Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20….Seriously

Do Good and Get a Great Haircut for $20…Seriously.



Supporting Sarcoma Research at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

When:  Sunday, March 1, from 11-2

Where: Anthony David Salon

120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803


On Sunday, March 1, from 11-2 the Anthony David Salon, Burlington, MA., will host the first annual Cut For A Cure to help raise funds for Sarcoma research.  The event was created by Marian Sales, a five year cancer survivor. Marian promised herself that on her 5th anniversary of cancer freedom she would create a fundraiser to give back to the Hospital that saved her life and the lives of many others. To honor her commitment to raise money, Marian enlisted the help of Anthony Vitale, owner of the Anthony David Salon. No stranger himself to raising funds for many worthwhile causes, Anthony immediately signed on and together they created Cut For A Cure with the hope of raising at least $5,000.

Their idea – offer amazing haircuts (valued at $65 and up) for a $20 donation. You can help by getting a great haircut or just donate online if you can’t make the event.

The super nice and talented stylists will cut your hair – and if the hair is more than six inches long it can be donated as well. Or donate directly to Cut For A Cure: Supporting Sarcoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

All proceeds raised will support Sarcoma Research.

What’s my connection, you ask? Well, last month I visited this salon to review it ( look for it here) and was so thrilled with the results that I just made another appointment. Fantastic, talented, caring people and a lovely place.

Anthony David Salon is located at 120 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA. 781 272-0002.

For more information contact: 


Anthony David Salon


Cut For A Cure

This initiative is a registered Mass General Community Fundraiser. Mass General does not enter into direct sponsorship of this effort, provide any financial support, or assume any liability for its conduct. Massachusetts General Hospital is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. To learn more visit

How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy?

Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

Below is an excerpt, here is the full article.

Today a horrible school shooting killed a number of young children in an elementary school in Newtown, CT. Naturally in the wake of such a tragic situation parents are struggling with the urgent issue of how to help their children and families. Many of the surviving children witness bloodshed at the site, and others around the nation may see images and videos of it on television.

The key question here is how to help young children in such a terrifying situation.

Children of all ages will ask the primary questions:

Am I safe?
Are you, the people who take care of me, safe?
How will these events affect my daily life?

It’s important to provide answers to these questions, even if your children don’t put them into words. You should expect to answer these questions several times over the next few weeks. Let’s think both the immediate reactions and responses and similar ones over into the immediate future.

Parents and caregivers should to try to address what their child is experiencing by asking “What are your questions, concerns, and what are you worried about?” Kids have different fears. Many will worry about continued school shootings and others will worry about such events spilling over to other areas, such as their homes, neighborhoods and playgrounds. For kids of all ages, it is really important to let them know that these kinds of events are incredibly rare. They should be told (over and over) that your school and schools nationwide are very safe places. Ask them to think of all the time have spent in school, the times their older siblings have spent in school and that things like this really do not happen much at all.

However, simple reassurance in the immediate phase may not be all that calming. It needs to be repeated over the next number of weeks.

Also, while it may seem counterintuitive to think about taking care of yourself, many studies have shown that in the wake of natural and manmade disasters, the emotional stability and security of parents must come first. It is akin to what we always hear from airline attendants: “If the pressure drops, put the oxygen mask on yourself first, then help the child next to you.” Children are certainly reacting to what they have seen or heard. However, they are looking carefully at how their parents are reacting.

Continue reading here.

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Recently I attended a blogger lunch at Massachusetts General Hospital – that’s Mass General or MGH to you locals, or just the General. It was a nice lunch to introduce local bloggers to the work the people at MGH for Children are doing. Fantastic work. Three wonderfully engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic doctors took time to speak to us about their specialties and we even got a tour of some of the facilities. Warm, welcoming and caring people at a top notch place for children.

Pragmatic Mom has shared some of the talks on the I Love Newton blog which I have linked to below. Click on the titles for the post from Pragmatic Mom and on the photos of the physicians for their MGH information.

Dr. Wayne Shreffler







Dr. Christina Scirica










Dr. Craig Canapari









Just in time for back to school, MGH for Children published this in the news section of their site – transitions are challenging. Great and timely advice.

Back to School Psychology 101: Tips for Parents

Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.

    Here is an excerpt:
    Billy needs a new backpack, and they only have the ones with The Hulk. Billy hates the Hulk. He has never liked green, and he whines up a storm at Target… Billy is 9 years old.

