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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 [...]

31 12, 2014

Happy New Year 2015-Bring it on!

By |December 31st, 2014|Ambition, Career Development, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Family, Friendship, Inspiration, Passion, Personal Development, Travel|

This has been a very full year.  In 2014 my ‘dance card has been full.’ In other words, I lived my calendar just the way I wanted.  I rarely said ‘no’ to anything.

My traveling started with the mind explosion of Dubai,  cooking and eating my way through Provence and Tuscany, enjoying girlfriend time on the beach in North Carolina, visiting friends in California twice.  I exercised in Mexico, celebrated [...]

10 11, 2014

READY-SET-GO

By |November 10th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Career Development, drive and ambition, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, New Businesses, Opportunity, Passion, Philanthropy, Technology, The Boston Club, Women's Issues|

WOMEN ARE READY TO GO… ready to have an impact, be fully engaged, to make a difference and be a Director on a Board.

The 12th Annual Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies was released this week.  The 100 largest public companies in Massachusetts set new records of the percentage of women in their boardrooms and executive suites, continuing a three year pattern of progress.  The [...]

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 [...]

15 10, 2014

Fly Me To The Moon

By |October 15th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Entertainment, Family, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Opportunity, Passion, Travel|

Remember when Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines before he was crowned SIR?  I thought he was fabulous…I wanted to work for him.  Why?  He said that one of the key differences that made his company a special place to work was the fun and freedom of expression that rested from the absence of employee handbooks that read like some kind of a corporate penal code.  Recently I heard an [...]

2 09, 2014

“Make Them Like You”

By |September 2nd, 2014|Ambition, Business, drive and ambition, Inspiration, Leadership, New Businesses, Opportunity, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Sports, Technology, Travel|

TIMING IS EVERYTHING.

September is the month of opportunity. IN RETAIL EVERYONE IS HIRING .  Internal candidates are being interviewed for promotions to build the foundation for the 4th quarter.  How to break through the clutter of interviews and be remembered?

“Make them love you”, has always been my mantra, whether the job is for you or not.  Make an impression. Make a connection. You want an offer!

J Crew’s CEO recently wrote an [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]