13Oct

A Little Kvetching After a Long Week

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Life as a mother is a juggle and I'm not always successful. Everyone wants to know how I do it all...work, parenting, juggling a million things at a time. Well, I do it all the best way I can, but things don't always go according to plan, just like the following few episodes from the week we've just left behind: - I loved it (not really) when the piano teacher showed up unexpected at 4:15 on Thursday. (Well, she was expected on my calendar but I neglected to look).   The woman's a saint, she must think I'm the most disorganized person in the world. Read More

12Oct

A Week of Kvelling and Changes

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This week was a week full of ups and downs. It started with a true high when the play I've been working on, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING based on the book by Rona Jaffe, got a 4 star rating and was the "critic's pick" in the New York Times and my name was mentioned.  I'm not kidding, scroll down to the bottom of the piece and there is my name in lights!  This play is so deserving and I can't tell you how honored I am to have my name attached. The writing, the casting, the direction, the set, the costumes and the fact that the story is utterly timeless make Read More

11Oct

A Book Club’s Response to Gone Girl: Don’t Marry a Psychopath

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Last night my book club discussed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  If your book club is looking for a juicy read, I have to say this was a great discussion.  You won't find a book with more twists and turns  than this one.  Everyone in the group had a visceral reaction.  But before we get into that, let's discuss the plot. We meet two seemingly normal people, Nick and Amy, who met 7 years ago at a party in NYC.  For all appearances sake, they were a normal, happy couple. In her diary, Amy wrote about it: Tra and la! I am smiling a big adopted-orphan Read More

09Oct

A Night of Social Good, Arts Education and Friends

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Last week I was thrilled to be invited to a very cool event called "Flights, Bites & Tights"presented by ALDI and supporting Dance Theatre of Harlem. at home of my friend, Isabel Kallman, the founder and editor of AlphaMom.com.  We were actually supposed to see a live performance by the dance group but the weather was not in our favor. Fortunately, the food and guests were so amazing that it didn't matter. Surrounded by many familiar faces and women who I aspire to, I was in my element.  I also embraced the fact that we were there to celebrate the Read More

08Oct

NYC with Kids: Boo at the Zoo

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Looking for a Halloween themed activity in NYC to get your kids into the holiday spirit this weekend? Boo at the Zoo returns to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo for the next few weekends of Halloween-themed family entertainment and activities. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation.  Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure – The Haunting at Habitat Mansion – and the spooky Hayride through Creepy Hollows headline the festivities and have been enhanced for Read More

08Oct

Partners on CBS: Snark and Realism

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I just got finished watching my first episode of Partners, a new comedy that follows two lifelong BFFs, one straight and one gay, starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz who play partners at an architectural firm.  Their "bromance" complicates the other relationships in their lives - especially with Joe's fiance' (played by Sophia Bush) and Louis' partner played by Brandon Routh). The series is based on its co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the Emmy Award winning duo behind Will & Grace who also happen to be real-life best friends. Read More

05Oct

The Rabbi and the 10K Question

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I looked forward to Yom Kippur this year.  I was eager to have a day or rest, disconnect from real life and come to terms with my shortcomings. I tried to forget that at the same time Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was at the UN  claiming that Israel had no roots in the Middle East and would eventually be "eliminated." When we got to synagogue in the morning, we took sight of our annual appeal card on our seat asking for a contribution to the synagogue.  We always make a donation on Yom Kippur, but after paying our annual dues, for tickets Read More

04Oct

Mad Women: From the 1950s to Now

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Last night I had the luxury of hearing from two incredible women after the production of The Best of Everything, playing at the Here Arts Center in Soho: Jane Maas and Stephanie Newman.  Maas wrote MAD WOMEN: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the Sixties and Beyond. The book tells the true story of what it was like for women in advertising in that era of rampant sex, three-martini lunches and overt sexism.  Newman wrote MAD MEN ON THE COUCH about the psychology of  the characters behind the show Mad Men. I have yet to read Jane's book but I ate Read More

02Oct

Join a Fabulous Benefit to Help Save Children in NYC this Friday

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When I have an opportunity to use my voice to make a difference, I seize it.  Maternal mortality is an issue I've talked about many times on this site, so I was so happy to find out about this important event.  This Friday Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Christy Turlington Burns are hosting a launch party this Friday at The Standard Hotel in NYC (my favorite hotel that sits on the High Line) to celebrate Tracy’s newest DVD series, The Pregnancy Project.  Net proceeds from the event, as well as a portion of sales from the DVD, benefit Every Mother Read More

02Oct

#Giving Tuesday: A National Day of Giving Around the Annual Holiday Shopping Season

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I'm always looking for a way to give back easily and effortlessly.  Making a difference; that's what life is about. As I heard Hillary Clinton say recently at the 2012 Social Good Summit, “We’re living in a time where anyone can be a diplomat.  All you have to do is hit send." It's never been this easy to make a difference and change lives.  With a simple click! And that is why the campaign I'm about to describe is so amazing. It was at this conference that #GivingTuesday launched. The 2012 Social Good Summit was a dynamic, worldwide Read More