June 16th, 2011

“How about… all-girl Fight Club?”


As I began to write this blog that line is repeating in my head. I loved that movie for two reasons: First, Kristin Wiig’s character is a baker (hello), and second, all the women are in it together even though they clearly have their own agendas. That vibe has consistently been my experience with the two entrepreneur groups I’m loving. Both are chock full of some clever, dynamic women with serious goals in mind.

The first is Smarty – founded by the laser-focused Amy Swift. I’ve been a member since the beginning and some of the women I have come to know are great friends. This was my first experience indulging in a sisterhood that (mercifully) skipped the touchy-feely stereotypical chick thing and went straight to making it happen. The monthly events are relentlessly geared to every detail of what it means to run a business and the communication between members never fails to support. The idea that “if I give to you there’s less for me” doesn’t exist here.

Savor the Success is my newest foray into the world of entrepreneurs. Sarah Shaw (who I originally met through Smarty founder Amy Swift) is my favorite go-to, all-around Wisdom Tooth – and she turned me on to Savor. Sarah knows what works to make your business a success. She has been an endless font of information for me (not to mention hundreds of other women) – so when she told me about Savor I was in. And my first new assignment via Sarah – start blogging every week.

So here I am!

June 16th, 2011

Would you like fries with that?

I wrote this in April, promptly got a craving for donuts, and then my fingers were too sticky to hit publish:

I am doing my taxes. It’s a teensy bit frustrating as I make silent promises to myself about all the organizational widgets I will learn to incorporate into my world, as soon as I get this year’s numbers in order. As is my way with my taxes: I fret, I figure it out, and then I make nice neat piles. When I’m done, I put everything in a labeled envelope and walk away as if we’d never met. This year there’s been a small yet pivotal difference – I have needed to call a number of (we’ll call them) credit card companies to find out why certain things had transpired. We all have our frustrations with the credit card world but this piece is not about that. This is about the “people” – and I use the term loosely – at the other end of the phone. And how a tiny bit of humanity can go a long, long way.

Without dragging you through the details, suffice it to say, of all the companies I had to call only one – ONE – offered a human being who could listen while simultaneously thinking independently. Guess what? I am now a devoted fan – they win.

Our goal here at the studio speaks to that same place – we listen. It’s crazy and avant garde of us, but it works. Our clients can tell we care about them and meeting their needs. And really, all anyone wants is to feel heard. Am I right?

Thank you for nodding.

September 7th, 2010

Bueller..? Bueller..?

Here those crickets chirping? That would be the sound of me not typing my blog…

Alas a plethora of responsibility has overtaken my time, free or otherwise. Even Luna has learned to walk herself (and her soccer ball).

But I shall return soon!!
(insert echo of last line, here…)

April 28th, 2010

Takes my breath away…


I took these photos of my delicious niece; with my trusty Nikon N90s on Kodak Plus-X film. I love love love film… I love the grain, and the subtle hues from white to black. Since I picked up my first camera and saw my first print, my response has always been utterly visceral.

February 21st, 2010

Like Art for Chocolate


Meet Maria White of Maria White Ceramics. I love love love her porcelain creations. To watch her work is better than xanax – she fluidly creates these forms on her wheel making it look as if they pour from her very hands. I have the good fortune to happen by her studio on a regular basis… it is always an inspirational drive-by to see the her luminaries, eggs, and bottles (to name a few) waiting for their turn in the kiln. Her pieces are hand-thrown and then individually carved – each one injected with Maria’s vision. Do yourself a favor and visit her site to see her creations. And make sure to get on her mailing list for her bi-yearly sales. (then again, if you’re like me, you can’t wait until spring and will call for a personal showing of her work to select your favorite pieces). This week she is at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore – stop by and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood!

January 25th, 2010

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli…”

[The Godfather]


Left to my own devices recently, I decided to whip up another side-business to entertain myself. Introducing Auntie Myrtle’s Bun In the Oven. So that means I’ve been baking a lot. And things have to be tested to make sure they taste okay (I adjust the recipes as I go) It’s for science. Just today I decided to throw together another batch of pumpkin bread to bring to a gathering later today. There will be five other people there, and as you can see from the photo, I made six loaves. Aren’t they pretty?

I’m very full.

January 9th, 2010

“The new phonebooks are here! The new phonebooks are here!”

[steve martin, The Jerk]

We have worked for a loooooong time to bring this baby together. So my very first blog is dedicated to the amazing guys at Every Angle Media: Josh, José and Michael. Put simply, they kick ass. If you look up tireless in the dictionary you will see their photos. I’m not kidding, go check, I’ll wait. …See?

I also need to add that I’m having flashbacks to the editorial column I used to write for my college newspaper (Boston University’s Free Press – known as The Freep). My column was called Aimless and I used to write it on my Mac Plus a first-generation Mac (and for those of you keeping score, that would be system software v 1.0 – on a floppy disc – no internal hard drive). And the simple idea that I could cut one thought from one paragraph and paste it into another made my heart sing. Well, that and the bagels from Bruegger’s in Kenmore Square. Back then I wrote about boys. And waitressing…

As the days pass and the sunny weather carries on here in LA I will post about all those things that catch my eye. And possibly waitressing… we’ll have to see how it plays out.

Happy 2010!!