Summer’s Here!!! All Work No Play ?


While summer is in full bloom and we are pondering our next career option or work objective whether it be freelance or part-time, let’s take a moment to switch gears and talk barbeque sauce…Many of us love nothing more than making a great steak or piece of chicken on that barbeque grill that has been left idle and untouched for so many months..Let’s pay it some attention! In doing some research I have come up with a list of some five-star reviewed barbeque sauces that I hope will pique your interest as well as your taste buds. While I have not tasted any of these to personally give my recommendation, my research skills are far superior than most and my instinct top notch!! So enjoy! I will be back soon to get back to the grass-roots of my blogs and that is work!! So enjoy while you can…





Gross National Happiness. Should World Leaders Make It A Priority?

Category : CULTURE

As  reported by Putnam Barber , of,   on June 21, 2012 at the end of last year (“Happy Happy New Year!”), the idea that nations should pay attention not just to Gross National Product (GNP) but also to Gross National Happiness (GNH) has been spreading slowly since it was introduced by the former King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, in the 1970s.

This week, GNH will get more attention at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.  During this conference, leaders from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to explore how nations can combat poverty while ensuring environmental protection. While the agenda includes an array of topics such as job creation, food security, and sustainable cities, attendees will also try to answer this question:  Are economic measures of growth enough to determine a nation’s well being?

For Bhutan, a landlocked country in South Asia, the answer is still no.  At the conference, Bhutan will present a paper based on the work of its Center for Bhutan Studies, which measures the nation’s GNH. The center examines nine domains of happiness - including health, education, time use, and good governance – and uses the results to craft recommendations for policy makers, NGOs, and businesses. Though it started as an informal alternative to the Gross National Product (GNP), today more civic leaders around the world are wondering if the GNH provides more holistic picture of a community’s wellbeing.

Starting in our communities

Sustainable Seattle used the concept in my hometown to develop a local happiness index through The Happiness Initiative. The project has two components: a set of objective statistics used to create a profile of the region’s progress toward sustainability, and a personal survey that anyone can take. The results of the first survey completed in 2011 (summary shown in a graph on page 10 of The Happiness Report Card [PDF]), reveal that my neighbors feel a strong sense of trust and community support, yet struggle with time balance.  The Happiness Initiative also developed a set a of recommendations for policy makers and community members to tackle the challenges presented in the survey.

The Happiness Initiative is branching out beyond Seattle and attempting to measure the country’s happiness. Their first national survey conducted in March 2012, for example, indicated Americans are more satisfied with the state of the environment, education, arts, and culture than with government and time balance.  The Happiness Initiative is collecting more national data now; you can contribute to the next report yourself here.

What do you think? Should we expand the ways communities — and nations — measure progress and success?


What’s Got You Reading?

Category : CULTURE

As I mentioned in my first article, it is very important to do something for yourself each and every day.  Whether you are a busy mom at work full-time or freelancing, there is nothing like being able to loose yourself in a great novel.  Over the past number of years I have traveled not only throughout the United States, but to France, Italy, Costa Rica, and Guatemala  (didn’t discuss books there)—point being I love talking to new people.  Depending on whom I am speaking with, I will ask what they are currently reading.   I have been known to just create list after list of great books.  I used to get at least five emails a day from people I had met wanting to know what I can recommend for them to read.  On a recent trip to Paris, I met people from all over the world and again one of my questions is always what book have you recently read that you could not put down. 


Below is a list of books (I have not read all personally) but I trust my sources…so if they say it is good, I add it to my list…and trust me… I don’t just add books to take up space on paper.


This Is Where I leave you by Jonathan Tropper

A riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind. 



Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

A powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond that explores the enduring links between the present and the past.


The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Brimming with barely contained passion and cruelty, the precision of science, the wild variance of lust, the catharsis of confession, and the fear of failure-the Glass Room contains it all.



Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Continuation from the Shanghai Girls (which is also a great book).  Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in DREAMS OF JOY, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed nineteen-year-old daughter, Joy.


The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.


Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardiner Trulson

Jennifer tells an ordinary woman’s extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience, friendship, love, and healing-which is also New York City’s narrative in the wake of September 11th.  An unlikely love story, a quintessentially New York Story-at once Jennifer’s tribute to the city that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.



Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy

A Riveting portrait of a brilliant woman that reflects the way we live now, of the many routes we follow in course of a single life, and of the arbitrary nature of destiny. 


Wanderlust: A Love Affair by Elisabeth Eaves

A journey of self-discovery.  Eaves finds herself and the sense of home she’s been lacking since childhood-and she sheds light on a growing culture of young women who have the freedom and inclination to define their own, increasingly global, lifestyles, unfettered by traditional roles and conventions of past generations of women.


Happy Reading!







A Diamond Jubilee to Remember


A woman’s job is never done!!! I found a really great article i wanted to share with all of you written by Tom Sykes at The Daily Beast. The Queen’s Jubilee is taking place on Sunday and the article will summarize why American’s may be baffled by some of the hoopla’s

intricacies. I really enjoyed this article and I hope you will too!


I feel a little more insightful into the makings of this glorious event. If you happen to be headed to London this weekend make sure to try and catch one of the many celebrations taking place. I am sure it will be an event to remember. Oh, and please send us your photos!