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


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


Guest Post: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

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. Did you ever think perhaps you were born to the wrong musical era...the music of my generation just doesn’t speak to me Read More


Review: Passed and Present by Allison Gilbert


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


Grace and Frankie is Coming Back!


An avid Netflix viewer, I discovered and fell in love with Grace and Frankie last year when it debuted. I've been eagerly awaiting its return, especially after its cliffhanger at the end of the season when two characters slept together who should not have, so I'm happy to report it's coming back May 6th. In typical Netflix savvy style, they debuted the trailer on Twitter, which you can watch above: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, with Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen as their husbands are coming back, as well as all their children. If you haven't Read More


A Quick Jaunt to Hyatt Ziva Cancun


It's hard to believe that in a matter of hours from JFK to Cancun you can be sitting seaside at Hyatt Ziva Cancun...and not just on one side. Located at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the hotel is literally surrounded by turquoise waters, so no matter which direction you walk, you encounter ocean. The result is pretty dazzling, and for an all-inclusive resort, you can do no wrong with a short...or long...visit. My Stay at Hyatt Ziva Cancun I was recently invited to Hyatt Ziva Cancun for a brief visit to experience everything the resort has to offer. Read More


Guest Post: Review of UniverSoul Circus


Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. Most of us know that watching a movie with an African american (black) crowd, or going to a African american church is a different experience. Now you can add to it going to a circus with African american audience and many African american performers. It’s a wild, fun and very interesting experience. Imagine sitting in huge African american church listening to great voices and dancers and add Read More


An Afternoon of Empowerment w/ TracFone & Dress For Success


  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. When I was recently asked to attend an event hosted by TracFone and Dress for Success, I was thrilled. The theme of the day would be empowerment, something I think about daily. The two companies recently Read More


What the Westchester Jewish Film Festival Has in Store for Kids


The other night, it was Sunday, I ventured to the Westchester Jewish Film Festival at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville to catch a showing of Everything is Copy, a documentary about one of my favorite writers and filmmakers, Nora Ephron. I could have easily just stayed at home and watched it on HBO, but the thought of watching it with other Ephron fans and getting to hear from her son, Jacob Bernstein, who made the film, was too enticing. And it was truly a great decision. The film was engaging - he was engaging - and I went home with an open Read More


Being Supported By and Supporting Women


I'm a consultant. Therefore, I work with a mix of people. On a daily basis, my world consists of phone calls and emails. I juggle one task after another yet ultimately accomplish what I want for each individual client. Some days I work well into the evening, but my hours are my own, and the work always gets done. There is one topic I know a lot about: Being supported by and supporting women. Right now I'm working on several different projects - from a United Nations NGO to a global summit to a bilingual resource for children to promoting an Read More


Falling in Love with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2


When I got invited to screen My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in advance of its release, I was instantly keen. After all, how would the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time fare? Nia Vardalos, its writer, had waited 14 years to bring the film back to audiences. Why? What story would she tell? Would she bring original members of the cast? Would it verge on the ridiculous?  I'm happy to report that it wasn't tacky and that it was quite faithful to its origins. Vardalos brought back either all or most of the original cast, Read More