TripIt Tripped Up our Trip

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This past summer my family and I embarked on a fabulous European adventure to England and France.  I've blogged about it here, elsewhere and it was probably clear from my writing that we had a wonderful time. What I neglected to write about was an unusual and unfortunate experience that occurred while we were in London.  We were hoping to talk to the company involved to see if we could at least get a an apology for the inconvenience caused, but we haven't been able to. We've emailed them a few times and not received a response, not one attempt of … [Read more...]

The Berry Family: A Story of Heartbreak and Compassion

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A few months ago, I read the most tragic story about a family in Texas who were in a car accident. The parents died, two of the children were severely injured, paralyzed from the waist down, and one survived. Two of the children will never walk again, and it breaks my heart.   The story has stayed with me ever since, both in reality and in my nightmares.  Personally, I have a friend who knew this family very well.  She has been posting about them ever since this horrible accident occurred on Facebook and has brought every detail of the incident to light. … [Read more...]

Preview: CBS News/48 Hours “Bullying – Words Can Kill”

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Every now and then, as a blogger, I have an extraordinary experience that makes me so grateful for being a member of this community. Today was one of those days. I was invited to a powerful discussion about an upcoming CBS News/48 Hours presentation to be broadcast on Friday night at 8pm EST called "Bullying: Words Can Kill". I have two very young children, ages 6 and 8, and I have yet to find them suffer from bullying, but I'm fully aware that it goes on in every school across the country.  Bullying is everywhere.  I grew up with glimmers of it in my … [Read more...]

From One Mom to Another: Take a Break

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I've got a friend who has three children and is a SAHM.  She's 100% devoted to her children and does everything for them 24/7.  She's a marvelous mother but sometimes I wonder, how does she never take a break and take some time to herself? She's always worried about leaving all the onus on her husband and she feels a tremendous amount of guilt even thinking about spending time on her own. Me?  I felt like that when my children were very small, but not now.  When my daughter was born, I breastfed her for a year, and for a good part of that time, I … [Read more...]

The Day I Became a New Yorker

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I've been struggling with this post.  9/11 was one of the most difficult experiences I've ever had.  And it's been 10 years.  What could I say that hasn't been said?   But as I'm watching the images on the television that resurface every year on CNN tonight, the memories of the day are flooding into my mind like a tsunami.  It was the single most terrifying day of my life, one that changed everything as we know it.  But it was also the day I became a New Yorker. I say that because I'm not a born and bred New Yorker, but you'd never know it if you met … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashanah Recipe Link Up

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Back by popular demand, I bring you my delicious Rosh Hashanah Fesenjan Persian Chicken with Pomegranate Walnut Sauce recipe.  I'm also adding a linky so we can all share our favorite recipes with each other.  Leave your recipes in the comment section below and I'll coordinate another post with all the links! A good friend introduced me to this chicken a few years ago, and it’s been a New Year staple of mine ever since.  To say that it tastes divine is an understatement.  As a matter of fact, my book club has me to bring it to our annual holiday party … [Read more...]

A Weekend in Mystic, Connecticut with the Kids

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I had a definite image of Mystic before our recent visit. I imagined a seaside town full of nautical charm. It may or may not have had something to do with its movie namesake, but Mystic sure shone like a star in the 1980s hit film with Julia Roberts. Whatever the case, the town lived up to my expectations. It's very picturesque and has a rich maritime history with a few major attractions and plenty to do for families.  I'm actually glad I waited to go with my kids.  When I travel with them, I tend to see things through their eyes, and it makes my … [Read more...]

Has Tweeting Made Me the Worst Mom of the Year?

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We were in Mystic, Connecticut this weekend on a family trip.  It was actually a press trip that was arranged through multiple channels.  I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet, but there will soon be featured articles on our trip here, on Traveling Mom, A Child Grows, CBS.com and possibly Project You Magazine.  It was a marvelous weekend, and every time I had a chance and Wifi availability, I tweeted about it.  I tweeted from the Mystic Aquarium, I tweeted from Mystic Sea Port, I tweeted from Mystic Pizza, I tweeted from all the fabulous … [Read more...]

Review: Sarah’s Key, the Film

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One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about the book, Sarah's Key by Tatania de Rosnay.  I described it as "a very sad, haunting book, whose images and impressions will linger with you long after you’ve set the book down. De Rosnay is a brilliant story teller, and she certainly had an important story to tell."  There was so much about the book that I appreciated, particularly that De Rosnay was able to bring an important story to the mainstream public.  Even I had never heard of the Vélodrome d’Hiver round-up, when thousands of Jews were … [Read more...]

Review: The Judy Gold Show – A Walk Down Memory Lane

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When I was growing up in the 1970's, sitcoms were an important part of my family life.  The TV was always on and I remember watching them so vividly with my two sisters.  From The Brady Bunch to The Facts of Life to Laverne and Shirley, we watched everything.  The characters in the shows meant more to me than just regular TV shows.  I wanted to be them, and I learned a lot about life through their experiences.  I loved the family on The Brady Bunch, and yearned to be like them and wanted someone like Alice in my life.  Getting stranded on Gilligan's … [Read more...]