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Thursday, 18 May 2017

i’m off to denmark with author sara blaedel!

Sara Blaedel

I’m heading to Copenhagen today to join one of my favorite authors, Sara Blaedel, on a personal hygge tour of her homeland.

What?!” you’re probably thinking.

I know! That was my first reaction, too! read full story »

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

california women’s conference – uniting and empowering women by rebecca olkowski

California Women's Conference

Women have enormous power, as we’ve seen in recent months.

Last week, female entrepreneurs and thought leaders gathered in Long Beach for the annual California Women’s Conference. Attendees came from all over the world to be infused with motivation, inspiration, empowerment, mentoring, and sisterhood. I was thrilled to be one of them. read full story »

Friday, 12 May 2017

“a quiet passion” movie review

A Quiet Passion

As a writer, I’ve always been enamored with Emily Dickinson. so I was really looking forward to learning more about the reclusive poet — and her beloved Newfoundland, Carlo — in A Quiet Passion.

Well — spoiler alert — Carlo never appears in the movie, which pretty much ruined it for me and made me wonder just how much, uh, poetic license was taken by director Terence Davies about her life.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But I do think the dog-loving Emily would agree.

There’s no question that Cynthia Nixon is outstanding, showing us the Emily Dickinson we always hoped for: not a mousy wallflower but a fiery, rebellious woman who was complex and smart and surprisingly funny. If she were alive today, she’d be wearing a pussy hat even though she might not join the march.

We’d all want to be her friend. read full story »

“the dinner” movie review

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Dinner

There’s a really fascinating, thought-provoking plot line that’s finally introduced late in The Dinner. It’s shocking and timely and worthy of intense discussion.

If it were actually the focus of the movie, I would have been hooked. Unfortunately, by the time they got to it, I was so disgusted with the unlikeable characters that, like a few other uncomfortable dinners in my life, I just wanted it to be over. read full story »

heifer international invites you to #joinhertribe

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Heifer International

Most people know Heifer International for their animal gifting program — in fact, you may remember that I “bought” a goat from them for the holidays — but they also do critical, impactful work to support and empower women, as you can see from their philosophy, above.

They, like I, believe that women have limitless potential, but limited opportunity so they equip and empower marginalized women with resources and training as a means to sustainable livelihoods and community leadership positions.

Take a look at these astonishing facts: read full story »

5 books you’ll want to read now

Sunday, 2 April 2017

5 books

I’m finding that the only thing keeping me sane in these challenging times is reading.

Because I’m disgusted by the lack of education in our country — and, worse, the pride in that ignorance — I’m determined to keep learning, to keep seeking out different voices and to keep trying to understand the world.

I recently attended a One Day University course where professor Seth Lerer explained that reading teaches empathy, something we seem to be sadly lacking in these days. So please keep reading!

Here are a handful of books that kept my empathy level high in the past couple of weeks. Let me know what you think. read full story »

2017 volkswagen passat

Friday, 31 March 2017

Passat at Hermosa Inn

I was so happy to pull into the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Phoenix only to find an equally beautiful 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 SEL Premium waiting for me to test-drive for the week.

The Passat was the first car we bought our son when he turned 16 so I have fond memories of it — especially how safe it felt during a couple of harrowing moments (only to me) when I drove with him on the freeway for the first time.

We had done a lot of research so we knew it had high safety ratings and was a great car for a teenage boy.

Apparently, it’s always a great car for a 50-something woman. read full story »

“the zookeeper’s wife” movie review – plus a giveaway!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Zookeeper's Wife

I’m finding it harder and harder to watch movies about the Holocaust and I can’t bear to watch anything bad happen to animals so, in theory, The Zookeeper’s Wife should not be a movie I’d want to see.

But I love Jessica Chastain, I adore animals and I’m finding it more important than ever to learn as much as possible about the Holocaust.

With too many similarities happening today, I wish everyone would see The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Jan, who oversaw the Warsaw Zoo and who hid hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.

It is an astonishing story of heroism and proof that every person has the power to make a difference in the world. read full story »

“going in style” $100 visa giveaway!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Going In Style

Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures for sponsoring this post. All
opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Three of my favorite actors are starring together in a new movie, and I can’t wait to see it!

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up  in director Zach Braff’’s Going in Style, a comedy about lifelong buddies who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Amazingly, this sounds like a very timely story and one that we will likely all be cheering. read full story »

2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. read full story »

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