02Jun

Guest Post: Paper Planet at The New Victory Theater

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Have you ever had this arguement with your husband? A medium size box comes in the mail and he wants to throw it out. You say, "No way! The kids will love playing with it. It’s big enough for three kids to go inside.” He replies, “I do not want junk in my house!” But you refuse to give up, he gives in and the kids play with the cardboard box for hours. Then every time he passes by them playing with it, he says, “I told you not throw it out!”. The New Victory Theater believes in the theory of playing with junk and is trying to change the way we think Read More

01Jun

A Second Chance

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A few short weeks ago, I stared death in the face. I didn't realize it then but now that reality has sunk in, I realize something very important: I've been given a second chance. Death almost came knocking on my door, nearly making my children motherless and my husband a widower. Since the incident, I've had time to think about a lot of things and can say without question these five things: I want to be more present in the moment. I want to disconnect more often and make sure I experience every moment I'm living in this crazy world we live Read More

31May

Review: HBO Doc’s Haunting THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS

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"I will better serve the world if I don't have it." These are the words expressed by actress/filmmaker Marianna Palka. She is referring to Huntington’s disease, an incurable hereditary degenerative brain disorder which she watched her father die a painful death from as a young mam In the acclaimed short documentary premiering tomorrow on HBO, THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS, Palka gathers her friends to find out if she has inherited Huntington’s disease. Several other family members got it, including her sister, so the potential for her is quite high. Read More

26May

Diary of a Breeder

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It is with immense interest that I've been following the conversation that has developing around what is being coined "non breeders," women my age who have decided not to conceive, or have set out to explain why they are not conceiving. From Meghan Daum's book Shallow, Selfish and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids to , the conversation has been both deep and contemplative about a new generation of women who are not having children. I respect every single one of these women's decisions. As the mother of a 10 and 12 Read More

25May

Review: Finding Neverland

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach: A diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. We seem to be in the midst of, or maybe just emerging, from an overload of reconstructed/deconstructed children’s Read More

22May

Grace and Frankie Gets Growing Older Right

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I've been lying in bed, recovering from an injury and have had time on my hands the past few days, so I decided to binge the one show I've been waiting to have time for: Grace and Frankie on Netflix. (If there are typos in this post, I may offer the excuse of having one hand, but I promise to proof-read before I hit "publish".) There is just too much to love about this show. Not only do you have Jane Fonda, who plays Grace, and Lily Tomlin, but also Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who play their husbands who reveal they are gay and love each other. Read More

20May

How Travel Has Transformed Me

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"As you move though this life ...you leave marks behind, however small. And in return , life -- and travel -- leaves marks on you." - Anthony Boudain Do you want to hear how travel has transformed me? I'm about to tell you. Last week I was in the middle of the most amazing trip in Iceland when something quite unexpected happened to me. I got hurt. Not just hurt, badly hurt. Without going into detail on what happened, I will just say that I'm okay and that everything was done to make me comfortable while I was in Europe. I got home a few days ago Read More

17May

A Toyota Adventure to Hilton Short Hills to see Listen to Your Mother

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Last weekend my family and I ventured to New Jersey for a bit of an adventure. I was given a Toyota 4Runner to test out for our journey and was eager to set out on our family road trip. We had big plans: a weekend stay at Hilton Short Hills and a trip to see the New Jersey production of Listen to Your Mother, a show I have had much to do with since its inception. I hadn't known where the producing road would take me then and I certainly didn't know where the weekend's traveling roads would take us, but I was looking forward to finding out. The Toyota Read More

12May

Guest Post: Pinkalicious the Musical Teaches Kids Tolerance

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Liat Ginsberg is a mother and a former Journalist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media department at Hunter College.   If you have read the book Pinkalicious to your children and are sure that you and your kids know the story by heart, you can add one more layer to the story, after watching the play Pinkalicious. The play gives legitimacy to boys who choose pink as their favorite color, legitimacy that society doesn't give very easily. I have 6 year old twins, a boy and girl, my boy always liked the color blue Read More

09May

Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway

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If you've been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn't avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I've been more determined than ever to keep everything I'm learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I've also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up. So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and Read More