Protecting your child from identity theft

Chief Mom Officer recently posted about tax identity and corporate identity theft, followed by a great piece on protecting children's identity. She posts: 27% of child identity theft crimes are committed by people who know the child – friends or family members, sometimes even parents. The remaining 73% of crimes are committed by criminals who steal the child’s information either through a data breach or good old-fashioned theft. They then create a synthetic identity for the social security number, using the real number combined with a fake date of birth to steal the identity and use it – likely undetected – for years. The entire post is worth a read: Thieves Are Coming For Your Children - Protect Their Identities. I recently started … [Read more...]

Chai recipe for these cold winter mornings

My favorite chai recipe: Bring to a boil 2:1 ratio of Black tea:Lipton in ~2c water Add the following whole spices. I usually just toss a couple of each in to the pot or tea sock. Star anise Cardamom Whole cloves Allspice Cinnamon (half a stick) Ginger (bash up some slices) Bay leaves Turn heat off Add palm sugar to taste Add 1 cup whole milk at the last part … [Read more...]

Weekend at New Paltz, NY, and Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, NY, is a picturesque village in Ulster County (Hudson Valley region), just under an hour's drive from NYC. We spent the weekend at a farmhouse before moving on to the hotel where I was attending a work meeting for three days. This is the second year I attended a meeting held at Mohonk Mountain House, in the Mohonk Preserve that's set in the Shawangunk Mountains. It's the dead of winter, with very few activities and most of the trails closed due to ice. But it's such an isolated, idyllic environment that the winter solace makes it so peaceful, notwithstanding the creepy "institution" vibe the setting gives!   On the weekend before we went to Mohonk, we stayed nearby in … [Read more...]

Holiday windows in NYC

It's been a while since I posted. The NYC existence is more hyper-paced and complex than life was in Asia! On the one hand, there's endless resources, not to mention a good network of similarly-minded families. I love the seasons, the snow and Christmas! Then on the other hand, I've never met so many medicated people before (e.g., Xanax)! Not sure if that's a reflection of the circles I end up interacting with..? I'm sure the political situation has no small impact on this. For sure, the US environment is shockingly different after 11 years abroad, but it's a more sobering change than a positive one. Anyway.. back to the cheerier topic of the holidays. We're under a cold spell this past week but, unluckily enough (or maybe luckily!), we … [Read more...]

World AIDS Day at the NASDAQ

For World AIDS Day 2017, my colleague and I attended the NASDAQ Opening Ceremony, which was followed by a panel discussion on Global Leadership in HIV Testing. The event was hosted by OraSure Technologies and its global partners in the fight against HIV and AIDS - UNITAID, PSI, and UCLA.   Photos below are all courtesy of the NASDAQ:         … [Read more...]

Unwrapping the drug pricing mystery & understanding solutions

  https://youtu.be/1QaKdAGbiYo Reposting this useful video from the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance: President-elect Trump pledged during his campaign and at his transition press conference to address the skyrocketing price of drugs, joining bipartisan calls for action. However, drug pricing is incredibly complex and hidden behind an impenetrable curtain of secrecy. Are there any solutions to high drug prices that could be implemented quickly by the new administration and Congress? The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) along with other various organizations and individuals signed a letter declaring that the upward spiral of drug prices are too high and will further prevent HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) patients from accessing … [Read more...]

Pine cones and sticks and rocks oh my

'Tis the season. What do you do with all the sticks and rocks and pine cones that the kids drag in throughout the year? And the toys they've outgrown but have a special place in your memory? Repurpose and get creative with the Christmas decor, that's what. … [Read more...]

Doll companies I’m happy to support

At the time we lived in Southeast Asia there was a growing but tiny industry of local crafters that made blocks, stuffed animals, kitchen sets or doll houses, and other toys. We spent a lot on those, but they were locally sourced and well-crafted. Coming back to NY was a different story. Options, wow. The pop culture focus of the toy industry, a profit-over-people corporate ethos, the consumerist culture - it's over the top after several years abroad. My little girl hit the doll phase this year and has been asking for one. But finding a toy company I'm happy to support is hard enough; Barbie, American Girl, and other chain store brands whose company values hew to the mainstream for profit's sake won't be getting my business. … [Read more...]