.  I have heard about the show my whole life and had a heightened curiousity about the classic tale.  So when I was given the opportunity to review the show with my family, I jumped at the opportunity.  For one thing, we always love a Broadway show in this family. For another, we're Jewish and I am always eager to teach my children about Christianity. Godspell is irreverent without being either sacrilegious or blasphemous. It is … [Read more...]

Family Travel Bliss at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead

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Our recent visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the premier luxury hotels in Atlanta was truly magnificent. Honestly, there is no other way to describe it. It was such a good family travel experience for all of us.  From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty by the staff and that treatment continued throughout our entire stay. I had stayed at the Ritz in other cities, primarily for work, and had good experiences, but this was my first time with my children. We needed a diversion, and we needed to relax.  Our visit at the Ritz was … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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I recently finished The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  She and I had a chance meeting this past summer at BlogHer.  We were both gathered to celebrate our friends from ONE MOMS  who had just returned from Kenya.   We were about to watch an ABC segment all about their trip and mission as a result of their involvement with ONE.  It was awe inspiring, to say the least, and since then, I have joined their effort. But back to my meeting Gretchen.  I instantly liked her, but I have to admit that I wasn't familiar with the content of her book.  We … [Read more...]

Fela! Hits Toronto

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For all my Canadian friends out there, I have exciting news. FELA! is playing at Toronto's Canon Theatre from October 25 to November 6.  Mirvish Productions brings the production to Canada, where the cast will include members from the original Broadway production in New York City as well as the London cast. Produced by Jay-Z and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, FELA! is based on the true story of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti's struggles against his corrupt and oppressive government and his love and passion for music. Throughout his life, Kuti clashed … [Read more...]

Travel: Spooky Halloween Getaways

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Halloween is about to arrive, and I'm sure your week is as busy as mine with parades, parties and holiday activities.  But it doesn't have to all be at home.  If you're looking for a spooky weekend getaway this holiday or year-round for you and the family, you can find some great places to stay on Airbnb, the leading community marketplace for discovering and booking unique accommodations from people around the world. Airbnb is a web community where users can rent out their apartment, house, or even a private island, castle or treehouse to other users … [Read more...]

LinkedIn on Women and Mentoring

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  The other day I wrote about an event I attended that was hosted by MORE Magazine.  One of the sessions was about LinkedIn and was led by their Connection Director, Nicole Williams.  It was fascinating to learn how you can use it for much more than networking - research, finding stories.  We learned that 2nd and 3rd tier contacts are really important to use, and my most important discovery: 90% of companies are now hiring people based on volunteer work.  This stat is relevant to me in so many ways as I do a lot of volunteer work and haven't … [Read more...]

Museum of Moving Images Family-Friendly Screenings & Workshops

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    If you're looking for a rainy day activity this fall, or want to introduce your kids to the world of moving images, the Museum of the Moving Image  is for you.  The museum has always been one of my personal favorite museums in NYC and I loved introducing it to my own children last summer.  Now the newly expanded and re-opened museum now has more to offer family visitors. The museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York and its operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City … [Read more...]

Spending the Day with More Magazine and How to Get a Good Headshot

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Last week I was invited to an event for MORE Magazine.  I was curious about what I would learn as I haven't really checked out the magazine in the past.  I always envisioned it as a magazine for older women.  We gathered at their office in NYC and listened as Editor-in-Chief Lelsey Jane Seymour explained that the magazine is not quite what we think it is.  It's about "reinventing your life at any age."   While I thought the magazine was about entering the 2nd chapter of life, it's really for all women like myself. After taking a look at the current … [Read more...]

Rally for Reading with Room to Read

Room to Read

              I recently joined my local chapter’s board of an extremely important organization called Room to Read.  They believe that world change starts with educated children, and I can’t agree more.  I'm honored and privileged to be a part of a group that is actively seeking to change the world.  It's purely coincidental that I am also working with the gang behind Passports with Purpose  on a similar campaign.  It somehow makes it all the more meaningful. As someone who feels passionately about … [Read more...]

Giveaway: NY Theatre Ballet Presents Cinderella and The Nutcracker

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We are big fans of the New York Theatre Ballet.  Ever since my daughter started taking dance lessons, it has been a key part of our NYC experience every fall. Cinderella for children opens on November 12 at Florence Gould Hall, NYC. Choreographed by Donald Mahler and set to music by Prokofiev, Cinderella is an ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-10, but also sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent to enjoy. With comical evil stepsisters and a clock that comes to life, the ballet is a delightful blend of charm and humor for the … [Read more...]