Trade Secrets to Empower Women

11 Nov

One of my favorite events in Motown is Trade Secrets, where successful  women give inspiring advice. The event raises funds for the JVS “Women to Work” program. I know about the program first hand. This program provides unemployed women (those displaced from the workforce and those never in the workforce) with job search training, career assessment and market-ready skills. “Women to Work” helps with resume building and most important confidence boosting.

This year’s virtual event 7 p.m. Nov. 19 features Suzy Farbman (below) as the keynote speaker. Suzy is my friend and colleague. She is a dynamo– a compelling storyteller and an extraordinary person. Her latest book is GodSigns. The tagline reads “Health, Hope and Miracles, My Journey to Recovery.” Suzy, who has appeared on the Oprah show, weaves a spiritual account of her path overcoming adversity. Here’s an apt description of the uplifting book:  “Think of the startling truth and eye-opening adventure of Eat, Pray, Love.”

For more about the book, please click here.

To date, the 2020 Trade Secrets event has raised more than $238,000 through sponsorship and ticket sales to empower unemployed women. To purchase a ticket click here

Persian Lit: A Personal Post

20 Oct

Yes, this is a personal note. The author of this book, published by the University of Edinburgh Press, is my son Kevin Schwartz, an Iranian Scholar. You many think that Persian literature is indigenous to Iran, but it has far reaching tentacles. From the Balkans to the Bay of Bengal and crossing the continents to South Asia, Persian literature is prevalent. This scholarly book explores trends in literary culture of the the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Even the war ballads of the first Anglo-Afghan War in oral and written forms are part of Persian Literature. Other cross cultural connections are revealed in Remapping Persian Literary History, 1700-1900.

If you are interested in this topic, this book can be purchased on Amazon or through the University of Edinburgh here.
https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-remapping-persian-literary-history-1700-1900.html

 (You can use the code NEW30 to get a 30 percent discount,)

For more information about Kevin Schwartz, please visit his website https://www.kevinschwartz.org/

Yep, I’m proud.

Art with Heart

30 Sep

 

The annual Detroit ORT and the City event has a new format this year due to the pandemic. Now, the entire world can attend an on-line art auction of 31 one-of-a-kind works designed by emerging and nationally recognized Motown artists.

ORT challenged the artists to create a piece in his/her specific medium that communicates the theme “what’s in your heart.” The mixed media collage, above, is by artist Ilene Kahan. The miniature ceramic pieces forming a work of art, below, is by Elysia Vandenbussche.

Here are the 31 participating artists: Jolie Altman, Davin Brainard, Marlo Broughton, Julie Chernow, Leah Cohen, Kaysi Grimes, Forrest Hudes, Ilene Kahan, Jennifer Kroll, Andie Labgold, Eric (elcappy) Lowry, Sheefy McFly, Alanis McNier, Stevie Miller, Sam Morris, Troy (TYP) Murray,  Marla Must, Henry Newell, Nic Notion, Jaime Pattison, Cristin Richard, Brenda Rosenberg, Paula Schubatis, Clinton Snider, Gerry Spring, Dessislava (Dessi) Terzievas,, Rachel Elise Thomas, Elysia Vandenbussche, Natalie Wadlington, Melissa Webb, and Errin Whitaker.

The ORT and The City online art auction preview will begin on Thursday, October 15th.

Bidding will begin on Sunday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. ET and end on Wednesday, October 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The registration link will be available once the auction preview goes live on Sunday, October 18th. Be sure to follow ORT Michigan on social media or visit https://ortamerica.org/ort-and-the-city/ for links and updates.

Once the preview goes live through the end of bidding, you will be able to see photos of the art, as well as watch videos from the artists discussing their piece.

There’s also an exciting raffle, with the winner being pulled on October 21st at 10:05 p.m ET via Facebook live. The winner gets to choose from 1 of 3 exciting prizes:  $2,500 gift card to American Express; $2,500 gift card to Peloton; or a $2,500 gift card to Amazon.  Tickets are $25 each or 3 for $50, 10 for $100, or 25 for $200.

The Presenting Sponsor of the ORT and the City on-line auction is TCF Bank.  Other event sponsors include: Michigan Healthcare Professionals, Kenwal, Deb and Steve Rosenthal, Mackey & Mackey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Pophouse, Kroll Construction, the Forbes Company, IVF Michigan, the Mike Morse Law Firm, Kelle and Chris Illitch.

For 140 years, ORT has been around the world, transforming lives through training and education. Founded in 1880, ORT is one of the largest, global non-governmental education organizations, whose network of schools, colleges, and international programs, provides more than 300,000 at-risk students each year in more than 30 countries with the necessary tools to develop meaningful careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives.

For more information, please contact the ORT Michigan office at 248-723-8860 or michigan@ortamerica.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Covid Consumerism

18 Sep

Now, that some people are venturing out, I’m interested in your shopping habits during these unusual times. Here are my purchases: food, puzzles, comfy clothes (yoga pants, etc.), two new sofas, new towels, hand lotion and face cream. And, yes, MASKS!

I’ve ventured to the local mall, just to feel normal.  It’s not busy, but at least I saw some people with shopping bags. We have a new store Amazon 4, which I will write about in a future post. So, do you have any purchases lately? Please share.

One of my favorite blogs is Lark & Linen.  Here are some of Lark & Linen’s cozy picks. Please click here for a description.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

New Quarantine Addictions

13 May

So now that we all have sheltered in place. What are your NEW quarantine addictions? If you always had a happy hour, please don’t list it. Please share something new. So here are some of my new habits — the good, bad and the ugly!

