Blog Hopping: Why I Write

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I have always loved to write. I thrived in Honors English Classes in high school, writing short stories and poetry and was on the editorial team of the school newspaper. I went on to major in Journalism in college and spent some time in the CNN newsroom before moving to NYC to work in television programming and production. Eventually, I ended up working in publishing where my writing skills really came into play. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I truly captured my journalistic spirit, returning to my roots in writing. From travel to culture … [Read more...]

A 1980s Film Binge Fest on Netflix

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I'm a child of the 1980s and the pop culture from that time period stands out in my memory and will forever more.  I loved the music, TV shows and the movies...ahhh, the movies. Films back then were kind of ground-breaking. They delved into topics of teenage-dom and adulthood that had never been touched on. Some were hits and we all saw them over and over. Some just wasted away into oblivion and returned as cult favorites many years later. I've spent the last few months pulling some out of my memory's list and have been re-watching them with my … [Read more...]

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

The amount of pitches that land in my inbox is often overwhelming and...wrong.  I don’t mean to complain. I am grateful that I am even considered by publicists in my 4th year of blogging and when the right one lands at my fingertips, I am thrilled. I know when I get a pitch that is right for me. It’s generally when I can tell my blog has been sought out for a reason, usually because the person at the other end of the pitch understands my niche and knows what works here on The Culture Mom or beyond in my freelance writing world. I have written about … [Read more...]

Something New

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A few weeks ago I wrote about my need to rebrand, to venture into a new space. I struggled with the name, with my new identity, for at least a year. I wanted my new blog to focus on my key interests and who I am. I asked for assistance right here, and several of you gave me your opinion and I appreciated it. After much thinking - too much - I started thinking about my favorite films, TV shows and plays, hoping something would trigger a name. And it did. My favorite play is called The Heidi Chronicles by my favorite playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. … [Read more...]

Talkin’ About a Revolution: The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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I grew up in the 1970s and clearly remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show with my mom and two sisters.  I was really young when it aired, but even then I knew it was revolutionary. Mary and the rest of the cast had us all paying attention to a show about a single female news producer living and working in a male dominated world. What was amazing was that it was made during the height of the blossoming of women’s rights. How they did that is a story worth telling, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong has skillfully done just that in her new book Mary and … [Read more...]

Time to Rebrand and a Vote for a New Name

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If you've been reading this blog since its inception in 2010, first of all, thank you. You also might also know that I've been itching to rebrand for some time.  As much a part of the mom market as I am, I am also a part of the travel and entertainment markets. As a writer, I want to expand my horizons and it's ready to move on. Well, sort of, I've actually had an amazing mock-up in my inbox for a few weeks but I have one issue.  The name. The one that I chose, the one that I finally came up after months of soul-searching, doesn't suit me. It doesn't … [Read more...]

Orange is the New Back Takes on Twitter

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If you’re impatiently waiting for season 2 of Orange is the New Black, you're not alone.  A quick jump on Twitter and a glance at hash tag #Ask Orange will make you feel a lot better. The show is using a smart PR firm who has every single member of the show’s cast tweeting and they gather them regularly to talk candidly with their fans.  They don’t talk specifically about what’s going to happen next season or about what’s taking place during the filming of the show (which is happening right now at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York ), but they … [Read more...]

Girls HBO: Questionable Goods

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About two weeks ago, I came home to find a large box on my doorstep. It was right around the holidays but was still a bit of a mystery of whom it was from. When I opened it, this is what I found. Okay, pretty amazing.  I was actually expecting something to arrive from the TV show, GiRLS, on HBO, after an unexpected tweet from their handle a few weeks prior via direct message, but I wasn't sure what would come. First came the letter, which called me the voice of "A" generation.  I liked the wording. I'm not at all the age bracket of the girls on the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts of 2013 and Hello, 2014

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  It's my annual tradition to look back at the year in review.  When I started to think about 2013, I thought I had nothing to write about.  It hasn't been my best year, but somehow along the way, I managed to get more accomplished than I realized. Rather than bore you to tears with a long post, I'm going to give it to you in small chunks. My most popular posts: A visit to the set of Orange is the New Black seems to have hit a nerve with my readers and also happens to be have been my favorite blogging experience of the year.  I interviewed … [Read more...]

Ending 2013 Thinking About the Dark Side of Social Media

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Last week when the Justine Sacco saga hit Twitter, I, like everyone else, was mortified by her tweet.  For 12 hours, I sat riveted by the hash tag created specifically for the episode: #HasJustineLandedYet. We all knew she was still in the air on a plane, venturing from England to South Africa, and we were also completely aware that she had not learned of the status of her tweet and its impact on the twitter community whilst traveling. In case you’re new to this story (which I doubt you are, since you’re reading my blog and are clearly social media … [Read more...]