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A Passion for Cambodia – The Doug Mendel Cambodian Relief Fund

A Passion for Cambodia – The Doug Mendel Cambodian Relief Fund

Philanthropist, I always thought that was such a snooty word. When ever I heard it, it reminded me of elitist, wealthy, polo club types looking for a tax write off. I have come to learn that our Colorado Mountain Towns are filled with philanthropists who are usually in Tevas sans the Polo, except maybe one of Ralph Lauren’s shirts, and are far from elitist or wealthy (well maybe some). Incredible, compassionate people who actively assist our environment and fellow human being populate our mountain towns. In Summit County a former volunteer firefighter with Lake Dillon Fire and Rescue is one of them. Doug Mendel a local resident took the passion of his career to benefit the citizens of Cambodia. In 1997 Doug visited Cambodia and fell in love with the people, culture, crafts, food and even the weather! He was hooked and continued to journey back. In June of 2001, his 3rd trip to Cambodia, Doug had the opportunity to visit a fire station in Sihanoukville. He was amazed to find out that the country only had...

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Mountain Fashionista – Feathers High Altitude Fashion

Mountain Fashionista – Feathers High Altitude Fashion

If Meredith Lepore , contributor to the Grindstone, and I ever meet in person, we may have to put on bedazzled pink boxing gloves and duke it out over work-appropriate attire and accessories. This morning I was combing through Etsy (Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, toys and more) and was this close to penning a post on my love of feather accessories (in particular, peacock adorned headbands And then I saw this:   Really, Meredith? First, you pluck the idea out of my head, and then you cast a totally opposite spin on it. I have a couple of feathery accessories, and I love them. They’re great for adding a little pop to jeans and a simple black tee – perfect for happy hour at one of our local establishments. And as for work? Pile it on, baby! I...

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