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GUEST BLOG POST & BOOK GIVEAWAY: Travel: The Best Education…for Moms by Jennifer Coburn, author, We’ll Always Have Paris

April 13, 2014

I thought I would take my daughter Katie overseas and teach her about the world. Instead, over the course of a decade, visiting 12 European cities, she taught me about life.

On our second day in Paris, then-eight-year-old Katie and I went to a café near the Eiffel Tower where babies were not welcome, but dogs were fine. A waiter brought Katie a hamburger that was like nothing she’d ever seen at In ‘N Out. On top of the meat patty was a sunny-side-up egg. I was a bit nervous because absolutely everything she had experienced in the last two days was different. Now, even the familiar hamburger was weird in France. But Katie looked at the burger, shrugged and said “I guess you get breakfast with your lunch in Paris.”

Later during that trip, Katie and I had the unique … um, opportunity to sleep at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore on the Left Bank. The bookstore graciously opens its doors to “Tumbleweeds,” broke young travelers, who can sleep on cots in the store in exchange for a few hours of work during the day.

At Katie’s request (begging), the store let is sleep in its Writer’s Studio, where … Continue reading..

MOMS NIGHT OUT: Bullets Over Broadway: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

April 11, 2014

BOB_CastFeaturing existing music from the 1920s, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY includes a new adapted book by Woody Allen. The new musical comedy tells the story of an aspiring young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster’s no-talent girlfriend in his new show in order to get it produced. The 1994 film by Allen and Douglas McGrath, starring John Cusack and Broadway veterans Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Tilly, was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Wiest earned a trophy for Best Supporting Actress.

 BULLETS OVER BROADWAY features Brooks Ashmanskas (The Producers), Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Zach Braff (“Scrubs,” Garden State), Nick Cordero (Rock of Ages), Tony and Drama Desk nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion, Ragtime) Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”), Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone), Hélene Yorke (Grease) and Tony-winning Karen Ziemba (Contact) among an ensemble cast of 29.

Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, it’s bold, brassy and features impressive hoofing largely by the hoodlum pack.

The showgirls cut a mean figure, especially when wearing striking nude body suits as they pose, adorning a building like part of the architectural facade.

Lots of good numbers, highlights including Let’s Misbehave, featuring Yorke and Ashmanskas, Tain’t … Continue reading..

Spring in Central Pennsylvania By: Lori Loesch

April 10, 2014

 Spring has finally arrived in my part of Pennsylvania. I live in the middle of the state. Winter was long, dark and cold this year. It seemed never to end. Today I can say that I have it on good authority that spring is here! The birds tell me as they dance through the air in synchronized movements. It appears that they have danced this dance before.

Squirrels are funny and I love to watch them. They jump straight up into the air for no apparent reason. They jump on each other, and turn flips in the air. The squirrels seem to enjoy creating  mischief with the bird population. There will be a group of birds, of no common flock, just hungry birds eating next to the squirrels and then a quiet squirrel who just seconds before was enjoying a nibble of seed,  runs fast into the middle of the group sending birds aflutter, to the safety of the trees. 

Mourning Dove are darling! I love their soft, trusting, innocent, manner. Their colors are such,  that my words can do no justice to them. When it comes to mating, their ritual isn’t as graceful as some may think.  What I … Continue reading..

MOMS NIGHT OUT: THE REALISTIC JONESES: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman

April 9, 2014

realisticjonesbannerAcademy Award nominee Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding, Hostages), Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under), Tony Award winner Tracy Letts (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Homeland) and Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler) star in THE REALISTIC JONESES, the new play about love and life, friends and neighbors.

realisticjonesheadshotsIt’s written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home).

Eno has a way with words…..poetic and jarringly witty….yet largely convoluted….think stream of consciousness dialogue that goes round in circles, winding up no where.  At first, it’s intriguing, but the language grows wearisome after a while, as does the play.  It’s actually the silences that speak volumes in the utmost appealing fashion and allow the actors to do their best, more quiet, nuanced work.  But even a stellar cast that delivers engaging and fetching performances can’t fully rise above the wordplay-heavy material.

Letts and Collette are an older married set of Jones who find themselves neighbors of the younger married Jones who are new to the quiet countryside, replete with dead squirrels yet beautiful nighttime skies.  All have settled there to pursue specialized medical care….both men share a degenerative disease….but … Continue reading..

