Deborah Oster Pannell

Deborah Oster Pannell

Founder, Project Mavens

Freelance writer, editor and content developer w/ experience in branding, marketing, the arts, publishing, event production/tech, hospitality, music, telecom, entrepreneurship, health and wellness.

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Twelve Things I Learned On My Summer Vacation

Here are some reflections gleaned over the course of the last several months, in no particular order, because that’s how...

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Post holiday blues

After every holiday comes the dreaded day after. The low after the high. As I get older, I think I’ve...

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Leaning In With Sheryl Sandberg

Dear Self,
Please forgive me.
I have not accomplished even half of what I set out to do this past week and a half. I am forced to admit that I do not have the fortitude to be a participatory mom durin...

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Living High on Alt-J | She Says Yes

I love music more than just about anything in the world. It can transport me, or stop me in my tracks, send my spirit soaring in directions I hadn’t figured on just a moment earlier. It is visceral...

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Stop Me If You've Heard This One | She Says Yes

Last August, my longtime friend Deb Margolin performed her magnificent play "Good Morning Anita Hill..." at the Todd Mountain Theater Project, a summer theater festival in Roxbury, NY that was foun...

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Summer Love | She Says Yes

It’s the end of the school year. I have a child, so my time is once again defined by the academic cycle. That particular kind of seasonal division had faded during my 20’s and 30’s. My cycles were ...

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The Exquisite Paradox of Disciplining a Child | She Says Yes

There is nothing in my experience capable of giving me that gut twisting mix of fear and despair more than the thought that I’m not being a good mother. Those of you out there with children know wh...

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Time for a Shift

We need some healing, y’all. The world is seriously off kilter. I’m just one person, making my way through my days here in NYC. I certainly do not have any genius ideas for creating world peace or any...



Change is hard – the small changes as well as the big ones. Lately, there are moments when I think, I can’t believe the things I have been through, and where I’m headed – not in a “poor me,” kind of w...

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Alt-J Launches An Awesome Wave in NYC

alt-J photo by Martin Godwin for the Guardian, UK
If it’s true that music is the door to the spirit, and live music is a communal experience, then I totally communed with the spirit world this past We...

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Young Dance Collective: A Moving Farewell « She Says Yes

Young Dance Collective ended their ten year career last weekend with final performances of a show entitled, Sunday, at the 3LD Art and Technology Center. The company, Hannah Cullen, Sophia Orlow, L...


GET INVOLVED with Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts « She ...

Hello to all my fellow New Yorkers, tri-staters, out of town friends, and all of you who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Although I’m grateful that my son and I and our immediate family were...

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It's a New Day « She Says Yes

Well, I couldn’t muster a year end Top 10 list, and honestly, New Year’s Eve has always made me a just a little uneasy – so much performance pressure to have a good time. I can’t really blow ...

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Slender fears, shadowy memories, hidden treasures « She Says Yes

Earlier tonight my 9-year-old son, who is obsessed with video games, told me about a new one called Slender-Man. He described it as a man with a blank face who chases you and when he catches up to ...