Lincoln Center – Where Dancing Dreams Come True

My daughter is a dancer. She dances at the dining table, she dances in the streets, she dances in restaurants, she dances with relish at her weekend ballet and tap class. She loves being on stage and the feeling that comes with it. We’ve been encouraging her with dance classes, support during recitals, and books…

Throwback Thursday: Christmas in New York

The lights, the windows, the skaters, the tree at Rockefeller Center – there is nothing better than Christmas in New York. Growing up in New Jersey, Christmas in New York was a yearly tradition. My dad took two weeks off around Christmas, and we always did fun holiday adventures. One of those adventures every year…

My American Girl Dream

Most girls who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s in the US knew about American Girl Dolls by Pleasant Company. I was around 8 when I first heard about American Girl. Kristen, Samantha and Molly were all 9 year old girls growing up in different time periods in the US, going through the same…

My Sister’s Wedding – The Reception

The official photo session was done, and we were a few bottles of champagne and a beer in when the bridal party poured out of the limo into the Poughkeepsie Grand. There was still about 30 minutes before the cocktail hour started, so I decided to find my family and kids, and see if all…

My Sister’s Wedding – The Ceremony

After the chaos of the wedding prep session, it was time to head to the church.       My sister was getting married in her husband’s family church, Poughkeepsie United Methodist. An beautiful building, with a large open parish, it served as a majestic backdrop for this auspicious occasion.        In the back…

9/11 Memorial

Today is September 11th, and like most Americans,  I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on that terrible day back in 2001.  I remember the days after and I remember the first time I saw Ground Zero.  In 2005 I moved away from New Jersey and the constant visual reminders but…