Archive for April, 2008

Dispatches from an American in Israel: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008



Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., a siren will sound throughout the entire country of Israel. Pedestrians will stop in their tracks. Traffic will come to a standstill. Everyone will stand – young and old, religious and secular, feet planted firmly, head bowed in somber and rapt attention.

A nation of nearly 6 million Jews will remember and honor the 6 million who were murdered in the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah v’HaGvurah, which literally means the Day (of Remembrance) for the Holocaust and for Heroism, began tonight, on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, just one week after the conclusion of Passover. The holiday will conclude tomorrow evening. The date, chosen by the Israeli parliament in 1951, also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

In addition to that haunting siren, Yom HaShoah will also be marked tomorrow at school-wide assemblies across the nation. Remembrance is even an integral part of the TV schedule: For 25 hours, beginning tonight and concluding early tomorrow evening, cable and public stations run only programming that is connected to the Holocaust and World War II. A number of tonight’s talk shows featured interviews with survivors who are now in their late 80s. Most restaurants have also shut their doors, at least for tonight – some even closed as early as 4 p.m. Movie theatres are also closed tonight.

Yom HaShoah is the first of three national (non-religious) holidays in Israel, which fall during the seven-week period between the end of the Passover and the start of Shavuot. Next Wednesday night, May 7th, is the intensely somber Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron). The following day, the country will transition from a week of national mourning to a day of total jubilation: Israel’s 60th Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut).

Visit our “Don’t Let the Light Go Out” – A Multimedia Remembrance In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day – Yom Ha’Shoah

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Mother's Day Gift Guide For the Eco-Conscious Mommy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the crunch is on to find the perfect gift. Of course, mom says that all she wants is a homemade card and maybe some breakfast in bed. But we know that even the most selfless mother (and aren’t they all?!) wants and deserves a little pampering.

If you’re stuck for the perfect gift idea, starting today we’ll be highlighting Mother’s Day gift suggestions. So whether you’re the husband, parent, child or best friend of a new, veteran or expecting mommy, you’ll find the perfect gift (in a variety of price ranges) in our Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts.

For the Eco-Conscious Mommy
Your mom may be green, but that doesn’t mean she can’t love brown – chocolate, that is! Equita, a division of Oxfam, sells the perfect guilt-free chocolate. It’s Certified Fair Trade, bought directly from local cocoa co-operatives for a fair price, and comes in a range of mouth-watering flavors. Our favorite: Belgian dark chocolate with organic Earl Gray tea nibs. Equita also sells fair-tree coffee, tea, rice and more. Gift baskets with chocolate and other free-trade products are available.

When the eco-mama in your life runs out to the store, she probably brings along her own cloth grocery bags. Now she can shed those boring off-white canvas bags in favor of something a bit more eye-catching: b. happybags. These ultra-hip, retro-patterned bags are made in the USA. Each bag holds as much as a standard paper grocery bag, with handles long enough to fit comfortably over mom’s shoulder. We especially love the brown and light dottie pattern. Cute and conscientious – now that’s a winning combination! $19.95/each.

Check back each day for more Mother’s Day Gift suggestions (or you can cheat and check out our whole gift guide here).

(April 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Hairstylist Appreciation Day

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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Hairstylist Appreciation Day
What would Marge Simpson be without her blue bouffant? Rachel without her “Rachel” shag? Farrah Fawcett (who?) without the famous “Farrah Fawcett” flip? Dorothy Hamill’s wedge? Bo Derek’s cornrows? Or even Sanjaya without his pony-hawk?

Well we’ve got their hairstylists to thank for these lovely, and in some cases iconic doos. So give a shout out today (and maybe a bigger tip) to your own hairstylist and let them know how important they are to you and your tresses.

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #8

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008


In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top 10 Celebrity Mom

Marcia Cross
Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross was desperate to get pregnant after her 2006 marriage to stockbroker Tom Mahoney. But already in her early 40s, Marcia felt like time was running out. The fiery red head spoke openly about her struggles to get pregnant, which made her announcement that she was expecting fraternal twins all the more exciting.

Born on February 20, 2007, Savannah and Eden are now two busy little toddlers with a doting mom who loves to take them to the park. Way to go Marcia: desperate no more!

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

photo credit: HOLLYWOOD KIDS via flickr

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Mother's Day Gift Guide For the New Mommy

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

If you’re stuck for the perfect gift idea, starting today we’ll be highlighting Mother’s Day gift suggestions. So whether you’re the husband, parent, child or best friend of a new, veteran or expecting mommy, you’ll find the perfect gift (in a variety of price ranges) in our Guide to Mother’s Day Gifts.

For the New Mommy
There is one thing, and one thing only, that every new mom desperately craves: Sleep. No, you can’t wrap it up and put a shiny little bow on top of it. But sleep is, without a doubt, the most valuable gift you can give. If sequestering mom for eight straight hours of sleep isn’t in the cards, then perhaps you can help make sure that she’s at least comfie for the few hours she does manage to snatch. The All Nighter Body Pillow is just the ticket. The pillow is shaped like a candy cane, providing specially designed contoured support, elevation and comfort. Amazon.com has the All Nighter (Ha! As if!) on sale now for less than $55 with free shipping.

If sleep of any kind is too “holy grail” for the new mama in your life, then you may need to go with Plan B: a house cleaner. For mommies too weary to remember their own name, a maid to vacuum their carpets and scrub their sinks is an immeasurable gift.  If you really want to show your love and appreciation, select a company like Maid Brigade, which only uses products that are safe for mommy, baby and the rest of the family, too. Rates vary by region, size of home and cleaning tasks.

Check back each day for more Mother’s Day Gift suggestions (or you can cheat and check out our whole gift guide here).

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #9

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top Celebrity Mom

Pamela Anderson
You’d hardly expect Pam Anderson – best known as the biggest babe on Bay Watch – to make a Top 10 list of celebrity moms. Despite her pin-up image, however, Pam is a devoted mom to two sons, Dylan, 10, and Brandon, 9. (Their father is ex-husband and on-again-off-again fling Tommy Lee.) The blond bombshell is also an unusual advocate for natural parenting.

In fact, Pamela was among the first of a growing trend of celebrity moms to birth her babies at home, rather than in a hospital (Charlotte Church, Ricki Lake and Joely Fisher have since followed suit), and she breastfed both of her kids – despite her DD-size implants. Pamela is also a volunteer crossing guard for her children’s school and a part-time room mother. Who’d have thought that the ditzy lifeguard would make such a stellar mom?

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

(April 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  National Dance Day

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

National Dance Day

Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance
Keep on dancing
Yowza, Yowza, Yowza
Gonna boogie with you. . . 

Dance, dance, dance all day long, during this national celebration of the spirit and diversity of dance.

And in celebration of this day of dance – here’s a great video showing the Evolution of Dance in about 6 minutes. Enjoy!

link: The Evolution of Dance

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