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Lisa Lori
Lisa Lori is a mother, wife, writer and former president of Lisa Lori Communications, a PR firm that she ran for 13 years. She writes frequently about parenting, children, and lifestyle topics. She received the Open Hearts Award in 2012 from the Open Heart Foundation and the Light A Fire Award from Moffly Media for her volunteer work on behalf of Operation Smile including a project called The Three Little Bears, named after her children.

Entries by Lisa Lori

5 Great Spring Break Travel Tips for Families

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 12:10 PM

On vacation last year in Northern California.

Yesterday, may have heralded the first day of spring on the calendar, but for those of us in the Northeast or Midwest or Mid Atlantic or okay, let's face it, most of the U.S., it still...

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5 Easy Tips for American Parents Traveling to Italy with Kids

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:59 PM


My son Zack skiing in the Alps, even during the holidays, ski areas in Italy were amazingly uncrowded. Scenery was really beautiful.

If you are planning a trip to Italy or Europe with the kids, it is a wonderful opportunity...

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5 Ways to Foster and Teach Empathy to Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Three years ago, I wrote an article about fostering empathy for children with disabilities that I thought would be helpful for parents of young disabled children. At the time, my three boys were 10, 8 and 7. I got such a nice response from the piece I updated it based...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:29 AM


On a medical mission for Operation Smile in Panama. Photo by Marc Ascher

The first time I felt the velocity of an emotional trigger it came so fast and so hard that the only way I can explain how l felt is to...

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Me Versus the Summer Packet

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:18 PM

While the last days of summer are upon us and schools open their doors, mothers across the nation this week with elementary school-age children are greeting each other warmly and mumbling under their breath about the merits of the "summer packet." The "summer packet" is that ever growing list of...

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My Mother's Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Today, I said goodbye to my 81-year-old mother. As we drove her home from lunch, she asked us where we were going when we turned onto her street, if there was a place for her to stay at her home and finally, she asked me nervously why she is confused...

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Super Powers

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:57 PM

I spend a lot of time in hospitals. The reasons for this are too long a story to tell but it is appropriate to say I'm writing this story right now from my son's hospital room. My husband is next door with one of my other sons. This week we...

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5 Things My Italian Parents Taught Me About Food

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 7:20 PM

Like many adult children, the older I get, the more time I spend reflecting on my parents' life and the many traditions they passed along to me and my siblings. Raised in Chicago, my parents were Italian-Americans who grew up with the same traditions that have been passed down in...

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Happy Nurses Week

(15) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Nurses showed me how to make my oldest son's isolette in the NICU look homey during his five-week stay to give us both comfort.

It's January 2004, I'm standing in a hallway at 8 p.m. outside of my six-week-old son's hospital...

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When Giving is Second Nature

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Luke Bear, named after my son Luke, giving comfort to a child in Panama after surgery and benefiting Operation Smile

We live in a cynical world. Doom and gloom can be at seemingly every turn, murder and mayhem, full of celebrity...

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The Intimacy of Strangers

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Sleeping arrangements for patients and families for the week in Panama

We are tired. A long, bumpy flight yesterday and a short but early morning flight today. We are on the first day of our first mission with Operation Smile in David,...

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In Sickness and Health: My Illness Anniversary

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:48 PM


It's not easy for me to slow down. I have the stereotypical Type A personality that thrives on taking on too much, dancing as fast as I can. Fourteen years ago this month, I was newly wed, living in Manhattan with a...

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Opening Hearts and Minds

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 5:22 PM

On November 29 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, I was one of two lucky honorees of the Open Hearts Foundation Award presented by actress Jane Seymour and her husband, director and writer James Keach. Through the Open Hearts Foundation, Seymour and husband Keach hope to bring the Open...

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Band of Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:28 AM

In WWII there was a group of soldiers who called themselves the 'band of brothers.' Immortalized in history, these real-life men had each other's backs during a time of war, of struggle and of uncertainty. It was said their bond was unbreakable.

Just eight years ago, I used to wake...

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