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Luxurious Reading…


summer_readingHow do you define luxury?   Is it sitting in a chair of fine leather watching a 42″ surround sound TV covered in a blanket of brown fur while being served caviar and champagne from your host’s staff?  Is it skiing the steepest and the deepest champagne powder with face-shots in endless terrain followed by laughs with great friends and multiple bottles of Dom Perignon?   Or is it …. simply enjoying the unexpected … appreciating what you have … sharing your passions?

I am sharing the attached which was circulated by a work colleague today.   We see each other on occasion at meetings,  share business ideas and talk shop …. but this was inspirational to receive.  How nice to share a ‘non-business’ idea amongst business colleagues!   THEREIN lies the luxury.   People who share business beliefs,  embrace other mutual beliefs.   How fulfulling and rewarding…  And how fun to know that the people you work with have the same – yet different – multiple layers that you do.

Not to mention the unquestionable luxury of getting lost in a good book!   So all you book club goers …. INDULGE!!!  And please SHARE!


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Luxurious thought of the day…


“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mmmmm……a romance with the out-of-doors!


Just when you thought you’d seen it all,   along comes a luxurious product that inspires vision and dreams.   The ‘Nanawall’ created in Redlands, CA,  opens your door and mind to exhilaration.    Bringing the out-of-doors in,  the Nanawall inspires a romance with your surroundings.  Enjoy sea breezes all day long,  sleep in your living room under the stars,  and entertain guests blending indoor and outdoor spaces in your own home.    Energy efficient walls of glass made of  folding French Door panels, the Nanawall combines vision and practicality in a trend-setting look that is sure to inspire both conversation and dreams!

This stunning beach house in Kennebunk Beach has placed a 21-foot Nanawall door system below a barrel ceiling of select fir,  enabling a camera-lens vision of the sunrise and sunset from your living room sofa while delighting in the sounds and smells of the sea.  Incorporating every cutting edge technology  into it’s beautiful architectural design –  radiant underfloor heating, solar heated domestic hot water, floating sinks, ipod docks, indoor and outdoor speakers, elevated flow-through foundation and so much more – this home offers a perfect blend of state-of-the-art technology  and understated luxury.   Indulge yourself and let the romance begin….


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Living the dream! ~ Handbook 2010 ~


chickendreamI received a wonderful email yesterday from my eldest brother.   In the Luxury Real Estate business, I aim to create dreams for people daily.    That is my job and I love doing it.   ‘A man’s home is his castle’  is a proverbial English expression which reflects that we each have our own individuality —  ours to portray in our own gorgeous castle.

But along with that comes other lessons in living  … those of ‘living well’.  Luxury living takes on many meanings.   This ‘code’ reflects many of my own principles.   Read and enjoy…



1.       Drink plenty of water.

2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.

3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..

4.       Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5.       Make time to pray.

6.       Play more games

7.       Read more books than you did in 2009 .

8.       Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

9.       Sleep for 7 hours.

10.    Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11.    Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

12.    Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13.    Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.

14.    Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15.    Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

16.    Dream more while you are awake

17.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..

18.    Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

19.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.

20.    Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

21.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22.    Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

23.    Smile and laugh more.

24.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree… Read the rest of this entry »

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New Year’s Resolutions … Save and Go Green!


imagesFor most people around the globe,  as they watch the clock strike twelve on December 31st,   the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow.     And for many,  that includes a resolution of ‘trimming’ … trimming a waistline,  trimming excess spending and trimming wasted time.   This clever money saving article by Roberta Murphy identifies ways to trim all three  …   squeezing every inch out of every penny while at the same time  increasing your own personal green initiative!   A fine New Year’s resolution, I would say!

1. Pack a healthy lunch, fill a Thermos of coffee, and spare the environment another plastic bottle by carrying water in a reusable container.   Roberta’s son Eric, now saves at least $5 per day out of his pocket. Take away a couple of dollars, max, for ingredients, and you are still dollars ahead.

2. Paste a sticker that says, 800-FREE-411 (or 800-373-3411) onto both your cell and home telephone. Instead of paying your telephone service up to $3.50 for a telephone number, why not listen to a 10-second commercial and get the number for free? Makes sense to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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