Category Archives: Reflections

5 Ways Women Can Find Their Voice

Last night I saw A Doll’s House at BAM. The play by Henrik Ibsen debuted in 1879. The message is still relevant 2014. And that’s not a good thing. Ibsen was was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made […]

Warsaw 2012

The DJ was pumping summer specials (“Call me Maybe” anyone?), the drinks were free flowing and the bride and the groom looked spectacular, but yesterday at my table all were glued to my cousin’s phone watching the final between Spain and Italy. There were grumbles about how Poland should have done better in its division, […]

Mama Grisly and the Composure Class

Image by Getty Images via @daylife A couple of weeks ago one of my closest friends expressed concern over the message in Amy Chua’s memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” My friend, who is really Chinese from Hong Kong and speaks Chinese and teaches her children Chinese –  as opposed to Chua who is […]

Feeling War

Yesterday’s New York Times Week in Review Article: “The War – A Trillion Can Be Cheap” made a very insightful point about the fact that since we do not feel the war, we are divorced from it. Meanwhile it is draining our collective coffers at a startling rate. Meanwhile I am currently reading, “The Balkan Trilogy,” […]

Table Talk – Female astronauts; Silicon Valley shut out; et al

I first heard of the four female astronauts in space in a Tina Fey monologue on SNL two weeks ago. Fey said something like ‘if you told anyone in the 70s about four female astronauts in space it would be in reference to a porno, but today it doesn’t even make news’. I didn’t know […]

Table Talk – what I’ve been reading

Great piece in April 4, 2010 New York Times Magazine about photographer Roman Vishniac who chronicled prewar Eastern European Jewish life. The piece points out some of his images were manufactured and brings up again the question of what is truth, and what does personal perception bring to historical memory. The pictures in particular were […]

Alternative Haggadah for Passover for Women

I sat down to my first Passover dinner several years ago when I started dating my husband and was mesmerized by the reading of the Haggadah, in particular the one my aunt-in-law had put together.  In celebration of Global Markets and Ideas’ Women’s theme this month, I wanted to share what we read last night […]

Swan Day: Celebrating Women Artists (Virlana Tkacz) and Women Who Support the Arts (Ann Ziff)

This past Saturday was something called Swan Day which is a celebration of women artists. The long term goal of Swan Day  is “to inspire communities around the world to find new ways to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning.”  I am doing my part by lauding the efforts of […]

International Women’s Day

Last week, I read an op-ed in the New York Times promoting a gender-neutral Oscar – author Kim Elsesser noted there is no need for segregating awards between men and women and that women should be treated as full equals. Though I agree with the latter statement, we live in a world of gender inequality. […]

Anne Rice and New Media

I love paper. I love the feel of the New York Times in the morning as it crackles in my hands; I love to sit with a book under the blanket my grandmother knit for me; and I love stationary, Kate’s Paperie is my dream store. But I was intrigued by a new concept and […]