How to Fix Your Bike and Solve Your Business Problems

Posted by melissa kandel on August 24, 2020 in business journey | 4 Comments

It was a sticky, hot Saturday morning. The back tire of my bicycle had sprung a leak, so I stood sweating outside the local bike repair, an admirably scruffy shop wedged between a bakery and a tattoo parlor. Read More

The Van That Mrs. Westphalia Bought

Posted by melissa kandel on August 19, 2020 in Fiction | 5 Comments

Mrs. Westphalia sipped her tea. She was getting very good, almost expert level, at making tea on the black varnished stove top shoved between the washing machine and her nightstand. Read More

Modernizing My Bedroom with AllModern

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on August 17, 2020 in home decor | No Comments

By Heatherly Grace Shepherd

In the spirit of breathing new life into a room (c/o AllModern), I’ve recently been re-thinking my own space. Though my childhood nickname was HGTV and I, for as long as I can remember, have had a deep infatuation with David Bromstad, I am not a designer in the slightest. I have had ample opportunity to express my latent passion for interior decorating in each of the many houses my military family has occupied. Also, apartment switches each year of college always meant a chance to redecorate anew. Still, I was never was able to turn my fantasies into livable, fantastic realities. So, with all the time at home quarantine has granted me, I have made it my mission to give my new place the best Property Brothers experience I can … starting with my bedroom. Read More

Morning Music Vol. 1

Posted by melissa kandel on August 13, 2020 in music | No Comments

I‘ve read the books. I understand the theories. Sometimes it’s just hard to get going in the morning. Yes, a solid morning routine sets you up for a productive day except when the day is the night is the what time is it now??? even the most deeply learned routines begin to fizzle. Read More

Writing about Wine

Posted by melissa kandel on August 12, 2020 in wine | No Comments

If you can write about anything, why not write about wine? At least that’s what I was thinking when I scripted this six-minute video. Written for Sodaro Estate Winery, a high-end boutique winemaking operation in Napa, California, it tells the tale of world-class wine from grape to glass. Read More

Elemental Women Productions: An Interview on Success, Failure and Old Motels

Posted by melissa kandel on August 7, 2020 in Interview | No Comments

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the team at Elemental Women Productions, a New York City-based production company. Elemental Women Productions creates work for theater, film and other formats that empowers womxn’s voices while exploring, developing and sharing their stories with the world.  Read More

A Sneak Peek …

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on August 7, 2020 in home decor | No Comments

By Heatherly Grace Shepherd

A new season … a new house … a new vibe …

Each time I move into a new space, I like to change the vibe with wall color, furniture arrangement and decor to match my mood entering the season. Shifting from a downtown apartment to a suburban house, a jam-packed schedule and – of course – functionality for my kitty, Billi, I’m reinventing my bedroom to make the most comfortable room in my house exactly what I need. Take a sneak-peak at some pieces that inspired me! And stay tuned for three sensationally unique Oliver Gal pop-art canvases! Read More

Thoughts on Spanish Sand

Posted by melissa kandel on August 6, 2020 in Fiction | No Comments

Here you will come undone.

The Thought was odd. Too dark for the cloudless, turquoise morning and even weirder, not my own. The words I could sense, and almost touch if I wanted to, but they didn’t crystallize from my mind. It was as if each time I watched the sailor work the ropes to set his boat free and look toward the hotel on the edge of the Maspalomas Dunes, he was looking at me. Or he could’ve been looking through me, an insignificant nothing standing on a palm-treed porch next to a 30-foot heave of sand. Read More

Intentionality

Posted by melissa kandel on August 4, 2020 in art, business journey | 1 Comment

In keeping a promise made to no one, I’ve decided to write several posts for the month of August. Maybe it’s the long summer days and breezy, late nights but writing here feels a little like coming home.

Anyway, hey. Read More

An Interview with Matt Graves of Redbird Rants

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on July 22, 2020 in Interview | No Comments

By Heatherly Grace Shepherd

An aerospace engineer isn’t the first person you’d expect to be a sports media expert, but in the case of Matt Graves, it’s as a winning a combination as the Cardinals’ lineup in their 11 World Series titles. I met Matt while studying communication at the Loveliest Village on the Plains and witnessed his obvious passion and dedication for sports content first-hand. As a St. Louis native with a penchant for analyzing the ins-and-outs of baseball, he has mastered the art of the sports story.

Officially, Matt is the site expert, editor and media representative for Redbird Rants, the St. Lous Cardinals Fansided page. Unofficially, he’s go-getter with a deep understanding about how to create engaging sports content people want to read. Along with writing, editing and social media management, Matt has been featured on podcasts for the Kansas City Royals and Love Sport Radio out of London. He took the Redbird Rants site from 300,000 viewers to 900,000 viewers during his two years with them, and kept the platform updated with fresh content even during the 2020 MLB season pause due to to COVID-19. Read More