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Gleaning’s Roots Run Deep

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting the remaining crop from the field after it has been harvested. Here’s the story of how I recently gleaned my ranch.

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The Book of Virtues – Modern Day Lessons

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

Virtues. Self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, courage, honesty, loyalty and faith. Our own Kat Merrick discusses her path to lessons learned in The Book of Virtues.

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With A Shake Of The Hand

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

Handshakes say more than just “hello.” What does your handshake tell people? Here is Kat Merrick‘s take on the history and true meaning of the handshake.

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The Art Of Working As A Team

Posted by on May 13, 2014

Totally Local VC’s Kat Merrick discusses what it takes to work successfully as part of a team. Including dealing with when the process goes horribly wrong.

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Finding Heroes

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013

Watching the movie 42 reminded me of my dad using sports heroes to instill life lessons. But who are today’s heroes? And what have we learned?

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A Little Mental Housecleaning

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013

We all have days when we wake up and things just aren’t happening the way we want. So we need to do a little mental housecleaning now and then.

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Thanking Our Wonderful Volunteers

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013

American volunteerism recently reached a 5 year high. We would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our Totally Local VC volunteers.

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Reflections On Surf Rodeo

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013

What stood out to me about the this past weekend’s Surf Rodeo are the generations – so many young and old enjoying the day. And what they all learned.

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