SKILLS

Other People’s Dirt

Some people feel if you clean out their crap you’re somehow below them. That attitude became more and more prevalent with the tech boom and the rising affluence. Folks were less kind, less sensitive to the people that they hired. And it was kind of like saying, “You’re cleaning our dirt, so you’re dirt.”

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A Taste of the Old Country

Can we travel back in time through a crumb of chocolate cake? Let the tongue open up the imagination, then sit in wonder as a piece of history unfolds — as it did for Proust who conjured up the Belle Epoque while savoring a madeleine? This is a story about a recipe handed down through several generations and about the memories we can recover through the medium of taste.

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Restoring Things, Renewing Lives

My interest in R & R (restoring and repurposing) along with my prior experience as an executive coach, led me to volunteer at the Restoration Project, a retail shop and vocational rehabilitation program for adolescents and adults with emotional and neurological challenges.

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Forget the Age of Throwaway

Do you despair when the coffeemaker goes on the fritz, your cellphone stops responding, or the garden shears prove too dull-witted for the job? Do you feel a twinge of guilt for abandoning these ailing items or consigning them to the dump? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you how to nurse them back to health at the nearest Repair Cafe.

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