22Oct

Why I Recommend “Suffragette”

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Suffragette hits theaters today and I can't express how important it is for you to see this film...with your mothers, with your girlfriends, with your daughters. I can say it firsthand as I saw a preview screening it but I have also done something very special that accentuates my interest in the film and gives me credence when advising you to see this film. I spent a lovely afternoon having tea with the movie's production team: Director Sarah Gavron, writer Abi Morgan and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward. I was also thrilled to meet Helen Pankhurst, Read More

22Oct

My Tween’s Netflix Fix

When my tween daughter came home from camp this past summer, all she wanted to do was lie in bed and watch Netflix. She literally wanted to stay home 24/7 for several weeks. It was hard to get her out of the house. My mother told me that she reminded me of someone she used to know.....and that was the truth. I used to love my TV Here's a short list of TV shows my tween loves and your tween will love, too - bearing in mind, I may be a more lenient parent than many of you (she provided this list): Vampire Diaries I must admit, I don't watch many Read More

20Oct

Peace, Justice and the Global Goals

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Last month I attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which was one of the most exciting events I've ever attended. The United Nations want to help rid the world of extreme poverty, provide an equal education for girls and boys, and protect our environment for generations to come, and it was there that they announced a new platform to attain these goals - a total of 17 global goals for global sustainable development. These goals will set the world’s agenda for the next 15 years and the event elaborated on the goals our dire need in the world for Read More

15Oct

On the Set of “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris”

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The other night I went to a taping of BEST TIME EVER with Neil Patrick Harris. Yes, it was a Tuesday night and I ventured to Astoria for a live taping of the show, leaving my responsibilities (quite happily) behind for a few hours. I'm also a product of the Mike Douglas/Phil Donahue era, so I am a big fan of talk shows I adore a good variety show. I'm also a big fan of Neil Patrick Harris and his Broadway/Tony performances over the past few years and I wanted to see if he could bring Broadway to network television. Well, he hasn't done exactly that Read More

14Oct

Where You’ll Find Me

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My international travels came to a crashing halt about six months ago, but they resume tomorrow as I head to Ireland with Insight Vacations. My physical therapy and healing process continues, but I'm really looking forward to going abroad. Meanwhile, I leave my kids in good hands while I'm away and carry their support with me as I embark on an adventure with other travel writers from around the world. I also just came back from the Society of American Travel Writers Association's conference in Las Vegas, where I spent five days networking and being Read More

09Oct

Giveaway: The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show (Family Pack)

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I've done this giveaway several years in a row, and I'm happy to be doing it again. The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is a part of our annual ritual of living in the NYC metropolitan area and it's back this year with additions to this NYC seasonal tradition, which will open to the public on Saturday, November 21, 2015, and run through Monday, January 18, 2016. The new Holiday Train Show enhances the visitor experience with three components, in addition to the ever-popular miniature wonderland  including a short film screening Read More

05Oct

My Thoughts on Motherhood & Travel

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When my first child was born, I was working in a job that involved quite a bit of travel, for long stretches at a time. The thought of leaving her for long stretches was mind-boggling. From breastfeeding to missing the small moments, I wondered how I would manage. I lasted about a year, and then I decided to go contract. I had been working in travel publishing and truly lived and breathed travel. My second child came within a year and then I was home with two babies whose lives depended on me. It was wonderful but a challenge, and a bit of a shock, Read More

02Oct

Discover the World with the New Findery Windows App

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I love Findery, a social network for travelers. If you love to travel and haven't used it yet, you must. It's the most personal, intimate way of sharing info and images about your travels with others. Download the app, set up an account and start sharing (and while you're there, check me out). The interaction is instantaneous. I also love that I can access it everywhere and can get tips from experts who are people like me who love to travel and want to share their favorite tips and experiences, and great photos. And now I'm excited that they've now Read More

01Oct

Speaking and Standing #withMalala

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Malala Yousafzai is an amazing young woman. Her story is so inspirational. Named for an Afghan folk heroine, the activist Pakistani teenager was shot in the face and left for dead by the Taliban in 2012 — but recovered and went on to speak out about the gross injustices in girls’ education in her country and around the world, winning the Nobel Peace Prize along the way. The Malala Fund, which she co-founded with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, is building schools in Jordan, Pakistan and Lebanon. Last week I was given the opportunity to be on a group Read More

29Sep

Social Media is the New First Responder

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Social media is changing the delivery of humanitarian aid. The  2015 Social Good Summit spearheaded a session about this subject, led skillfully by reporter Lara Logan. The panel consisted of Naomi Gleit from Facebook, Dr. Pranav Shetty, Health Coordinator, International Medical Corps and Matt Petronzio, Social Good Editor at Mashable. They stressed that when social media is used to reach people, it makes people aware and sheds light on situations they might not otherwise understand or take as serious. With the surge of social media over the past few Read More