• Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    10-4 Good Buddy

    If we’re friends, you know I’m excited about this.  (**If we’re not friends, we probably should be… I’m delightful.**) 10-4-19 -October 4th- is National Taco Day! The fact that it takes place on a Friday and not a Tuesday is a travesty, but it’s better than no National Taco Day at all, so I’ll take it! I look forward to Taco Tuesday all week! Fortunately, Tuesday is the second day, so I don’t have to wait long and, although we occasionally succumb to the Americanized, ground-beef-with-Old-El-Paso version of “tacos,” sometimes, the taco experience is seriously amazing. My always-encouraging friend, Valerie, dragged me to this hole-in-the-wall place in Nashville, where I…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    3 Best Things About Adulting in 2019

    Obviously, lists are a tiny bit subjective. Narrowing down all the wonders of the universe into a succinct list is equal parts overwhelming and empowering. I mean, there are lots of things to consider but, if I make a list and put it on the internet, it automatically becomes the truth, right? With that in mind, I present to you my infallible and totally true list of the top three best things about being an adult. In keeping with this year’s blog theme of food-related topics, I’ll kick off this list with number three: 3. You can eat what you want. Ice cream for dinner? Go for it. Tacos for…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons,  Life

    Umm, Breakfast Time?!

    When travelling, one of my family’s favorite things to do is find a great local place to grab breakfast. We consider ourselves budding biscuit aficionados and, well, gravy is life. When we discovered that Maple Street Biscuit Company had opened in Knoxville, we all paused to count our blessings! The food is amazing, which is important for a restaurant, and provided in exceedingly generous quantity. I don’t mind telling you that Maple Street in Knoxville, TN, served the best sausage gravy I have ever had, outside my own kitchen  period. My sheltered palate had never had spicy syrup and I’m here to say, I dipped everything but my napkin in…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    What They Don’t Tell You About Being Brave

    Let’s be honest. It may be different than you’re expecting. brave adjective \ˈbrāv\ having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty: having or showing courage Currently, there is a consistent message coming from both the private and professional arenas: Be Brave. Have the courage to do that thing, be that person! Use your bravery to speak up, speak out, be loud, make your voice heard! Be bold and unafraid, it’s okay to fail! You must try and take risks or you’re not really living! There is most certainly some truth here and encouragement is so important, especially for the quiet, less adventurous among us. While…

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    Phlebotomy and Today’s Media

    Pointlessly imagining the progression of societal change. Many vocations have a “catch phrase”. Not necessarily a motto or company policy, but an ad hoc subtitle that bluntly captures the essence of the field. In journalism, that phrase is, “if it bleeds, it leads.” Becoming a gumshoe reporter was once an exciting career prospect: finding leads, holding clandestine meetings to siphon details from secret sources, compiling research into captivating prose, getting a byline and, who knows, maybe a date with Superman? Heck yeah, journalism is where it’s at. Through it all, the journalist was aware of the catch phrase, looming. Regardless of heart, dedication, worthiness or any number of factors, the…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    What’s The Beef?

    Opendoor: One Realtor’s Perspective As it happens, the ability to opine is unilateral and the internet is open to all. I am no exception. To be clear, these ponderings are a result of seeing Opendoor appear more frequently in industry articles and headlines, becoming a more frequent topic of conversation and, today, appearing on stage at ICNY. I have no stake in the company’s success or failure, this is not a plug and I can’t even six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon my way into knowing anyone who works there. This company is staking a claim to a corner of my industry and I find it’s evolution to be very interesting -almost as interesting as…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    Who Runs the World?

    Sorry, Beyonce. The answer is simple and gender neutral. . Who runs the world? Kids. Much of our economy is, in some form or fashion, driven by real estate. Not necessarily the standard buy/sell transaction, but the peripheral industries that are inherently tied to the process. This means everything from a family owned pest inspection company or local artisan, working from home to make gift baskets, to insurance or mortgage companies and, ultimately, The Fed. This spiderweb of services exists only with consistent patronage, brought about by the decision of one person to sell and another to buy. Consumers don’t generally make these major financial decisions and commitments on a…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    The Real Estate Wheel

      . You Don’t Have To Reinvent the Wheel. Have you ever heard someone say this? This discussion usually takes place when someone is looking for a Great Idea or the Next Big Thing or trying to hard to be a “Disruptor”. (An aside: Please stop using any form of the word “disrupt” in relation to business. We’re over it. Seriously, we had a meeting. Stop it. Love, Everyone.) The reality is, you don’t need to come up with something that no one else has ever thought of, you simply need to do a particular thing better than everyone else, or solve a current problem. Not sure where to begin?…

  • Community, Life, Local, Seasons

    MTB: Home Ec Edition

    Crafty Calendar! My biggest fan (read:my tween daughter) has consistently informed me that more people would pay attention to my YouTube videos if I would just post something interesting. “You know, like a make-up tutorial or a craft.” I hadn’t come up with a way to impress her, until now. Here is a transcription of Mash The Button: Home Ec Edition, where I teach the viewer how to make good use of those old 2016 magnet calendars, now that the new year -and new calendar- has arrived. If you’d prefer to just watch the video and not read through the nonsense, click here. Hello, everyone! This is Laura Fangman with…

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    It’s not about you. It’s about us.

    Don’t be a half-assed marketer. If you’re going to do something, do it with your whole ass. When you get lazy or bored or busy or disinterested, all those feelers you put out there are still… out there. All of those activities meant to generate interest don’t just stop. When you don’t follow up with leads or inquiries or clients, it makes people unhappy. They feel irritated and disappointed and unimportant. The ire of the public will then turn on everyone in the industry, as we share the blanket of unprofessionalism. It’s sweeping generalizations, it’s not fair and its absolute fact. If you’re going to market, do it. Do it…

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