Sally knows that this summer everyone was supposed to read Ender’s Game for English class, but she just doesn’t like science fiction. She’s grumpy now, because it is her last week of summer vacation, and she has to spend it with her nose in a book that she hasn’t even picked up from the library yet. Sally is 13 years old.

Aaron has had it. He is NOT going to take AP World History. He’s been waiting for four years to take the advanced art class that his high school offers, and now his parents are telling him that he’ll never get a job as an artist but that he might get a job if he gets into a good college after taking AP World History. “You coulda told me that before you let me go to art camp this summer,” he grumbles. Aaron is 17 years old.

So, no surprises… going back to school is no picnic. Often kids have very mixed emotions. It’s exciting to see friends again and to face new challenges, but it can be hard for that excitement to compete with the slower and more mellow pace of summer. In fact, transitions can be pretty tough for lots of kids, but remember that the way in which these transitions are tough is very much a function of how old the kids happen to be. In other words, kids respond to the stressors of going back to school in developmentally distinct ways. And often parents themselves have their own agendas and set of problems with the transition.

Read the full text here

I am a Blogher Newbie

Why Being  Blogher Newbie is a Good Thing

Not only a Blogher Newbie, but a blogging conference newbie (I have a feeling that this conference is so large that  it wouldn’t matter). I am very lucky to have landed in a group of generous, sharing bloggers in the Boston Parent Bloggers.  This incredibly supportive group is kind and helps with anything from favorite plug-ins to how to manage the behemoth* (the second definition) that is Blogher ’12 with their sage advice and kind, calming words.

I did spend a bit of time trying to find clothes that make me look like a slightly nicer version of my usual self (really, you should see how I go out to walk the dog). I tend to over-pack anyway, so imagine how I pack if I am trying to look nice. I am also traveling with neighbor and blogging friend, and consummate under-packer (it is a skill), Pragmatic Mom. It is actually primarily her fault that I even have a blog. Ask her, she will verify this.

I also chose this week to tweak my header image, tagline and title. Sure, good timing. I also played (mostly nicely) with plug-ins, and considered a new theme (wisely I am holding off). I also cleaned the house, co-hosted a party (actually we called it MINoBBot – Mothers In Need of a Bracing Beverage or Two), had two lovely house guests,  cleaned most of the house and, of course, the usual other stuff I do, including a lovely Blogger Luncheon at MGHfC (Mass General Hospital for Children). There I learned about the wonderful facility and staff ( fantastic, dedicated staff, knowledgeable and caring) and met a fellow Martha fan (who agreed to sit with me during Friday’s lunch – Martha is our Keynote Speaker)! ! The always fantastic Katie Couric is the Keynote Speaker for Saturday. We are so lucky to have such an incredible roster of speakers (I can’t even begin to name all the speakers for the break-out sessions) and, not to put him last, and with all due respect, President Obama is speaking via satellite on Thursday. Wow.

Do I sound overwhelmed? I am, a little. I love visiting NYC and the energy and inspiration I get from visiting this dynamic city. I have read the twitter streams, the facebook updates, the emails, the invitations, the non-invitations, the sponsor updates, read the blog posts and I have chosen my sessions although did not know you had to sign up for Geek Bar until it was booked up and am shut out. Oh, well. I will get my geek on, anyway, I always do.

fenway park, sharon schindler photography, capability mom blog
Photo credit: Sharon Schindler

I am excited to meet new people, connect with virtual friends in real life, learn as much as I can to continue to improve (in SEO, writing skills, blog design, making a media kit, (the list goes on), get inspired and share it all here.

For the next few days, instead of driving carpool and making lunches, I will step out of my normal routine and I will be at Blogher ’12 – tweeting, sharing on Facebook and hunching over my iPad with the cool stylus I found at Blik (a favorite art store) and connecting with a bunch of people who probably care more about my header saga than my family does (the glazed looks were the giveaway).

Conversation with teen child after I showed her the crayon/stylus. “Aren’t I cool?” I believe I asked, knowing I had a cool item in hand.

” Mom, you have cool things” was the response. Noted.

This is what I look like at a cool place. There will be more pics of me at another cool place- Blogher ’12!









*Behemoth be·he·moth/biˈhēməTH/ Noun:

1. A huge or monstrous creature.

2. Something enormous, esp. a big and powerful organization.

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