08Oct

Partners on CBS: Snark and Realism

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I just got finished watching my first episode of Partners, a new comedy that follows two lifelong BFFs, one straight and one gay, starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz who play partners at an architectural firm.  Their "bromance" complicates the other relationships in their lives - especially with Joe's fiance' (played by Sophia Bush) and Louis' partner played by Brandon Routh). The series is based on its co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the Emmy Award winning duo behind Will & Grace who also happen to be real-life best friends. Read More

05Oct

The Rabbi and the 10K Question

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I looked forward to Yom Kippur this year.  I was eager to have a day or rest, disconnect from real life and come to terms with my shortcomings. I tried to forget that at the same time Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was at the UN  claiming that Israel had no roots in the Middle East and would eventually be "eliminated." When we got to synagogue in the morning, we took sight of our annual appeal card on our seat asking for a contribution to the synagogue.  We always make a donation on Yom Kippur, but after paying our annual dues, for tickets Read More

04Oct

Mad Women: From the 1950s to Now

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Last night I had the luxury of hearing from two incredible women after the production of The Best of Everything, playing at the Here Arts Center in Soho: Jane Maas and Stephanie Newman.  Maas wrote MAD WOMEN: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the Sixties and Beyond. The book tells the true story of what it was like for women in advertising in that era of rampant sex, three-martini lunches and overt sexism.  Newman wrote MAD MEN ON THE COUCH about the psychology of  the characters behind the show Mad Men. I have yet to read Jane's book but I ate Read More

02Oct

Join a Fabulous Benefit to Help Save Children in NYC this Friday

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When I have an opportunity to use my voice to make a difference, I seize it.  Maternal mortality is an issue I've talked about many times on this site, so I was so happy to find out about this important event.  This Friday Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Christy Turlington Burns are hosting a launch party this Friday at The Standard Hotel in NYC (my favorite hotel that sits on the High Line) to celebrate Tracy’s newest DVD series, The Pregnancy Project.  Net proceeds from the event, as well as a portion of sales from the DVD, benefit Every Mother Read More

02Oct

#Giving Tuesday: A National Day of Giving Around the Annual Holiday Shopping Season

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I'm always looking for a way to give back easily and effortlessly.  Making a difference; that's what life is about. As I heard Hillary Clinton say recently at the 2012 Social Good Summit, “We’re living in a time where anyone can be a diplomat.  All you have to do is hit send." It's never been this easy to make a difference and change lives.  With a simple click! And that is why the campaign I'm about to describe is so amazing. It was at this conference that #GivingTuesday launched. The 2012 Social Good Summit was a dynamic, worldwide Read More

01Oct

Join My Effort to Get More Organized with Ringya

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Imagine yourself in one of these situations: *You’re on the train on the way home from work and the train breaks down. You need to contact a parent to pick up your child from school or an activity. *You have a conference call and are running late. You need to contact the participants but are short on time. *Soccer practice is delayed due to rain. You need to contact all the parents so they don’t show up. I don't know about you but I'm drowning in information.  Lists, lists and more lists.  Classroom lists, sports team lists, business Read More

28Sep

Announcing the RESPECT Challenge

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I was excited to learn about The RESPECT! Challenge this week at the Social Good Summit.  It's a national public action campaign and contest that's intended to spark a conversation about the critical role that parents, teachers, coaches, family, and mentors play in shaping young lives and promoting a respectful society.  The campaign is designed to celebrate everyday heroes--someone who has taught you the lesson of respect. Some of my favorite actresses have signed up to promote the program and have given their own responses about who taught them Read More

27Sep

We’re Lucky They “Won’t Back Down”

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After an advanced screening of Won’t Back Down at the Fox Screening Room this past Sunday, I was LUCKY to have the rare opportunity to interview many of the talented ensemble from the powerful film in an intimate round-table setting at The Ritz Carlton along with four other bloggers. I must stress that what happens in the film is the result of hard work, determination and not taking no for an answer. It is certainly not about LUCK. Quite the contrary. The characters are in a very unlucky situation and will do anything to create a change for their Read More

27Sep

Thank god for mothers.

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Last week when I was asked to guest blog over at the Katie Couric Show, there was no way I could refuse.  The guest was Barbra Streisand, a Hollywood icon and someone who's music, movies and career I've followed my whole life (haven't we all?).  Fortunately, I was able to step out of my everyday life and spend the afternoon in the studio and witness an hour with Barbra.  I spent some time in the green room, avoided the lines to get into the show (bypassing the 2,000 on the waiting list) and was captured in a photo with Katie Couric herself after the show Read More

25Sep

Spreading my Social Good Wings

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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 past weekend's Social Good Summit was no exception to help me think about how to spread my social good wings. With the growth of social media use, it's amazing how people can come together to toot its horn to help people.  The CEO of Ericsson estimated that 80% of the world will have access to 3G mobile by 2017 and there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As much as I Read More