A Bit of England at High Tea at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix

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How do you hold your cup of tea? Do you lift your saucer and insert your pinky through the handle of the tea cup? Little did I know before I had high tea at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon that I would learn the true way to hold my cup and experience an Afternoon Tea right out of England.  Yes, I do go to the UK every year and I do get served a lot of tea when I'm there, but I haven't mastered the art of high tea.  I was in for a big surprise at High Tea at the Ritz. The Ritz is as elegant as it gets and you can't beat the Read More


The Heard Museum in Phoenix: Colorful, Illuminating and Historical

Yesterday I went to the Heard Museum, a museum dedicated to the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest.  I have to admit that my knowledge of this diverse and large group of people is narrow and I was eager to explore the museum and take it all in.  Open since 1929 and located right downtown, the Heard is not only a history lesson but it's a salute and homage to Native Americans.  It also gives Indian artists a place to display their work.  We happened to be there during an outdoors Spanish Market, a large festival displaying work Read More


Staying in the Heart of Phoenix

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Like every other New Yorker, I've had a tough few weeks.  First I was sick for a week.  Then along came Hurricane Sandy which took away our power for 10 days and certainly didn't help me heal quickly.  Then we got hit with a snow storm.  Back in August, I met the people from the Greater Phoenix and Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and they invited me on a press trip that was set to take place this weekend.  I was never going to cancel but I have wondered how I would actually ever get myself here this weekend. But yesterday at 5am, I left my house Read More


A Glow in the Dark Theatrical Experience of Eric Carle’s Treasured Stories

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my all-time favorite childhood book. Similarly, my son is partial to Eric Carle and is a huge fan of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See and From Head to Toe. So I jumped at the opportunity to take my son for a special "back screen pass" to Treasured Stories by Eric Carle at The Symphony Space today. Located on the Upper West Side, this was our first time to The Symphony Space (Broadway & 95th Street) Darren Critz, Director of Family Programs, explained, "Going to see the arts is easy to do. Families can roll Read More


Annie the Musical: A Salute to Musical Theater and New York City

  A few weeks ago my daughter and I headed into the city to see Annie the Musical.  It's a show that I grew up with, like everyone else, and I was desperate to watch the look on my daughter's face as she watched it for the first time. It's also a show that everyone from my generation remembers seeing for the first time and one who's words to every song we know by heart. Director James Lapine has brought this new version of the musical to the Palace Theatre and there's nothing not to like about it.  For me, it provided a sense of nostalgia; for Read More


This Crazy Kind, Wonderful Community (Social Media)

The last two weeks have been unlike any other I have ever experienced. Hurricane Sandy hit New York and in the course of a day, many lives were destroyed.  Homes were swept up, lifetime belongings were ruined, memories were deleted, and lives were changed.  For nine days, my family lived without power.  At first, we were like campers, scrambling for a hot drink, gathering by the fire, playing games and   taking one day at a time as the weather worsened.  In the back of my mind the whole time was the people who's lives were impacted far worse than me and Read More


Thinking about 2020 and Making a Move

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About a month ago, an email landed in my inbox from a very familiar, friendly voice.  It was from Andrea Sheehan, an old friend and former colleague.  She had found me on Linked In and was wondering what I was up to. The timing could not have been better.  I was on the cusp of leaving my position and was looking for a new opportunity.  Andrea went on to tell me about a new company she was forming and the excitement in her voice was as transparent and honest as I'd ever heard. Andrea is a mom of 4  (I don't know how she does it).  She's also a Read More


How You and Your Kids Can Help Out Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Now that Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, though I'm still without power for the unforeseeable future, I want to help out the people so devastatingly impacted by the storm.  So much destruction, so many lives lost.  I realize that I am lucky to still have a house standing, without flooding and we all our fine. I'd like my kids to understand the importance of helping people during difficult times, as well, in my ongoing effort to raise altruistic children.  Here are some of the ways I've determined we can help - we'll pick out what is realistic for Read More


No Power But Keeping the Faith and Loving NYC

I became a New Yorker on 9/11.  Born and bred in the south, I had new roots after witnessing the most tragic event to impact a nation.  Then I endured the Tri-State black-out and that qualified as a bonafide citizen of the city.  I have always felt rooted here.  I love NYC.  I've explored every inch of the five boroughs and look forward to finding new parts to investigate.  I also love the people of New York.  They are the most interesting people in the world and they share a love for this amazing city. It may not be the easiest place to live but we all Read More


When There Are No Words

It's taken me a few days to write about the "nanny murder" as it's so horrible, and there are really no words to describe the pain that has been inflicted on an innocent family. The murder of the two children was a pointless act, so senseless, one that has left a family completely broken. They are a family like every other who has made the same decision all families have to make everyday about hiring a babysitter to care for their children. Whether a mother works or doesn't, we all need help.  For a mother to get anything done, whether working or not, Read More