Let’s be honest, designing and decorating is fun. I love the challenge of searching out just the right finds for our clients. Along the way, I often find an accessory (or two) that I need as well. In our retail shop, we have tons of inspiration pieces — but they don’t just show up. There is a lot of thought and travel put into finding the latest trends.
Twice a year, a team of Slifer Designs’ staff trek to the renowned High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina. For the uninitiated, High Point is the mecca of home furnishings and design. People in the industry just refer to it as High Point. Hundreds of vendors not only display their latest in furniture and design, they set up actual stores and showrooms for the six-day event.Learn more »
Most firms I’m currently working with are reflecting on the first six months of 2014 and measuring year-to-date progress against their annual goals. To keep everyone focused on what “winning” looks like and to increase the probability that the company will meet its objectives, it is crucial for businesses to have written, measurable goals that are communicated to those in the organization. These business objectives quite literally help people get, and stay on, the same page. While businesses don’t exist to make money they have to make money to exist — much like the fact that we need air to exist but don’t exist to breathe. Having clearly defined goals and objectives increases the chance of successfully making the money needed for the business to exist.
Like many things in life, however, goal achievement follows the law of cause-and-effect or natural law — what we do today will create a result tomorrow. The key linkage in any businesses is to know:Learn more »
While I am not a “foodie,” I enjoy good food and discovering new flavors and seasonings. The fusion trend in cuisine — combining different cuisines in a meal or adding non-traditional ingredients to traditional dishes — is therefore fine with me.
So how do you get from fusion cuisine to jazz? It is really very easy. Think of jazz as a gumbo. While there are many recipes for making the dish, all add multiple ingredients, all use seasonings liberally and each chef has his or her own recipe. Originating in New Orleans and using ingredients and culinary techniques of many different cultures, primarily West African, French, Spanish and German, gumbo is a one-of-a kind dish with many, many variations. What is also clear is, whatever the recipe, a master chef needs to let it simmer slowly. Sounds like jazz to me. By the way, gumbo is the official cuisine of Louisiana.Learn more »
Editor’s note: This column, submitted by Vail Resorts, showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.
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We in the United States generate a lot of waste — something to the tune of 250 million tons of trash every year. Even though up to 75 percent of that waste is recyclable or compostable, the country recycles an average of only 34.5 percent. The rest of the waste is transported to landfills that take up larger and larger amounts of space, and produce methane gas, a greenhouse gas that can be 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
It helps that recycling is getting pretty hip. Ask any child how they can help the Earth and it’s likely that he or she will cheerfully respond, “Recycle!” Putting out plastic bottles and containers on the curb is important, but even as recycling grows, overall waste generation continues to increase at an even faster pace. To really “zero” our waste, we have to curb the amount of garbage we produce in the first place.Learn more »
Buying a home anyplace is a challenge for most people and sorting out the myths from reality as to what is required can be a challenge.
One of the questions I hear most often is, “How much do I have to put down?” The answer is, “It depends.” The type of property, your financial situation, your intention for occupying the property, your credit and income all are factors particularly if you don’t want or have 20 percent to put down.Learn more »
I am one of those Baby Boomers that always enjoys coming to Vail to ski in the winter and vacation in the summer. Now that I can retire any time in the near future, my wife and I are trying to decide if we want to buy a home and retire in Vail, or are we better off going to an area that specializes in retirement communities in California, Arizona or Florida, for example? I know that is a wide range of choices, but we truly have that kind of flexibility.Learn more »
The best deal in town this entire summer has to be Bravo! Vail’s Silver Oak and Twomey Series. Back for its third season, this series converges great music, food and world-class wines. Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott has created a new atmosphere for listening — relaxed, elegant, intimate and enveloped by the beauty of the outdoors. Seating is cabaret style, with the musicians up close and personal.
What’s better than mingling with other music lovers over great food and Silver Oak and Twomey wines while experiencing the beauty of nature?Learn more »
Growing up I was always afraid I wasn’t the son my father wanted.
An avid sports fanatic, my father was a three-sport star athlete in high school who went on to play Division I football. As an adult he got into running and, eventually, Ironman triathlons.Learn more »
We all like to think we’re customer focused. I’ve never seen a business use its marketing channels to proudly claim, “We don’t care one bit about our customers!”
Yet many businesses (and increasingly, municipalities) operate this way by being protectionist in nature in their interactions with technology providers.Learn more »
If you think back to your math classes in high school or college, you may remember that many of the problems involved the use of variables. Changing these variables around in any fashion would change the outcome of the problem. Similar situations occur in life all of the time. To illustrate: If you look at the need to manage your retirement income so that you can’t outlive it as a “problem” to be solved, then you will need to adjust some variables to arrive at the solution you seek. That’s why it’s so important you be aware of the key variables involved in your retirement income planning.
