The Miracle of Hanukkah – What it Really Means to Me

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(This piece was inspired by an article I read today in the NYT - you can find it here.) Last night was the first night of Hanukkah.  The holiday falls much earlier than Christmas this year, which is always nice for parents like us.  There is less to compete with.  Trees aren't up yet in many homes and my kids aren't hearing talk of Santa lists, although I'm sure that talk will start tomorrow as Christmas is coming and the birds are getting fat ("please to put a penny in the old man's hat").  We managed to keep the emphasis on the candle lighting and Read More


A Night of Girl Power: Emotional Creature at the Signature Theater

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Tonight I experienced a new, unique production by Eve Ensler at the Signature Theater called Emotional Creature.  I went in knowing very little other than the fact than it was about teen-age girls. Since I have a tween at home, I thought the context would be relevant to my own life and would expose me too much of what is yet to come. And it is Eve Ensler, how could I ever go wrong? When I saw Ensler's Vagina Monologues many years ago, I remember being riveted.  The script was raw, real, compelling and familiar.  For two hours, I heard about what it's Read More


Mothers and More: Where I Belong

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Being a mother is wonderful, as we all know, but it's a role that brings massive changes into every woman's life.  I've written about my own struggle with work/home-life balance often on this blog. This past year I even hosted a series called "I Don't Know How She Does It" in which fellow writers gave their two cents about the whole work/home scenario and how hard it is to juggle and truly have the best of everything.  For me, being a mom has inspired and pushed me to become the best person I can be, but I will never deny the challenges that come with Read More


Waiting in the Wings

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My daughter is 9-1/2 and today was a turning point in our relationship. She told me that I embarrass her in front of her friends regularly.  At first, it was like a dagger in my heart. But quite quickly, I decided not to take it personally. Rather I decided to ask what it was specifically that humiliates her so I can stop it. At that point, she started to get embarrassed that she had mentioned it, so it was time to drop the subject. Deep down, I knew exactly what she was talking about. Sometimes I do have too much fun with her friends.  I like to Read More


Hanukkah in New York City

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  New York is fabulous this time of year.  You have the tree at Rockefeller Center, the department store windows and so much more.  But, NYC has just as much to offer its Jewish residents who celebrate Hanukkah.  Whether it be a massive candle lighting with hundreds of other New Yorkers or Family Day at the Jewish Museum with art and music, you and your child will have many opportunities to celebrate and learn about the holiday.  Here are some of the offerings this year:   Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December Read More


Believing in the Power of Travel to Change the World

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Travel has had a profound change on my life. I first went to Israel when I was 16 to spend a few months of my high school career there and came back to America a changed person.  I never imagined the world could be so beautiful.  So I returned several times as a young adult to study during my University period.  While I was there, I worked with Holocaust survivors, I worked with children at the famous Israel Museum in Jerusalem and I worked at Yad Vashem in the archives of one of the most famous Holocaust Museums in the world.  But my most rewarding work Read More


Golden Boy: A Night of Legendary Theater

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The other night I was treated to a night of great, legendary theater.  There were a few reasons I was excited beforehand.  For one thing, the show was written by the legendary Clifford Odets .  It also stars Tony Shalhoub and I adore the Lincoln Center Theater.  I've been a member for nearly 20 years and it has been one of my greatest NYC pleasures. Lastly, this play is a big of theater history - it's 60 years old. It premiered in 1937 to great fanfare. But I had reservations about the show and wasn't sure if it was truly for me. Still with all of the Read More


My Visit to the Rockaways: No One Should Have to Live Like This

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Today on my way home from spending the morning volunteering at St. Carmillus Church & School in the Far Rockaways, my head spun with torment. Torment for all the people living in poverty.  Torment for all the people living in fear.  Torment for the people desperate for a chance in life. Torment for the young children I saw come into the church for clothes to cover their small bodies.  Torment for the mothers and fathers trying to provide for their children. Torment for all the people still living without heat. These people feel abandoned.  I saw no Read More


Follow Giving Tuesday Today and Give Back to Your Community

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a national initiative dedicated to shifting the post-Thanksgiving focus from finding the biggest deal to making a bigger difference. People across the country will engage on social media, volunteer, and make contributions to their favorite causes.  There are a lot of amazing people behind the idea, read the list here. There's no question that I see the value in Social Good.  I've written about it time and I've seen its power.  I've been inspired by what I've seen online in amazing campaigns like Shot at Life and Save the Read More


Time to Rebrand

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When I started to conceptualize this blog in late 2009, I spent months agonizing over everything.  The URL, the logo, the content, my writing.  I was not technical in the slightest.  I remember starting out on Blogger.com and writing my first post.   I remember thinking, what do I have to say?  I wanted to start a travel blog, but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to travel enough.  And then this came out, my first blog, titled "No...Wire...Hangerrrs!" Joan Crawford said it in the classic film “Mommy Dearest”. We never forgot it. Such a great line. Read More