09Nov

Gutted

Today my heart is broken and I feel compelled to write about it here. I've been rather quiet as of late, but for a very good reason: I'm traveling with my mother to fulfill one of her life-long dreams to see Eastern Europe. We started in Poland, moved onto the Czech Republic and are now making our way to Budapest. Her grandparents came from Poland in the early 1900s and she has always wanted to visit. I had some work on this side of the world, so she came along for the ride, quite literally, as she has been a part of my experience every step of the Read More

21Oct

My Latest on Medium: The Anti-Semitic Wrath that Exists on Twitter

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I am not new to Anti-Semitism. However, as a Jewish writer and avid user of social media, the recent outbreak of blatant Anti-Semitism on Twitter has taken my experience to a whole new level. Having woken up to images of swastikas and concentration camps, as well as being called vile names like “kike” and “dirty Jew” earlier this week, I fear that the recent Presidential campaign has provoked voters and has given them the view that Twitter is a forum to target their abusive and racist messaging. I grew up in Georgia. I was always one of five Jews in my Read More

14Jul

My Netflix Summer Viewing

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Oh, how I adore my Netflix. And I'm not the only one. My 13 year old daughter is obsessed with Grey's Anatomy and must be suffering severe withdrawals while at sleep-away camp. I already know that when she returns, I won't see her for a week as she'll plant herself in her room with an iPad to binge away. Who does she take after? Okay, possibly me. Between all my streaming shows and what I watch on TV, I'm pretty busy, in addition to work and reading, of course. I can easily turn on Netflix and find a zillion old movies I want to re-watch, but here's a Read More

11Jul

Peace, Feminist Policy and Creating Change

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Last week I was invited to a very important event about so many topics I care about rolled into one: feminism, prostitution, pop culture, exploitation and a feminist foreign policy (sounds dreamy, yes?). Yes, all of this being talked about with some of the top feminist experts in these fields. I was thrilled and honored to be invited by We are Women Online and Donor Direct Action, a non-profit n strengthens women’s rights organizations around the world by increasing access to funds, advocacy, and visibility. I won't go into detail why,  but the event Read More

20May

A Trip to San Francisco with a Tech-Obsessed Child

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Solo trips with each individual child mean a lot to me. Not only are these trips good bonding experiences, but they are also good to plug into each child’s interests. For example, when I travel with my daughter, we tend to gravitate towards amusement parks and anything to do with pop culture or shopping. My son, on the other hand, likes technology and..well, not much else. So, on a recent trip to San Francisco, we catered the whole visit to his interest. Of course, we went to other places but we largely focused on tech. After all, he's a future engineer Read More

16May

Exploring Southern California with CityPASS

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Southern California is a place that demands exploration. It's got great weather, amazing beaches, good shopping, beautiful people and of course, amusement parks. My 13 year-old and I have loved our various visits to the region, always bonding over new experiences and the most beautiful scenery in America. She's a Disney kid, too, so Disneyland has always had particular appeal, but the issue is typically cost and time. When we've gone to Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego in the past, we haven't had the time to squeeze Disney and the other parks in, Read More

08May

Why This Mother’s Day Has Particular Meaning

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In the past few years, I have stared death in the face more than once. Once by an illness that could have taken my life had it not been caught in time; the other time in a fluke accident that nearly took my last breath. The strange thing is that both events happened in a relatively short span of time when I still had children under the age of 10. But the good thing, and there's always a good thing, is that both incidents took a toll on me physically and mentally and have made me stop to think about my mortality and role as a mother. Prior to these Read More

25Apr

More on #SuccessIsCalling

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Disclosure: I partnered with TracFone and Dress for Success to promote their Success is Calling program and was compensated to write several posts about it, but as always, all opinions are my own. This is truly a program that I am proud to be associated with and one that I hope empowers you as much as it did to me upon reading this post. Two weeks ago I told you about my "Afternoon of Empowerment," an amazing day I spent getting inspired by real women telling real stories of empowerment. Each one had used a program called Success is Calling™. Created Read More

22Apr

Stuck in the 1980’s – On Being a 1980’s Girl

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My heart is broken. I'm 46. I'm no youngster. I'm a 1980's girl. The decade was the soundtrack of my life. It was the decade I went from being age 10 to age 20, and music was my everything. I discovered New Wave early on, probably because I had a very cool sister who introduced me to Blondie and Joan Jett and took me to see them at Six Flags Over Georgia when I was 12. Then U2 at the Atlanta Civic Center. To be followed by streams of concerts from R.E.M. to the Alarm to Squeeze to Flock of Seagulls to Fixx to Big Country to Adam Ant to Suzanne Vega and Read More

13Apr

Review: Passed and Present by Allison Gilbert

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My grandparents passed away at the same time on a terrible day in 1992. I can't believe it's been 24 years since I last held them in my arms. I was 22 when they died and probably too young to stop to think what they left behind or how I would memorialize them, but I'll tell you one thing I do know. If I had a copy of PASSED and PRESENT Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive by my friend, Allison Gilbert, I would have known how to preserve their memories. Passed and Present This past Sunday, I attended her first official "Memory Bash" in a nearby town to Read More