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    Gambling Man

    BY:Dr. Brent

    He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy You gotta learn to play it right For some people, everything they needed to know, they learned in kindergarten. For me it came a little later—as a 6 year old in the autumn of 1978. While eating an afterschool snack at grandma’s house and watching re-runs […]

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    Tarred Heels

    BY:Josh and Brent

    On a visit to the Williams-Sonoma in Greensboro, NC, for a cookbook signing, we had time to visit with Brent’s family.  We each gained 5 pounds that weekend and both returned to the farm with Southern accents.

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    In Memory of

    BY:Dr. Brent

    “The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.” ~ Joan Borysenko     As a medical student and then a physician, what drew me to older patients was, of all things, history. How else as a young adult could I have had tangible access to witnesses to the Holocaust, the […]

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    Martha’s Amazing Race Tips

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Martha Stewart shares some helpful packing tips with Brent and Josh for The Amazing Race.

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    With This Ring

    BY:Dr. Brent

    The wedding ring has its origins on the banks of the Nile.  The circle is a symbol of eternity to the Egyptians, and they would fashion rings and bracelets out of the sedges, rushes and reeds growing along the river.  To them, the hole in the center of the ring was equally important:  a gateway […]

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    The Dash

    BY:Dr. Brent

    At New Market Elementary School in Sophia, NC, Field Day was much anticipated.   Each grade level competed within itself in all kinds of physical activities:  relays, jumping rope, obstacle courses made out of hay bales, etc.    More important than the blue, red and white ribbons that were handed out to the victors (though these were […]

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    Formulas for Success

    BY:Dr. Brent

    When we first mentioned the idea of opening a business in upstate NY, the very question asked by a local was:    “Are you sure you want to do that?” ‘Why?” we asked. “The Mohawk Valley formula,” he said. “What is that?” “Open a business here and you will see.”   How could we not […]

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    Skip of My Heart

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Sometimes you learn about people in layers. The first time I met Skip was at a book signing in San Francisco.  He was wearing a William Beekman t-shirt and a Beekman 1802 ball cap.   He had a perpetual smile on his face and mischievous twinkle in his eye that made me think that his full-frontal […]

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    Early Satiety

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Some lessons can be taught by occupying Wall Street, but we learned ours by occupying the garden.   When I was a child there was a hierarchy of important days each year:  Christmas, first day of school, and the annual showing of The Wizard of Oz on CBS. Back then there was no DVR, no […]

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    Bee-ginning and End

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Photo credit: Keatley Garvey I heard a fly buzz when I died; The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm.   In high school, when first introduced to Emily Dickenson, I remember thinking how sad that the end-sum of an entire life, no matter how graceful […]

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