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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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    Dirt People

    BY:Dr. Brent

    In a long-ago published interview (I think it was in an Ebony magazine I was reading in the dentist’s office), I remember Eartha Kitt being quoted as saying: “I trust the dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold.” As a kid growing up in North Carolina, who most assuredly had dirt beneath his fingernails at […]

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    One Third Down

    BY:Dr. Brent

    Life is just beginning

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    The Meadows in Spring

    BY:Dr. Brent

    One of the most wonderful and awe-inspiring parts of Beekman 1802 is the number of craftsmen and artists who come into the Mercantile to show us their work.  Of all the people we are fortunate enough to meet, no one inspires us more than an artist.  The way in which they see the world and […]

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