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“I Can Overcome”: Listening Without Bias

One of the virtues of active listening is to remove any discriminatory preconceptions you may have about the speaker. Now, this is not exclusively about accepting or ignoring the speaker’s agenda (another chapter in the rulebook of active listening). Instead, … Continue reading

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Pork Fried Rice: The Gourmet Version

Deborah has done it again! After a week of decadent dining in NYC together, and packing on a few late-winter pounds, we decided that the weekend’s meals should be lean, heading toward vegetarian, but no less exotic and decadent. Out … Continue reading

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Modern Hosting Realities: The Wine Service

Traditional etiquette says that when at a meal table, the server will maintain your wine service. In high-end restaurants, this is true, for the most part. But at less formal restaurants, waiting for the waiter to fill your glass may … Continue reading

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The Je ne sais quoi of Executive Presence

Being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions. Continue reading

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Frog’s Garden Heaping with Tomatoes!

Living on Main Street in Cold Spring has been a gift. It’s a charming town where we’ve fully savored getting to know residents and merchants. We’ve brought friends and family to visit our corner of the world for 6 years … Continue reading

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Fiber For A Day in Three Easy Moves

Consume high fiber foods to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and diverticular disease. Bonus: it keeps you regular! Continue reading

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Base Hits to Better Health℠: Perk Up Your Posture

Whenever I hear the word posture, I can still hear my mother shriek ‘Deborah, stand up straight’. She used to have me stand against a wall for 10 minutes a day as a kid. Well, turns out that mom was … Continue reading

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A Tipping Question In My ‘In Box’

I love it when people send me an email containing a dining question. Here’s one that was received this morning. Hello Goldie; Is it customary to tip the same percentage for the dinner and the wine? Several of my friends … Continue reading

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Landing The Plane – A Restaurant Tip for Hosts

Restaurants have different protocols, but many high end eateries will not bring the check to the table until it is specifically requested. More than one host of a business meal has looked awkward at the end of a meal- uncertain … Continue reading

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Don’t be Embarrassed to Order Tap Water

Have you ever detected that certain challenge in a server’s delivery of what has become a standard question at high end restaurants: “would you like still or sparkling water”? Then after a pregnant pause, for effect, they will finish the … Continue reading

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