Amanda is 22 years old. She just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently residing in the fashion, music, film, food, night life capital of the world (also known as New York City). She works in the music/advertising/entertainment business and wanted to write this blog to share her passion for global issues and helping others. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, music, film and warm weather locales.
The traditional Chicken Parmigiana dish must include a topping of fresh mozzarella cheese. But what if you’re lactose intolerant? Or maybe you’re not in the mood for cheese on your chicken dish today? This quick & easy recipe I whipped up … Continue reading →
Forgive my absence for two months on the project (I’m very upset about this.) But, I wanted to share this belated shot on a beautiful September fall day in Flatiron. The light hits the tree beautifully but enhancing its bright green leaves as they hang on for another month or so!
There’s nothing like the scorn of an angry woman.. especially when it is the result of a taunting & bullying message.
WKBT news anchor Jennifer Livingston enlightened viewers with a dose of reality after receiving an anonymous letter discussing her overweight appearance & how she is a bad example for the community. Not only did she show courageousness by publicly sharing the letter with her audience, but she has also inspired us all to learn a big lesson from this – words hurt people. It is our job as individuals (even more importantly as parents & caretakers) to set positive examples of human behavior, starting at childhood. However, I also believe that this doesn’t end there — as adults, we also understand the impact bullying has (whether or not from personal experience) and we must tell each other when we know something is wrong. We’ve all dealt with bullying at one point in our lives – it only continues to worsen if not addressed early on.
After her story went online, flocks of people (friends & strangers) expressed their disgust about this letter and support for the admirable person Livingston is (outside & in.) She’s set a great example for individuals that may be scared to speak up when being bullied by telling them it is unacceptable.
Actually, it’s quite simple. As the saying goes, “treat others as you would want to be treated”. While simple and succinct, this phrase nails the topic right on its head.
After a brief hiatus of homemade cooking, I bought a ton of vegetables and needed a reason to make something cheesy! This simple eggplant recipe is one that can be made as rich or healthy as desired. The pictures speak volumes! … Continue reading →
One of my favorite movies of all time (yes, I know this is a very bold statement) is Finding Neverland. Based on the story of Peter Pan, it’s message that speaks to the kid in all of us — you’re never too old to dream.
Dena Hammerstein, founder of Only Make Believe, created this non-profit organization after her late husband, James Hammerstein and for his passion & dedication towards theater. Since 1999, Dena & the Only Make Believe team have brought paid professional actors/theater performers to hospitals of chronically ill & disabled children. At these hospitals, the actors will put together an interactive performance where the children can also participate and perform.
Supported by celebrity actors such as Jude Law, Rachel Weisz & Mike Myers, what started as a one hospital event at NYU Langone Medical Center is now extensive performances in over 50 hospitals all over New York City and Washington DC!
Memorable moments like the ones with Only Make Believe prove that laughter can be the best medicine. These performances help give these children hope & happiness for a present & future filled with imagination!
If you’re feeling inspired & would like to get involved, find out how you can be a part of the world of imagination!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
A recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave me a glimpse into some of the famous works of Andy Warhol and those inspired by him. Below is a gallery of photos I snuck in from the exhibit (shh, don’t tell!) I admire the way he inspired many by his active role in advertising, celebrity life & questioning traditional viewpoints on sexuality & political discourse. All of these things are seen vividly through his colorful works as well as the famous artists after him that he has influenced.