04Dec

Theater Non-Review: The Mountaintop

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I have to admit that I didn't know a lot about The Mountaintop, the new play by Katori Hall starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, before I saw it late last week.  I knew that it was about a fictional last day in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and I was quite curious about the play and it's retelling of this very dramatic period in our lives.  I couldn't help but have high expectations with not only the story, but also the casting. Samuel Jackson plays MLK, who is spending the evening in his motel room in Memphis the night before his Read More

02Dec

Support Childrens Theater and an Important Cause

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FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERY, the hit off Broadway family musical has teamed up with Save The Children and will present a special benefit performance on Saturday, December 10th at 3 pm at MMAC Theatre (Manhattan Movement and Arts Center), 248 West 60th Street off of West End Avenue. Last year when I saw and covered Freckleface, I mentioned that I enjoyed it as much as my kids. Not only that, but it was the first show that my son ever liked so much that he had to wait after the show and get every single cast member's autographs. Julianne Moore, Academy-Award Read More

01Dec

ONE Mom Can Make a Difference on World AIDS Day

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Can you believe that 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS?  This World AIDS Day - December 1st - join me, along with millions of ONE and (RED) supporters and create your own panel on the (2015)QUILT. The (2015)QUILT is a groundbreaking piece of digital artwork from people all over the world who are fighting for the first AIDS free generation in 30 years. And before they officially launch the  (2015)QUILT on World AIDS Day, we want to give you a chance to create and share your own panel. Check out mine on the left and then make your own. Get Read More

30Nov

Hanukkah Activities in New York City

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Every year during this time we are reminded that we live near the greatest city on earth.  Christmas is spectacular and we love seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, the decorated department store windows, the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall 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 Read More

28Nov

Passports with Purpose: Supporting Literacy and Going to Disney

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When I try to imagine a world without books, it's just too hard.  My whole world revolves around the written word, it always has.  When I was a child, I ran home from school to read books.  My mother took us to the library all the time.  When I finally got around to reading the classics, it was as though a whole new world opened up to me.  I majored in Journalism, started my career in television but naturally found my way into the publishing industry where I have worked for the last eleven years.  My love for reading and books has never waned and I am Read More

26Nov

Time Can’t Stand Still

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Sometimes when I look at my daughter, standing over 4-1/2 feet tall, I have visions of her an infant.  How did my little girl grow so tall? Where did her fabulous curls go?  How did she develop into this fabulous tween?  It feels like yesterday we brought her home from the hospital, and that was nearly nine years ago now.  Where did time go? As much as I enjoy each phase somehow even more than the last, as everything seems to be getting easier  with every milestone, I sometimes want to stop the clocks.  Of course, I have no desire to go back to Read More

24Nov

My TV Debut for Social Good

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It all started a few weeks ago.  I read a blog post by one of my favorite writers, Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy.com, that caused me to immediately take action.  She was asking readers who felt they had money to spare to offer $25 donations that could be used to buy grocery store gift cards for readers who said they couldn’t afford to buy food for Thanksgiving.Her goal was to match two donors to each person asking for assistance on her blog.  She had been moved to do something as a response to remarks made in her "Confessional" section on her site by women Read More

23Nov

Film Review: Hugo

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"Films have the power to capture dreams," we are told by a character in the new film Hugo, which opened today across the country.  When I was in high school, I watched every film that crossed my path.  They were either foreign films or black & white classics.  I remember the day that I saw Cinema Paradiso.  I was completely  transported into another place and time  and was reminded about the power of film and the effect that it's had on the world and my own life.  Twenty-five years, I have once again been transported with an unusual and incredible Read More

22Nov

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’re trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I’ve personally tested on my kids..  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. We're quite into family night, and the new game Brain Breaks by Cranium is quickly becoming one of our favorites. With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using Read More

22Nov

Giveaway: Family Four Pack to the NYBG Annual Holiday Train Show

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I've talked about this before and I'll talk about it again, but the NYC New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is always a highlight of our holiday season. It has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  Now that they're entering tweendom, on a recent visit they began to ask about the incredible landmarks scattered through the Read More