20Apr

Chasing Holocaust Ghosts in Paper Love by Sarah Wildman

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Is it possible to chase ghosts? One woman would say that it is. It all started with just one letter. After consulting with her grandmother about it, she found out that the woman in the photographs had been her grandfather's "true love". With knowledge of his escape from Vienna during the Holocaust, Wildman wanted to know more about her and started to chase her ghost. No longer able to ask him, as he had passed away prior to her discovery, she would have to venture into the unknown, a chapter not discusssed much by her family. Armed with a a cache Read More

04Mar

10 Ways to Make a Difference on International Women’s Day (with Tips from GVI)

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How are you observing International Women's Day? I get to go hear Cherie Blair speak. She's the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women¡¯s rights and the founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, which supports women entrepreneurs in developing countries. You can count on the fact that I'll be live tweeting and blogging about what she has to say right here on The Culture Mom.  Having just come from the Shot at Life conference, I am more inspired than ever to make a difference in the Read More

03Apr

Finding Out About Tweens & Puberty w/ HelloFlo

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I had the most interesting conversation with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom and Dr. Cara Netterson who works with American Girl on their puberty books. I encountered HelloFlo's video, The Camp Gyno, last year when it was released and immediately fell in love with its premise of making sure our daughters are prepared for their periods. Did you see it? It was wonderful and went viral really fast. If not, watch it now. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom spent the bulk of her career at American Express in marketing. After moving on as an entrepreneur, one Read More

01Aug

WIN $1,500 for Your School with VolunteerSpot

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This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot. Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews.  And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the Read More

05Nov

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

27Sep

We’re Lucky They “Won’t Back Down”

Won't Back Down Movie Poster

After an advanced screening of Won’t Back Down at the Fox Screening Room this past Sunday, I was LUCKY to have the rare opportunity to interview many of the talented ensemble from the powerful film in an intimate round-table setting at The Ritz Carlton along with four other bloggers. I must stress that what happens in the film is the result of hard work, determination and not taking no for an answer. It is certainly not about LUCK. Quite the contrary. The characters are in a very unlucky situation and will do anything to create a change for their Read More

15Feb

A Life Free From Hunger with Save the Children

Save the Children

This morning I headed to the Millennium Hotel near the United Nations to hear a very special talk co-hosted by Save the Children in support of the U.N. Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement for maternal, newborn and child health with a group of other bloggers from MamaDrama.   The session was empowering as we heard from leaders in the movement to eliminate hunger from around the world. The breakfast and discussion were being held to launch a new global report  “A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition,” marking a critically Read More

28Nov

Passports with Purpose: Supporting Literacy and Going to Disney

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When I try to imagine a world without books, it's just too hard.  My whole world revolves around the written word, it always has.  When I was a child, I ran home from school to read books.  My mother took us to the library all the time.  When I finally got around to reading the classics, it was as though a whole new world opened up to me.  I majored in Journalism, started my career in television but naturally found my way into the publishing industry where I have worked for the last eleven years.  My love for reading and books has never waned and I am Read More

16Jun

Wonderopolis: Creativity and Literacy All in One

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This morning I had the privilege to be invited to a special event about Wonderoplis, a new web site created by the National Center for Family Literacy. When I got the invitation, I was intrigued by an organization's goals that seemed to speak to me.  Words jumped off the invitation: discovery, imagination, creativity, literacy. With Jenna Bush Hager as the spokesperson. I knew that this was an event worth waking up for and heading into the city to. After an introduction and video, I learned that Wonderolopolis was Created by National Center for Family Read More

03Jun

Verizon Thinkfinity Helps Find Educational Resources for Our Kids

Verizon Thinkfinity

In this age of information overload, it’s becoming more and more challenging to find and utilize the best educational resources available for our kids. Verizon Foundation has partnered with nationally recognized leaders in educational disciplines including literacy, math, humanities and science to create “Verizon Thinkfinity,” an award-winning free digital experience that brings to life educational resources, interactive games, lesson plans, news and webinars to encourage excellence in students, parents and teachers alike. Verizon Thinkfinity Content Read More