Help Make a Childs Wish Come True on World Wish Day, April 29th

Make a Wish

If you ever wonder how you can change a child's life from the seat in your living room, I have a few ideas for you. I first became aware of the Make-a-Wish Foundation about 15 years ago when I was working at at MTV/Nickelodeon.  A colleague of mine was very active with the cause and I knew that her work with the organization was making a real difference in children's lives.  Their work enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris … [Read more...]

Review: The Nance – Infectious Vaudeville

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After submerging myself into new mommydom, I feel as though my brain stirred for the first time in 6.75 months.  This is by no means the fault of the city in which I live or the people in my life, by the way.  A night out at Lincoln Center Lyceum Theater's latest production, THE NANCE , opened my eyes to the hypocrisy of the time, the joy of the burlesque, and the search for love in the automat.  And of course, who doesn’t love a cheesy vaudeville skit and pasties? This is the first time my brain has been tickled in months and I loved the constant … [Read more...]

Feeling Lost in Suburbia

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I left NYC for the suburbs over ten years ago. I was a real city girl.  You couldn't get me to leave town if you tried. On weekends, I was off to Central Park, to the theater, to hear poetry slams. to eat sushi and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Then I met my husband, we danced around town for four years, got married, got pregnant and decided our one-bedroom on the Upper West Side was too small. We knew it was time to leave the city. However, I didn't really think about the major changes that lied ahead of me.  Life was about to change … [Read more...]

Boston: A New Reality and Talking to Your Children

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We were traveling when we found out about the events that unfolded yesterday in Boston.  Every chance we got, we took a look at the news on our phones and caught glimpses of television sets airing the news in the airport.  Images of 9/11 instantly came to our minds as we registered each loss of life and it was too hard to fathom.  We lived in NYC in 2001, so these memories are still very real and vivid. One of my friends lost a husband, another lost a sister and many skirted death by a matter of minutes (one was late for work, another was late for a job … [Read more...]

Because life’s like that.

Deborah Copaken Kogan

This week I read a brilliant article by Deborah Copaken Kogan, a well-known writer and feminist.  I was attracted to the title of the article about her so-called post feminist life “Life in Arts and Letters”.  It immediately brought to mind the TV show with almost the same name that I relished in the 1990s and I was curious what Kogan had to say about her life as a feminist. And her piece hit me like a bomb.  As I am sure it hit the whole of the Internet. I read how it hit the writers at Women & Hollywood and Jezebel hard – 17,000 shares on … [Read more...]

Giveaway: American Girl’s The Body Book for Girls (5 copies)

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My daughter turned 10 today and we are entering the dark abyss of what could be tough conversations about her changing body.  I want to teach her to make the right dietary choices, explain that growing hair under her armpits, teach her about hygiene and teach her to know what to expect when she's not expecting all these changes to transpire at some point in the next few years. There are also social pressures and situations that could impact her body image and self-esteem and I want her to understand and take them full on when they occur. When I got a … [Read more...]

Intuition

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How do you feel about intuition? Do you hear a bell go off in your head when the world wants you to go in a specific direction and do you make your decisions based on what your gut feeling is telling you? Intuition can be very powerful, particularly when you don't even know it's standing right in front of you, trying to tell you something. I'm the kind of person whose life is led with my heart. I tend to lean toward projects and jobs I am hopeful will plug into my passion.  This can be both an asset and a flaw.  I'm hoping my kids are more rational … [Read more...]

Inspiration Found at Daily Beast’s Women in the World: The Lost Orphans

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I feel lucky.  I've spent the last two electric days mesmerized by the likes of the most incredible women in the world at Daily Beast's Women in the World conference in NYC at Lincoln Center.  I listened to the Honorable Hillary Clinton motivate the audience to get out there and fight for women's rights on a grassroots level, Meryl Streep salute her idol Irish feminist Inez McCormack, Angelina Jolie salute Malala who loved wearing a pink dress and said "All I want is an education and I am afraid of no one" and got shot by the Taliban in the head, Tom … [Read more...]

Review: ANN, a Play with a Conscience

ANN

This week I noticed a lot of other parents juggling work/home balance.  It was every which way I turned.  At an 8am end of year party for my son's French class, the teacher ran in 10 minutes late in a complete frenzy because her son had gotten sick right before she had to leave to entertain a classroom full of parents and children.   On a conference call, I heard crying while a working mom tried desperately to resume our call.  At art appreciation session training this morning, one of the creators  chased her daughter around the room while chiming in on … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Day fashionABLE Gift That Will Change Lives

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A few months ago I read my amazing friend Liz's recount over at Mom-101 of what it was like to watch her mother run a small clothing label out of her attic when she was growing up.  She connected the story (beautifully) to a group of women that she met at the non-profit, FashionABLE while visiting Ethiopia. It's a place where all the proceeds on the scarves that they create go towards helping the artisans, not only through wages but with medical care, medicine for TB or HIV, counseling, a housing stipend, educational tools and daycare for their … [Read more...]