29Jun

Sleep Away Camp Photos are No Lie to Me

sleepaway camp

“Welcome back and Shalom!” were the words we heard upon entering Camp Sprout Lake as we pulled into the long driveway off the main road. I looked back at my daughter I in the back seat, her energy emanating with excitement. Camp was truly her home away from home and she was so happy to be back. We’d come a long way since last summer when bringing her felt more akin to child abuse than anything else. As I rode the one hour, fifteen minutes to the Hudson Valley to leave her off for her one week “Taste,” she sat silently weeping in the front seat.  All Read More

27Jun

6 Degrees of Separation: Women’s Prison Association/Orange is the New Black Twitter Party

WOMENS PRISON ASSOCIATION

I'm hosting a twitter party for one my clients, She Speaks, next week and it's a VERY special one for me. Why? Six degrees of separation. You see, three years ago, I produced my first Listen to Your Mother Show in NYC. Alysia Reiner was in the cast.  Alysia joined the cast of my favorite show, Orange is the New Black. Alysia invited me to an event to benefit he Women's Prison Association (WPA)  this past year and I met their team. I  produced LYTM again and we chose WPA as our chosen charity. As a member of the Netstream #StreamTeam, I have interviewed Read More

25Jun

When We Were Young and Unafraid: Empowering

When We Were Young and Unafraid

I adore the Manhattan Theater Club. Cherry Jones is my favorite stage actress.  The combination is just beyond. So when I heard they were joining forces for a new production called When We Were Young and Unafraid by a young feminist playwright named Sarah Treem, I was elated. So much so that I left my suburban home on a Sunday night and ventured to the show on my own. I just knew this show would be worth it. I was born in 1970 right before the women's movement heated up, and the play takes place during that time. It was the age of Betty Freidan, Gloria Read More

23Jun

Favorite Summer Book Club Picks

little mercies

(Please note this is a sponsored post in support of Little Mercies but all opinions are my own.) Summer has arrived, and for me summer means a lot of reading. Beach reading. Poolside reading. Lying in the hammock reading. Time to read new books like Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf. After I had my first child, I joined a book club through a local group for town newcomers. That was nearly eleven years ago and my group is still together.   While we’ve evolved over the years – some people have left, new people have come in – many of us have been in Read More

21Jun

What I Love About Orange is the New Black, Season 2

orange is the new black season 2

I confess. I binged the entire second season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK in two days. Now I'm rewinding and going back to season one to take both seasons all in again. I can't really wait a year, so I'm introducing my husband to a show I have fallen in love with. I really wish I had savored every episode and spread it out during the course of a few weeks. As soon as it was over, I went into withdrawal mode. I missed the characters I had become so attached to over the course of two days and dreaded the fact that I'd have to wait a whole year to find out Read More

18Jun

Our New Girl at the @AtlanticTheater

our girl atlantic theater

The moment Our New Girl started, I knew I was in for a roller coaster of an evening. There is only one character on stage and it's dark, clearly night time. We immediately find out that he's slightly off kilter, and he's only eight years-old. The scene ends with quite a disturbing surprise and as it transitions to morning, every audience member knew this play had a serious plot unraveling. This new play by Irish playwright Nancy Harris is not a play for the weak minded. It's a strong, feministic play about the stark realities of being a mother, having Read More

16Jun

Belle, the Movie: Important and Timeless

Belle Film

I'm not sure why it's taken me a few weeks to write about a film that struck me as a must see, so I'm writing this now. I hope that you don't let this film pass you by.  Not only is it a riveting story but it's historical about a subject and time we know little about. Directed by Amma Asante, Belle is a story about race, class and gender that is both important and timeless.  The story has hints of Jane Austen, capturing the tale of a woman struggling to define herself in a culture tied up in traditional cultural and societal norms. About Belle The Read More

15Jun

Where You’ll Find Me

where you can find me

  It's that time of the month again - when I share some of my freelance articles with you. My travels have recently taken me to Philadelphia, on a cruise ship, to the Bahamas, and, as always, all over New York City. One might call me prolific when it comes to travel, but I've also spent time talking to John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars (I'm still dying to see the movie!).  Check out my latest pieces out if you have a minute or two:   Yahoo Travel Kids Can Find a Bit of Hollywood in New York City NYC with Kids This Read More

12Jun

Swimming with Dolphins in the Bahamas

Swimming with Dolphins

Let's talk about bucket lists. What's on yours? I have so many things on mine....mostly destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Cambodia. But I also dream about doing things that make me feel brave. Most recently, I took a 40 mile bike ride through NYC's five boroughs. That was brave. This past weekend while traveling in the Bahamas on a solo trip, I decided to have another adventure: swimming with dolphins. It's something I've always wanted to do and there's certainly no time like the present. Dolphins are smart, beautiful creatures and Read More

10Jun

My #SoloTrip to Grand Lucayan in Freeport

grand lucayan

If you're looking for a laid back weekend (and I know you are), you should consider the Grand Lacayan the Grand Bahama Islands.  I've just returned and can honestly say that it's extremely relaxing and a solid, clean resort on a beautiful stretch of land. I spent my days lounging on the beach, wading in the sea, exercising and getting a facial at the  resort's spa, sipping cocktails during sunset on the beach, swimming in the three pools, munching on Caribbean cuisine and reading and writing. As a result, I came back well-rested and ready to take on Read More