To GPS Track or Not To Track: That is the Question – By Vicky Dal Molin

April 8, 2014

So I was looking at my usual blog posts today and one came up that has sparked many a debate. It was advertising this wizz bang new watch or children that allows you to GPS track them from your smart phone etc. It’s a cellular-connected GPS tracking device basically. You can view entire family’s whereabouts (watch and smartphone) and communicate in one app. This isn’t the first time though I’ve read about this kind of tracking and I’ve been in many debates before. People seem to be so very particular one way or the other.

I’m going to say it – I’m an advocate. The thought of my son being lost or worse, taken by someone that I hadn’t authorized just terrifies me as I’m sure it terrifies many parents. The main voice of dissent is that we should be better parents and look after our children. This however I think is a judgmental and unrealistic view of the world. Anyone that has a child knows it takes a second for something to happen. That’s not a fair attack to make on parents who’s children might run off. I remember my brother sneaking off one day in the mall and … Continue reading..

From Rainbow Loom to Minecraft to ROBLOX by Conlee Ricketts

April 7, 2014

DSC02580It was the end of September when I began blogging every Monday for Motherhood Later. This is now my final Monday for awhile. My fairy tale life as stay-at-home-mom/entrepreneur has to take its turn on the back burner for awhile. I’m fairly sad.

I started a new job three weeks ago to make my budget move from red to pink.

I am not admitting defeat though, I am continuing to write and have jumped into the April A to Z Blogging Challenge with a theme of essays I had already begun to prepare when I found out about the challenge. My theme is 26 Days to Practice Peace and you can find it, visit, comment, and hopefully enjoy at my personal website.

My work with AccepTeen as a Parenting Cheerleader will continue as I try to reach out to parents, schools, and parenting groups to discuss empathetic parenting and the various ways to improve communication and build trust within our families. I am currently working on creating my first Kickstarter campaign to create a video that discusses bullying and my philosophy concerning working with children in pain. When I launch the campaign I hope you will all help spread … Continue reading..

“Bello Mania” is a Belly Laugh: Show Review by Margaret Hart

April 6, 2014

On Friday night, I saw a fantastic live show at The New Victory Theater, a jewel among the smaller, more intimate theaters, located in the heart of Broadway and Times Square in New York City. “Bello Mania,” is a high-flying, hysterically funny, circus-acrobatics, show starring Bello Nock, a comic daredevil who TIME magazine has called, “America’s Best Clown.”

MotherhoodLater_BelloManiaIf you’ve been to the circus in the last ten years, you’ve probably seen Bello. Among his distinguishing features, you’d no-doubt remember his wild hairdo. It is reddish-blonde and it stands straight up, about 12 inches, like a bundle of wheat, on top of his head. He has performed with the Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros., and won numerous awards, including the circus world’s highest honor, the Gold Clown, presented to him in 2011 by Princes Stephanie of Monaco, at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.

His new show, Bello Mania, opens with Bello riding a bicycle down the center aisle of the theater up to the stage. He is assisted by an unsuspecting audience member who Bello asks to lift the bicycle up onto the stage, where it immediately falls apart, to the chagrin of the audience member who plays … Continue reading..

Getting Going in the Mornings by Sharon O’Donnell

April 5, 2014

Is it a cold or allergy??  That is the question I’ve asked myself when I woke up every morning this past week feeling terrible.  My nose is stuffy, my eyes itch, my throat is scratchy, and my ears are always stopped up.  When I wake up, it takes a lot to get me out of bed and going:  eye drops, a heating pad, Excedrin, cough drops, and cold/allergy meds.  I need about 45 minutes of transition time before I can drag myself to the bathroom and put on my make-up to get out the door and on the way to my job at a Teacher’s Assistant at an elementary school.  Once I’m up and going, I feel much better — until later that night when the symptoms start again, regardless of what kind of meds I take. Then it’s to bed and another day.  Another morning. When I felt the sore throat symptoms beginning last week, I took several Zinc lozenges to ward off what might be coming — and I felt much better for several days and thought I’d nipped it in the bud — until the symptoms started again in full force. 

Colds didn’t hit me this hard … Continue reading..