20Feb

FlashBack Post: Do Women Want to be Submissives? A Look at Fifty Shades of Grey.

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(This post is nearly three years old but I feel compelled to post it again, in light of the recent release of the film, as well as the most interesting comment I got at the end - so scroll down. I haven't seen the film...yet.) On a recent trip to London, I took a trip to my favorite UK bookstore, Waterstone’s, and roamed the shelves. As I searched for books to bring home that I can’t get in the U.S., a book caught my eye that I had been hearing a lot about.  Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I had been following the talk about this book for some Read More

16Feb

A Solo Trip to Hawks Cay Resort

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Solo travel can be so... Empowering. Restorative. Enlightening. My recent trip to the Hawks Cay Resort was all of those things and more. For just a few days, I left my family at home, well taken care of, and went to cover the new renovations at Hawks Cay Resort. The resort is on Duck Key, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Key Largo is 46 miles north, and Key West is 61 miles south. It was a 2-2-1/2 hour journey from Miami, where I flew into. For a few days, I'd explore the hotel with a group of writers and have experiences Read More

15Feb

Fund The Skinny and Get People Talking About Eating Disorders

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A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece on Jessie Kahnweiler. Her video series called Meet My Rapist spoke to me on many levels. It was a blunt response to her own rape that occurred as a college student while in Vietnam by playing herself being followed by her rapist. She took an extremely bad moment in her life and used it to teach people through storytelling and it was really powerful. Since then, Kahnweiler has gone on to do more great things that wake people up, including me, every single time. Using the power of comedy and video, she produces Read More

13Feb

A Mom in Pursuit of Solo Travel (Sans Guilt)

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I've just spent a few days in the Florida Keys at a resort that's ideal for families. While I'm here, I've experienced several activities my kids would love - from fly fishing to jet skiing to a sunset cruise to a bike ride beyond the property. Only there's one catch - my kids aren't here. I'm on my own after a pursuit of solo travel. I'm actually covering the resort. It was recently renovated and I'll reviewing its new features for several publications I write for. I'm on a press trip with four other journalists. Some have kids, some don't. There Read More

09Feb

Highlights from the Athena Film Festival

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This past weekend I had the ultimate experience for a female culture vulture like myself at the Athena Film Festival. Several days prior to the festival, I interviewed Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women & Hollywood and co-founder of the festival,  about the event. We were talking about why there is a need for a festival for and about women's equality in 2015 and she told me this: “There is not a lack of talent for women in film, there’s a lack of opportunity.” She and her co-founder, Kathryn Kolbert, weren't the only ones aware of the lack of Read More

07Feb

Where You’ll Find Me

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  Very happy to say that this blog has led to so many freelance writing opportunities over the course of the last few years and that my Journalism degree is paying off! This is the time of month where I share some of my clips, which are listed here, too. My travels, with the kids and without, took me far and near in mid 2014 and I've been writing about them all over the web. Look for future clips on some of my upcoming trips including Hawaii, Washington, DC and Florida (and the year just started): Parade Magazine Five Family-Friendly Read More

04Feb

Giveaway: On the Town on Broadway

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When I think of certain films I was introduced to as a young girl, I can’t help but smile. One of those films was ON THE TOWN, a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and amazing talent such as Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. My parents took me and my sisters to see it at a repertory film house in downtown Atlanta. For two hours, we were transported to the city of NYC with a group of sailors (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) galavanting for 24 hours on their leave through music and dance. I saw the play later in Read More

30Jan

Review: Constellations on Broadway, a MTC Production

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I did something very impulsive the other day. I went to a matinee on a Wednesday afternoon, chucking all my responsibilities (work/kids/etc.) and dashed into the city to see Constellations, a Manhattan Theatre Club production, written by Nick Payne. With a 70-minute running time, I could make it home in time for the afternoon busy-ess of having two tween aged children. As a thespian, I was excited and the idea of doing something so frivolous during the week gave me chills. As an avid, addicted watcher of The Affair on Showtime at this very moment, the Read More

25Jan

Up Close and Personal with Paddington’s Nicole Kidman

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When I had a last minute opportunity to interview Nicole Kidman a few days ago to promote her new film, Paddington, I was thrilled. A long time fan, I have been following her career of superb performances in some of my favorite films such as To Die For, The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Far and Away, The Portrait of a Lady, Moulin Rouge, The Birthday Girl, Dogville and so many others. She's been in the public spotlight for years, and we all feel like we know her. We've seen her go through a very public break-up, move on to marry a very famous country singer and Read More

22Jan

Something to Get Excited About: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #StreamTeam

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I've written about Netflix often here on ye olde blog. I've written about my binge watching habits, getting my Indie film fix, what I watch with my tween and my deep, fervent love for Orange is the New Black. In a piece on The Broad Side, I wrote that Netflix is championing women's voices: With a staff full of female executives starting from the top down, Netflix is producing original programs that truly are telling important stories about women and raising the bar like no other network to date. Now I'm excited about another one of their Read More