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Fresh Snaps 2022

  Favorite Brands  "You're off to great places, today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." - Dr. Seuss A new year is upon us!  Once again, we wake up with surprise, hope and a feeling of joy even when the world is a bit chaotic.  Name a time in history when it was not?  Hard right.  There is always something boiling in the kettle.  It is how you adapt, become flexible and can bend like a twig without breaking.  Can you easily transform, change your plans, and track a new course?  Or do you remain rigid, frozen in the past, ready to split, angry about the present?  Or do you blissfully comply to what is required, are fearless, think of others, and understand how your actions affect the greater good and proceed with grace? The year of selfishness hopefully has been thrown out the window.  And, a year of being selfless is in the cards for those who want to move forward and do not want to cling to a past.  What will this year bring?  Let's pray hap
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Winter 2021-2022 Top Reads

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Christmas is Here!

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Prep School is Back

  Classic Apparel, Manners & Color Warmth "Preppy clothes are built to last, since they certainly will not go out of style." Lisa Birnbach The Official Preppy Handbook, in 1980, edited by Lisa Birnbach, made Bunny and Bif waves across college campuses and became the epicenter of the preppy movement.  (If you have a copy, you are in luck.  It is a difficult book to find.)  Everyone was quoting from this Muffy, Buffy brilliantly sassy "Let's cruise," reference guide, all the while adorning duck shoes for rain puddles and transforming into a preppy student sporting classic and subdued attire.  I remember my book well, which I still have, enjoying the witty writing and humorous declarations as I walked to and from class in my red duck shoes.  The book outlined manners, what to wear, appropriate preppy names and how to behave in public.  The chapters were a satire of sorts which made the book that more entertaining.  A follow up book,   True Prep , It's a Wh