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Sep 10 2013

an inspired visit with women entrepreneurs from israel and the palestine territories

A few months back, I was invited to share the girltrunks story at a networking group, Burning River Coffee Community.  The invitation was by a new friend and fellow entrepreneur, Sophie of @SoffieB whom designs amazing luxury robes and dressing gowns.  The woman whom started the networking group is Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance whom offers a much needed service for all the loving pet owners out there.

Fast forward to last month when we received an email that a group of women entrepreneurs from Israel and the Palestine Territories were stopping in Cleveland on their 21-day trip as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the State Department which included visits to NYC, DC, Atlanta and Los Angeles.  The meeting took place @EmbracePetIns office in Beachwood.

What an amazing opportunity for all of us to share the challenges we face and the successes we experience on our entrepreneurial journeys. It was truly an inspiring experience!

Here is a little more detail about the visit from the Burning River Coffee Community Facebook page.

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Sep 04 2013

high-altitude cherries...who knew?

Okay...there are two fruits that oscillate being my favorite...peaches and cherries...both of which happen to be my absolute favorite combination over @FageUSA Greek yogurt.

Last year, much to my delight, I walked into @WholeFoods to discover cherries when I thought cherry season was long gone.  I, of course, had to scoop them up.  They were A-MAZE-ING!  They are from Hood River Cherry Company in Oregon.  I highly recommend checking out their website to learn about the various cherries they grow and the specialty products they offer.  I honestly thought there were only Rainier and Bing varieties...thankfully, not the case. 

So...this year, I anxiously anticipated their arrival. They are dark, dark, dark...almost black, crisp and so full of flavor. 

Now...I have to share that they are not inexpensive.  I kind of play @PriceIsRight with the sales associate ringing up my purchase.  Once I see the amount, I think how crazy am I, but they are such a treat and are only available for what seems like a flash. 

If you are a big fan of cherries, head to @WholeFoods - it is quite the indulgence and a healthy one at that.

I think cherries won as my favorite fruit for 2013. 

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Jan 17 2013

the sound of music on the big screen in 2013

I so remember when I was a little girl, my mother gathered my brother and me one afternoon to see a movie.  This was not like going to see just any movie.  It was special.  We went to a special theater that was beautiful - it was not at a mall.  We sat there dressed up waiting for the HUGE red curtain to open.  It opened and the magic began...the magic of The Sound of Music.  We were mesmerized...all the kids, the singing, the scenery, the fun.  We left the movie happy and singing.  I was asking my mom why we didn't have more brothers and sisters.  I have no idea how many times I have seen The Sound of Music since then.  

 

Well...fast forward to yesterday where I had the pleasure...it really felt like a privileged may I just say, to see The Sound of Music on the big screen...again...with my wonderful mother next to me...again.  Mind you, this time we had stadium seating with a fabulous sound system.  It was nothing short of fabulous...really...and I found it so odd that I was once again mesmerized and so enchanted even though I knew the whole story.  The experience of seeing it on the big screen stands alone.  It is how it was meant to be seen. I was totally immersed, the words to the songs resonated in a different way, the scenery, the home, the abbey...all absolutely spectacular.  I whispered in my mother's ear several times, "This is fabulous!". There was even an intermission which seemed so charming at a movie in 2013.  It is a wonderful memory I shall cherish, as I cherish the memory of when we first saw it how many years ago.

This is part of Cinemark's Classic Series.  @CinemarkUSA runs the movies on Wednesday's at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm across the country.  Here are the next three classics coming your way.  Go see one...it is quite the treat!

 

     

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Oct 15 2012

going to see anderson cooper at his anderson live show

Okay...I am huge @andersoncooper fan and follow him on twitter.  A tweet came through in summer about getting tickets to see his daytime show @andersonlive and I responded almost immediately.  Several weeks pass and I receive an email that I indeed got tickets to the show.  Once I found out, I invited my mother to join me and then booked the airline tickets pronto. I was so darn excited...NYC here we come!

The day arrives and we are in line for the show.

 

We were concerned as to whether or not we would actually make it in as there was a woman behind us saying that she goes to lots of show and doesn't always get in.  She kept saying it over and over...I was getting a tad anxious.  Well...we did make it in and were beyond delighted.  Here we are in the holding area waiting.


Off we go...his show is taped at a CBS Studio and we passed this sign on our way. @CBSSunday Morning is a favorite of mine...so exciting and then 60 Minutes too...

 

We arrive to the new @andersonlive set - it is beautiful and is a buzz with energy.  I love that he incorporated his mother's art as it adds such a personal touch and lovely warmth to the set.

 

We get ushered in and end up with absolutely stellar seats in the comfy benches in the front...happy, happy.  We are told to turn off our phones and the comedian starts warming up the audience...she was FAB-U-LOUS!  You could just feel the energy...it was happy, fun and full of life.  She then announced whom was going to be on the show and I hear her say @sharktankabc...seriously?  I was, of course, super excited being an entrepreneur.  Then the Nealy's @ginaandpatneely were on and because of where we were seated, we were given a plate to taste what they made...may I just say, absolutely delicious.

The whole experience was such a thrill. Oh and did I say...@andersoncooper is A-DORE-ABLE!  He has such a great way about him and is so warm and kind...and that laugh...LOVE it!

The show we were on airs today so if you get a chance tune in.  For that matter, tune in everyday...I do!  Here's a preview.

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The show ends and it is time to leave...didn't really want to leave as it was such fun being there.  BTW...I just have to share this photo of where we were seated - in the third bench in the middle section...how cool was that?!  It was pretty darn cool...just saying.

 

Thank you to the @andersonlive team for treating my mom and me so well.  We truly had the best time and can't wait to visit again.

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Aug 14 2012

herb & dorothy

Anyone that knows me, knows I love art, particularly modern and contemporary art.  I came across this documentary a few years back, Herb & Dorothy, which is a remarkable story about a couple that were absolutely passionate about art and managed to build one of the world's most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art.  What makes their story even more extraordinary is the fact that they amassed this collection while working modest jobs and living in a rent-controlled, one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side.  Dorothy was a librarian and Herb worked for the US Postal Service. 

“Most of us go through the world, never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb and Dorothy, who have eyes that see.” —Richard Tuttle, artist


"Courted by every major museum, the couple astounded the art world by transferring their entire collection—worth several million dollars—to the National Gallery of Art. As government workers themselves, they liked the idea of sharing their prized pieces with the American people. After weeks of packing, shippers carted away an astounding five full-sized moving trucks of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the tiny apartment.They wanted to share their collection with the public and chose to transfer it to the National Gallery of Art in DC." 

It is a sweet, sweet story about their love for each other and their passion and love for art.  Add it to your Queue or get it off itunes.  Here is a little peak into their story. 

Aren't they so darn cute?  Sadly, Herb went to glory last month.

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