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

ocean edge resort

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

forever tango

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

14Jul

A One-Child Holiday at Mohonk Mountain House

mohonk mountain house

My trip was hosted by Mohonk Mountain House, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Have you ever traveled alone with one child?  A few weeks ago, I decided to take my son away for a few days. My other child was actually at sleep away camp, and since he wasn't having that experience (still a bit young), I thought I'd give him a different type of experience by joining me.  I wanted to review a property in the Hudson Valley and thought about sharing the experience with him. After all, this was one my son could wrap his around: an all-inclusive resort Read More

12Jul

Guest Post: Getting Inspired By Ryan Reynolds at the TURBO Races

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On Tuesday, July 9th, I had the pleasure of attending a taping of the Today Show and watched the anchors race larger than life snails up a building playing skee ball with actor Ryan Reynolds to promote his new animated movie TURBO. The film, which comes out on July 17th, is by the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. It's a 3-D, animated comedy about a snail that has a freak accident that renders him with super-speed powers and enables him to win the Indy 500. It's a story about making your dreams come true and is an inspiring tale for children. Read More