Archive for January, 2004

01/1/2004

Multiple Personalities

Introvert or extrovert. Sociable or territorial. Chances are, your home office tells as much about your personality as a Meyers-Briggs quiz. Today’s home offices are not cookie cutter cubicles where the framed desk photo is the only distinguishing feature. These offices are as individual as their owners. From CEO to sales rep, artist to consultant, […]

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01/1/2004

Homefront

A Whole New Country Country doesn’t have to mean rural and rustic, folksy stencils and blue geese anymore. At Ethan Allen, country today can be international, eclectic, sophisticated and hip. Check out the New Country collection there, designed with an eye for the trend toward relaxed sophistication that’s versatile, comfortable and easy to care for. […]

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01/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

After the recent scientific disclosures about my racial identity (I am 16 percent East Asian, as revealed in our October issue), I find myself consumed with curiosity about my roots. I always knew I was different from the other children. There was always a secret part of me, a part that even I didn’t understand, […]

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01/1/2004

The Roundup

In the predawn fog, cowboys ride out to the palmetto flatwoods of the 17,000-acre Mabry Carlton Ranch, east of the interstate in Sarasota, to gather up the cattle for the twice-yearly roundup. Before noon, the pens are filled with several hundred bellowing cattle, and after hours of hard, sweaty labor, the crew-including State Senator Lisa […]

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01/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemakers PURE ENERGY Exercise buffs follow the power of Reggie Walden. Reggie Walden’s resume reads like a Dalai Lama in training: teacher, social worker, international karate competitor. The 11th of 13 children, Walden earned a degree in criminal science, but balked at police work when his mother feared for his safety. Instead, the 37-year-old New […]

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01/1/2004

It’s a Wonderful Life

The first time I meet Leif Bjorn Bjaland (Be-ya-land), he’s not at all what I expect. His photos make him seem cool, sophisticated, and a little unapproachable. As I’m led up the back stairs to his office on top of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, I feel slightly nervous. I’ve interviewed many great conductors and […]

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01/1/2004

The North Country

While others wrangle about the Downtown Master Plan, the folks north of Fruitville Road just do that New Urbanism thing, in the most natural way possible: They are bringing new life to their neighborhood simply by taking it in hand and making it attractive. They are so successful that one wonders how difficult it could […]

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01/1/2004

Simply Divine

Two Dutch sisters with a love for food and hospitality, Ismini and Nicky Van Gurp, married two Italian men, Andrea Bozzolo and Giovanni Cristofoli, with similar passions. The quartet recently ended up in Sarasota on Main Street, where they have opened a 98-seat metropolitan Mediterranean bistro called Divino. It’s fresh, young and full of great […]

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01/1/2004

Fighting Back

In our January health report, Pat Haire looked at new innovations in treating prostate cancer. If you or someone you know faces this deadly disease, here are some helpful resources from the National Cancer Institute’s Web site (www.cancer.gov). Important questions that the patient might want to ask their doctor before their treatment: What is the […]

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01/1/2004

Jai Alai Forever

Miami Vice made it official. It came during the show’s opening sequence, between the windsurfer who dunks her head in the water and the cockatoos. The entire nation saw brief but exotic footage of an athlete in a yellow jersey (number 6 if you’re keeping score at home) propel a ball from a curved basket […]

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