12Aug

Abboccato and New York City Center

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Holly, aka Culture Mom, had recently been invited to attend a dinner and show in NYC but could not attend, so she asked me to go in her place. I am so glad that I said yes. I had a delicious meal at Abboccato Ristorante on W. 55th Street and then saw a delightful show at the beautifully renovated New York City Center across the street. Our group consisted of approximately 18 people, a variety of media people with guests and a representative of City Center. Our dinner was served in the  front Terrazza of Abboccato overlooking New York City Read More

09Aug

The Unintentional Opt Out

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When my first child was born, I had feelings that I never thought I would have. As a staunch feminist...as the daughter of a mother who's business afforded my college tuition..as an independent working woman who had lived in NYC for 10 years prior to getting married....I was the last person you would have ever thought would choose to stay home with my kids.  I was the girl who had spent the first part of my career looking for the right fit and had finally found it in a job that I loved. I was the girl who loved splitting the check while we were dating. Read More

07Aug

A Night at Caramoor with Suzanne Vega

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Last week we got in the car and headed north to Katonah to spend an evening with Suzanne Vega at Caramoor.  We had long talked about attending a concert there and it basically took one of my favorite artists to get us there. I'm a long time fan of hers, having loved her for the last 25-30 years or so (gulp!). Okay that just aged me a bit.  The first time I saw her was in my birthplace, Atlanta, GA, and I have seen her perform several times since in NYC, Westchester and at the Lilith Festival several moons ago.  I love her song writing, the sound of her Read More

05Aug

Giveaway: The Beauty of Korean Song at Lincoln Center

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Founded in 1983, Korea’s Suwon Civic Chorale has been hailed as a ‘world-class choral ensemble’ bringing forth premiere harmonies. Since its formation, the group has staged 115 regular performances and over 800 tours, concerts and media appearances which have delighted the citizens of Suwon City, Korea. Now, the group is broadening its stage to include a global audience, and in the process continues to foster Suwon as an international city of music. The Suwon Civic Chorale has served as cultural ambassadors in Africa (Uganda) after an official Read More

04Aug

A Night at the Vail International Dance Festival

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Vail Local Marketing District, who hosted my experience at the Vail International Dance Festival. Last Saturday night I experienced something very special: a night at the Vail International Dance Festival.  I was in town for a few days which happened to coincide with opening night, which celebrated its 25th anniversary.  In celebration of that, the festival featured a bill of repertory highlights at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage.  We were privy to some of the finest dancers in the world, including Charles "Lil Read More

01Aug

Blissing Out at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort

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Disclosure: My visit was sponsored by Vail Summer but all opinions are my own. During a recent stay at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a Rock Resort on a weekend getaway, I was completely transported from every day life. From the minute I walked into the lobby, just me and my bags (no kids in tow), I knew I was in for a treat. Clearly I knew that in the winter, the hotel is a winter oasis for skiers, but I really didn't understand how nice it (or Vail) would be in the summertime. Between the service, decor and proximity to central Vail, I was set. The Read More

01Aug

WIN $1,500 for Your School with VolunteerSpot

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This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot. Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews.  And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the Read More

31Jul

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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Sliding doors.  We've all slid in and out of one that led to one future versus another.  And we look back.  We all do.  It's unavoidable.  No matter how truly happy we are, there's always that element of WHAT IF. From a very young age, we're forced to make choices.  Some are easier than others. Some we wonder about all of our lives.  Some we have daily reminders about that stare us in the eye.  Others we think about every now and then when a flashback of a time long ago returns in the shape of a memory, or in our dreams. I've been carrying around The Read More

31Jul

Summertime in Vail

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I just spent a marvelous few days in breath-taking Vail, Colorado.  It was amazing - a dose of culture, wonderful cuisine and lots of outdoors activities in the mountains including cycling and fly fishing. Before I settle down to write all about it, I wanted to share photos. A Photo Journey           Summertime in Colorado is something special, alright, who knew?  Posting about the trip here and elsewhere shortly. Disclosure: My visit was hosted by Vail Summer but all thoughts expressed are my own. Read More

29Jul

Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

I haven't been writing as much recently and if you are an avid reader, which I hope you are, I thought I'd let you know where I've been and where else you can find me when there is nothing new here. Other than binging on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, catching shows like Matilda, The Assembled Parties and Shakespeare in the Park and hanging out at the pool and beach with my kids, here's what I've been up to. I'm honored to call myself a sometimes contributor to two sites that I personally love reading very much, Women & Hollywood and Read More