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The smoke from the wildfires has cleared, and the communities surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains need our support. Here are 10 Reasons to Visit East Tennessee Right Now, complete with photos of the gorgeous scenery and amazing comfort food.

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Thank you to Heifer International for sponsoring this post and for 
the amazing work you do. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on organizations to support this holiday season, and one of my favorites is still Heifer International. [Read more…]

I wrote about Why We Go Out to Eat on Thanksgiving for Huffington Post. What are your holiday traditions?


“jackie” movie review


Sorry, Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt, but this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress is pretty much guaranteed to go to Natalie Portman for her stunning portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie.

Not only does she channel the First Lady’s look, mannerisms and, oh, that distinctive voice, but she transforms herself into a woman we all thought we knew so well and reveals a whole other side of her. Her performance is haunting. [Read more…]

“miss you like hell” at la jolla playhouse

Miss You Like Hell

As we all know,  there are few things as emotionally charged and inherently dramatic as the mother-daughter relationship.

So it’s no surprise that Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse’s new, highly-anticipated world premiere musical, is a combination of funny and sad and poignant. Plus, it’s got some great songs. [Read more…]

Check out my USA Today piece, On The Cutting Edge: These Restaurants Allow You To Choose Your Knife, and discover places where the guests aren’t the only ones looking sharp!


“arrival” movie review


Arrival seems like a fitting movie for this election season, and I couldn’t help wishing it had been released before we voted so people could have seen the importance of having a strong, smart woman in charge.

But I digress. [Read more…]

a post-election action plan for nasty women and bad hombres

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Like many people, I spent yesterday – the day after the election – grieving for the future of our country.

But today, inspired by Hillary herself, I am back up and ready to fight for the true United States – you know, the one where the Statue of Liberty welcomes immigrants; where all citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion; and where there’s a distinct separation between church and state.

I’m mad as hell about having to defend rights we’ve already fought so hard to win, and I’m appalled at the racism, sexism and violence that’s been unleashed during this election by the President-elect, but I’m going to put all of that outrage, devastation and energy into taking action. [Read more…]

“laughter on the 23rd floor” at north coast rep

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

What’s amazing about Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, now playing at North Coast Rep, is not just how well it’s held up over time but how relevant it still is today. [Read more…]

Wait until you see what these chefs are cooking up in the Arizona desert. Could it be an oasis?!


vote for clean air this election day

Clean Air Moms

Thanks to Clean Air Moms Action for sponsoring this important post.
All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

This has been a terribly divisive election season but, despite our differences, there’s one thing I think we all agree on: we need to vote for the candidate who will fight for the environment. Because if we don’t address the very serious issue of climate change, there may be few elections left to change it. [Read more…]