The Swarovski Sparkle

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I love things that sparkle. And from my very first job in a high end jewelry store where we sold tiny Swarovski crystal figurines, I have been fascinated by the company. I went in Friday to purchase some earrings. Of course, I wanted everything is this Atelier Collection by Mary…

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Cookies or Cupcakes Anyone?

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: What role do your senses play in an amazing customer experience? What does the smell of a freshly baked chocolate cupcake, merged with the cold application to a warm face, play in your belief in a product? I may also have a secret desire to eat this face mask out…

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Be the Change

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: One of the greatest joys I have had on this journey of writing, speaking and now hosting my podcast is the ability to network again within my community. Today, as a part of a series about Women Changing the City, 4 talented and diverse panelists delivered powerful messages. Helen Gym,…

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Gather ‘Round the Jiffy Pop

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. I’ve been going through boxes of pictures and mementos, organizing things that I have meant to for years. The things that tie us to our past are powerful. They can brings smiles and tears, happiness and melancholy. But each piece is also a part of…

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Au Bon Pain

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I recently had an overwhelming desire for a croissant. I was walking past an Au Bon Pain, and the smell of freshly baked goods was in the air. Darn them. This sign caught my attention. Simple. Unassuming. Even charming. Yet it is a powerful marketing tool. Cloaked as a reminder…

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Learning Like a Child

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: The Franklin Institute is an amazing place. On any given day it is filled with abundance. Children of all ages find fun in science. This weekend we found an area where someone was letting kids touch the parts of an eyeball. (OK, that grossed me out.) Another area, kids were…

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The Plaster Smile

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I read a quote: “If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.” Last week, I cleared US customs and was going through security for my connecting flight. The lines were moving slowly, and I watched a TSA agent be rude and condescending…

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Cutting the Cord…

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Something wonderful happened this week. Following a moment of panic… When we vacation, my husband and I dedicate 1 hour each day to do “work stuff.” We do this to reduce our stress on the many things that still need to be kept in motion. And we do this together,…

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