Inspiration Found at Social Good 2011


Social media has done so much for me.  Personally, it has changed my life.  It has reconnected me to skills that were dormant, it has introduced me to new paths and walkways in life and connected me with some of the most amazing people I could have ever imagined meeting from all over the world.  Not only do I use social media to promote this blog, but now I actually use it to promote my company, local events and I've even started up a local chapter of social media enthusiasts.  To say that social media has changed my life is an understatement. As I Read More


Celebrate Off-Broadway’s “Motherhood Out Loud”

Motherhood Out Loud

I want to invite you to something very special.  A Twitter party for a very special NYC off-Broadway show.  Oh, and I'm running it, so you really have to come!  If you're a mom or theater lover or have an interest in women's issues, you won't want to miss this.  Plus, you'll have two chances to win a pair of tickets to the show! There's a new play at Primary Stages called Motherhood Out Loud.  Playing until October 29th at Primary Stages, it's a show that shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the Read More


Giveaway: 4 tickets to the American Museum of Natural History

© AMNH\\R. Mickens

© AMNH\\\\R. Mickens I recently wrote about my visit to the American Museum of Natural History and my glimpse into the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors Exhibit.  The museum is one of our favorite days out in the city.  We can spend hours there. A pioneer in modern frog research, the American Museum of Natural History has one of the largest frog collections in the world. AMNH expeditions to remote mountaintops, as well as surveys of local wetlands, continue to uncover new populations and species—but also reveal environmental changes that threaten Read More


Review: Spiderman Turn Off the Dark

Spider Man Turn off the Dark

Spiderman Turn Off the Dark has been on my list of plays to take my son to for some time. Neither of us are particularly Spiderman fans, but when it comes to NYC theater, whenever there's a show with kids appeal, I'm there with one or both of my children. In addition, who couldn't resist the temptation to see a show that took nine years to make and has cost about $100 million to produce?  And who couldn't resist the allure of Julie Taymor and U2?  Sadly, Taymor was let go from the production early this year, but I have read that her marks were left on Read More


TripIt Tripped Up our Trip


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


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”

Bullying in the Digital Age

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


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


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


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