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Gleaning’s Roots Run Deep

By on Oct 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Gleaning’s Roots Run Deep

Gleaning is the ancient practice of collecting the remaining crop from the field after it has been harvested. Here’s the story of how I recently gleaned my ranch.

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The Book of Virtues – Modern Day Lessons

By on Jul 27, 2015 | 1 comment

Virtues. Self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, courage, honesty, loyalty and faith. Our own Kat Merrick discusses her path to lessons learned in The Book of Virtues.

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New Totally Local Projects for the New Year

By on Jan 23, 2015 | Comments Off on New Totally Local Projects for the New Year

We celebrate the New Year with some wonderful new Totally Local VC projects as well as some of your old favorites.

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With A Shake Of The Hand

By on Oct 28, 2014 | 2 comments

Handshakes say more than just "hello." What does your handshake tell people? Here is Kat Merrick's take on the history and true meaning of the handshake.

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Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge “Surfer Style”

By on Aug 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge “Surfer Style”

Totally Local VC's Kat Merrick discusses AND TAKES the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But with a California-centric twist. See the video here.

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The Art Of Working As A Team

By on May 13, 2014 | 1 comment

Totally Local VC's Kat Merrick discusses what it takes to work successfully as part of a team. Including dealing with when the process goes horribly wrong.

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Beauty And The Media Beast

By on Jan 12, 2014 | Comments Off on Beauty And The Media Beast

Growing up, I was not one of the attractive girls. Like so many, I endured teasing, taunting and bullying from, sadly, other girls. So what can we do now?

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Finding Heroes

By on Sep 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Finding Heroes

Watching the movie 42 reminded me of my dad using sports heroes to instill life lessons. But who are today’s heroes? And what have we learned?

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