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Judie and I spent 35 years in the Air Force, and during those years, we spent a year and a half with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
I was a forward air controller and made 66 parachute jumps as a paratrooper. I spent two years in combat during the Vietnam War. The first year, 1966, I was an advisor to the Vietnam Air Force, flying combat with them in A-1 Skyraider fighter airplanes. My second-year tour, 1971, I was a colonel and the head of operations, flying F-4 fighters, this time over Hanoi. During those years, there were no women in direct combat roles.Learn more »
So 2,000 miles, 28 hours of driving time, more than 200 songs, a couple of bags of Big League Chew bubble gum, a bag of sunflower seeds, several waters, a few milkshakes and fast food burgers, and at least 12 cups of coffee later, we arrived back in Colorado after our vacation on the East Coast. The trip home was filled with productive calls with customers, family and friends, and even more productive and inspiring quiet time and reflection as I drove across the countryside.
I especially enjoyed the 20 minutes or so of quiet time as I waited for the Pennsylvania State Trooper to write my ticket for prolonged driving time in the left lane. I was professionally reminded that the left lane is only for passing and politely reminded that I could have also received a ticket for being a little more than slightly above the speed limit.Learn more »
I’m not sure what it is about the number 50. According to Paul Simon, there are 50 ways to leave your lover. Train apparently concurs, observing there are 50 ways to say goodbye. Perhaps. But when it comes to “copping” a divorce, there’s really only one way to go about it which, unfortunately, entails a process. The law is like that sometimes.
A quick aside; I’ve been writing this column since, roughly, the Jurassic Age. In that time, I’ve penned somewhere north of 1,100 columns. Often, I hear from folks with either an electronic pat on the back, a question, and yes, from time-to-time a well-placed barb. In those thousand-plus columns I’ve authored, the most responses I’ve ever received were in reaction to a column about common law marriage and, in particular, about what I’m going to say in the second sentence following this one. Common law marriage means you can get married in this state absent a ceremonial marriage provided the two of you openly declare your intent to be married. Now here it is; however, even if you are common law married, if you want to get a divorce, then you have to do so via normal/formal/legal process. You can’t get common law “unmarried.”Learn more »
Getting older is not easy.
On July 31, please join us for the Preventative and Planning Symposium. This symposium will be free and open to the public, and it will take place at Battle Mountain High School. Local medical providers and financial experts will educate Eagle County residents such topics as:Learn more »
When you attend a Bravo! Vail performance this summer to listen to the sublime works of Mozart or Copland and look at the musicians arrayed before you, images of Lindsey Vonn or Usain Bolt or local Mike Kloser are unlikely to pop into your mind.
But maybe they should. Consider this: both athletes and musicians share similar physical and mental demands in their pursuit and mastery of optimum performance. They similarly acquire skills through countless hours of practice, performing feats of great dexterity, strength and stamina, while enduring the psychological pressures and constraints of travel and the organizational “culture” of the professional team or orchestra.Learn more »
The quest for purpose and meaning has been humankind’s journey for as long as we have been sentient beings. A search that resonates inside each of us, it has taken on a more public consciousness in the valley as of late.
Cabal Yarne wrote an energetic column in last week’s Vail Daily challenging readers to identify their passion. I was fortunate enough to attend the Vail Leadership Institute’s Annual Forum at which world-renowned author and lecturer Richard Leider urged attendees to reimagine their lives lived according to their true purpose. Happy with a busy six-month old law firm and a bustling family and community life, I was not exactly in the market for a new path. However, the recent discourse has clarified and invigorated my long-range objectives. That was the easy part.Learn more »
I think it was about 5 years ago when we noticed the strange droppings on our front porch. Too big for mouse and too small for rat, we swept them away and continued to ponder the mystery. Ground squirrels? What would they be doing on our porch? Then one night, my husband turned on the porch light, stepped outside and looked up. Huddled in the corner above our front door was a cluster of bats. It was hard to tell how many there were, huddled together in a furry mass of claws and beady eyes, but I would guess there were around 10.
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Editor’s note: This is from “The Best of Neil Rosenthal.”
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I’m not a coward. I’m cautious.
I wasn’t always that way. As a younger man I was brave, bordering on stupid. I enjoyed contact sports, free-climbing buildings and electrical towers, and I once dated a cop’s ex-wife. The aging process seems to have mellowed and enlightened me to the point of paranoia.Learn more »
One of the highlights of every summer surely is the annual residency of the New York Philharmonic. Now in its 12th consecutive summer of concerts in Vail, we see things really come alive when the New Yorkers roll into town. From its first appearance in the Rocky Mountains back in 2003, the legendary New York Philharmonic was an instant hit. Audiences always swell in size, performances sell out and the social ambiance at concerts is so friendly, it’s almost like a week-long party.
One of the greatest pianists alive, Yefim Bronfman, graciously agreed to step in for violinist Midori, who had to cancel her opening night performance due to complications with her pregnancy. Bronfman joined the New Yorkers last night to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a beloved staple in the piano concerto repertory.Learn more »
As we head into the final months until we celebrate the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, it is probably going to seem a little strange that I’m taking this opportunity to talk about legacy. Legacy, after all, is something that is left behind, so it could be argued that until these championships have been completed, there is no legacy to talk about.
