Inside Looking Out—Perspectives


Somewhere between here and mid-state Vermont there is a one-pump gas station well off the highway nestled in amongst asbestos shingled porches and brick facades. It’s well lit and safe. The cashier is warm in his red flannel shirt and one-up/one-down ear flapped hat. It smells like a fresh pot of coffee inside the propane heated shop no matter what time of day it is. It might be snowing and though its only 5:30 you feel like you have...

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Getting dressed usually poses a multitude of dilemmas. It’s sort of annoying actually that “outfitting” is a daily requirement of life. There are certainly days when the hair, the light, the skin tone and the outfit all come together leaving JLo in the dust, but more often than not it’s a wing and a prayer. I don’t build in the time required and other things quickly take priority. So I was none too surprised to find myself in downtown...

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I have never really liked Halloween. Maybe because there are too many juxtapositions involved? I mean, inherently, trick…or treat seems an unnecessary creation of angst. Though I never actually got a “trick” instead of a treat, the very idea that it was possible to be tricked put someone like me, who admittedly likes some level of control, on high alert. And too, I could never get past the inauthenticity of donning a costume for one...

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Facebook is working on a “dislike” button and they say it is to be used to build empathy. I looked up empathy just to be sure. Empathy, noun, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Wait a minute. If I share your feelings, don’t I “like” them? And if I don’t like them, if I am a truly empathetic, don’t I at least try to find some part of what you are saying to like? So “dislike” and “empathy” don’t play in the...

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Every now and again life throws you some lemons. Mine, right now are in a fruit bowl on my counter at home ever ready to be squeezed into the morning vinegar-water-cinnamon-lemon elixir I have been taking for seven mornings straight as part of a two week summer clean eating regimen. I’ve never done anything like this before and frankly, did an eye-roll in my head anytime anyone mentioned that they had. Oh, and I thought it would be a...

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What I love about life is that you just never know where the next learning is going to come from and then, kaboom, you have an experience that changes your view—even if ever so slightly—of something that has been right in front of you every day. We talk an awful lot about craft and quality around here. It sort of flows through our veins and feels so ingrained in our muscles that we forget that there is any other way to do...

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Fifteen years ago we would meet at 6:30 AM at a coffee shop somewhere in between wherever we were and wherever we were going. I can’t remember the exact content of the conversations but the aesthetic of them hasn’t changed. It was dark outside, early yet, with the promise of the day unfolding as the sun slowly alit upon whatever front-window café table we occupied. The coffee was bold and black, steaming, preferably from a large...

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I can’t help but write about winter. Again. You see, after the February we had I mentally challenged myself to hold onto the notion of winter well past March 1st this year. But then Daylight Savings happened and the hearty me that celebrated the endurance of my heavy, salt-crusted boots and my wind whipped chapped hands suddenly began to fully resist any notion of winter. My brain simply said it is light out at 6:00 PM there should no...

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Ladies and gentlemen, Sunday is March 1st. I promise. And any month starting with the letter “M’ is, at this point, a most welcome sight suggesting that Old Man Winter’s days are numbered. He found a delightful vacation spot here in the band between Worcester and Boston and on down to the tip of Cape Cod this season. He’s been devilish in his play, or at least so it seems to us mortals who are, at this point, more interested in...

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It’s a list. Of one hundred people. Women. The 2014 Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts. And I am on it. As number 100. Huh. I think when you are #100 life is more titillating. I mean when you’re #1 (Sandra Fenwick, Boston Children’s Hospital) or even #77 (a glorious woman, Lisa Brothers, Nitsch Engineering) you have a long way to fall before you drop off the list. But me? My humility is fully intact. One little slip. One...

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