28Sep

My Freelance Writing: Where You’ll Find Me

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Wondering where I've been? It's that time again to let you know where I've been writing and wondering. Here goes: I've been featured over on Medium with a piece called A Chance Encounter with Two Women from the Lodz Ghetto. This is a  piece I'm extremely proud of, so I hope you'll read it. My travel writing recently appeared on The Huffington Post (twice!): Ten Wonderful Reasons to Visit Paris with Kids and End of Summer Festivals In and Around New York City. I write bi-monthly for a wonderful family travel site called MiniTime. My recent Read More

28Sep

A Tween Friendly You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway

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The other night I ventured to a Broadway show with my daughter in tow; we went to see You Can't Take it With You starring the formidable James Early Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, amongst many other great theater actors. I admit to knowing very little about it other than that it was a show for all ages. Since I am a great fan of introducing my kids to all kinds of art, particularly stage, I took her. It was only natural that on a Friday night, there weren't many kids in the audience, something she noticed right away. While it concerned her mildly, we were both Read More

24Sep

Review & Giveaway: The Butterfly Girl at The Vital Theatre

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The Vital Theatre is one of my favorite theaters in NYC to see shows with my daughter. We've seen several there over the last few years: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical; Show Way; Angelina Ballerina; A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Pinkalicious, and we've loved them all. Their shows have a social conscious and bring meaning through lyrics, dancing, singing and laughter. The Butterfly Girl is no exception to the rule. It captures the integrity and vibrance of the Vital Theatre. It's for kids aged 2-7, but my daughter, now 11, was able to enjoy it Read More

21Sep

Rosh Hashanah: A Time to Reflect, Recharge (and Cook!)

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After I deal with my worry about getting food on the table for Rosh Hashanah this year (brisket, pomegranate chicken, kugel, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, to name just a few dishes), I need to take time to reflect on this past year and think about the year ahead. The holiday is a time to renew, to realign ourselves with what we really, really want, to think back on our mistakes or errors and make repairs. The problem is finding the time to reflect. Finding time is as challenging as anything else in my life right now, but having the time to make Read More

17Sep

From Book to Screen: A Chat with “This is Where I Leave You” Author Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper is on a roll. Not only did he watch his novel, This is Where I Leave You, shoot to the top of the best-selling charts, but he optioned it to a film studio. Then they asked him to write the screenplay and he got to keep the story and characters as faithful to its original concept as possible, a rarity these days in Hollywood. After seeing the film, which stars an ensemble that includes Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, I felt even closer to the characters he brought to life on celluloid so vividly, and I was eager to talk to him (along with a Read More

15Sep

Giveaway: Big Apple Circus in NYC on 10/17

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I took my daughter to see the Big Apple Circus when she was 3 years-old.  We trekked into NYC mid-week and entered the a large tent at Lincoln Center.  I remember it being just like an-fashioned circus with clowns, jugglers, flying trapeze performers, horse back riders, acrobatics, puppies and more.  It was her first circus experience and it certainly left a mark on her memory.  She has never forgotten it…. …which is why I’m excited about its upcoming arrival in NYC. It's making its triumphant return to its hometown from October 17th to January Read More

12Sep

LiveHealth Online: A New App that Helps Simplify Parents’ Lives

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Last week my daughter and I got treated to a very special "health" day by the wonderful women at Cool Mom Picks. She was treated to a cooking class; I was treated to an afternoon sipping mimosas and learning about a new app, LiveHealth Online, that can, quite simply, create healthier, safer lives. With the click of a button, you can have access to a physician who can advise, prescribe medication and help you save time and worry. The event was held at Havens Kitchen in New York City, a beautiful space dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of yummy, Read More

09Sep

Support Women With Breast Cancer with CancerCare. It’s Easy and Important.

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I'm particularly excited to write this post because it's SO important. I also just happened to go for my yearly mammogram, so breast cancer is definitely on my mind as I nervously await my own results. As a thyroid cancer survivor, I don't take these exams lightly AT ALL, and neither should you. My mother is a lung cancer survivor and she's been in remission for several years. But we both know the fight is never over. This may be a sponsored post but I feel very passionate about this cause as I have known too many women who have fallen to breast Read More

08Sep

My Ad Hoc This is Where I Leave You Book Club

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Tonight turned into a very unusually spectacular Sunday night, and I owe it to all to a book. A few close friends popped over (well, it was planned) to discuss the book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Armed with a bottle of Prosecco and snacks in a dimly lit room, we were all excited to talk about the book at hand. We had never had a book club together as I had chosen the group myself, based on a group of women I felt would truly gel and potentially have an interesting discussion together. We were different personalities and origins, Read More

04Sep

Joan Rivers: A Comedic Pioneer is Gone

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A world without Joan Rivers. Who can imagine? I grew up with her, as I'm sure you did. She was responsible for so much. She made us laugh. She was a true pioneer. She spoke out for what she believed in. She celebrated life and helped us get through hard times, using her as our example. Tonight while reading tributes from her Hollywood colleagues, I stumbled across "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," on Netflix. a documentary made in 2010 that saluted her life and career.Her career spanned 4 decades and she paved the way for female comediennes, but she had Read More