A seat at the table

When Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell both lost their jobs in the Recession of 2008 and decamped to a small farming community in upstate NY to start their lives over, they relied on the help of their neighbors to teach them virtually everything they needed to know to start a surprisingly complex “simple life”.

As their farm grew, so did their collection of artisans that make up the lifestyle company they created and named Beekman 1802.
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Letting go of stuff

My last column on cleaning and de-cluttering inspired quite a few people to do just that, including myself. We need to walk the talk to get things done. Any movement forward even in small increments helps before you are forced into a situation with a deadline like moving.

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An Artist’s Serenity Garden

Sip and paint parties have become very popular. By following instructions, you create art and, well, there’s wine. That’s how I first met artist Nancy Reed-Jones. Nancy makes you feel like an accomplished artist plus she makes you feel good. On a visit to her studio and garden to pick up a painting, I discovered why.

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Put your home on a diet!

How does your house make you feel when you are home? Life is stressful; coming home should be an instant relief. If you are avoiding certain rooms in your home because you feel uncomfortable in them, it is time for a change.

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Out with the old, in with the new

It is time for the last column of 2015, and I struggle with what to write about. It has been an extremely busy year, and I am trying to end it on a quiet note (explanation will follow).  Read more

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies, YUM!

Gluten Free this Holiday? Try these!

The light, tender texture and vanilla-y flavor of this gluten-free sugar cookie will have you sharing it far and wide. Make it as a drop cookie, or roll the dough out and cut it into shapes; either way you’ll have a happy crowd.

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Plant a seed this holiday season

Take a moment to remember a holiday from your childhood. My hope is that you can recall some magical memories that warm your heart. My memories not only fill my heart, but my stomach, and are centered on the family meal and the preparation.

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