Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Snowden's succession plan proving a success

A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Chris Snowden of Snowden's Jewelers for a story in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Snowden's Jewelers has seen phenomenal growth in the last few years and the story focuses on his marketing efforts and the changes he made to steer his business to new heights. Read about it here: Snowden's succession plan proving a success.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It Was My Birthday. I Went Kayaking.

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Yes, I had a birthday about a week ago. On the morning of my birthday I found three new grey hairs in my beard. I decided to counter the greying of my beard by going kayaking - nothing like fresh air and a marsh full of birds to fight back the effects of aging.

I went to one of my favorite spots - Bald Head Island - and joined the Bald Head Island Conservancy on one of their kayak trips. It was a beautiful day, a great paddle and a welcome break from my routine.  Read about it on The Island Times, Bald Head Island's blog.




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Sunday, October 10, 2010

How to Build a Storm Trooper Helmet from Two Milk Jugs


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Lindsey over at Filth Wizardry has made a Storm Trooper helmet for her kids and it looks killer (see the picture she took of her finished product). All she did was carve up two plastic milk jugs, hot glue them together, and, well, read her instructions here. Take a look around her site, she's got some fun, Star-Wars- and non-Star-Wars-themed projects that you may want to try with your kids. Or, if you're like me (I'm chugging milk straight from the jug so I can make my own Storm Trooper helmet), you'll want to make them for yourself.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Greater Wilmington Business Journal

As you may have read in an earlier post, Lauren and I have a pair of rain barrels we use to water the garden. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Rick Harris of Cape Fear Rain Water Harvesting, a Wilmington-based company that sells rain catchment systems. I wrote about it for Greater Wilmington Business Journal and you can read it here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wine - As if I Needed Another Reason to go to Bald Head Island

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In graduate school one of our great friends - Adam Shobert - began pouring wine at The Wine Sampler, a local wine shop. His approach to wine really opened up my eyes and my palate and, before he moved to Ohio for greener pastures, we were Friday night regulars for his tastings. Now, thanks in no small part to Adam, I'm a wine convert. Under his guidance, it didn't take long and I feel like I've developed a decent (but still undertrained) palate.

Which brings me to last weekend.

Last weekend (September 24 - 26), Bald Head Island hosted the second annual North Carolina Wine & Food Weekend. The weekend featured several North Carolina wineries, some delicious local food, a wine dinner and sparkling wine brunch (where they served, wait for it, bananas foster French toast). As the Adventure Blogger for The Island Times, Bald Head Island Limited's blog, I felt it was my duty to explore the culinary delights at the festival. I wrote about it here. Hope you enjoy. And I hope you can make it next year.

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