14Feb

DoGoodCon: Creating Meaningful Change in the World.

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I am thrilled to be announcing my involvement with a new event called DoGoodCon. I’m always looking for ways to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and how to translate that potential into action and this is one. DoGoodCon is a CONFEST (not a conference!) celebrating social entrepreneurs who are embracing a for-profit business model with a built-in social mission. The speakers, panelists and vendors represent a variety of industries – Design, Education, Entertainment, Food, Film, Finance, and more! I Read More

13Feb

On Being That Girl Again (and Why Moms Should Take Solo Trips)

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If you read my blog, you know that I recently left my family for nearly two weeks to head to China and Vietnam. While I was traveling, I posted on Facebook on occasion, and very often on Instagram.  I truly thought of my time in Asia as time to regroup and decided I would benefit from a break from real life and that included social media. I also didn't carry my computer nor did I have Wifi access everywhere I went. I have never been in such a visually stunning place in my life, so photography became my best friend and I filled my Instagram stream Read More

12Feb

Giveaway: Nice Work if You Can Get It on Broadway

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  The show Nice Work if You Can Get It is a show with fabulous music, choreography and some of the best singers on Broadway. It's a real crowd pleaser and if you don't love musicals, this may change your mind. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) with the book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis), the show is about the Roaring Twenties and features a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger Read More

12Feb

Giveaway: GirlyGirl Clothes for the Hip and Savvy

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About a year ago, while visiting a childhood friend in Atlanta, I noticed that her daughters were wearing the most beautiful dresses.  I liked them so much that even now I remember telling her that I wished my daughter was younger so she could wear them.  When she told me that her sister was the designer  of these dresses with her company called GirlyGirl, my mouth dropped open. They were really unique, quite European, acutely fashionable and so well-made.  I was completely intrigued, so I recently set up time with GirlyGirl's designer and my friend's Read More

11Feb

Ngong Ping 360: Lifting Up into the Chinese Sky

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On my recent visit to Hong Kong, we had a very full agenda full of recommendations of what to see and do in this city that was completely new to us.  We were told to visit Lantau, the biggest of the more than 200 outlying islands, with the Tung Chung area and the Big Buddha.  Game for an adventure and after inspecting photographs of the site, we were curious and eager to go on the 25-minute cable car journey on the Ngong Ping 360. We entered a crystal cabin with glass bottom floors and started making our way across the ocean, just as excited as our Read More

09Feb

On Being an “Independent Woman” & Traveling Through Asia

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We were midway into our trip to Vietnam.  We had ventured to Halong Bay, a fairyland of limestone peaks.  It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to  and I felt like I was dreaming.  As we headed into a smaller boat from our cruise liner for a day of kayaking in the caves, a Vietnamese worker on the boat looked at us - a group of five American women with no men in tow - and called us "Independent Women".  A big smile swept over my face, and it remained with me throughout my travels. Every which way you look in Halong Bay, you see pure, Read More

23Jan

Wanderlust is My Drug

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Wanderlust. It's like a drug.  I encountered my first dose while living abroad at age 18 when I was introduced to a completely different culture, language, cuisine and fell in love.  That was a crazy year and it opened me up to everything and made me realize how much the world had to offer me.  I would spend the next 10 years exploring as much of the world as I could, spending a year in London, traveling around Europe, living in Israel and ending up in NYC. And then I had kids.  And believe me, having kids has not deterred my love of travel.  We've Read More

22Jan

One Million Moms for Gun Control Rally in NYC

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Yesterday I was up at 6:30am on Martin Luther King Day and was on the train bound for Brooklyn Bridge an hour later with five other women in support of One Million Moms for Gun Control.  I joined a few hundred other people in a rally led by Shannon Watts, a mom from Indiana, and marched proudly through Brooklyn to Town Hall in NYC. There we heard Montego Glover sing "26 Names", a tribute to the 20 first-graders and six school officials who died in shootings Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  We also heard from NYC Read More

20Jan

Celebrating Black History with the Vital Theatre’s Show Way

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Yesterday was one those wonderful days out in New York City where my 9 year-old daughter encountered a very special play.  We were invited to the Vital Theatre, a theatre I have long respected for quality children's entertainment.  I was looking forward to the program, accompanied by a red carpet premiere, but I truly had no idea what we were about to see. Theater can be a powerful educational tool in the lives of children.  It can change the world by unlocking the creative and collaborative potential of children through the simple process of Read More

19Jan

A Family Dinner Gone Wrong

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On Friday night after a most excellent day, we sat down to Shabbat dinner. My husband and son had whipped it together as I had been in meetings all day and it felt really good to come home to a hot meal and set table. We started to rehash about our weeks, talk about the upcoming weekend and I suggested we have a family game night.  My son was really into the idea. We started family game night a few weeks ago. Every weekend for one of the two nights, we turn our phones and computers off and focus on each other over a serious game of Scrabble, Boggle, LIFE Read More