So, Then I Covered the President…

Yeah, so I've been fortunate enough to have some of my writing published on The Broad Side lately, and the fabulous Joanne Bamberger (publisher and editor) added me to the Facebook group of contributors where she and others leave fodder for potential pieces for the site.Last Wednesday, she posted a press release about President Obama visiting a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, and asked if anyone would like to cover it.  And I'm all, "Hey!  I live in Baltimore!" and "Hey!  I'd like to cover … [Read more...]

A Fork in the Grass

The following is a conversation that really took place last week, with no embellishment on my part.  Allow me to set the scene:Nicky's baseball game.  Sunny, beautiful, breezy Sunday afternoon.  I was sitting next to our friend, Glen* - our boys have played baseball together for the last few years, and even though he comments on the articles I put on fb without reading them, I still let him be friends with me, because I'm cool like that.Anyhow, I had brought a salad with me to the game - … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here's why I love this comic strip very much.One might read this and think its creators are saying, "Damn teenagers.  They have no vocabulary.  They never talk to us.  They never TELL us anything."I see something completely different in this comic strip.1.  Teenagers are moody.2.  Teenagers have trouble figuring out what's bothering them.3.  Even if they know what's bothering them, they have trouble articulating it.4.  Parents should keep their questions simple.  Like, "Trouble?"5. … [Read more...]

The Original “Take Your Daughter To Work Day.”

I'm at The Broad Side again today - this time recalling the real, original "Take Your Daughter to Work Day".  In my life, anyhow...Please click over, enjoy and share!  :)xoxo,Aliza … [Read more...]

I’m at The Broad Side Today! (4/19/13)

In "Isn't Dove Supposed to be a Sign for Peace?" I add my voice to the conversation and controversy surrounding the Dove "Real Beauty Sketches" ad campaign.Check it out, and feel free to comment on the site!xoxo,Aliza  … [Read more...]

A Jewish Kid in Catholic School? Nothing But Nachas.*

My son Nicky loves baseball. He’s really, really good at it.Despite the looooong list of Jews who made it big in baseball, we were shocked to learn our town was not overflowing with Jewish schools that have viable baseball programs. My husband’s old Catholic school, however, (“The Hall”) has a very well-respected baseball program. So does another Catholic school nearer to us (“The Mount”). Mark Teixeira is a hometown boy who went to The Mount. We forgive his playing for the Yankees.Nicky … [Read more...]

Lost In Suburbia – Book Review*

Lost in Suburbia - A Momoir contradicts itself right there in the subtitle.  How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs.  Apart from being a mouthful, everyone knows it's practically impossible to get your cool back in the Jersey suburbs.  Of course, I had to read.  Let me tell you, Tracy not only achieves "cool,"  she attracts "cool."  She discovers it's possible to be cool AND live in New Jersey, and she makes it clear that truly, wherever you live, being ho … [Read more...]

I’m Still Here…and There, and There, and Sometimes Over There…

Hello, people!I realize it might seem I go dormant for a couple of weeks on the blog, but I assure you that's not the case.  Except for when it is.  But really, at the moment, it's not the case.Sometimes I'm published other places, and sometimes I get paid for it, and other times I don't, and sometimes if I publish something HERE, that makes it so I can't publish it somewhere else, etc.  Sooooooo, I will do my best to remember to direct you guys to other places who have the wisdom and go … [Read more...]

I Call Bullsh*t.

Apologies in advance.  This post will contain foul language, grammatical errors and abuse of parenthetical statements, and a really poor drawing of a gavel.  I am sorrier for the grammatical errors and abuse of parentheses.(If you have trouble with my using the word bullshit and other profanity, I have the okay from Norman Lear.  Good enough for me.)I wanted to do a post entitled "I Call Bullshit" last week, and here's what I wanted to include:1.  Upworthy and Nicole Sherzinger.  He … [Read more...]

You say “Aphasia,” I say “Tomahto.”

I like to think I'm a hands-on parent.  Somewhere between absent and hovering.  In an attempt to "participate" in my children's "upbringing,"  I will sometimes look over their shoulder to see what they're listening to/watching on their various devices.  Shockingly, the 16-year-old and the 14-year-old find this annoying.  The 9-year-old, however, STILL LOVES ME, and willingly participates in conversations with me.So, it comes to pass that Leo's at the table, headphones in, eyes glued to iPod s … [Read more...]


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