01Aug

WIN $1,500 for Your School with VolunteerSpot

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This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot. Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews.  And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the Read More

31Jul

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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Sliding doors.  We've all slid in and out of one that led to one future versus another.  And we look back.  We all do.  It's unavoidable.  No matter how truly happy we are, there's always that element of WHAT IF. From a very young age, we're forced to make choices.  Some are easier than others. Some we wonder about all of our lives.  Some we have daily reminders about that stare us in the eye.  Others we think about every now and then when a flashback of a time long ago returns in the shape of a memory, or in our dreams. I've been carrying around The Read More

31Jul

Summertime in Vail

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I just spent a marvelous few days in breath-taking Vail, Colorado.  It was amazing - a dose of culture, wonderful cuisine and lots of outdoors activities in the mountains including cycling and fly fishing. Before I settle down to write all about it, I wanted to share photos. A Photo Journey           Summertime in Colorado is something special, alright, who knew?  Posting about the trip here and elsewhere shortly. Disclosure: My visit was hosted by Vail Summer but all thoughts expressed are my own. Read More

29Jul

Where I’ve Been

Where I’ve Been

I haven't been writing as much recently and if you are an avid reader, which I hope you are, I thought I'd let you know where I've been and where else you can find me when there is nothing new here. Other than binging on the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, catching shows like Matilda, The Assembled Parties and Shakespeare in the Park and hanging out at the pool and beach with my kids, here's what I've been up to. I'm honored to call myself a sometimes contributor to two sites that I personally love reading very much, Women & Hollywood and Read More

26Jul

Cross-post: Is Netflix the New Feminist Hollywood Leader?

Orange is the New Black

This is my latest post on the web site The Broad Side, the newest, coolest, must-read magazine that features the best women’s commentary from around the web and real women writing about their real opinion commentary and real political views. Things haven’t been looking good for women in the television industry for a long time. According to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. With such a dearth of female representation in front of and behind the camera, it’s been a Read More

22Jul

My New Obsession: OITNB and an Interview with Alysia Reiner

alysia reiner

When actress Alysia Reiner auditioned for a small stage production I produced last year, I knew instantly I was standing before someone with an interesting career in behind and in front of her.  She read with such ease and vigor and clearly possessed the ability to become someone else at the drop of a hat.  It was a show about motherhood, a subject she knew very well, as a new mother with a toddler at home. Alysia’s resume is so impressive.  She’s had recurring and guest starring roles on hit shows like “30 Rock,” all the “Law & Order” shows, “The Read More

19Jul

A Transporting Mother-Daughter Weekend at Ocean Edge Resort

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Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Ocean Edge Resort.  However, all commentary and opinions expressed are my own. Last weekend my daughter and I jumped on the Amtrak train in NYC, took it to Boston and drove the rest of the way to Cape Cod.  It took a chunk of time, but we both had a feeling the end result was worth it so we both sat back and enjoyed the journey. A visit at Ocean Edge Resort in a town called Brewster awaited the two of us. We had eagerly anticipated this trip for weeks prior upon further investigation of the hotel's web site, and Read More

18Jul

Let’s Get Serious About Family Travel with This Girl Travels

this girl travels

We are thrilled to be teaming up with This Girl Travels, a lifestyle and travel blog that offers travel reviews and helpful travel tips for families, couples and girlfriend getaways, features on travel, food, style and all things Disney. As global travelers ourselves, we understand the need to expose our own children to everything the world has to offer and we always love getting tips and recommendations from the experts. And that is what this party will be about - one solid hour of tips from the experts!  We'll hear about the best places for Read More

16Jul

The Rabbi, the Policeman and Forgiveness

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A few weeks ago, I heard a story about a local Rabbi I have had several interactions over the last few years. He's from Argentina and leads a very spiritual congregation in my home town. It's not the synagogue that we belong to, but we have been on several occasions and I have been seated next to him at Shabbat meals and I've attended his services.  He's a gentle man, and a very wise one. He leads a very beautiful service, full of song, prayer and passion.  If you were to meet him, you would instantly know you were standing before an important leader of Read More

15Jul

Guest Post: A Night Out at Forever Tango

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I am a huge dance aficionado. I love to go dancing, more Ballroom than club, and attend dance performances at the theater. My husband on the other hand does not like dance, watching or otherwise; according to him he just doesn’t get it. Because of his antipathy towards dance, I haven’t been able to attend many performances for the past seven years; that is how long we have been together. So when the opportunity presented itself to attend Forever Tango, I was very keen to attend, even though I knew I would be going alone. The show started off slowly, Read More