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Now That’s a Motorcycle

I don’t ride, but I love motorcycle design. has a great article about a U.K. design firm that has developed a series of bikes that will, for sure, influence motorcycle design for many years to come.

Living Well Link of the Week: Now That’s a Motorcycle | Design & Innovation

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Michael Chiarello is the tastemaker behind NapaStyle stores, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Consorzio Flavored Oils, and Tra Vigne Restaurant as well as an Emmy-winning Food Network personality and cookbook author. Over his 20-year career, Michael has drawn on his Southern Italian roots and Napa Valley way of life to pioneer culinary and lifestyle innovations that inspire friends and family to gather around the table to create meaningful traditions in their own lives.


Food comes alive for me when it tells a story, and nearly every dish I make has one – of a childhood hike with my family to forage for mushrooms, of an afternoon spent canning tomatoes with neighbors. When I cook or eat those dishes, the flavors remind me of those wonderful experiences and the friends and family who helped prepare them.

I created NapaStyle to share these stories and the rich, uncomplicated lifestyle that the Napa Valley inspires – and to encourage you to start your own traditions around the best of every season. Whether you live in the wine country, at the shore, in the mountains, or in the city, there are great flavors all around you – if you know where to look.

My favorite section is NapaStyle lighting. It’s filled with unique and interesting fixtures.

Living Well Link of the Week: NapaStyle


Thanks Annmarie, for the link.


I invited the staff at Fivecat Studio to contribute to the Living Well blog whenever they feel the inspiration. Project Architect, Bjorn Slate sent me this post earlier this afternoon:


As the weather turns cooler and the days get shorter, it’s fun to imagine where we might run off to in the darkest days of winter for a little bit of sunshine and warmth. This new travel website features hotels with uniformly great design.

If you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, may I recommend SpaFinder, the Global Spa Resource. If it’s your first time, be sure to check out Spa 101. They assembled a collection of time tested advice to guide you through the experience. You’ll get more out of your spa experience when you understand the industry, the etiquette, and especially, the treatments.

Then again, why leave home at all?

At Fivecat Studio, we’re finding that our clients are looking to their own master bathrooms for some of the amenities they might otherwise find at their favorite spa. Whether it’s an air-massage soaking tub or steam shower, the theme is relaxation and rejuvenation. When a project calls for steam, we look no further than industry leader, Steamist.


Thanks Bjorn.

A Walking Stick

img_1509.JPG A bit off topic… but last week when Annmarie and I were visiting Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (they were actually blue…very, very blue) we spotted this Northern Walkingstick insect on the ceiling of our cabin’s porch. I took the photo to share with my 5 year old son, but I thought I would share it with you too. It was pretty amazing.

We Will Not Fail

Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom — the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time — now depends on us. Our nation — this generation — will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

The Address by the President of the United States to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People – September 20, 2001

May God bless those who died on September 11, 2001,

their families and friends,

the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces,

and our leaders.

Please give them the strength and courage to do what is right.

May God bless us all.

The River


As I have mentioned several times, one of my favorite places to be in this world is floating on the St. Lawrence River among the Thousand Islands.

Today I posted a new header image of “the river”. Check out more amazing photography by Ian Coristine at his website.

A New Look

I’ve decided to dress up the blog a bit with a custom image header. My plan is to change the header throughout the summer with images of some of my favorite places.

The first one is actually a painting by St. Lawrence River artist Michael Ringer. This work is from his Adirondack Series and is named, Adirondack Silence.

You can see more of Michael’s paintings here.

If you ever find yourself up in the Thousand Islands region of New York, be sure to visit his gallery in Alexandria Bay and his store in Clayton.

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