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Stuck in an airport? Here’s how to use Twitter/Facebook to get on the next flight out!

Seems that over the airport-closed-due-to-weather holidays, the savviest travelers skipped the lines and used twitter and facebook to find the next flight out — and they got out faster. Here’s a tutorial on how you can do it next time…

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FIKA saves the financial district (for coffee lovers)

FIKA saves the financial district (for coffee lovers) …

Wall Street-bound aficionados of coffee, chocolate and pastry, do not despair! Your citadel is no longer an espresso wasteland“ the spectacular Swedish FIKA Espresso Bar is there to save you with one of the most beautifully prepared cappuccinos I’ve savored for many a morn. Had I not been on a got-to-lose-a-couple-pounds-after-the-holidays mindset, those freshly baked muffins that looked otherworldly would have gone straight down with the coffee.

How to find it in the financial district:

66 Pearl St. (next to Broad St.)
(646) 837 6587

Happily FIKA has as least two other locations:

407 Park Avenue South (between 28th & 29th)
(646) 649 5133

41 West 58th (between 5th and 6th)
(212) 832 0022

Check out their website at:

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Making 2011 interesting

Have been pondering this story (below), and thought a good time to share — It was received as part of Robyn Water’s* Trend/CounterTrend New Year newsletter.

Robyn wrote that it’s “about achieving that delicate balance between letting go and disciplining ourselves.” I thought it to be more about having an interest in what you’re learning on the way to wherever you end up.

You may have a very different idea …


A young boy traveled across Japan to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the karate school he was given an audience by the sensei.

What do you wish from me? the master asked.

I wish to be your student and become the finest karateka in the land, the boy replied. How long must I study?

Ten years at least, the master answered.

Ten years is a long time, said the boy. What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?

Twenty years at least, the master answered.

Twenty years! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?

Thirty years, was the master’s reply.

How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me it will take longer? the boy asked.

The answer is clear, replied the master. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way.


HAPPY 2011 EVERYBODY! May you find both the journey and the destination interesting, educational and, yes, enjoyable 🙂


*Robyn is president and founder of RW Trend, LLC. She is the author of The Trendmaster’s Guide: Get a Jump on What Your Customer Wants Next, and The Hummer and the Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape. Learn more about her at www.rwtrend.com

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Can you impact your kid’s binge drinking?

Here are key points from a recent NPR story, Parenting Style Plays Key Role in Drinking by Allison Aubrey, December 27, 2010

For teenagers, friends play a big role in the decision to take that first drink … more than 65 percent have at least experimented …

Researchers at Brigham Young University found that teenagers who grow up with parents who are either too strict or too indulgent tend to binge drink more than their peers.

“While parents didn’t have much of an effect on whether their teens tried alcohol, they can have a significant impact on the more dangerous type of drinking,” says Stephen Bahr, a professor of sociology at BYU, and the author of the study that was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

As part of the survey of 5,000 teenagers, Bahr and his colleagues asked: ” … how many had taken five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks” says Bahr. That’s the typical definition of binge drinking.

And they asked the kids about their parents: “What kinds of rules did they have? Did their parents know where they were on weekends? Did their parents check up on their whereabouts and set curfews? How much oversight and monitoring was typical?”

Teens raised by indulgent parents (give their children lots of praise and warmth” little in the way of consequences or monitoring of bad behavior) were among the biggest abusers of alcohol and three times more likely to participate in heavy drinking. “The same was true for kids whose parents were so strict that no decision was left to the teenager’s own judgment …They were more than twice as likely to binge drink.

The parenting style that led to the lowest levels of problem drinking — balanced with both accountability and consequences for bad behavior and warmth and support.

Lots of factors contribute … “Genes play a significant role, as do peer relationships. And the teenage years can be adversarial.”

There were many articles about this study, but snoety liked that NPR also offered the following:

Aimee Stern’s free book “Delaying That First Drink. A Parent’s Guide,” downloadable as a pdf. Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the book is intended as a teaching tool for parents and contains plenty of evidence-based information on drinking and addiction. It explains the science of alcohol — what it does to the body and the developing brain.  They also suggest a series of Science Inside Alcohol lessons developed by AAAS .

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