** spoiler alert ** This is one of the most eye opening books I have read in many years. Manal Al-Sharif is truly a heroine to all women: Muslins, Christians, and all others. While I have read of life under extreme Islamic rule, I have never been able to understand how it could start andContinue reading

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Oprah’s Speech I’m not a big (traditional) TV watcher and don’t have cable. I spend my screen time watching netflix shows and HBO movies, but normal network tv has gone past me. I really only miss a few things: falling asleep in the fall while watching football games, the joy of the Macy’s Thanksgiving DayContinue reading

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2018! We all have high hopes for you, after 2017 was difficult and destabilizing for so many in our country and around the world. For me there are a lot of new things this year: New Year! New House! New Moon! New office (coming soon)! New class (for said work)! AndContinue reading

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Review of Before We Were Yours By Lisa Wingate A beautiful and heart wrenching tale of children who were forced to become orphans and leave their memories of family behind. It is a story that is a horror of our American History, but also one of the power of family and the strength of thatContinue reading

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I’ve been a reader and contributor to Quora for many years now. In general I am reading and responding to posts about wine, tech, startups, business, and at times, etiquette. One question that I answered back in 2013 popped up in my feed last week. In reading my response, I see that it still ringsContinue reading

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ChowChow- One thing to do with All those Green Tomatoes This year my garden thrived in one thing only: Tomatoes. Now, I’m not complaining, the stewed/roasted/pureed/chopped canned tomatoes will come in handy all through the winter. But when it came time to pull out the garden before it goes to the grey/brown mush of winter,Continue reading

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Winter is a time to stay inside, get cozy and dream about the year to come. I often have a better time when I do so curled up on the couch with a blanket and something tasty in a glass. Some times just cozying up with a cup of something warm that has just a bit of boozeContinue reading

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A great book on how culture, necessity, and turning weaknesses into strengths can birth a strong startup hub and a country. The book also highlights perspectives and tactics that others can use to harness similar tools to create something similar, in the tech industry or something else. Original Goodreads Review.

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My “day job” is as the Director of Company Development for Conifer Communications a rural Internet Service Provider in the rural foothills of California. My title used to be “Director of Business Development, but while it was the most literal  description of what I do everyone thought I was in sales. My day to day isContinue reading

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With Thanksgiving next week, many of us are headed to the wine store to grab a few bottles to drink up at the family table. And while I could write a thing on how Pinot Noir, or a Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre blend pairs well with turkey (which they do), I thought I should help you out onContinue reading

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