I recently tried to match-make friends. They had similar standards of living and a panoply of common interests. Their couple-dom seemed imminent. They had a getting-to-know- you-meet, and when I checked in with him, he said something similar to she’s great and clearly at the top of her game, but I don’t want to be part of a power couple and have set my sights on women with more traditionally female traits and careers. And by traditional he meant the 1950’s and 1960’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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The old adage is write what you know, so herewith are my top party season tips. In no particular order and for no other reason than this is on my brain after seeing a story on decoding what to wear for different kinds of parties.

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“Community Activist Tanya Torp, program director for Step by Step, a mentoring ministry for at risk single mothers, and Holly Houston, a family court lawyer and co-founder of GLOW – Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, discuss social justice, youth empowerment, leadership development, and girl power.” Watch the video of the interview on KET.

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As February comes to a quick and painfully cold close, I am thankful for my ability to remain nimble to accommodate all the vortexes, weather-wise and business-wise, and for the array of offerings from tech to odd to highbrow beginning tomorrow through mid March. While the veteran socialites know to block April with a black Sharpie for pre Derby events and Derby, March is the month in which to plan all the parties and fundraisers and new ideas that universe willing, don’t require hats, fascinators, florals, seersucker or pastel anything.

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Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

NuLu I love you. In the last three years, development and commerce within a few blocks between 600 and 800 East Market revolutionized the city. I frequent you almost daily. But, it seems like it’s time to broaden our horizons and extend our vision to other parts of the city we call Possibility so that the love we’ve shown you we can now extend to others.

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Chaturanga Dandasana is a basic yoga pose that requires you to hover in a low plank position with your elbows tucked neatly at your sides and then pull your body through the pose until you’re in a low cobra. While a core strength move to be sure, what it really requires is upper arm strength. You have to build your way into the pose.

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In what may be one of the better twists of irony around here, facebook’s former General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer swept into 21c Saturday night for a New Leaders Council (“NLC”) event without so much as a post or a comment. Chris Kelly, who said his focus is now in online video for high impact companies, was here to grow the six year-old New Leaders Council from 25 chapters to every area in the country.

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Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

“In case you don’t know it yet, Louisville is one of eight compassion cities worldwide. That’s right. We’re bad. And we’re worldwide. What means this you ask?  According to Mayor Fischer it means we set ourselves out as a city where we take care of our own to the benefit of all of us from east to west and north to south, from the real housewives of Jefferson County to the denizens of NewPo (New Portland) and everywhere in between.

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“Lawyer up as fast as you can,” Peter Van Buren said at Idea Festival September 20, 2012,  when I finally caught him alone to ask him what advice he would give people caught in the snare of a government investigation for suspicion of domestic terrorism. Van Buren, reminiscent of a cross between the funny round faced guy on MAD TV and the actor who played Tony Soprano, was a Foreign Services Officer for 24 years whose life went upside down after he posted a Wikileaks link on the website his publisher told him to build to promote his book.

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The Leadership Louisville Connector’s Project began in 2009 to identify the city’s most trusted leaders able “to get things done”. Fortunate to be one of 128 chosen in 2010, we continue to connect all over the city via miscellaneous projects, fundraisers, and “Connectors’ Cafes”.

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