A Weekend in Mystic, Connecticut with the Kids


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?


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

sarah's key

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


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


I’m Not Alone. Just Ask Twitter.

Family Fighting

Inspired by my friend at BitchinWivesClub and her article "School Can't Start Soon Enough," I have to be honest about what's been going on in my life.  My kids have been home full time.  Camp ended.  School doesn't start in my town until September 8th. And to be honest, the time has felt like an eternity. I hate to admit this publicly as I know these days, these years, are flying by.  All the moms around me seem to love the long days of summertime.  No routine.  No schedules.  Freedom to do whatever. Many have gone on vacation over the last half of Read More


Review: Fooz Kids – A Tween’s Internet Heaven

Fooz Kids

My kids are digital kids. There's no escaping it.  They've been digital since day one, since popping of my womb.  By age 3, they were both sitting at the computer, diligently learning how to use the mouse and started to become acquainted with the keyboard. Now at the ages of 6 and 8, they are terribly computer proficient, so much so that when I recently switched from a PC to Mac, they were able to work out the in's an out's of my new computer quicker than me. And now they can surf.  They no longer need me to type in the URL's.   They can whip around the Read More


Guest Post: Live Irene Field Report


By Lisa and Shay Zach   The following is a letter written by two very good friends of mine, a couple, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  They sent this to me tonight, along with these fantastically poignant photographs.  For those of you not living in NY, I thought you'd really appreciate an honest look at the slight over-reaction - thus far, anyway - made by everyone, from media to the authorities, on Hurricane Irene.  Of course, we may wake up to an utter disaster tomorrow morning, but today was something very different.  Read on. Dear Read More


What Takes a Real Hero

Mother Holding Child's Hand

I got a card in the mail today from a local address. Curious, I opened the card and read this on the front:   "Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me.   But waking up every morning and loving the world all over again.   That's what takes a real hero."  - Brian Andreas It was a thank you card from a family in my community who's son passed away this summer.  He was five years-old.  I had made a donation in his memory and the family was thanking me for my expression of sympathy. I had been feeling terrible since I heard the news about this Read More


Giveaway: Family Pack (4 Tickets) to A Show of Your Choice at Symphony Space

cat and bird

Symphony Space in NYC continues to amaze me with their stunning programming for children.  I've written about them in the past, and I'm happy to tell you about the upcoming seasson, they are offering the Just Kidding series and Thalia Kid's Book Club, a cornucopia of family-friendly performances and author events. From September through May, Symphony Space continues their tradition of offering New York families ground-breaking programming from around the U.S.At the end of September, they'll be featuring the FREE Secret Mountain Sunday celebration concert Read More


Curing my Summer TV Drought with The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks


  Just when I was about to give up completely on summer television comes along a fab new Internet only show on AMCTV.com called The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks.  It's very Woody Allen, very Freudian.  It's a homage to Allen, who I adore, not only because it uses narration and black and white video, but also because it's about an actor/writer (played skillfully by Adam Goldberg) who is having an affair with a young protege.  He feverishly tries to sort out his life, while writing bits of it into his scripts.  His therapist, played by Read More