How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

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Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our … [Read more...]

Exploring Jerusalem with Kids

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I have spent a lot of time in Israel in my lifetime, and I have traveled to a lot of places.  Yet no matter where I go or how exotic the destination is, Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.  When I started booking a trip to Israel that we took a few years ago, I knew we had to start in Jerusalem and spend a few days there.  The city also holds many special memories for me as I attended part of high school and college in the city. I know Jerusalem as intimately as I know my own hometown, perhaps even more so. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel … [Read more...]

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

The amount of pitches that land in my inbox is often overwhelming and...wrong.  I don’t mean to complain. I am grateful that I am even considered by publicists in my 4th year of blogging and when the right one lands at my fingertips, I am thrilled. I know when I get a pitch that is right for me. It’s generally when I can tell my blog has been sought out for a reason, usually because the person at the other end of the pitch understands my niche and knows what works here on The Culture Mom or beyond in my freelance writing world. I have written about … [Read more...]

The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway

The Bridges of Madison County

I've read The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. I've also seen the film with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. I remember the sense of longing between the two major characters and how I felt reading and watching their story and I wondered how their story would translate to the stage. I can honestly say that I was riveted from the moment the curtain rose. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale make an extraordinary pair playing the couple whose chance encounter becomes a potential second chance in life. Knowing the outcome did slightly dampen my … [Read more...]

Where You’ll Find Me Friday

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  I've been a bit quiet on the blog lately but I haven't been quiet in the internet universe! I've been writing and I wanted to share a few of my recent clips. - I interviewed author Jennifer Keishen Armstrong over on Bitch Flicks: Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted Examining Feminism in the Mary Tyler Show - I also talked to her for a story on Women & Hollywood: How the Mary Tyler Moore Show Got Women's Stories Just Right - I wrote 12 Years a Slave over on BlogHer: Harsh Realities in '12 Years a Slave' - I covered my recent trip to … [Read more...]

Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” Campaign

Ban Bossy

Did you know that between elementary and high school, girls’ self-esteems drops 3.5 times more than boys? This profound stat can have a detrimental effect on a young girl's future. That’s what Facebook COO and founder of the Lean In movement Sheryl Sandberg thinks and she wants to do something about it. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez have joined forces with her to launch "Ban Bossy" to ban the word “bossy” as a way to describe young girls, stating that its use leads to negative self esteem and … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Women, Travel and Much, Much More

Thoughts on Women, Travel and More

Yesterday I went to celebrate International Women's Day at a new conference that was held in downtown Manhattan called Women's Travel Fest. It was a day of discussion meant to inspire and prompt women to travel. I went because as an avid traveler and writer, I was excited to hear women talk about my favorite subject and watch others get as empowered about the topic as I already am. I recently hosted a twitter party on this very subject and know that statistics prove that women are anything but afraid to travel in 2014. These are a few of the stats … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway

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  I am so excited to offer tickets to a wonderful show by one of my favorite playwrights with an actor everyone is curious about. Daniel Radcliffe, star of the eight Harry Potter films, makes a triumphant return to Broadway following his 10-month sold out run in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in the Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh's comedy directed by Tony® award winner Michael Grandage. Set on the remote island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland, word arrives that a Hollywood film is being made on the … [Read more...]

Thinking About: The Fault in Our Stars

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I finished the book The Fault in Our Stars in a few days. I have to admit I didn't know much about it beforehand, and I read in the hopes of passing it onto my 10 year-old daughter who's an avid reader when I finished it. After more than one attempt to start a book club with the moms of her friends, I've finally decided that the two of us can have it alone. While I found the book quite beautiful, it was also quite jarring and I'm not quite sure whether or not to share it with her. Should I keep the experience to myself and wait a year or two? I'm not … [Read more...]

Just Me, Myself and Netflix

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Tonight I find myself alone in the house. My husband and kids are away. I could be out on the town, at the movies, at a play. I could go dancing and stay up all night (yeah, right, I haven't done that in YEARS!). But the truth is all I want to do is sit on the couch with my Netflix remote, go into my list of saved features and watch TV all night long. I didn't realize it before today but I think I fell in love with Netflix. Well, my husband realized it before I did.  Every night I swoon at the offerings as I slowly put one another into my list. As … [Read more...]