14Jan

Writers and Performers: Listen to Your Mother NYC auditions

Listen to Your Mother

As you know from reading this blog, I am associated with a show called Listen to Your Mother and I'm excited to announce that auditions are coming soon! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. This year Listen to Your Mother will be presented in 24 cities nationwide.  If you want to get a sense of what last year’s show looked like, you can watch our videos here:LTYM-NYC Videos. We are seeking New York City-area writers and/or performers to read their original essays on any aspect Read More

12Jan

Broadway Train Your Star

Broadway Edge

A few weeks ago I wrote about a workshop my daughter attended to learn the art of auditioning for a Broadway show.  My very shy daughter was transported into another world of music and dance for two hours.  It was the real mccoy.  Broadway Edge is more than just about auditioning - it's all about building confidence and allowing each child to spontaneously access their powerful instincts. As a result, they become unstoppable as their belief rises to new levels. That's why I'm bringing this information again to you now - to give you the chance to sign up Read More

11Jan

Cause Marketing 101: Personal Satisfaction, Business Results and a Better World

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  This morning I had the pleasure of hearing from author David Hessekiel, author of Good Works! Marketing and Corporate Initiatives that Build a Better World...and the Bottom Line.  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 he shared some great tactics for small companies.  He calls it strategic philanthropy  - when a company targets charitable efforts to help society and a business through not just cash contributions, but Read More

10Jan

2013 Social Media Trends

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Wondering how the social media landscape may change in 2013?  Could things possibly move any faster than they did in 2012? Last night I went to a very interesting lecture at the Digital Arts Experience (DAE) in White Plains. Stephanie Schwab of Crackerjack Marketing, Rhonda Hurwitz, Social Media Consultant and Ellen Gerstein, VP Marketing at Grand Central Publishing were the speakers, I was the moderator.  I know each panelist very well and knew I was in for an informative evening and want to share some of my findings. First I asked them what Read More

08Jan

Turning the Page

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Tonight I went to my first theater producing class.  It's a prestigious course that I had to apply to get into, and as the date of the first class neared, I wondered what it would be like.  What would I learn (I know very little!)? Where would the guest lecturers hail from? Would my other classmates make me feel welcome and what would they be like?  Would I be the oldest? Would I fit in? All I knew was that I was excited.  I have been lucky enough to stumble into a world I love. I hope to work on a Broadway show before I die.  This is my first step. I Read More

08Jan

Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card for a Night at the Movies

Hyde Park

Any movie starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney has GREAT written all over it. I'm looking forward to seeing Hyde Park On Hudson.  That's why I'm thrilled to be giving away a night for one reader to see it and have a night at the movies. Together they;re starring in a historical tale that uniquely explores the all-too-human side of one of history’s iconic leaders, FDR. Blending literate wit and drama, Hyde Park on Hudson is directed by Roger Michell from a screenplay by Richard Nelson. In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (played by Read More

05Jan

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

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We didn't have anything to do today so I told my husband to take my son to Toys R Us to spend a gift card he had received for Hanukkah while I spent some quality time with my daughter.  Every now and then, we split up and focus our energies on one child at a time.  She and I had your typical girl's afternoon: lunch, a haircut and manicures/pedicures filled with conversation and laughter. It was at the hair dresser that a text came through from my husband: "He won't get anything here unless he gets a phone." Put a child in a toy store, tell them they Read More

04Jan

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Prepping for the Golden Globe Awards

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So, Tina and Amy decided to host the Golden Globes because it's a "sloppy, loud party, and their kind of thing." Oh, and Tina wants to win best picture, even though she decided to make a movie. Also of interest, Amy wants to meet Angelina Jolie.  She has had a lot of imaginary conversations with her and wants to have a real one. And meet a blue person from the film "Avatar". They don't seem to even know what or who is nominated! They seem to think it's all about "Avatar".  Wrong year. Hilarious! I have never been so excited about an awards Read More

03Jan

Moms Demand Action #momsforguncontrol

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Today is an important day for EVERYONE. It is the day when the 113th Congress has its first session. And we all know the issue of utmost importance that must be first on the agenda. Gun control. There should not be anyone on the planet that feels otherwise.  But unfortunately, there are and we have to fight this battle. As a mom, I wept along with the rest of the nation a few weeks ago when a shooter broke into Sandy Hill Elementary School and took 20 young, innocent lives from this earth.  That's why I'm joining efforts with One Million Read More

02Jan

Our Winter Family Getaway to Southampton

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This year when we decided to get away during Christmas break, we decided to focus on places close to home.  Last year we had an unexpected delightful visit to Montauk in the Hamptons.  So we decided to return to the Hamptons.  Even in the dead of winter, we found it to be a great destination for us.  It was peaceful, cathartic and relaxing for every single one of us and incredibly child-friendly. We chose Southampton, one of the "poshest" towns in the Hamptons.  My husband actually spent several summers out there before we were married and we have Read More