Name It & Claim It: I wanted a Chihuahua.

Name It & Claim It:  I wanted a Chihuahua.
I wanted a Chihuahua. A dog to fit into a bag. A travel companion who looked good in scarves.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dear Martin,

Dear Martin,

You have been named and claimed.

When I moved to Lucca in 1999, I started noticing all the dogs here. MarcAntonio, the apricot coloured poodle who owned Via Roma...Angelina, the doggie at the pizzaria...Socrates, the pincher mix on Via S. Andrea...Argo, the dalmation, and, Nina and Olivia, the yorkies next door. And I started thinking, 'I'm gonna get a dog. I'm gonna get a chihuahua.'

As I write, Mart is lying next to me. He is my constant companion. This summer we will make our third trip to the U.S. and he will be the stellar traveller he has been from the beginning. He is my buddy. I love him.

I named and claimed him.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Congratulations Gess

Gess named it. Claimed it. Rocked it.

Monday, March 29, 2010


THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ, Professor Barnes uses The Dead to teach a principle in BUSINESS=

Do your what you love and the money will follow. It is called PASSION-BASED SUCCESS.

They also were one of the first to practice another staple of smart business= Social networking... every concert sold out since the Sixties. Mailing lists. Relating to their fans. Customer service at its core.

Not bad for a bunch of old hippies who decided to play music for a living.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Don't always listen to your guidance counselor, kids

New York magazine photographer Patrick McMullen high school guidance counselor asked him what he wanted to be. He couldn't say. Then the counselor asked the question that all counselors should ask: What do you love doing?

When McMullen told him that he liked going to parties, he said, 'Forget it. You'll never get a job like that.'

This week Mr. McMullen is covering the parties and festivities surrounding Fashion Week in New York.

Visit your guidance counselor. The questions are good because they get you thinking.

And for those of us who are out of H.S., make sure you keep the counselor's voice in your head in check. Unless of course it is saying, 'Dream bigggggg. Bigggggger. Name it and Claim it.'

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fly! Testify!

Finally, to take a step without feet.