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15 06, 2015

Flag Day and Land of Opportunity

By |June 15th, 2015|Ambition, Career Development, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Education, Family, Friendship, Inspiration, Leadership, New Directions, Opportunity, Passion, Personal Development, Politics, Uncategorized, Women's Issues|

Yesterday was Flag Day June 14th…and it is marked in my neighborhood with flags on every lamp post, a parade, and color guard celebration on the high school lawn.

The day commemorates the American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of: Freedom, Democracy, National Pride, and History. Many have lost their lives defending it.

Flag Day also marks for me [...]

22 03, 2015

A STORE IS BEING BORN

By |March 22nd, 2015|Design, drive and ambition, Education, Family, Food, Friendship, Inspiration, Marketing, New Businesses, Olive Connection, Opportunity, Products, Retail Stores|

OUR STORE IS PREPARING TO BE BORN We are excited…target time line mid-May. Now we are in the pregnancy  stage.  OHMYGOD there are plates spinning (our heads) in many directions. Every day is full of new learnings to the point our head hurts.

So much to do and so little time.  So many decisions to make. So many people to meet.  So many foods to taste. Yumm

It takes a village of [...]

26 10, 2014

The Art of Raising $-it’s Marketing!

By |October 26th, 2014|Celebrations, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Marketing, Passion, Philanthropy|

I’ve been in the philanthropy circuit the last few months,  involved with wonderful organizations and people that do great work in the non-profit world.  Employees and volunteer teams work hard to support families, men, women, and girls. I have had the task of raising money, learning what it takes to get a commitment, and what motivates people to GIVE.

THE RED CROSS-  I had  the privilege of being invited to [...]

14 09, 2014

In Search of the ‘Great Pumpkin’ of Wisdom

By |September 14th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Career Development, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Opportunity, Women's Issues|

“The Great Pumpkin Will Come”, shouts Linus as he writes a letter every year to the Great Pumpkin to visit him in the pumpkin patch.  Charlie Brown is in disbelief and says it is a waste of time.  Peppermint Patty is convinced the Great Pumpkin is a fake.  And Snoopy is laughing. Love watching this TV special every October.  Will the Great Pumpkin come and bring Linus wisdom?  Should [...]

26 08, 2014

1 Yr of Retirement-What’s Next?

By |August 26th, 2014|Education, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Technology, Travel, Women's Issues|

This month marks one year since my official retirement from a 40+ year career in retail…so how did I do this first year?

I really dislike the word retirement!  We have to find another way to describe the next phase.  I had lots of goals, (on paper) and have achieved many of them.  ‘Slowing down’ was never a goal, as the pitch of my day and calendar is full.  I [...]

21 08, 2014

Do You Remember Camp?

By |August 21st, 2014|Art, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Passion, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

Did you go to Girl Scout Camp?  I remember feeling excitement and fear, loneliness being away from home, and liked the new friends I made adjusting to the experience. I loved my counselors and can still remember their names. I remember the smell of the tents and the mosquitoes. It was the north woods of Wisconsin, the land of the vicious bugs! Jumping into the cold lake water with [...]

5 08, 2014

It Must Be Maine-The Way Life Should Be

By |August 5th, 2014|Business, Education, Family, Food, New Businesses, Selling, Travel|

Two glorious weeks at Vinalhaven, an island of 2000 acres off the coast of Rockland and is home to a thriving lobster industry. History of the island includes the granite industry which began in Vinalhaven in 1826 and was one of the largest quarrying centers. Granite from Vinalhaven can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington Monument, Penn Station, etc. There are 320 hard working year round families that [...]

29 07, 2014

A Rich Life in Tuscany

By |July 29th, 2014|Education, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, New Businesses, Passion, Travel|

Freshest vegetables gathered from the garden with taste that is to be remembered and savored

Organic vegetables and meat and you know what you are eating because you know what the animals have been fed

Simple cooking methods with great flavor coming from every ingredient

Delicious like it is the first time you have tasted food…ooh and ahhs… express our cooking experiences in Tuscany this month.

And tell me why we cannot eat like this every day, [...]

7 07, 2014

To Get an MBA or not-that is the question?

By |July 7th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Passion|

If the answer is yes, when?  If the answer is no, what then?

One of my regrets is that I did not apply to the Simmons MBA program 20 years ago when I was truly motivated.  I had attended the Simmons Leadership Conference yearly with members of my team, and was jazzed about all I was learning from the leaders I heard speak.  But I made excuses.  I had to [...]

9 06, 2014

Olive Connection

By |June 9th, 2014|Education, Food, Health and Wellness, New Businesses, Travel|

I am passionate about Olives and Olive Oil. I use a lot of it. I try all kinds of brands, and always stop at olive oil stores in every city I visit. Crazy as it sounds, Morry and CJ and I  went to a 3 day Olive Oil Seminar and Tasting in NYC this summer. Famous tasters from around the world judged the best olive oils and gave awards. [...]