Sunday, June 19, 2016


What does Success Look Like to You?

Listen up all your Shark-ettes out there….
This is preparation #1 For REAL LIFE Shark Tank!

The center for Women & Enterprise is a fantastic organization that helps women (and men too) get comfortable with starting a business. They can help teach you all you need to know about business planning, marketing, organizing, selling, raising capital and much more. According to their website you simply need just the idea and the ambition. AT CWE they say: Connect, Learn, Succeed!

My first course with them was two years ago and it was called Visioning. It was so helpful to see your vision, your own picture of success drawn out so clearly on an enormous sheet of paper up on a big board. Right before your eyes you could see the dream blossoming. That is just the first step. Once you have a clear goal they are well equipped to help you get there. They have courses in everything from Business Structure, to Accelerating your Business. They can help with Legal Structure, Name Choice, Putting a Brochure together, and even have a class that asks Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

Here I am above with Edwidge LaFleur, the Program Manager – CWE – Boston. Along with Madeleine Lutts, she can help answer any questions you may have. They are extremely welcoming and supportive. I already feel like a winner!
If you have a business dream of your own, no matter how BIG or small, and don’t know exactly where, or even how to begin, a great first step would be contacting CWE. They have offices in Boston, Central and Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and online.

With all the information available on the internet, and places like Center for Women & Enterprise, there really is no excuse for not bringing your business idea to life, or, making your current business better. Sure, there is a lot of hard work involved, but, with the people, resources, and support at Center for Women & Enterprise; it’s a lot easier than you may think. Sometimes the first step is the hardest. So, I urge any potential entrepreneurs out there, simply click this link. Your dreams just got a lot closer.

I am currently immersed in one of their more in depth courses and let me tell you; before you know it you might just see me on Shark-ette Tank….. Come on take the plunge….. There is room for all of us. I don’t want to be lonely at the top!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016


He Gets Carried around in a Basket
(with His Name on it no less)

Gets to Dress in Costume

Easily Handles the Ups and Downs of Life 

Gets His Food Delivered
 (in the shape of his favorite characters)

Has the Time to Sit and  PONDER THE MEANING 

He's got two Loving and Adoring Parents

And a New Baby Brother....

Ahh, how I envy the Life of Luca!
And, his Tepee full of Presents...

This post is dedicated to Luca's Grand Ma-mere,
my Dear Friend Trish!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016



Have you been to a Museum lately? Well, what are you waiting for? There is obviously a great deal of strife and unrest in the world. And, whether we realize it or not, on some levels, obvious or not, that affects us! Why not balance things off with some of the beauty and splendor, and the myriad works of art gracing THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL WORLD?!!!

I recommend Fruitlands museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, which is off the beaten path and a wonderful hideaway. According to their website: Fruitlands Museum is home to five collections on 210 majestic acres of meadows and woods. When you visit Fruitlands you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of the Transcendentalists, Shakers, the Hudson River School and Native Americans, sit in the Art Museum among the treasures or be inspired by contemporary exhibits and outdoor sculpture. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits.

with family at Fruitlands

Becoming part of the scene 

Another favorite museum in New England is the Peabody Essex! The PEM ALWAYS hosts the most AMAZING and Whimsical events. There I have seen Artful tea pots collected from all over the world, an enchanting and alluring wedding gown exhibition, and, the Irreverent Rare Bird of Fashion show. I wore faux Peacock feathers for the occasion.
Enjoying Iris Apfel's flair and panache at the PEM

The PEM's CEO says: There are many reasons to come to PEM. Sometimes, looking at a work of art with someone special by your side is all the motivation you need. Sitting in the light-filled Atrium, having lunch outside in the Garden Restaurant, watching the expression on a child's face as she makes a collage — each experience is worth the trip. PEM is the place to come for enjoyment, enrichment, sharing with family and friends, and creative stimulation. 

We gain exciting insights about ourselves and other cultures through special exhibitions, weekend festivals and family art-making programs. You are vital to the equation. Your experiences shape the art you look at and the performances you watch, making them more meaningful and transformative. PEM continues to touch lives and to make a difference.

Dan L. Monroe
The Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO
Outside the PEM in SALEM

Many of my friends LOVE the MUSEUM of Fine ARTS in Boston,
MFA!  I have been invited their twice in the last two months. There is so much to see. I highly recommend you go, and invigorate your soul and psyche! Or simply enjoy and appreciate their offerings.

Here I am with a dear friend in front of an enormous reproduction of Japanese Master, Katsushika Hokusai's, the GREAT WAVE.

 From the Ancient World to Contemporary they've got your ART covered.

All these wonderful museums have tremendous gift shops too....
And, soon my product may be gracing some of them. Stay tuned!

As I continue to celebrate my birthday this month, next stop the Isabella Stewart GARDNER Museum for the highly anticipated OFF THE Wall.

