05Oct

Separating Woody Allen’s Life From His Art

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In 1992 I was living in London, right out of college.  I was a young woman with little knowledge of what having kids was like, nor was it anything I had ever really given much thought to.  I worked during the day and spent my evenings and weekends gallivanting around town seeing plays, hearing bands, drinking in pubs. After a lifetime of loving Woody Allen, I was drawn to the scandal that erupted around his name and image when the Vanity Fair story broke reporting his fully emerged family scandal. I picked up every publication covering it and read it in Read More

04Oct

Jessie Kahnweiler on Chutzpah & More

Jessie Kahnweiler

Last year I stumbled across a web series called Dude Where’s my Chutzpah.  It was a hilarious and straightforward look at finding meaning in Judaism, and I found it, I was hooked and watched all 11 episodes in one sitting. It's everything I've ever felt about being Jewish in one set of short films and I was all over it. I soon discovered it was created by 28 year-old Jessie Kahnweiler, a filmmaker also from my hometown, Atlanta, GA (but much younger than me).  Since then, I've been following her career and know she's won a few grants (Six Points Read More

01Oct

Mom Gone Wild

Mom Gone Wild

I found this video about a WAHM on my friend, Ilana's, blog tonight. It was inspired by a young woman who quits her job via video dancing around the office she decidedly spent a year of slavery in to the tune of Gone by Kanye West. In the domesticated version (video above), a mom dances around the house she's expected to clean, in addition to keeping up her work responsibilities. She dances in front of piles of dishes. Trash. Unmade beds.  Flotsam in the sink. And so, like her predecessor , she decides to leave. Only it's to get milk. Oddly enough, in Read More

29Sep

On Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said”

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I knew I would love Enough Said.  It had my name written all over it. Besides, it was written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, director ofWalking & Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money, and Please Give, four movies I adore. My sister worked on the production of Lovely & Amazing, and I went to the NYC premiere and even met her briefly. Her films speak volumes to me and to other women. They’re smart, female-driven stories about flawed individuals like you and me. They're snippets from real life and are completely relatable. There Read More

26Sep

A Disappointing Romeo & Juliet

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Six years ago, I saw a production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in NYC's Central Park and it was magical.  For one thing, the set and lighting played an instrumental part in the production.  The set was surrounded by water, providing a sense of urgency and the stage was alive with the fighting between the Montagues and Capulets. But most of all, Lauren Ambrose played a fiercely passionate Juliet to Oscar Isaac's Romeo and her performance has forever lingered in my mind.  Back then the New York Times' Ben Brantley best summed up her performance: Read More

26Sep

Me and My Shadow at the New Victory

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A shadow takes the lead role in Me and My Shadow, a visually rich and whimsical play by the renowned Patch Theatre Company (Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff, New Vic 2008), Australia’s flagship theater company for children ages four to eight. A Helpmann Award winner for Best Presentation for Children in Australia, Me and My Shadowmakes its U.S. Debut at The New Victory Theater for a limited engagement from October 19 – 20, 2013. In a playground of paper, light, music and magic, a whimsical story about childhood friendship comes to life when one young Read More

23Sep

Keeping Global Promises to Mothers and Children

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I can't believe that I had my first daughter 10-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to Read More

23Sep

A Return to the Land of the Living

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When I left my full time job after my first daughter was born, I don’t think I was fully functioning.  Call it post partum.  Call it temporary insanity.  I don’t know what you would call it.  All I know is that within days after my departure, I felt a hole in my gut and I knew I had made the wrong decision.  I had looked to stay-at-home moms with a tinge of jealousy before leaving the work-force and I really wanted to be home with my daughter.  Then I got pregnant and had two babies at home, and I knew it was wrong. For me, anyway (please don't read this Read More

20Sep

A Homemade Sukkah and Challah

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Raising my kids with Jewish tradition in their lives has always been a priority for me, but it's something that I've had to teach myself.  I wasn't raised observing all of the Jewish holidays, just the major ones. But when I joined a conservative shul as an adult, I immediately felt a pull toward a lot of the traditions and I've embraced them...in my own way. I wouldn't call my family observant at all, and I often wish I could do more, but I do know that my kids know who they are, where they came from and that they will take what we do through their Read More

18Sep

A Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

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On our recent trip to London while exploring the city with the kids, I came to a realization that we were minutes from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and that in all the many times I've visited, I've never been. A Shakespeare fan since high school, I really wanted to visit the home of all his early works. One caveat: my kids were with me.  Would they make it through the 45 minute tour? And I had my niece. It would be a daring feat, but I was determined to try. A bit of history about the theatre: It was up and running in 1599 and Shakespeare started to have Read More