06Apr

10 Memorable Quotes from Women in the World 2014

women in the world

I was lucky to attend the 5th annual Women in the World summit once again. Words can't quite capture the experience of having an entire event wrapped around the narrative on issues affecting women from Washington to Rwanda, celebrating the success of the women's movement which has come so far even in the past year alone. The event took place at Lincoln Center in NYC over the period of 2-1/2 days and was hosted by Tina Brown who kicked everything off with the mantra "Don't cry, strategize." Her boundless energy to get stories told from women around the Read More

04Apr

Amaluna: A Show with Girl Power

Cirque Du Soleil

I didn't know what to expect from the latest Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna, but when I found out it was written and directed by Diane Paulus of Pippin fame, I was psyched. In addition to Pippin, she also directed Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and 2009's revival of Hair. It's her first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. A show with her energy had to be pretty brilliant, particularly if mixed with the electricity of 30 years of Cirque shows (it's the anniversary). As my son and I entered the tent at CitiField, where Cirque is currently living during its NYC Read More

03Apr

Finding Out About Tweens & Puberty w/ HelloFlo

Hello Flo

I had the most interesting conversation with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom and Dr. Cara Netterson who works with American Girl on their puberty books. I encountered HelloFlo's video, The Camp Gyno, last year when it was released and immediately fell in love with its premise of making sure our daughters are prepared for their periods. Did you see it? It was wonderful and went viral really fast. If not, watch it now. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom spent the bulk of her career at American Express in marketing. After moving on as an entrepreneur, one Read More

02Apr

Female Friendship Dissected in Doll & Em

Doll and Em

We haven't had a shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. There's Girls on HBO and Broad City on Comedy Central, two very gritty, realistic shows about 20-somethings. Both are very telling about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But like I said, they're about very young girls, and as much as I try to relate to them, I realize that I'm a good 20 years older than their characters and that the similarity factor can only go so far. Real Life Best Read More

30Mar

A 1980s Film Binge Fest on Netflix

pretty in pink

I'm a child of the 1980s and the pop culture from that time period stands out in my memory and will forever more.  I loved the music, TV shows and the movies...ahhh, the movies. Films back then were kind of ground-breaking. They delved into topics of teenage-dom and adulthood that had never been touched on. Some were hits and we all saw them over and over. Some just wasted away into oblivion and returned as cult favorites many years later. I've spent the last few months pulling some out of my memory's list and have been re-watching them with my Read More

28Mar

Review: Mothers and Sons on Broadway

mothers and sons on broadway

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing "Mothers and Sons" on Broadway. Written by Terrence McNally and starring Tyne Daly, it was truly one of the most memorable nights out at the theatre I've had in a while.  The story it has to tell is so important and makes you take a hard look at a part of our history that must never be repeated...or forgotten. It was a time of upheaval when AIDS came in and took so many lives, one of which is talked about in this play. It also features the first gay couple to legally wed on a Broadway stage. McNally, a gay Read More

26Mar

How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Temple

Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our Read More

25Mar

Exploring Jerusalem with Kids

I have spent a lot of time in Israel in my lifetime, and I have traveled to a lot of places.  Yet no matter where I go or how exotic the destination is, Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.  When I started booking a trip to Israel that we took a few years ago, I knew we had to start in Jerusalem and spend a few days there.  The city also holds many special memories for me as I attended part of high school and college in the city. I know Jerusalem as intimately as I know my own hometown, perhaps even more so. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel Read More

21Mar

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

The amount of pitches that land in my inbox is often overwhelming and...wrong.  I don’t mean to complain. I am grateful that I am even considered by publicists in my 4th year of blogging and when the right one lands at my fingertips, I am thrilled. I know when I get a pitch that is right for me. It’s generally when I can tell my blog has been sought out for a reason, usually because the person at the other end of the pitch understands my niche and knows what works here on The Culture Mom or beyond in my freelance writing world. I have written about Read More

15Mar

Broadway’s Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

I've read The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. I've also seen the film with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. I remember the sense of longing between the two major characters and how I felt reading and watching their story and I wondered how their story would translate to the stage. I can honestly say that I was riveted from the moment the curtain rose in the Broadway version of The Bridges of Madison County. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale make an extraordinary pair playing the couple whose chance encounter becomes a potential second Read More