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Affluent Magazine Dec 2008

Dec 2008


Villa Mangiacane: Experience Renaissance History, Breathtaking Artistry, and Modern Day Hospitality

by Madison Freeman

Villa Mangiacane: Experience Renaissance History,  Breathtaking Artistry, and Modern Day Hospitality Mangiacane is a noble and majestic villa set on a cypress shaded hill, nestled in the heart of the winemaking region of Chianti.  Built in the 15th century by the Machiavelli family and bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, the original building’ plan for improvements are housed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Villa Mangiacane’s fortunes rose and fell over the course of two centuries. Read More

Feel Good Foods

by Karen Mitchell

Feel Good Foods Neither stress nor holiday weight gain need ruin your holidays this year. Here are tips about eating habits and foods that can boost your mood when a stressful situation strikes. You’ll feel calmer - and be trimmer - throughout the holiday season. Read More

Focus Like Tiger Woods: Strategies to Help You Win on and off the Course

by Randy Friedman

Focus Like Tiger Woods: Strategies to Help You Win on and off the Course Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers on the PGA Tour today and possibly in the history of the game. Whether he's competing on the golf course or running one of his many businesses, Tiger has learned to use the power of extreme focus and mind power in everything he does. As the crowds gather around him on 18th green, Tiger's determination and focus are obvious as he lines up his putt on the closing round of golf Sunday. Read More

Myths About Blood Pressure

by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

Myths About Blood Pressure The other day, I measured a new patient's blood pressure, which was 120/80, and told her I wanted to get those numbers down more. "But Doctor," she protested, "why should they be lower? They're perfectly normal!" I explained to her that, yes, national guidelines set "normal" blood pressure at 120/80, but I consider that standard to be arbitrary. I believe your target blood pressure level can be determined only within the context of your other cardiovascular risk factors. For instance, my patient has diabetes and high cholesterol and is overweight, so I'd like to see her blood pressure at 110/70 or even lower. Read More

Effective Team Presentations Mean More Than Just Teamwork

by Joseph Sommerville, Ph.D.

Effective Team Presentations Mean More Than Just Teamwork Many professional services firms present their client pitches in a team format. Team presentations have several attractive features; they offer variety, provide an opportunity to showcase the firm’s range of expertise and demonstrate how well the team works together. But hasty preparation or uncoordinated execution can also spell disaster. Given the technology and format options available, the greatest challenge in team presentations remains creating a sense of continuity among three or more presenters. Read More

Holiday Style

by Mary Jo Matsumoto

Holiday Style What if I told you that you could rev up your holiday spirits, finish all your shopping--even for hard-to-buy-for loved ones-- plus treat yourself to a little self-indulgence and look fabulous doing it. Want to find out how? Read on... Read More

Need an Oil Change?

by Lucille Peterson

Need an Oil Change? Smart men and women know they need some fat in their diet. But moderation is key — all oils have about 120 calories and 14 grams of fat per tablespoon. Experts suggest sticking to about two teaspoons of added fat per meal — and cooking with a variety of oils, since they all offer different body benefits.  Here are some of the best kinds, plus delicious ways to get them in your diet. Read More

The Goodstone Inn & Estate: A Jewel of a Hidden Hideaway in the Rolling Hills of Virginia

by Madison Freeman

The Goodstone Inn & Estate: A Jewel of a Hidden Hideaway in the Rolling Hills of Virginia The Goodstone Inn & Estate, a luxurious country retreat in Middleburg, Virginia, is an award-winning destination for individuals and organizations alike. Situated in the heart of Virginia’s renowned Hunt & Wine Country and just 60 minutes from Washington, DC, Goodstone features 18 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, flexible meeting and event space, superb farm-to-table dining, several exquisitely maintained flower, woodland, orchard and kitchen gardens, extensive recreational opportunities, and exemplary personal service. Read More

How to Brighten the Winter Blahs

by Debbie Mandel

How to Brighten the Winter Blahs In the Northeast whenever we have had some significant snow storms in early December, we were forced to shovel and stay home. Our initial reaction was, “How beautiful and pure.” Then the next day when driving and walking became difficult, we began complaining, “Who needs snow!” By the time Christmas rolled around no one longed for or dreamed of a white Christmas as we all had our fill. Even in the Southern states winter is chilly with grayer, shorter days. It seems that we tire easily and feel depleted. When we feel mildly depressed, or burned out, we always look for external stimulation and warmth. Read More

Tea-Time Manners

by Joy Weaver

Tea-Time Manners The holidays are here thus rendering it the busiest socializing season of the year. You will be invited to many different parties and events - company parties, church functions, club events and the list goes on, but what if you are invited to a Christmas Holiday Tea? Would you be confident enough to navigate tea-time? Let’s take a moment to polish-up on our tea-time manners. Read More
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