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Movies: "The Ides of March"

Movies: "The Ides of March"

 

In an era of great political cynicism, George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” simply adds more fuel to the fire of voter ire.  I wish I could say that it makes up for its negativism with a grabber of a politithriller, along the lines of  “All the King’s Men” (1949), “Seven Days in May” (1964) or the slapdash 1972 movie “The Candidate,” but alas, such is not the case.

 

Eat Your Plate Meets Harvest on the Harbor

Eat Your Plate Meets Harvest on the Harbor

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be the dessert chef at the "Lobster Chef of the Year" event that is being held at Harvest on the Harbor. The moment I was asked, I was filled with joy and excitement, completely astonished that I would be invited anywhere considering I am so new to the food scene. Luckily for me, the aesthetic of my website allows people to have confidence in my abilities. Once the initial feeling of excitement subsided, the nervousness began to set in and ever since I have been a bit of a basket case. The dessert has to be blueberry in nature and for me, that poses a little bit of a predicament since I don't love blueberries completely on their own. And because of this, I don't frequently use them in my baking unless it's a pie or a tart. This led me to have a bit of writer's block when it came to building a recipe which then caused me to sit on my computer at two in the morning googling "blueberry" just to find some sort of inspiration.

Are you Writing for Subscribers or Readers?

Are you Writing for Subscribers or Readers?

I was recently talking about blog subscribers versus blog readers with a friend and then I saw this great post from Convince and Convert on his opinion of how to get more blog subscribers.

As you create your blogging goals and strategy, you should have an idea of who you are writing for and make a note of the data points you are going to measure to determine if your blogging initiative is working or if it isn’t. One thing to think about is if you are writing for subscribers or readers.

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iReflect on the passing of Steve Jobs

 

Earlier this afternoon I had to make a quick run to the Apple store in the Mall. I needed to get something adjusted on a company iPad. While on my visit, I noticed a variety of people shopping in the store. A number of business folks, an elderly couple looking to upgrade their computer, and a slew of kids just out of school for the day.

The Education of a Small Time Farmer

The Education of a Small Time Farmer

A few months ago I begged and begged and then begged some more until my husband finally caved and allowed me to buy chickens. I had no idea what I was doing but I had read enough Google articles to have a vague notion about how to handle these little creatures. Plus, I knew I could harass my friendly sales people at Blue Seal Feed to tell me everything I needed to know. After an early Sunday morning excursion, we arrived at the home of a nearby neighbor who sells chicks. I was wearing a pair of brown dress pants, a JCrew blue button down shirt and some flip flops, I'm sure I totally looked the part. Being unprepared as usual, I had to look away shamefully when she asked if I brought my own box.

A Newly Crowned Chef

A Newly Crowned Chef

Cooking as a business is brand new to me. I am risking a lot by throwing that out there but it's true.

Over two years ago I was grooming myself for a life in the medical field. I was convinced that there was something truly brilliant out there for me and that I was going to be someone very important. Then I met my husband: got married, had a baby, moved to Maine and forgot about all that crazy stuff. What I found here was enough to distract me from everything I once thought important. Beautiful scenery, a slower pace and more importantly, a greater connection to the food I eat. I started, much like a mad woman, trying all recipes out in the kitchen. I held huge dinner parties, an annual harvest party, I planted a garden, I bought some chickens and now, I am selling my food to all of you.

In this economy am I worried? Sure I am. You bet. But something really wonderful happened this past weekend and a little tiny light bulb went off.

What is a TweetChat?

What is a TweetChat?

The other night I got to go speak to a great group of Credit Unions about Social Media Best Practices. As I was preparing my presentation, I was happy to find that there is a specific TweetChat exclusively for Credit Unions looking to use social media. What a cool way to connect with your peers on a topic and learn from each other!

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