Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” Campaign

Ban Bossy

Did you know that between elementary and high school, girls’ self-esteems drops 3.5 times more than boys? This profound stat can have a detrimental effect on a young girl's future. That’s what Facebook COO and founder of the Lean In movement Sheryl Sandberg thinks and she wants to do something about it. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez have joined forces with her to launch "Ban Bossy" to ban the word “bossy” as a way to describe young girls, stating that its use leads to negative self esteem and Read More


Winter Break in Montreal with Kids

Montreal with Kids

Every year we do something during break but we usually have two stipulations: 1. We choose a destination in driving distance and 2. We choose a place within a reasonable budget. While we would love to pick up and go visit our family in the UK more than anything in the world, it's just not feasible this time of year. We wanted some place exotic and adventurous so Montreal with kids immediately came to mind. There are so many reasons to take your kids on a trip to explore Montreal. For one thing, it’s the Europe of North America and you can introduce Read More


My Favorite Posts of 2013 and Hello, 2014

2013 recap

  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


Celebrating ANN, the Ann Richards play!


  During the next Culture Mom Media party, we'll celebrate Ann Richards’ life, legacy and lessons for the future as seen in ANN, the critically acclaimed new play now on Broadway. Written and performed by Emmy® Award winner Holland Taylor of "Two and a Half Men",  ANN is the inspiring and hilarious new play which takes a revealing look at Ann Richards, the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family. Ann Richards was a loyal wife and mother before becoming Governor of the State of Texas. Once in power, she Read More


When Water is a Women’s Issue


  Worldwide, nearly 800 million people lack access to safe water, while 2.5 billion live without adequate sanitation. The lack of these essential services has a huge impact on the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. Women and girls spend hours walking for water, an exhausting task that consumes 26% of women’s time in rural Africa. The water they work so hard to collect is often dirty and contaminated with deadly diseases. Water-related diseases are the third biggest killer of children in Africa. It is usually women who Read More


Help Make a Childs Wish Come True on World Wish Day, April 29th

Make a Wish

If you ever wonder how you can change a child's life from the seat in your living room, I have a few ideas for you. I first became aware of the Make-a-Wish Foundation about 15 years ago when I was working at at MTV/Nickelodeon.  A colleague of mine was very active with the cause and I knew that her work with the organization was making a real difference in children's lives.  Their work enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Read More


Evolving and Entering 2013


I'm determined to reflect and write an account of 2012, as I do every year. It helps to think about my achievements, as I am ending the year on a bit of a low.  I wasn't sure why I feel this way around this time of year until I saw this tweet from one of my favorite writers and actresses, Lena Duham, and realized I'm not the only one: Then I realized that if she, the queen of everything creative and successful, can feel this way, I'm not a total loser.  I have so much to look forward to in 2013 and I need to focus on the good in my life.  I'm at a Read More


Hanukkah in New York City

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  New York is fabulous this time of year.  You have the tree at Rockefeller Center, the department store windows and so much more.  But, NYC has just as much to offer its Jewish residents who celebrate Hanukkah.  Whether it be a massive candle lighting with hundreds of other New Yorkers or Family Day at the Jewish Museum with art and music, you and your child will have many opportunities to celebrate and learn about the holiday.  Here are some of the offerings this year:   Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December Read More


Believing in the Power of Travel to Change the World

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Travel has had a profound change on my life. I first went to Israel when I was 16 to spend a few months of my high school career there and came back to America a changed person.  I never imagined the world could be so beautiful.  So I returned several times as a young adult to study during my University period.  While I was there, I worked with Holocaust survivors, I worked with children at the famous Israel Museum in Jerusalem and I worked at Yad Vashem in the archives of one of the most famous Holocaust Museums in the world.  But my most rewarding work Read More


Thoughts on “The Girl” – Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren

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On Saturday night I watched HBO's The Girl, based on the real-life relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. A long time, huge Hitchcock fan, I was intrigued and had been eagerly awaiting this film.  I've seen all of his movies, starting in high school when I rented every single one from the local video store in Atlanta, where I grew up. When you look at the films Hitchcock made in his lifetime, it's clear he had eccentricities, and I was curious what one of his main ingenues had to say. Well, clearly Hedren had a lot to say and has been Read More