  1. Online gaming– Not gambling yet. But I love the apps Canasta Junction and Real Mah Jongg. Seriously, I can play for hours and with friends or even strangers.
  2. Baking — I’ve tried recipes I have never attempted before. Without bragging, I’m getting quite good.
  3. Yoga pants — I’m not sure I have worn anything else in 2 months. I’m frightened to put on pants with a waist and a button. Yikes!!
  4. Organizing — I’m going through old photos from my parents and grandparents, rearranging drawers and yes more cleaning.
  5. Hoarding– I want to hoard paper towels, Kleenex, wipes, toilet paper. But I can’t find enough. And since I know it’s wrong I will not. But, I have an urge because it’s in short supply.

So please share your newly developed addictions. Let’s all hope we won’t keep them.

 

Cartoon by Adrienne Hedger

My Al Kaline Moment

9 Apr

When I was editor of Style magazine (no longer published), our team picked 20 iconic Detroit Stylemakers for the 20th anniversary issue.

I had the opportunity to interview Al Kaline in 2005. He chose Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. We met in the stands, while the team practiced. He was nice, gracious and humble. He talked about how much he loved baseball and the Detroit Tigers. In 2005, he was the special assistant to Dave Dombroski, then president of the Detroit Tigers.

But in his opinion, his proudest accomplishment was not his baseball prowess — it was being married 50 years to his high school sweetheart. We both teared up when he said it.

The photo above is a picture from the magazine.

What a special baseball player and special person!  RIP no. 6.

 

Photography by Glenn Triest.

Meet the Good Book Fairy

5 Mar

Did you know there is a book fairy? I met her the other day when she spoke at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. Her name is Lauren Margolin (left), and she has a fabulous blog www.goodfairybook.com where she shares her love for books and book clubs.

She gave some great advice for book clubs. Here are some of her tips: Choose books two to three months out, mix genres and locations in books, have the facilitator gather info on the internet, pull some good quotes from the book for discussion, coordinate the food and drink to match the book’s locale, meet at a bookstore for a change, authors love to be contacted and perhaps you can set up a Skype interview.

Then she listed several great book club choices in her presentation, which she gives all over the country.

Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann; Educated by Tara Westover; Limelight by Amy Poeppel; Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran; The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See; Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens,;Moloka’i by Alan Brennert; Harry Potter by J.k. Rowling; The Kite Runner by Khaled Kosseini; Before we were Yours by Lisa Wingate; Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors; Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross; The Rent Collector by Camron Wright; Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick; Close Range by Annie Proulx; The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J.Ryan Stradal; The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristen Harmel; The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris; Midnight of Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew T. Sullivan; The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin; Hum if you Don’t know the Words by Bianca Marais, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood; The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

 

Please go to her blog that is filled with information for book lovers. You can click here.

What is your book club reading?

Shameful Stuff

2 Mar

In the last week, I have heard two excellent speakers talk about sex trafficking — one is an internationally recognized attorney and the other is a best selling author.

The attorney is Lauren Hersh who is the founder and national director of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She spoke to a group of men and women at a NCJW luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition to being a lawyer, she is an activist and educator on combating violence against women and girls. It was so scary to hear her talk about young women being recruited via social media especially on Instagram.

At the next Palm Beach Gardens event, Conversations with Jewish Women Authors, I heard Talia Carner (photo below), author of The Third Daughter. The Third Daughter is a historical fiction novel exposing a shameful secret about the trafficking of young Jewish women from Russia to Argentina in the late nineteenth century. Men would pose as wealthy grooms promising to give a prospective young bride a better life in America. The new husband would then enslave her into a life of prostitution.  According to Carner, this true, ugly scheme operated for more than seventy years with impunity. When Carner was doing research in Argentina, suddenly people would stop talking when she mentioned the historical facts of sex trafficking in the Jewish community. When asked about the evolution of the book, Carner replied, “I could not not write the book.”

I am proud to be a member of JWF,of the Greater Palm Beaches, where we work to advance the status of women and girls in the US and Israel through strategic grantmaking, advocacy and education, and leadership development programs to create long lasting social change.

Fashionably Modest

21 Jan

Ladies in Leadership of the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens hosted a fashion show and champagne brunch at Bloomingdales. New York fashion influencer Adi Heyman (right) attended the event and conversed with the audience during a question and answer session led by Rebbetzin (Rabbi’s wife) Chana Vigler. Heyman is a modern Orthodox Jewish woman known for her fashion forward style and how she embraces dressing modestly to honor her faith. Heyman’s fashions are in sync with a Jewish lens.

Vigler explained that covering elbows and knees are not necessarily modest but fashionable. All the runway looks exhibited that theme.  Trends included flowing skirts and leather jackets.

Vigler also stressed how empowering these fashions can be. “Women are so much more than their bodies.”

Perfectly Pink

13 Jan

It was an amazing evening at the Breakers in Palm Beach this past weekend to benefit the Promise Fund.  Every guest who attended the benefit received an autographed copy of The Queen of Soul by my friend Linda Solomon (top right, with husband Barry). Of course, if you are a Motowner, you know there is only one queen of soul — Aretha Franklin.

The weekend started out with a live radio show from Florida with broadcaster Michael Patrick Shiels, host of Michigan’s Big Show, interviewing Linda and Promise Fund founder Nancy Brinker. The Promise Fund, founded by Nancy Brinker, Detroiter Julie Fisher Cummings and Laurie Silvers, works to eliminate barriers to quality healthcare for Palm Beach County neighbors to save lives due to late stage breast cancer and cervical cancers. It was announced at the event that a hologic (3D) mammography machine with be housed at FoundCare, a non-profit federally qualified health care center, where thousands of women come for primary care.

Many of the attendees attended wore pink including myself (lower right).

Thanks to AutoNation Cadillac, West Palm Beach, for donating books. Kudos to all the supporters!

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