  Museums deepen and enrich our lives. They are engaging and educational. They color our world!
Expand your horizons....
To find one near you try the Official Museum Directory.

If you see Whistlers Mother, tell her Aunty sent you!

Friday, April 15, 2016


Wow! This is incredible....My Birthday is May 3 and already gifts have been showing up at my door.
All I can say is what a treat. These UTTERLY FAB GIFTS are so wonderful, and, have made me so happy I have to SHARE THEM WITH YOU! And, hopefully you will share them with others on their Birthday. Because every day is a special day for someone!

In no special order because each gift touched my heart: The Beatleness Book is utterly sublime!
As a life long Beatles Fan, I was interviewed for this book. And Candy, the Author, even thanks me in the acknowledgments. I simply can not wait to read it. She got me with the cover!

Poldark!!!!!! If you haven't seen  this incredible PBS Masterpiece Series yet, I beg you, PLEASE DO! In all of my life I have not seen a finer show. Yes, it's equal to my other favorite Downton Abbey!
This sublime series will hook you in the first five minutes. As busy as I am, I have already watched it twice through. Need I say more? Oh yes, Swooning is required! And I look forward to watching it a third time, and, owning my own copy soon. This one was lent to me as an early gift.

NO birthday celebration of mine would be complete without some fine tea and coffee. New England Coffee didn't let me down. They just sent me a package of their Birthday Cake Coffee. And I could tell simply by the intoxicating aroma it would be incredibly yummy. You have to give this to someone on your coffee lover's list. It's a perfect Birthday gift. I am drinking some now....

And, last but not least, MAYA GOURMET BAKLAVA! Quite frankly, her pastry is so delicious I don't even know how to describe it. All I can say is I received three boxes today and only one is left. I shared some with a friend, and I indulged in the other. Now I am going for a ten mile walk. But, it was well worth it. For those with discipline, they come in little serving size pieces.
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday today, tomorrow, and every day this year...

Saturday, April 2, 2016


 This past Thursday evening my kind and wonderful sister, Pam, invited me to The Grand Tasting Event sponsored by North Shore Magazine. What a treat! I have been working real hard gearing up for real life Shark Tank, because this Entrepreneur smells success.

We were excited to try all the culinary delights literally against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean! The venue took place at the Sea Glass restaurant in Salisbury Mass. I was happy to have a long and overdue night out with my sister. And, what fun we had. When we walked into the enormous room overlooking the sea we were handed the Best Prosecco (Italian Sparkling Wine) we have had…. Gambino Prosecco! I can assure you, if you like Champagne, you will LOVE this. It’s the Prosecco you can’t refuse! It’s like everything you love most in the world liquidizing into one sparkling glass…bubbly, chilled, and fabulous! Salude!

My sis and I walked around feasting on lobster rolls (I wish I could remember the vendor because they sure were extra yummy). We grabbed bunches of shrimp and scallops from Woodman’s of Essex. Seafood doesn’t get any better!  We passed the Davio’s Restaurant table and we just couldn’t say no to their Lobster Risotto.  While I was swooning over my second serving (one was not enough) Pam sampled this new Rum made in Ipswich of all places. It’s called Privateer. It was an instant hit. We highly recommend this sublime and historic brew made with a great deal of integrity right here in New England. May I suggest you try it with mint and blueberries because summer will soon be here...

The food offerings were generous and endless. We had only hit one side of the room but we were already full! We could only admire the homemade asparagus soup, the fresh sushi, the tenderloin, and spicy soft tacos!
After a fit of laughing, like sisters often do, and usually over nothing that is all that funny, just the joy of being together and the history we share, we headed for the desserts. I was eager, but, Pam had to be prodded a bit. Eventually she followed me into the dessert room (yes an entire room of some of the best desserts I have ever had). I spotted the really good Red Velvet Whoopi Pies, but, it was Pam who discovered the 24k gold salted caramels from The Candy Dish. Only three letters can describe the latter, OMG! Truly top notch chocolates. 

Then, that little Renee inside of me gravitated towards Bellavella Handcrafted Cookies. I just stood there coveting all the cakes and cookies.  I felt like a child in a candy store surrounded by so many pretty and irresistible baked goodies. What’s not to love?

When I thought I had had enough, I decided to take a tiny bite of the Maya Gourmet Baklava! This was undoubtedly the finest Greek pasty I have had! Please get some now. Just ask for it at your grocer. It’s my new favorite. Maya Gourmet goes perfectly with the Gambino Prosecco. And, that was our last stop. Back to the delicious and refreshing Italian sparkling wine. We raised our glasses and promised not to eat as much for the rest of the week, or maybe two!

If you hear of any Grand Tasting Events in your area, check them out. It’s really a fun way to share an evening and try new things. And, often part of the proceeds are donated to worthy charities.