Burning bridges in business is never a good idea, particularly for female founders.

The Time’s Up movement is shining a light on the significant gap within the advertising industry for equal representation between genders, at all levels within organizations. My own journey within the industry launched me into a path of entrepreneurship when I found I could no longer advance at the male dominated agency I worked in.…

This week’s obsession, Sicily

In my family, Sicily has always been one of those romantic places I never knew much about. Sure I’ve always wanted to visit, but with so many other wonderful places within the main “boot” I’ve just never thought about prioritizing a visit “way” down there. That is until this week. It seems, only through coincidence,…

Spinasse restaurant, great service and amazing food in Seattle

Thoughts on Service

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the service industry. Having grown up in it, my parents owned a grocery store for 30+ years, and having spent my career in it, it’s not a foreign concept to me. Still, I am often surprised (even today) when I have an amazing experience at one of…

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This Labor Day we made jam. Darn good jam.

This Labor Day weekend was full of all things expected. Last minute school supply shopping, exchanging one size of jeans for another, buying the right “breakfast” groceries to ensure the kidlets get off to their first day of school with at least something of substance in their bellies. But it was also full of a…

Raising kids the Italian way. Good, bad, indifferent? You be the judge.

I’ve been a mom for far longer than I care to admit. My three children have given me more joy than I can express, so much so that it often brings me to tears if I really begin to think about it. But even with all this joy, raising kids is hard. There is so…

The best darn brownies EVER

I’m a chocolate fan. A huge chocolate fan. But I’m a picky chocolate fan. I won’t bother with any of that milk or white chocolate nonsense. Just give me the good stuff. Dark chocolate all the way! It’s wonderful. And it’s even good for you. Dark chocolate is made up of cocoa beans, which are…

Good karma and the case of the missing purse

I believe in karma. I believe that in life you get what you give and that the rules of the universe fundamentally reward kindness, generosity, honesty and goodness. It is with that trust in humanity and the universal balance of good versus evil I go about my days. Sometimes blissfully trustful that things will always…

Sometimes a simple phone call (and ribs) can make your day

I come from a big family. A big Italian family. Growing up we never really had many friends. We had family. Cousins, uncles, aunts. Who needed friends when we had so much love, so much fun, within our own little circle of Italian goodness. Eventually our big family became really big. My cousins had families…

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I thought I loved you Steve Jobs

This subject is a little tired for me. Unfortunately as people within my network get through Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, the discussion continues on. First and foremost, I love Apple products. I’ve always loved Apple products. I financed my first computer, a Macintosh Classic, at the University of Washington bookstore. It took me…

Is the “I’m going to be healthy” resolution already getting to you? It is me. Two weeks in. That’s about right.

Is the “I’m going to be healthy” resolution already getting to you? It is me. Two weeks in. That’s about right. Well, here we are, January 16, 2012 and I’m craving a bag of potato chips, a baguette with a slab of butter, and a salted caramel to finish. My willpower is fading. And fast.…