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Friday, October 2, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Sampling the Hudson Valley’s historic hard ciders

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
If you're planning a trek upstate this weekend on the promise of bright, clear fall weather and the hope of finding something else you can do with a mask on, you may want to sample this year's Mid-Hudson Valley crop of hard ciders. 

New York State has long held the nation's number two spot for apple production, yielding a mind-boggling 29.5 million bushels a year—and that doesn't even take into account feral and fully wild trees on mountains and roadsides, abandoned orchards, and backyard bounty. While it is nowhere near surpassing Washington in apples cultivated, New York has taken the crown for the country's leading hard cider producer, with over 100 cideries. A small but growing number craft cider makers are using wild varieties in place of commercial fruit. 

One of these, aptly named Abandoned Hard Cider, has recently established a tasting "Outpost" for it's cider on Route 2. ...

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Friday, June 12, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

It's Phase 2! What You Can Do Now That You Couldn't Do Then.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Phase Two for the Hudson Valley's re-emergence from the Covid shutdown has commenced. (Blow the herald of heavenly trumpets I can finally go have fun.) But what fun is awaiting Hudson Valley residents? First of all, realize that social distancing is still in effect. Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and stay home if you feel sick. Store staff will have more to do: work behind the Plexiglas, use the hand wash and wear gloves if handling food.
You can get retail therapy. Sort of.
For the first time since the lock-down began, you can shop INSIDE any retail store. You may still encounter "One Goes In When One Comes Out" standing in line as store occupancy is capped at 50%. Malls are out however, unless the store you're visiting has access from the parking lot. Still, retail therapy is retail therapy.
You can get a haircut. At last.
Finally we don't have to pretend we're the Chewbacca ! ...

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Saturday, March 21, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Good news about good people.

From Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Morning Brew is one of my daily go-to blogs for a smile and a giggle to offset a look at the markets. Today they posted the following collection of good things people around the nation are doing to help those needing it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope it brings you a little cheer:



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All week, Brew readers have been writing in with inspiring stories of people working together to help those affected by the pandemic. We compiled this list to a) make you smile and b) give you ideas about ways to mobilize your own community. 
Stephanie: “To keep a local florist afloat, members of my community are sending each other bouquets. Once you have a bouquet sent to you, you send a bouquet to another friend, and then they send a bouquet to someone else, and on and on.”
Riley in NYC: “Sauce Pizzeria is delivering free pizzas to hospitals ev ...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

100 little ideas you may see in use at tonight's Democratic Party debate.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal has compiled a list of "100 Little Ideas" that help to explain how the world works; In reading them over, I found a lot of them apply to the upcoming election in general, and tonight's Democratic Party debate in particular. For example, we might experience the candidates practicing Courtesy Bias: "Giving opinions that are likely to offend people the least, rather than what they actually believe."
Another tactic we may see is called Poisoning the Well: Presenting irrelevant adverse information about someone in a way that makes everything else that person says seem untrustworthy. “Before you hear my opponent’s healthcare plan, let me remind you that he got a DUI in college.”
Or how about the unfortunately named Buridan’s Ass: A thirsty donkey is placed exactly midway between. ...

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Friday, November 22, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

20 things you should do BEFORE 2020.

I'm not a list maker but this one made me laugh, cry and pledge allegiance. Here are twenty things to do BEFORE 2020. They're from Rachel Hite, a contributor to real estate zine Inman News.(REALTORS®- If you don't read Inman, you should.) Although they are intended to apply to real estate brokers and agents, I think these twenty suggestions are good for everyone. And rather than sending you a link you can easily ignore, I'm going to re-publish them and make you read them RIGHT HERE AND NOW!

20 things you need to do before 2020.
1. Stop whining
Repeat after me: “I am in charge of my business and my personal success. I will not let outside factors sour my outlook on life and poison my joy for helping my clients. The Internet is not out to get me.”
2. Save
Budget, and minimize expenses. Get lean and mean with your finances. Create an emergency savings account and a realistic budget for living. Commit to not riding the commission roller coaster in 2020.
3. Buy an ; ...

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