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I wrote about 10 Places Where You Can Do Yoga with Goats! for USA Today 10Best.com. It was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had. Just check out the photos!

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happy birthday, joni mitchell

Posted on November 7, 2013

I don’t remember the first time I heard Joni Mitchell because it seems like her songs have always been there, in the background, providing the soundtrack to my life. more »

talking to rachel mcadams and richard curtis about “about time”

Posted on November 1, 2013

Every once in a very rare while, a movie comes along that touches me so deeply, I know it will become one of those go-to favorites that I will happily watch over and over again throughout the years.

About Time, which opens today, is one of those movies. I’ve already seen it twice. more »

vicki lawrence and “mama’s family” by cathy chester

Posted on October 20, 2013

Mama's Family portrait

There are dysfunctional families, and then there are DYSFUNCTIONAL families. more »

carrie underwood, jennifer hudson and me

Posted on September 13, 2013

Help Lois Alter Mark win Blogger Idol

My husband is the competitive one in the family. Give him a challenge and he goes after it with everything he has. Club championship at La Costa? Check. Biggest Loser contest at his office? Check.

I compete a lot, too, but am much more private in my attempts. I may apply for, enter, pitch dozens of opportunities but they’re usually online, and the world only finds out about the ones I actually win.

Until now. more »

miley wasn’t alone on that stage

Posted on August 28, 2013

[This is where I would normally post a photo but I refuse to sensationalize anything else about this subject.]

I was driving home from Jazzercise this morning, feeling all pumped up and happy, and singing along with the radio when Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke came on.

Up until now, I’ve only heard it playing in the background of stores and restaurants, and I’ve probably even hummed along to it because it’s definitely a catchy tune. I know it’s been the subject of some controversy, though, so I decided to really pay attention to the lyrics.


my 533-member blogging family debuts vince vaughn’s “delivery man” trailer

Posted on July 2, 2013

As we’ve seen more and more lately, families come in all forms.

I am blessed to have been born into an amazing family, to have married into another one and to have created one of my own. I’ve also been lucky enough to have picked up a lot of additional “family” members along the way  — all of whom act as my guardian angels in so many ways.

So when I was invited to be one of 533 bloggers to exclusively debut the trailer for Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn, I naturally started thinking about my blogging family. (You’ll understand the significance of the 533 when you watch the trailer, below.) more »

going way, way back to my summers at camp willoway

Posted on June 30, 2013

As I was laughing and crying watching The Way, Way Back last week, it dawned on me that the most authentic coming-of-age movies – the ones that bring us right back to our own awkward years of growing up – always seem to take place during the summer. In fact, when I really think about it, my whole adolescence can be defined by the summers I spent at Camp Willoway. more »

why this lois is taking her superman to see “man of steel” for father’s day

Posted on June 1, 2013

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros.

I believe the best gifts are experiences. more »

the real summer movie superheroes

Posted on May 26, 2013

Summer movies tend to be big and epic and all about superheroes. I prefer small movies about everyday people. I told you about three fascinating documentaries last week, and thought I’d share three more interesting choices. In these, the superheroes are a middle-aged couple trying to keep the passion alive in their relationship, a young girl learning how to cope after her parents’ divorce, and a group of elderly table tennis champions. Enjoy, and let me know what movies you’d recommend!


I loved this movie, which picks up twenty years after Celeste (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) first met on a train in Before Sunrise and reunited a decade later in Before Sunset. If you haven’t seen those, stop whatever you’re doing and stream them on Netflix before heading to the theater. Part of what makes Before Midnight so good is knowing these characters since they were in their idealistic twenties – their hopes, desires, philosophies – and watching them settle into middle age and deal with the situations life throws at them. more »

stevie nicks, sarah polley and bergdorf goodman

Posted on May 19, 2013

It may seem like action heroes are taking over at the movie theaters this summer but, if you’re craving some real human drama, consider taking the road less traveled and check out these new documentaries:


Sarah Polley, who directed the beautiful and powerful Away From Her, turns the camera on her own family in this fascinating documentary about the truth – and its many versions. The film revolves around Sarah’s mother, Diane, an actress who died of cancer when Sarah was just 11 years old. As Sarah interviews her family members and her mother’s friends, secrets begin to surface and the plot keeps twisting. Because these are real people whose real lives are affected by the events that occurred – or didn’t occur – the film becomes more and more riveting, building to a conclusion that will blindside you. Ultimately, Sarah has the most at stake here, both personally and professionally, but the way she puts the pieces together and presents them to her audience is masterful storytelling in itself. more »

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