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18 01, 2015

Go West To San Fran-Fancy Food Show

By |January 18th, 2015|Business, Design, Food, Friendship, Inspiration, New Businesses, New Directions, Opportunity, Products, Selling, Travel|

We spent last week in San Francisco for the FANCY FOOD SHOW at the Moscone Center.  1400 exhibitors introducing their newest products for the year, food artisans so proud of their craft, and many that do not go East to NYC for the summer show.  It was all about discover, tasting great food, and building relationships with the nicest most creative Foodies!

Some of our favorites:

Ten New foods that you [...]

20 11, 2014

TIS THE SEASON-To Be Hunting

By |November 20th, 2014|Entertainment, Food, Hunting, Products, Sports, Travel|

‘Bagging a deer’  do you know what it means?

Deer Hunting Season officially started Saturday in Vermont.  Every state has different rules for dates, so check before getting the license. .

For instance, in Vermont November 15-30 is Rifle,  Dec 6-14 is Bow and Arrow and there are dates for Muzzle Loader.  We saw many men, young and old, hunting this weekend, walking the woods with their guns loaded.  Permits are [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

12 08, 2014

Jewels in the Rough-7 Days A Week

By |August 12th, 2014|Art, Business, Entertainment, Food, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Travel|

Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine, is the center of town and the hub for all activity. It’s also known as Down Street.  It is 3 blocks long separated by alleys and water. There is a post office where everyone meets, one supermarket where everyone shops, and a few very creative merchants that are now my friends.

Many people on the island wear Alison Thibault’s hand made jewelry from her Five Elements [...]

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, [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]