Activism Boot Camp: Are High Schoolers our Hope for the Future?

This is not (only) a photo of kids waiting for a bus.

This is not (only) a photo of kids waiting for a bus.

This is not a photo of kids waiting for a bus

Oh, I know what it looks like. It looks like a photo of a bunch of teenagers waiting on line for a bus.  But in fact, it’s a photo of hope. It’s a photo of the future. It’s a photo that reassures me that our democracy will not die, but will live on in the next generation.

Because this is a photo of kids heading down to Washington, D.C. to spend a week learning about activism at the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute, a program designed to educated and inspire the next generation of social justice advocates. After a week in which the events in Charlottesville and this administration’s response to it left people on “many sides” of the political spectrum feeling nothing but despair, this snapshot serves as a counterbalance to the horrifying images of tiki-torch-wielding Nazis shouting anti-Semitic and racist slogans. After a weekend where 20 and 30 somethings marched for a whiter future, with a “way more racist” president who would not, as  White Supremacist Christopher Cartwell said in the ubiquitous Vice interview “Give his daughter to a Jew,” it’s heartening to see even younger people willing to stand up for their more liberal principles and spend a week learning how to turn those principles into action and to effect positive change.Continue Reading

Museum Hack: A Whole New Way to Go to the Museum


What it was like to be a Bad Ass B*tch at the Metropolitan Museum with Museum Hack. Back in the 1970’s, my mother got me a spiral bound, probably mimeographed workbook of Metropolitan Museum Treasure Hunts.  I still vividly remember the bright turquoise cover with its hand drawn Met hippo, the black type, and black […]

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jimmyCASE: My Favorite New iPhone Case


I was given a jimmyCASE to facilitate this review. Although I don’t post a whole lot on my blog anymore, I still regularly get pitches from PR companies wanting to send me stuff to review.  Go figure. Mostly, it’s stuff I would never want:  diaper bags (my kids are teenagers), car seats (did I mention […]

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Bright Star: A Great Mother’s Day Gift of a Broadway Show

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Mother’s Day is around the corner.  And what better gift than tickets to a warm, funny, moving Broadway show, starring an incredible newcomer:  Carmen Cusack.  Tickets to Bright Star, which opened on Broadway this season, would make the perfect Mother’s Gift this year. Bright Star, written and composed  by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), […]

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How Not to be “That Person” in Your Co-Working Space

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WeWork. NeueHouse, Grind, The Yard.  If you’re a small business or start up owner, chances are you are either already in one of these hip or pseudo-hip shared office environments, or thinking of joining one.  Want free beer?  There’s a co-working space for that.  Want foosball tables?  Check.  Want camaraderie, parties, inspiration, motivation?  Check Check […]

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Peapod Meal Kits to the Rescue

You get an simple recipe and all the ingredients: pre-measured

When holiday cooking gets you down, Meal Kits from Peapod home grocery delivery and Barilla can help.  I received a gift card to facilitate shopping for this post. I once saw a headline in the Onion:  Mom Does VRBO in the Caribbean:  Does Same Sh@# with an Ocean View! That’s a little bit how I […]

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