#TalkToMe: Son Remembers That His Mom Ain’t So Bad

Every parent has a vision of what the ideal parent looks like. Whether it’s feeding well-behaved children all organic food and teaching them advanced math or never raising your voice to your kids who only have 15 minutes of screen time each week and never play Minecraft.

For me, the ideal is having good communication with my children. As parents, we want our kids to feel comfortable talking with us, telling us their hopes, fears, dreams, ask us for our treasured advice. I know, lofty … Read more ...

My Life In Norway

Many people have asked me what life is like in Norway, such a simple question with a complex and ever-evolving answer. This the first in an occasional series about my adjustment to life in Norway.

The First Month

When we arrived in Norway, I think it’s fair to say that we were a bit in shock. My husband and I have been hoping to make this move since before we were married and then, BAM! Here it was, here we were, in the land of … Read more ...

‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ doc shows Malian music can’t be stopped

Music was as essential as air for those living in the west African country of Mali. Then the Islamist militants flooded in and banned music, choking off an integral part of Mali’s culture.

Instruments were burned, radio stations were ripped apart and musicians were tortured. The feature-length documentary, “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile” shows what life was like when jihadists tried to stop the music. It opens this weekend in New York at the Village East Cinema … Read more ...