24May

Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

Broad City

(This post recently appeared on BlogHer.) We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. They don’t have the most functional of relationships, Read More

18May

Where You Can Find Me

where you can find me

As you can tell, I've been sitting quietly here waiting for my site to be fully redesigned. I hope you're sticking around! But I have been writing. In case you can't find my work, I wanted to point out some of my recent work: Yahoo Travel Best of Broadway Bound Kid Friendly Theater Ciao Bambino Cruising on the MSC Divina, The Family Perspective She Speaks Bring Back the Nigerian School Girls Bloggers Standing Beside Each Other in Support of Amanda Henson Wheelin' Weightloss: A Facebook Page with a Mission Hillary Clinton: Read More

18May

Cruising on the MSC Divina as a Family

msc divina

I used to balk at people who went on cruises. I didn't understand the appeal. To me, it was akin to staying in a floating hotel in a state of constant gluttony, while being forced to partake in activities I had no interest in. I also wasn't sure if it would be a good choice for my adventurous family. Little did I know that my perception was all wrong, and my recent week spent on a MSC cruise ship proved otherwise. My children were extremely excited about this trip as soon as it was booked. They had been dreaming about going on a cruise for months Read More

30Apr

Ch…Ch….Changes are Coming!

changes

  Sorry for the change of name and silence this week. Let me explain what happened. I've been talking about rebranding for quite a while. I started another new blog in the process (TheHollyChronicles) but have since realized that this site is more important. Eager to change the name, I finally came up with a good fit: THE CULTURE TRIPPER. After months of hemming and hawing, I told my designer to make the change while I was recently out of town...on a cruise ship! When I saw the changeover while sailing the seas, I freaked out. It's no one's Read More

18Apr

Visiting Philadelphia During Spring Break

Rodin Museum

I've grown up spending a lot of time in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I’ve explored it from head to toe. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones. When I realized recently I would have both kids home for a week, I decided to head to Philly for a bit of family, as well as sight-seeing. Once again, I teamed up with the folks at Visit Philly to give my kids a real taste of what the Read More

17Apr

Binge Watching The Fosters

the fosters

A few weeks ago, my 11 year-old stumbled into a show on Netflix called The Fosters. I'd heard of it before but had never really paid attention. We eased our way into the first episode and by its end, we were completely and utterly hooked. Hence began a week of a total binge fest in our house. My husband was away on business, so we watched two episodes a night. If you haven't watched it yet, you should know that the show follows the lives of two two foster mothers (partners) that share a home with their biological son, adopted twins, and two new foster Read More

13Apr

Blog Hopping: Why I Write

Write what you love

I have always loved to write. I thrived in Honors English Classes in high school, writing short stories and poetry and was on the editorial team of the school newspaper. I went on to major in Journalism in college and spent some time in the CNN newsroom before moving to NYC to work in television programming and production. Eventually, I ended up working in publishing where my writing skills really came into play. But it wasn't until I started blogging that I truly captured my journalistic spirit, returning to my roots in writing. From travel to culture Read More

10Apr

Review: Bullets Over Broadway

bullets over broadway

Based on the screenplay by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway finally hit the NYC stages this past week.  The production introduced a new collaborating team to Broadway: Woody and Susan Stroman. With a pair like that, my hopes were high. Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe, Heléne Yorke, Vincent Pastore, Brooks Ashmanskas, Nick Cordero, Lenny Wolpe and Karen Ziemba head the  ensemble cast of 29 - that's a lot of talent on one stage. The story revolves around emerging playwright David Shayne, who is about to have his play produced Read More

08Apr

Review: The Realistic Joneses

the realistic joneses

"So much potential." That's what I thought leaving the Lyceum Theater after seeing the The Realistic Jonses the other night. Check out these credits: Written by Will Eno. Directed by Sam Gold. Starring Toni Collette, Michael Hall, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei (seriously, what a kind of amazing cast?!). The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day.  Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), The Realistic Read More

07Apr

Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

Last night we had one of those ONLY IN NEW YORK MOMENTS, taking in a high quality, really fun show for kids on a Saturday night with a stellar cast and top notch music at the Vital Theatre Company. The show was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes The Musical, carefully chosen with my soon to be 11 year-old in mind. She's a bookworm, and this play happens to be based on a popular book with the same name. She also loves peace signs, the word 'love' and cupcakes, so seeing it made perfect sense. Based on a book written by Sheryl Berk and her 11 year-old daughter, Read More