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Gleaning’s Roots Run Deep

By on Oct 20, 2016 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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