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Hmong Hemp

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While in Thailand this past winter, I noticed the Hmong leading the hemp revolution with full steam.  In the highlands of Southeast Asia, hemp has long been produced for everyday clothing, household objects and ceremony. In fact, it is a key component of funeral rituals, where the deceased is fully dressed in hemp. Children even demonstrate respect for their elders by preparing such garments for them long before they die. Hemp is a rain-fed crop that does not rely on additional irrigation or pesticides to flourish, making them naturally friendly to the environment.  They can also be planted close together, making it...

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Kindness

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 Who doesn’t love witnessing acts of kindness? Whether it be found on YouTube, witnessed on the streets, observed on the bus, or even in a movie. Ever heard the following?  : Kind hearts are the gardens, 
 Kind thoughts are the roots, 
 Kind words are the blossoms, 
 Kind deeds are the fruits. 
 - A little something something from the 9th century that was used to remind primary school children to be nice to each other. Cheesy, but hits home. Kindness usually doesn’t buy you a Maserati or anything, but it does help you achieve emotional connection. And...

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Honoring One's Craft

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Honoring One's Craft

As I walk through my little store in Telluride for the billionth time, I can't help but admire all the little things I didn't notice the day before, or the day before that.  The beauty of all things handmade lies in the truly one-of-a-kind relationship between the artisan and the artisan's art.  It is even more impressive to think that in that relationship lies a story that spans over generations, stories that honor age old traditions passed from generation to generation...

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