Taking It All In

Listen to your Mother

Yesterday was an extraordinary day.  I woke up an hour earlier than usual due to Day Light Savings without flinching. I got out of bed at 7:30 on a Sunday morning which I never do, dressed and prepared to leave my family for the day.  Then I found myself walking on air all the way to the train station, to the city, to a small theater on the Upper West Side to join 15 marvelous women. And I couldn't help but wonder, how did I get there?  How did I end up precisely in the right spot, as Associate Producer, under a fabulous Producer and Director, … [Read more...]

A Message from Women in the World: Be Fearless, Committed and Audacious


I was lucky and privileged this past weekend to be contacted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, a sponsor of the third annual Women in the World summit, to attend the summit as their guest.  Hosted by Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast, the summit brings together women leaders and activists from around the globe to address the most urgent challenges facing women and girls.  I was there to catch the premiere of one their films about a woman who embraces responsibility and impacts change, and I also got an all access pass to … [Read more...]

A Knock at the Door

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Imagine you're sound asleep, lying next to your mother who has just come home after spending two weeks in the hospital.  You're both in a deep sleep when you waken to the sound of loud banging.  Not just loud banging, but LOUD banging on the front door.  You jump up, look at the clock to see it's nearly 1am and run into the hallway to see what's going on.  Your mother slowly wakes up, too, groggy from medications and an infection in her lung that's slowly beginning to heal. Before I continue, please note that this is a true story.  This happened … [Read more...]

Learning from Friends Who Help Others: Hot Cocoa for Charity

Evan Greenberg

When my eldest was two years old, I made a friend at her pre-school that I will have for life, Elisa Greenberg.  Our friendship is as genuine as it gets and I learn so much from her as a person and as a mother. It was right around that time when our kids were wee small that she started having an annual hot chocolate and sweet fundraiser in her garage, raising money for important causes.  She's the type of mom who wants to teach her kids about giving back, and thus this annual tradition began. It started small.  A group from our pre-school and … [Read more...]

Win Tickets to see The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons

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Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party on Monday, March 12th! Join @MamaDramaNY, @phnyc, @playtime_nyc and friends 9pm ET, to chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc at hashtag #TheBigMeal. In THE BIG MEAL, we glimpse five generations of a modern family through the various meals that make up a lifetime — from milestone first dates and celebratory dinners to everyday outings with the kids. At the twitter party, we’ll talk about this stunning new play and how the meals we eat with our families fit into … [Read more...]

The “Bully” Controversy


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...]

Review & Giveaway: The Lorax (includes $25 Fandango Gift Card)

The Lorax

A few weeks ago, my kids and I were invited to a screening of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, recently released by Universal Pictures on what would have been the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss (he died in 1991 at age 87).  It’s the 4th feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss himself (Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat being the predecessors).  Fortunately, my kids have seen and loved them all the Dr. Seuss films, and more importantly, read all the books. The film features a stellar cast with Zac Efron, Danny … [Read more...]

The Working Mom Debate by Sara R. Fisher


This is the Tenth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Sara R. Fisher, co-founder of Moms 2 Media.  A graduate of the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program, Sara has managed integrated marketing communications campaigns for internet companies, sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. In her time at the world's largest independent public relations firm, Edelman, Sara ran international and cross-functional marketing programs for United … [Read more...]

Fleeting Memories


I've now spent half my life living in another state other than the one I was born in.  My childhood memories are confined to my visits home -- one or two times a year.  I get so caught up in my daily routine at home that I rarely stop to remember some of the people and experiences that have shaped my life.  But I am proud of where I came from, and look forward to my visits here. And so right now I am home.  My real home, the one I grew up in.  I'm taking care of my mother and didn't bring my children with me.  So, there is more time to remember, … [Read more...]

Shadow Play at the University Settlement in NYC


Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others. Soon after moving into his new home, Flash discovers that his shadow has moving plans of his own. In the middle of the night, Flash’s shadow packs up a few belongings and goes in search of a new home on the moon. Will they ever reunite? Follow Flash on a quest to bring his shadow home in this playful production that utilizes stunning animation, video production and an original score to create a highly sensory, … [Read more...]