Win tickets to LTYM The OC


by Cheryl on April 17th, 2014 | Posted in Giveaway, Listen to Your Mother The OC

The big show is TEN DAYS AWAY!

I wish I could adequately explain how amazing Listen to Your Mother The OC is going to be.

We had our final rehearsal this past Sunday and the magic that was in the room was something I want you all to experience. We laughed. We cried. We nodded our heads and clapped our hands.

We connected.

I want all of you to go. Every last one of you. If not to our show, then to one of the other 31 cities around the country.

But really to our show. That’s why we are giving away TEN pairs of tickets to LTYM The OC! What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day?

If you live in Orange County, San Diego, LA or the Inland Empire and can make it to our show – which is at 4 p.m. April 27th at Ebell Club in Santa Ana – then enter our giveaway!

For one entry, simply leave a comment below. There’s also opportunity for more entries! Good luck!

To buy tickets, click here. Ten percent of our proceeds go to help mothers – we’re donating to WisePlace, a women’s shelter in Santa Ana.

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With friends like these…


by Cheryl on March 27th, 2014 | Posted in Write on Edge

Tickets for Listen to Your Mother The OC went on sale a week or so ago.

I went through my email list and did something I never do: I sent out a mass email. Only it wasn’t random. Not even close.

I chose moms I admire. Moms with whom I have shared stories, gotten advice and commiserated.

Softball moms. Soccer moms. Baseball moms. School moms. Old friends moms.

Co-directing/producing Listen to Your Mother The OC is truly a labor of love. There is nothing more sacred then someone trusting you with their story. And in turn, they can feel not so alone.

Community. That is what mothers do. We form communities. Whether it’s to carpool, babysit, someone to have a glass of wine or a latte or a hard run with, confess our worst parenting nightmares, our concerns about our kids’ behavior or issues at school, to help through a crumbling marriage, cancer, pregnancy, cheer on our successes and those of our children – everything that comes along with being a mother, we know we are part of a larger group. A group who understands. Who’s been there, either literally or physically. Or just to hold a hand.

When my first child was an infant, I remember sitting in the glider rocker in his room nursing him in those silent hours before dawn, and knowing that all over the world, there were women doing the exact same thing.

Even when we are alone, we are never truly alone.

So I sent that email, and I felt a little guilty about asking my friends to buy tickets to come see the show. Almost apologetic. And then came the return emails and texts and personal conversations.

At 4 p.m. April 27th at Ebell Club in Santa Ana, 14 cast members will take the stage to share their own stories. In the audience will be many of my friends. My community, joining with the larger community that is Listen to Your Mother.

I am humbled by their support. Beyond thankful.  And thrilled because I know they will be inspired and moved and amazed by what they will hear.

Maybe, they’ll also realize they are not alone.


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I’m back


by Cheryl on March 17th, 2014 | Posted in Just me

I had an intense pull to write.

Which is what this blog is for.

Except, as was pointed out to me a few weeks ago, I hadn’t blogged since November.

Well. It’s my blog. I can not post if I want to. Not post if I want toooo!

Only, last week, I WANTED to post. So imagine my surprise when I tried and found my blog was broken.

Oh, you could read it. The website was fine. But not the editing part. I logged into WordPress and found only the White Screen of Death.

I did what every smart person does. I took to the Internetz. First I asked on Facebook. No one had any advice. I texted friends. I googled. Cleared my cache.

Nothing helped.

Then I called my hosting service. Because maybe somehow something happened and they weren’t hosting me anymore. Which makes no sense but whatever. I was desperate. Desperate not to spend mucho buckos on having someone fix the blog for me.

Luckily, the awesome tech took a look and discovered some bad coding. He stayed on the phone with me while I updated all my plugins, and when I once again got the White Screen of Death, he fixed the bad plugin. He held my virtual hand while I upgraded WordPress.

And just like that, I’m back.

When I say back, I don’t mean I’m going to be posting every day. But lately I’ve had things on my mind that I want to get out, and I’m glad my home is once again my home.


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Knott’s Berry Farm get Merry

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by Cheryl on November 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog Events, Sponsored Post

I kissed Snoopy.

I can’t help it. I love him. With his floppy ears. Big black nose.

And his Santa hat.

That’s right. Each year at the holidays, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm, and everyone gets into the spirit. My kids always look forward to it. Well, maybe not the part about their mother kissing a large dog in a Santa hat, but all the rest of it.

One of their favorites is It’s Christmas Snoopy! ice show. My daughter loves to ice skate, and watching the performers left her transfixed.


Other highlights this season include:

Santa’s Christmas Cabin, where you can take photos with Santa, get a sundae, or taste wine and craft beer.

Lucy’s Wish List at Camp Snoopy Theater.

A Christmas Carol or Gift of the Magi at Bird Cage Theater

Snoopy’s Magical Night of Lights at Camp Snoopy.

As you enjoy your time at the park, you might see strolling carolers, and don’t miss the giant Christmas Tree at Calico Square.

It is also the perfect time to get your 2014 passes for unlimited visits to Knott’s. They can be purchased online for $78 or with six installments of $13, for a limited time.

In the meantime, keep a lookout for that cute white-and-black fellow.

GigaSavvy sponsored this post. The whole kissing thing was entirely my doing.


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LTYM: The OC in 2014


by Cheryl on November 6th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

Two-and-a-half years ago, I took part in something that still, when I think about it, gives me happy shivers.

I put myself out there.

My words. My self.


One of my proudest moments came in May of 2011, when I read a personal essay in front of a LA audience for Listen to Your Mother, a national show about, well, motherhood.

Talk about empowering. I was among an incredible, talented cast whose stories about being a mother, or having a mother made all in attendance laugh, nod their heads, and more than a few times, grab Kleenex for tears.

Southern California has been without a show the past two years. So my friend Ciaran Blumenfeld and I started talking about bring one here. Could we do it? Could we pull it off?

And we ended up with the same thought: how could we NOT do it? So along with a very talented writer, Katherine Kotkin, we applied.

When I got the congratulations email from National Director Ann Imig, I might have peed my pants. Then again, after three kids, shifting in my chair could have the same results. But this was from jumping up and down and shrieking.

SO excited. SO FREAKING EXCITED! Listen to Your Mother will be here in The OC in 2014!

Those of you who have been lucky enough to participate in a show or simply go to one understand why. The power, the emotion, the truth of what voices of motherhood bring is something you will never forget.

We have six months. The show will be right around Mother’s Day. You won’t want to miss it. Bring your girlfriends. Bring your mother.

Bring yourself.

We will have information in the coming months about how YOU can audition for the show. That’s right. You. Just like I did, I’m going to ask you to step out of your comfort zone. Imagine how you’ll feel after (here’s my thoughts).

But today is for celebration. Something important – something lifechanging – is going to happen right here in The OC.

I can’t wait.

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