31Jul

Welcome to My Mid-Life Blog Crisis

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Well, if you've been paying attention to my streams as of late, you might have noticed some serious changes taking place. In the course of six months, I changed the name of this blog to The Culture Tripper, changed it back to The Culture Mom, started a new site The Holly Chronicles which I've since shelved and done some irreversible damage to my social media channels. What was my reason for my midlife blog crisis? The reason? Couldn't really tell you other than the fact that I must have had a mid-life crisis and taken it out on the Internet! In all Read More

06Jan

Orange is the New Back Takes on Twitter

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If you’re impatiently waiting for season 2 of Orange is the New Black, you're not alone.  A quick jump on Twitter and a glance at hash tag #Ask Orange will make you feel a lot better. The show is using a smart PR firm who has every single member of the show’s cast tweeting and they gather them regularly to talk candidly with their fans.  They don’t talk specifically about what’s going to happen next season or about what’s taking place during the filming of the show (which is happening right now at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York ), but they Read More

02Jan

Girls HBO: Questionable Goods

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About two weeks ago, I came home to find a large box on my doorstep. It was right around the holidays but was still a bit of a mystery of whom it was from. When I opened it, this is what I found. Okay, pretty amazing.  I was actually expecting something to arrive from the TV show, GiRLS, on HBO, after an unexpected tweet from their handle a few weeks prior via direct message, but I wasn't sure what would come. First came the letter, which called me the voice of "A" generation.  I liked the wording. I'm not at all the age bracket of the girls on the Read More

29Dec

Thinking About the Dark Side of Social Media

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Last week when the Justine Sacco saga hit Twitter, I, like everyone else, was mortified by her tweet.  For 12 hours, I sat riveted by the hash tag created specifically for the episode: #HasJustineLandedYet. We all knew she was still in the air on a plane, venturing from England to South Africa, and we were also completely aware that she had not learned of the status of her tweet and its impact on the twitter community whilst traveling. In case you’re new to this story (which I doubt you are, since you’re reading my blog and are clearly social media Read More

05Oct

Separating Woody Allen’s Life From His Art

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In 1992 I was living in London, right out of college.  I was a young woman with little knowledge of what having kids was like, nor was it anything I had ever really given much thought to.  I worked during the day and spent my evenings and weekends gallivanting around town seeing plays, hearing bands, drinking in pubs. After a lifetime of loving Woody Allen, I was drawn to the scandal that erupted around his name and image when the Vanity Fair story broke reporting his fully emerged family scandal. I picked up every publication covering it and read it in Read More

01Oct

Join My Effort to Get More Organized with Ringya

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Imagine yourself in one of these situations: *You’re on the train on the way home from work and the train breaks down. You need to contact a parent to pick up your child from school or an activity. *You have a conference call and are running late. You need to contact the participants but are short on time. *Soccer practice is delayed due to rain. You need to contact all the parents so they don’t show up. I don't know about you but I'm drowning in information.  Lists, lists and more lists.  Classroom lists, sports team lists, business Read More

10Sep

Rosh Hashanah Twitter Party: Ring in the New Year Twitter Style

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During the Jewish holidays, our families look to us to lead them through. Some of us are looking for ideas. How do we make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur meaningful? How do we keep things interesting without breaking tradition? Are a round Challah and some apples and honey really enough? Join me and MamaDrama on Twitter this Thursday night at 9pm EST…the ultimate diaspora…for a special High Holiday hour. We’ll talk about our traditions, food/recipes and all things Rosh Hashanah (and if you want to throw in talk about Yom Kippur, why not?  We just Read More

05Sep

Twitter Therapy

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When I started having kids, I honestly had no idea how much my life was going to change.  I went from living a fancy-free life living in Manhattan with just myself and husband to look after to living in the suburbs with a life full of strollers, diaper bags and car seats.  I was about to quit the job I loved due to raging hormones and enter into a world joining a group of women in a playgroup who talked about nothing other than cutting our babies' nails and nap time. I was never a mom who loved playground banter. I spent the next few years struggling Read More

07Mar

The “Bully” Controversy

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If you haven't heard about the controversy surrounding the upcoming film, BULLY, you've been under a rock.  Last week its studio, the Weinstein Co., lost its appeal to overturn the movie's R rating, falling one vote short of the 2/3 requirement.  Harvey Weinstein was so upset that he claimed he was considering taking a “leave of absence” from submitting his films to the MPAA for ratings. That earned a fresh wave of publicity for the film, as well as a significant spike in conversation around the issue of bullying and a massive 100x increase in Read More

15Nov

Giveaway: Hanukkah Fever! Mama Doni Concert Tickets

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Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band are coming home for the holidays, highlighting the Chanukah season with four special “Chanukah Fever” shows in the NYC tri-state region from December 11 – 18.  New York families can join in Mama Doni’s high-energy pre-Chanukah festivities at concerts in Manhattan and West Nyack . There will also be shows in West Hartford, CT and Hoboken, NJ.  Performance details are as follows: CHANUKAH FEVER! WITH MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND WHERE:          JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY Read More