My love affair with the Paris I dreamed of (you'll realize later why I don't just say "Paris") began ages ago and was solidified by Woody Allen's 2011 film "Midnight in Paris," which I watched religiously in the theater.
Arianna Huffington and Tom Brokaw took the stage (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?). How amazing is that? The panel talked about the various initiatives startups, nonprofits and other companies are taking in order to address the job crisis.
A three-day convention is not simply a measure of time -- it's also a measure of endurance. When you're surrounded by the chaos of a political gathering of this magnitude, places to collect yourself are few and far between. Enter the HuffPost Oasis.
The thinking behind the HuffPost Oasis at the national conventions is to help people to better deal with the destructive effects of stress in their lives and to help them be their best selves so they can go out in the world and make a difference in the lives of others.
The GPS for the Soul mobile app builds on the content in the GPS for the Soul page on The Huffington Post, offering an array of anytime, any place stress relief to help free users from their hyper-connected lives.
So first I got soothing breathing lessons. Then I got into a televised shouting match on "Hardball." I'm not sure whether there is a relationship between the two events. Maybe New Age therapy made me do it. Here's the story.
At both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, The Huffington Post will again sponsor The Oasis, a sanctuary from the madness where delegates and journalists can take a break from the stress and rigors of political angst.
My favorite events were two cooking demonstrations with kids that I was able to participate in. The first was a demo in my own neighborhood of Harlem, called Fun and Fit in the City, and another was a demo in AOL & Huffington Post's Oasis in the Dream Hotel Downtown.