Summer in NYC: Bronx Zoo’s Wild (LEGO) Forest

  Over at the Savvy Source, I write all about life in NYC with kids.  Check out my latest post on Best Spots for a Summer Picnic. A few weeks ago, I featured the Bronx Zoo in a piece about NYC From A to Z where I called it "one of the world's largest metropolitan where parents and children can spend hours gazing at over 600 species from around the world." It's all that and more.  This summer,take your kids to the Bronx Zoo's Wild Forest to check out giant LEGO sculptures of tigers, flamingos, gorillas, and other exotic wildlife, then visit their Read More


Film Review: Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Movie

katy perry part of me

Last night my daughter and I were invited to a special preview showing of Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Movie in my old neighborhood in NYC.  As we headed in right after camp and swim lessons, refreshed and ready for a night on the town, I could sense her excitement.  And I was pretty excited, too.  For me, Katy Perry is a throw back to the music I liked when I was her age - Blondie, Bananarama, even Weird Al Yancovic with all her crazy costumes and wigs.  She's what I consider to be my guilty pleasure - music that I groove out while driving the car, music Read More


Bringing Anne Frank into the Modern World

anne frank

On my recent visit to Atlanta, my mother told me about an ongoing exhibit sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Anne Frank in the World.  A long-time admirer of what her name has done to raise the profile about the truth of the Holocaust, I immediately Googled it and discovered it’s the world’s largest Anne Frank Exhibit.  I thought about taking my children, as my daughter recently read an easy version of the diary and is keenly interested in Anne Frank and her fate, but I decided that at ages 7 and 9, they are still too young to face the Read More


A MishMash of Thoughts on Doing it All, Special Needs and Summertime

"I think you're closer to Max since you've been here," my mom said to me after a week long visit in her house. Right when school ended, we came down south for a week to stay with my mother.  My goal was to spend time with her during a much needed healing process and to place my kids in the camp I grew up in. When we arrived, his behavior was up and down.  Sporadic. Unpredictable. We were both not sure if he would wake up on the right side of bed to go to camp or whether he would lay there for an hour and struggle to dress, eat breakfast and leave Read More


Atlanta with Kids: Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain (and more)

Geyser Towers

On our current visit to Atlanta, I am trying to take my kids to places we have yet to explore, so when I received an invitation to check out the new Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain, I was thrilled.  Born and raised in Atlanta, I am always eager to revisit places and attractions that I loved as a child, and Stone Mountain was one of them.  I have vivid memories of climbing the mountain to the summit, watching the dazzling lazer show at night, picnics with my family on park benches, heading to the park's beach and water slides.  I was eager to visit this Read More


Summer Camp Away From Home

A few months I made a decision to send my kids to the camp I grew up at this summer.  It is still possible to visit  my mother who is still living in the house I grew up in, which may or may not be for much longer.  I have very vivid, happy memories of my time at this one camp and I wanted to give the same experience to both my kids: singing on the yellow bus that took me back and forth to camp, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, cooking, camping out in the woods, being a good enough swimmer to make swim team.   Most of all, I remember the Jewish Read More


Remembering Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, the celebrated screenwriter and director, died of leukemia tonight in New York.  And I, for one, am so sad.  She shepherded me through my youth into adulthood  with films like "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," "Heart Burn," "Cookie," "This is My Life," "Silkwood" and "Julie and Julia".  As a Journalism/Film major, we talked about her writing in University and I have read her many prolific books over the years like Crazy Salad . In that book in her short essay "A Few Words About Breasts," she wrote: "If I had Read More


How to Be A Mother of All Seasons

  Many years ago, approximately 20, my grandparents were killed in an accident. It was one of the worst moments of my life when I got the news. It was late at night. I was visiting home during my last year of University. I was in a room in the back of the house I grew up in when I heard the scream.  The scream that would ring in my memory for many years after. It was my mother's scream.  My mother, the love of my life, lost both of her beloved parents in a split second.  My uncle had been driving the car but had done nothing wrong.  He was Read More


Brave: A Film with Girl Power


  Last night I went to a preview of the new Disney Pixar film, BRAVE. The event was graciously hosted by Visit Scotland.  I didn't take my nine year-old daughter.  It was a busy day in the city and I didn't have time to get home to bring her into the city.  But this is a film that I want her to see, that she has to see, and you had better believe I will be back in the cinema this weekend, with her in tow. Why? Because the character in the film is someone I hope my own daughter to resemble - a strong heroine with a mind of her own.  She's Read More


Review: The Columnist at the Manhattan Theatre Club

The Columnist

  "Power...influence...changing the course of history.  It's all in a day's work." This is a line stated by the main character of THE COLUMNIST.  I love when theater merges history and fiction to tell a story that I never heard before about a fascinating life. THE COLUMNIST, playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club is one such play.  It's about a real journalist named Joseph Alsop who upon a visit to Moscow in 1957 picked up a young man at a party and brought him back to his hotel.  This is the first scene in the play.  When you're watching Read More