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Off to Maine!

Ah, the land of lobsters and clam chowder is calling my name after all these years. There’s just one small problem. I’m allergic to it. All of it. I can’t have seafood, and I’m off to the land that’s famous for it! I have only ever been to Maine with as much as I can count […]

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The Year of You: Stop Trying to Live Up to Others Expectations

Have you seen the latest marketing campaigns lately? Odds are, you have seen every single marketing campaign that is on the planet. Wear this. Buy that. You’ll look great in that jacket, until next week when it’s out of style! Oh, marketing. Why are we, as humans, so drawn to keeping up with appearances of others, […]

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A Visit to the Torrington Christmas House is a Visit for the Soul.

Want to relive your childhood? There’s a house in Torrington, Connecticut that can help you do just that. Imagine a home filled with the joy of Christmas on the inside from ceiling to floor to every inch of wall space imaginable. The Polar Express train running throughout carrying with it gifts for the children. The […]

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Take a Holiday Stroll through Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

What is it about small town U.S.A? They just get everything right. The charm of the people. The perfectly lined streets decked out ever so vividly for the holidays. Visions of yesteryear floating through your head instead sugarplums. What are sugarplums? The nearby town of Stockbridge, MA is perhaps center stage for all small towns. […]

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After the Election, it’s Time to Stimulate a Little Joy. Christmas Decorating Bonanza!

I love the holidays. If you follow me on Snapchat (TheMikeValletta), you would have seen a great preview of this column! There’s just something about a Christmas tree twinkling with white shimmering lights while dressed in a warm comfy sweater sipping on a whip cream topped hot chocolate that makes the cooler months, well, warmer. […]

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Brand Update.

What a year it has been! Can you believe we are already talking about the holiday season? I can recall when we were all just relishing about how warm last winter was here in the northeast! Time certainly has flown by, and hopefully you have gotten to enjoy a pretty stellar summer. I wanted to […]

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Let’s Talk.

There was a debate recently, and in case you haven’t heard, there’s a presidential election coming up in a few short weeks. What are we doing to ensure our future is secure? I hope something. Isis. Global warming. Race. Economy. If you think for a second that your vote does not matter, perhaps you should […]