11Jul

Sleep Away Camp Jitters No More

Sleep Away Camp Jitters No More

The minute my daughter was born, I started to dream about sending her to a Jewish sleep away camp.  Not because I wanted to shake her, but because I knew we wouldn’t be sending her to Jewish day school and I wanted her to embrace our religion in a different way.  Also, because I know from personal experience what kind of long-lasting impact it would have on her. Growing up in Atlanta, it was more important to send your kids to Jewish sleep away camp.  We were a small community and I was one of only a handful of Jews in my grade.  Camp was the best way Read More

09Jul

Toni Collette’s Take on The Way Way Back

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  I recently reviewed The Way Way Back, which has a very rich cast including one of my faves, Toni Collette, who first burst onto American screens in Muriel’s Wedding, one of my favorite movies ever to hit the screen.  She most recently starred in The United States of Tara and has appeared in well-known Hollywood films such as Hitchcock, Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense, About a Boy and In Her Shoes. In the film by writer/director team Sam Nash and Nat Faxon (the team behind The Descendants), she comes forward to show her acting talents Read More

07Jul

Mr. and Mrs. ?

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A recent Facebook study showed that a third of married women in their twenties decided against adopting the surnames of their husbands, compared to the majority of those in their sixties, according to a new study.  It also found 62 per cent of married women in their twenties took on their spouse’s surname, while 74 per cent did in their thirties and 88 per cent did in their sixties. More younger women are embracing feminism today than ever before. When I got married, my husband and I talked about changing my last name, but I resisted at first.  I felt Read More

03Jul

A Visit to Buttermilk Falls Inn

buttermilk falls inn

My son and I just had the most delightful bucolic adventure in the Hudson Valley.  While spending a few days alone, we discovered a small inn called Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, New York, just a 70 mile ride from NYC. We had no idea coming off the busy 9W that we would find this tranquil, majestic property full of fantastical gardens, a working farm and grand views of the Hudson River. The inn dates back to the 18th century and has a sense of old-time charm, yet the rooms' decor have been updated and feel somewhat luxurious. The overall Read More

30Jun

The Way Way Back: A Homage to Summers Long Gone

the way way back

When I was growing up, my parents often dropped my sisters and I off at Six Flags Over Georgia. We also piled in the car with our grandparents and headed to Florida - every. single. summer. This is what was familiar, something we knew and expected come summertime.  That's what summertime is about for kids.  Familiarity, connections, time off from their regular routine. As an adult, looking back at the 18 summers I spent with my family means a lot. That is why the new film, The Way Way Back, which I screened prior to its release on July 5th, had a deep Read More

26Jun

Giveaway: Forever Tango on Broadway

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My husband is a great dancer.  I found out as soon as we started dating and he took me to a small tango club in Greenwich Village called La Belle Epoque and came face to face with the real thing.  We were attempting to tango with professionals (or so they seemed).  Later he bought tickets to a tango production on Broadway where we witnessed the longest-running tango production in Broadway history. It wasn't something I'd have selected to see myself, but it was very compelling. That show was Luis Bravo’s internationally acclaimed entertainment Read More

21Jun

Matilda: As Good as It Gets

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For the last two years, while on our annual pilgrimage to London, my kids and I have stood in line trying to score tickets to Matilda, to no avail.  After seeing the film and reading the book by Roald Dahl a zillion times, they were determined to see the show. It was always consolation that we knew the show would soon be coming to NYC but it was disappointing for them nonetheless. My kids, who are real Broadway kids, have become somewhat jaded about going to the theatre.  They see most shows but when I told them it was time to see Matilda, they Read More

18Jun

A Weekend at Morey’s Piers with the Kids: A Retro Adventure

morey's piers

I grew up spending summers in Atlantic City, so when I was invited to spend time at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ, I thought I knew what to expect: a weekend full of rides, riding the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, eating cotton candy and funnel cake on the boardwalk, playing rounds of ski ball, and more.  I expected the boardwalk to be slightly run down and possibly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, with a large element of tackiness.  I wasn't exactly expecting the Four Seasons. But nor did I want it.  I was really looking forward to our visit and I was Read More

17Jun

My Six Degrees of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Continues

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I can't believe it has been over a year since I last reported on my involvement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was very six degrees of separation: I met and interviewed Marlo Thomas at an event.  We stayed in touch via Twitter.  When the CEO of the company I was working for at the time expressed interest in running a social good campaign for St. Jude, I instantly reached out to her and then launched one of the most satisfying marketing campaigns of my career. As a participant of the St. Jude Annual Thanks and Giving campaign, we raised Read More

13Jun

Making 1 Simple Change to Keep Our Children Safe

1 simple change

  It's hard to believe that the unspeakable events in Newtown now occurred six months ago.  What began as a normal school day for everyone ended with 26 dead, a town changed forever, and a nation struggling to understand the worst kind of tragedy humanly possible.  I've made it clear on this blog where I stand on gun control, attending the Million Moms March back in January. We marched in freezing temps, hoping a law would be passed on stricter background checks as a start to relieving us all of any future pain.  However, Congress sadly shot down Read More