AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TRADITIONS

04
Jun
This week my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We are both determined to take the day off work and celebrate together - even though due to the pandemic we will not be on our planned romantic European trip. Apparently, the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is porcelain or china although the modern gift list recommends platinum or the gemstone emerald (which seem a bit more hopeful to me as it opens up lots of jewelry options!). As we are clearly settled in Coastal Georgia and my husband is American through and through, he has...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – THE HANDSHAKE – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

21
May
When I was a young woman, starting out in business in London in the late 1980s, we were taught to perfect the business handshake so we would be regarded as equal to the male professionals we dealt with.  After all, as one of “Thatcher’s children” as my generation was known, we believed women could ‘have it all’, whether that be career, family, or both.  We were advised that our handshakes should be firm and confident (not too ladylike or too aggressive) and certainly not wet and floppy (like a dead fish). Of course, today with the threat of infection...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – LIVING THROUGH A BLACK SWAN EVENT

07
May

As some of us cautiously begin to emerge from shelter-in-place orders to restart some of our activities outside the home, we are all wondering what the ‘new normal’ will look like, and what the long term economic impact of the pandemic will be.

Did you know that many economists call what we are now experiencing a “black swan event”?

The Macmillan Dictionary defines this expression as “an event that is extremely rare and unexpected but has very significant consequences”. The term as it is used today is attributed to a Lebanese-American, stock market trader...