31Mar

Celebrating the Power of Peanut Butter in NYC

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Last night I went to an event that seemed to call my name as soon as I heard about it: an event sponsored by the National Peanut Board (NPB) who's spreading #peanutpower in New York City. Footnote: I adore peanut butter! They were hosting a special pop-up, complete with USA peanut farmers and their families who I mingled and drank peanut-inspired cocktails with . Through research and marketing initiatives the Board is finding new ways to enhance production and increase consumer demand by promoting the great taste, nutrition and culinary versatility of Read More

31Mar

Guest Post: Review of Harold and the Purple Crayon at Brooklyn Center

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  The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, which appeared at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts this past Sunday, which was produced by Enchantment Theatre Company’s production, is based on a picture book by Crockett Johnson. It tells the story of Harold, who one evening decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. He wears face masks so that only the actors’ body movements can convey emotion, though the audience will think that the actor is only five. To conquer his fear of darkness, he draws a moon (through video animation) and a Read More

31Mar

WICKED at The Westin New York at Times Square

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This past weekend was a special one for my tween and I as we stayed over night in NYC in Times Square for the first time. Sure, we've stayed over night in the city before but not right in the heart of Broadway. And for two culture vultures, that meant everything. We were invited by The Westin at Times Square to check out the WICKED Night Out, an exclusive WICKED-themed hotel package.  My daughter first saw the show at age 6 and again at age 10. As a tween, the show holds special memories for her and I knew the hotel would have an appreciative visitor. Read More

30Mar

Review: Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) at The New Victory Theater

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A Saturday afternoon spent at the New Victory Theater is the perfect one for my kids and I, and this past Saturday was no exception. My daughter and I went to see the extremely creative and utterly wonderful CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi), featuring the six young talents of Flip FabriQue, an up-and-coming troupe from Quebec City, Canada, whose members have performed with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 Fingers and more. We ventured to a 12pm show which we found full of other families with (much younger) children than my tween. But after being an avid Read More

29Mar

The Dovekeepers on CBS: A Femisist, Biblical Tale

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I'm a sucker for Jewish stories that revolve around women, partcicularly going back to Biblical times. Anita Diamant's The Red Tent was such story story that took the route and appeared on Lifetime a few years ago. It wasn't the best adaptation but I give the network credit for even trying to tackle such a complicated, brave story (particularly as a former Lifetime staffer). CBS is bringing another feminist, Biblical tale to the screen as a 4-hour mini-series callled The Dovekeepers (based on a book by Alice Hoffman). It premieres on Tuesday, March 31 Read More

27Mar

Week 3: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness

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This week I had my 3rd training session with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitness. It may have been session #3, but I have to admit it was the first time I actually felt pain the next day. It was also the first time I actually felt like the work outs were starting to have an effect. As soon as I left Encore, I felt sensation in my legs walking up steps in the subway. I took that as a good sign. As the days have come and gone since my work-out, I have felt more compelled to work-out, and that in its own rite is an achievement. For Read More

26Mar

Review and Giveaway: The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway

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Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge Wendy Wasserstein fan. I was introduced to her plays as a high-school student studying drama in a performing arts school. Her plays resonated with me instantly - as a theater lover, as a feminist, as someone looking through her choices in life as a young woman. I heard her speak several times before she passed away – once in college and once at a conference right before when I had my first child. I’ve read all her plays, read her biography and wish more than anything that she was still here on this earth Read More

25Mar

A Mother-Son Weekend in the Catskills

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My son and I recently spent some time in the Catskills. We basically jumped in our car and headed to the mountains for some R&R and a bit of bonding. He loves to ski, so knowing that was part of our plan was a big motivator for him. The Catskills is an interesting getaway choice because it offers so much to do for both children and adults, and we were both up to the challenge of checking it out. Equipped with a full tank of gas, we set out from Westchester for two days of adventure with a group of writers and their children. Where We Stayed Our Read More

22Mar

Review: HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

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https://youtu.be/L5Hs_PabnW0 When Lena Dunham met Hilary Knight, famous for his Eloise drawings, she called it a very visceral, chill-inducing experience. She was meeting someone who's work had had a profound on her growing up. He, in turn, felt he had known her all his life. They bonded over their creative sparks and collection.  He tells her that Eloise, "this little thing in this little dress" is himself and she feels Eloise is in his DNA. In the upcoming HBO documentary, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, Dunham spends time with Knight Read More

20Mar

Week 2: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness

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This week I had my 2nd training session with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitness. Like most working mothers, it took a bit of juggling to schedule my session, but after committing to this publicly, you can bet this middle-aged broad is getting to her work-out!  So, how was my first week after the training session? I watched my weight more carefully and worked out more but I wouldn't say that I was completely moving toward my goal just yet. I need commitment and it helps having a trainer watching over me during these sessions and Read More