Month: September 2017

TueNight 10: Gina Pell

We fell hard for Gina Pell when we read her call to arms for “Perennials,” her perfectly coined word to describe people who are “ever-blooming, relevant people of ALL ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages.” Her weekly newsletter, The What List, is a must-read with links to five things you should know about–from lifestyle trends to great books, articles on health and career, and interesting fodder most people don’t have time to unearth.  1. On the nightstand: I read a book every two days so I have a stack, which includes: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry; Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou; Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar; and Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Playing Words With Friends. I quit for two years and relapsed. 3. Jam of the minute: I have a 9 year old daughter so Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” is on a loop in the house and my brain. Help! 4. Thing I miss: A sane Commander in Chief. …

TueNight 10: Susan McPherson

To know Susan Mcpherson is to know three new friends; she’s the ultimate connector. The pint-sized powrhouse delights in bringing women together. And that social good extends to her own business. Four years ago (this month!) Susan founded a social impact consultancy, McPherson Strategies. Her firm help brands form long-term value by standing up for what’s right and for the thing that will make the world a more just and peaceful place. She’s also one of our great TueNight storytellers — whether navigating the wild and wooly world of online dating after 50, or swimming naked in the Finish arctic. 1. On the nightstand:  Too many unread New Yorker issues, Nilofer Merchant’s brand new Onlyness and Jennifer Romolini’s Weird in a World That’s Not and a brand new Lelo vibrator (can I say that?) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Resisting Trump and his band of cronies 3. Jam of the minute: Loving the Smoke Fairies and Grace Weber 4. Thing I miss: This completely dates me but the Sopranos, X Files and running marathons (yes, managed to do 6 of them before social media, so they didn’t really …

TueNight 10: Nefertiti Austin

Nefertiti Austin has written for TueNight about teaching children empathy and fighting “mommy frump.” She blogs about adoption at mommiejonesing.com, and is currently working on a memoir about adopting as a single woman of color. She is also an Adjunct Assistant U.S. HistoryInstructor and a certified PS-MAPP trainer who co-leads classes for adoptive and foster parents. Austin lives with her children in Los Angeles.  On the nightstand: A raggedy copy of The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn Can’t stop/won’t stop: A morning walk Jam of the minute: “Bambi” by Jidenna Thing I miss: Travel 80’s crush: Prince Current crush: Hill Harper Will whine about: Being a single parent — it’s hard! Will wine about: Cabernet or a nice, red blend Best thing that happened yesterday:  I went out at night… without my kids Looking forward to: Writing about adoption and race

TueNight 10: Lynn Harris

Lynn Harris is full of funny lady superpowers. She is co-creator of the award-winning Breakup Girl, the superhero who saves the world by saving your love life, and she recently founded GOLD Comedy, which gives women and girls the powerful tools to find their funny.  At our TueNight Live: Fail event last March, Lynn Harris had us all laughing so hard about her worst day ever, that we begged her to come back for TueNight Live: SWAP to share her reasons for changing her son’s last name. Fun fact: Back in the 90’s, Lynn played Tonya Harding on an episode of Geraldo.  1. On the nightstand: To Siri with Love, by Judith Newman; All The Ways The World Can End, by Abby Sher; Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family, by Pauli Murray (They just named a residential college after her at Yale, my alma mater, and I am extra proud because it turns out she is also a distant cousin.) 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Coloring my hair in various fun ways, even though my kids (10 and 8) are like MOMMY WE HAVE LITERALLY NEVER SEEN YOUR REAL HAIR. 3. Jam of …