Archive for January, 2017

ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S “We Are in a Play!”: Show Review by Amy Wall Lerman


To know them is to love them. And if you’re a kid aged 8 and under, in all likelihood, you’ve sampled the fun. The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are simple and sweet. My son was hooked on them for many years. I introduced him to Willems' pigeon books ...

Done is Better than Perfect with Chatbooks by Zoe Richmond


New Year’s Resolution #137 – Finish kid’s scrapbook. I started “scraping” back in early 2000s when I moved to Central Illinois and realized one had to find indoor activities to stay sane during the winter months. It was a way to showcase my creativity, hoping some day to share my ...

Guest Blog Post: In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation by Dr. Domenick Maglio (Book Excerpt)


A Measured Level of Fear in Establishing Power (Excerpt from In-Charge Parenting: In a P.C. Nation) Parents who do not take the time to teach their children how to become independently responsible are robbing the child of the tools necessary for success. Waiting for one’s child to develop skills, habits, and responsibilities ...

My Time in the “Hundred Acre Wood” (In Which a Mother of One Becomes Mother to Two” by Andrea Santo Felcone


  Before I gave birth to my second son, I wondered if I would be able to treat two children fairly or love them with the same intensity. I had had my first son for a long time before my second came into the picture. We were a three-person family for ...

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR: Show Review by Robin Gorman Newman


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL's first show created specifically for Broadway, impresses on the spectacle level but hits considerable flat notes in the musical department. PARAMOUR tries ambitiously to blend Broadway with over the top acrobatics, literally, and neither Broadway lovers nor Cirque du Soleil devotees are likely to be entirely pleased, though ...

“Hey, at least you’re not a tax professional” by Pamela Francis


Being a mom used to be tantamount to one of those jobs where you have to be right all the time.  Remember those types of jobs...?  You know, like a nightly news anchor, or a train conductor, or... like... the Presidency...? Don't go there. Oh the stress!  Oh the pressure of having ...

Meet Later Mom Carolyn Plum LeRoy


AGE: 44 (Turning 45 on 3/16) RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single (divorced twice) RESIDENCE: Saratoga Springs, NY CHILD'S NAME/AGE: Emerald Warner Marshall, age 2 I was born in New York City to Warner and Kay LeRoy- creators and owners of Great Adventure, Tavern on the Green, Maxwell's Plum and The Russian Tea Room. I starting ...

Why You Should Start Living Dangerously by Pamela Francis


Not sure if you've noticed but, longevity is highly overrated.  Maybe it was all that Breyer's butter almond icecream and pork rinds, or maybe it was the Johnny Walker Black, but "some of us" indulged our way into a really challenging old age that includes not being able to do anything we used to or liked to ...

I Would Like to Thank the Academy by Andrea Santo Felcone


Sometimes two thoughts that appear unrelated combine in my head. Like, say, when these two cozied up: “Mothering can be a thankless task” happened to partner with: “Gee, I wonder when the Oscars are on?” See, I really love a good Awards Show. There’s something about that red carpet, those ...

They’re Bored (again) by Andrea Santo Felcone


Ah, Winter Break, my old frenemy. The extra time with family is wonderful, but the extra holiday calories, makes one sluggish. Almost too sluggish to swat at those six dreaded words that started to rear their ugly head again. “I’m bored. What’s there to do?” Ugh. How I hate those ...