psy·chot·ic leop·ard sīˈkädik/ˈlepərd/ noun · anything that is funky, interesting, beautiful, niche, useful, and grabs one's attention

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Strong Powerful Women: IVY BERKE - NONSTOP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR IN HER FIFTIES

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Strong Powerful Women:   IVY BERKE - NONSTOP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR IN HER FIFTIES

        This is the second in a series of blogs about strong women I know, and this month's choice is Ivy Berke, my "Cut Above" class teacher.  Her fitness career has spanned more than three decades, and she manages to run her own businesses, model for Athleta, and still have boundless amounts of energy. From the first class, I noticed there was something about Ivy that glowed besides her incredibly gorgeous smile, and I had to find out what it was.   You've been doing this for more than thirty years. What drew you to this career? I really did...

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Who is PSYCHOTIC LEOPARD?: Interview with Lisa Johnson

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Who is PSYCHOTIC LEOPARD?:  Interview with Lisa Johnson

  I:  You are an artist, writer, editor, jewelry-maker and designer.  How does this play into the products featured on Psychotic Leopard?   Psychotic Leopard's Lisa:  I learned that I have an eye for detail when it comes to shopping, and have a skill for finding all kinds of wacky treasures, both in and out of stores.  I love extreme clothing or fashion, crazy animal prints, and anything that has a "way-out" sense of style.   For me, fashion is a tool to connect.  People constantly come up to me in restaurants or on the street and tell me they love...

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Strong Powerful Women: HEATHER FLAHERTY - FEMALE BOXER, MOTHER, CHAMPION

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Strong Powerful Women:  HEATHER FLAHERTY -  FEMALE BOXER, MOTHER, CHAMPION

  This is the first in a series of blogs about strong women I know personally, and today’s obvious choice is Heather, a friend and fellow turbo sweatie.   When I first started classes at the Y, I myself was going through a lot of personal trauma in the wake of my son’s best friend’s suicide, and some severe marital issues.  While normally I am quick to make friends, months passed with only a casual greeting between myself and fellow gym mates. Heather was and remains the friendliest girl in our classes, and was one of the first people I...

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DEEPENING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN & THEIR FATHERS AND SONS: STEP BY STEP

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DEEPENING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN & THEIR FATHERS AND SONS:  STEP BY STEP

  When I was little, every Sunday morning started by walking with my dad “to get the paper.”  Instead of The New York Times being delivered to our house, he liked to go down to the local drugstore for it, and I would accompany him.  As the eldest child, my sister still a toddler and at home with my mom, I basked in his full attention.   The neighborhood I lived in was called Indian Village, and all of the streets were named after Native American tribes.  Probably less for tradition and more as a deterrent for cars, almost every...

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Jewelry and Value: Determining the Priceless

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Jewelry and Value:  Determining the Priceless

  When I was in the midst of a messy divorce, one of the things my lawyer said to do was figure out all of the assets, and a biggie, he explained, was jewelry.  I was told to carefully go through what I had, make a list, and figure out an estimated value of its worth. My wedding ring was a simple gold band, and I hadn’t worn it in so long that I couldn’t even remember where it was.  My ex had gotten lucky: I was young and naive when we met, and had not made a big deal...

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