But truth be told, we are hosting these championships because of a legacy: the legacy of the Vail Valley’s ski racing history, the legacy of past World Championships held here and the legacy of those who founded Vail and Beaver Creek in the first place. All of these components came together when we were bidding for these championships four years ago.Learn more »
When I was a kid I didn’t know what a mentor was. I learned from my parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, neighbors and wise uncles. By the ’70s, “mentoring” began to take root. The mantra was a teacher needed to have a special relationship with his or her mentee. I hate that word, it sounds like a drink to me. The theory was that a mentor could guide the mentee by passing on knowledge, wisdom and experience. Hello, wasn’t that what my mom and dad did? I don’t disagree that a mentor can be a powerful force in one’s life, but I think mentors have always been around, and besides, what does this have to do with jazz?
Well, before corporate America (and ultimately most of us) began to bang the drum of mentorship, there was an amazing man that was a real life Mr. Holland, the fictional music teacher in the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Born in 1901, “Captain” Walter Henri Dyett was an accomplished musician, teacher, inspirational leader and, yes, mentor, who lived an extraordinary life in the African-American community of Chicago.Learn more »
“Common sense takes a vacation” probably makes more sense, but “wisdom” just sounds so much smarter doesn’t it?
Most times I am usually never being accused of having either, wisdom or common sense that is, however I do believe it is fair for me to share my exploits and adventures while on my current vacation where wisdom and common sense came took some time off right alongside of me.Learn more »
How much do we really know about the side effect of the medicines we take? When the pharmacist gives us our medications, they also attach a medical information sheet. I personally have never read one of these information sheets and doubt that many other people do.
I think it is great that the FDA and our medical providers would like us educated about the medicines we take. However, most of us do not have medical and pharmacological knowledge and therefore do not understand the information provided in the one or two sheets that accompany our medications.Learn more »
Last week, I joined some new friends and made the trip up to Piney Lake. This was my first visit to the oft-photographed destination. After making our way up the long and bumpy Red Sandstone Road, we were greeted by a magical vista: a picturesque lake — dotted with canoes, no less — at the base of the impressive Gore Range, its peaks still sprinkled with snow. In the foreground, bright wildflowers swayed with the wind. It was like a picture. In fact, it was so much like a picture I had a hard time appreciating that it was actually real. This was water, dirt and ice in front of me and not pixels.
Wait. Is there a difference? I’m not sure my eyes knew or cared.Learn more »
Dear Neil: I read your articles in a local newspaper. In my religion, pre-marital sex is not allowed. So how do I determine who to choose as the right person for me to marry?
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The gently rolling 10.8 miles of Shrine Pass Road are graced daily by bikers, hikers, Jeepers, four-wheelers and hunters. Even in the winter, its rolling hills and dales are dotted daily by cross country skiers, hikers on snowshoe and snowmobilers. Shrine Pass is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, with its rushing creeks, luxurious carpets of wildflowers and miles of side roads that can take you to some of the highest ridges with the most magnificent views.
My friends and family who live in Red Cliff consider Shrine Pass to be an alternate route home from Denver. Shortcutting the main highway from Vail Pass that takes you through Vail, Minturn, and then up Battle Mountain with a more direct, but slightly bumpy dirt road, Shrine Pass Road brings a nice respite after the crowds and traffic of a day in the big city. But believe it or not, before U.S. Highway 6 was built in 1940, Shrine Pass was the main route west from Denver to Glenwood Springs.Learn more »
While most people would consider it blessing enough to have just one incredible asset such as the Eagle River flowing right through their communities, Eagle County residents are lucky to live in close proximity to two remarkable rivers. The Colorado River flows through Eagle County for 55 miles and is known locally as the Upper Colorado. It is the economic and cultural lifeblood for much of our state and most of the Southwestern U.S.
The Upper Colorado plays a vital role in our mountain community identity, as well as our tourism and recreation-driven economy. Locals and visitors log tens of thousands of river days each year, and the region’s difficult geography preserves much of the classic Western Slope Colorado culture and scenery that remains undeveloped in Eagle County. Large landscapes and low-intensity land uses such as ranching help support intact ecosystems that host numerous valued species such as bald eagles, river otters, cutthroat trout, mountain lion and bighorn sheep.Learn more »
We are looking for property in the Vail area and have a real estate broker helping that is very nice, but what I would consider very pushy. My husband says that every real estate agent is pushy because it is their job to sell you a property as quickly as possible and for as much money as possible. I don’t appreciate being shown properties that are continually “just a little” higher than the price we said was our top, and then being asked to decide if I want to make an offer or not after one viewing. Maybe I am the one that is difficult, but it seems like you should be able to find an agent that is not in a hurry and will show you what you have asked for. I am now asking you your opinion of my desire. Is it possible to find someone like that?Learn more »