THE HANDCRAFTED GIFT

2020-12-01T09:37:49-05:00

Photo on Unsplash By Mikki Moscara “How are you doing today?” I asked as I started to pass groceries over the checkout lane.  “Who cares? You only asked me how I’m doing because you’re paid to ask me!” said the man in the fun yellow suspenders that looked like two tape measures across his chest. “I really do care how you’re doing today,” I replied. “I honestly don’t have to ask, I just have to be nice. I choose to ask, because I really want to know.” At that moment I was thinking, How dare he assume I really don’t care! [...]

THE HANDCRAFTED GIFT2020-12-01T09:37:49-05:00

A VERY VEGGIE HOLIDAY

2020-12-01T09:37:55-05:00

Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe If you’re reading this...congratulations! You deserve a pat on the back — or, dare I say, a drink. It’s been a long nine months. If you’re like me, you’ve gone through several stages of grief and/or semi-acceptance since March 16, 2020. Mine look like this: 1) Terror, 2) More terror, 3) Uncertainty, 4) Boredom, 5) Frustration, and 6) Ongoing ennui. Each of these stages correlated to a level of alcohol consumption that left my wine cellar completely empty and my tolerance level even higher than before — which is saying something that I probably shouldn’t admit. [...]

A VERY VEGGIE HOLIDAY2020-12-01T09:37:55-05:00

LIGHTING OTHERS’ CANDLES WITH SARAH WHITSETT

2020-12-01T09:38:02-05:00

Photo by GE Anderson on Unsplash By Marji Wisniewski I met Sarah about a year ago. She introduced me to one of my favorite local spots, York. I knew that we would get along great when she recommended that I try the avocado toast (Avo Toast) off the menu (we both agreed that it’s the butter that makes it extra good).  Sarah leads by example in supporting her community, from eating local to finding ways to lift up other women in business and in life. When I think about Sarah, I’m reminded of a James Heller quote: “A candle loses nothing [...]

LIGHTING OTHERS’ CANDLES WITH SARAH WHITSETT2020-12-01T09:38:02-05:00

2020 PAPER PLATE AWARDS

2020-12-01T09:38:20-05:00

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash By Monica Brancheau So, it’s the last month of 2020 — phew! I have never been more excited for a year to end. Let’s just say it: 2020 has been intense to say the least, and even surreal at times. We’ve experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, a resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. We’ve had to deal with the repercussions of our own President getting infected by COVID, virtual schooling, Zoom meetings for every kind of gathering, massive job loss — and, most tragically, a significant loss of people’s lives. People [...]

2020 PAPER PLATE AWARDS2020-12-01T09:38:20-05:00

PLAN DEATH LIKE A WEDDING

2020-12-01T09:38:15-05:00

Photo on Unsplash By Billie Best {Originally posted on January 29th, 2020 on billiebest.com} When my husband realized he had only a few months to live, he told me that we should plan his death like a wedding, because it was just as important.  Yes, I was surprised. It was 2008. I hadn’t considered planning death, and it seemed radical to plan death like a wedding. I thought we would just let it roll and I would somehow cope. But he had a vision for what he wanted, and I soon realized it was based on the way his dad died. [...]

PLAN DEATH LIKE A WEDDING2020-12-01T09:38:15-05:00

OUR GIVING SPIRIT

2020-12-01T09:38:08-05:00

Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini Around the world, from the beginning of time, women have been designated as “givers.” The moment she walks down the aisle, she’s expected to care for and even pamper her mate. She cooks his favorite meals, often trying new and different recipes; or she might search out cute little neighborhood restaurants that will become favorite haunts. If wines are his indulgence, she will go to her local liquor store to find all that might appeal to his taste. His clothes, too, are often her domain, as she will probably do the laundry most [...]

OUR GIVING SPIRIT2020-12-01T09:38:08-05:00
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