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My Mom

Kim Epp Frenette

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My Mom

This is me and my mom. In many, many ways, she is the inspiration for TuckTop.  Mom always went for life’s big goals.  Along side my father she created a successful business and a large, close family.  The first TuckTop prototype was sewn on her old Singer sewing machine.  Most importantly, the secret neckline pockets of the TuckTop mimic Mom’s habit of storing cash in the age-old female-only location where no man dare tread. Mom was a very elegant, poised, and truly kind woman.  It was always slightly incongruent to see her reclaiming money from her secret spot, discreetly though she...


Earth Day Lessons from Paris

Kim Epp Frenette

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Some 20 years ago I was lucky enough to live - and have my first child - in Paris. During the almost 6 years we lived there I learned many delightful things: The joy of 5-hour, 5-course dinner parties The importance of pairing wine to specific ingredients The secret to picking the perfect café seat for crowd-watching The correct texture of a ripe Camembert The restorative power of sitting in the Rodin Museum garden This list of temporal and (literally) consumable experiences speaks to the most meaningful lesson learned during my time in France:  the enduring value of conscious consumption. In...


Teeter Into Spring - Happy Equinox

Kim Epp Frenette

Teeter Into Spring - Happy Equinox

When the sun hits my face on my deck March 20, 2021 I will be taking part in my ritual to mark an event celebrated for over 3000 years: the astronomical beginning of spring. I won’t be watching the sun transform into a feathered serpent on the steps of the giant Mayan pyramid at Chichén Itzá, or seeing the sun-dagger piecing ancient petroglyph spirals at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The Lakota peoples of North America will be smoking sacred tobacco of red willow bark in a nuanced pipe ceremony that reflects sophisticated understanding of the stars.  I will...


We Make Our Own History

Kim Epp Frenette

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We Make Our Own History

You know you are part of an underrepresented group when you have a dedicated history month. But those recognized in February or March know our relative absence in written history does not mean we did not make, shape, and mold history. We do so profoundly – as both a group and as individuals. Every March a host of familiar female heroes are trotted out to mark gendered contribution to the progress of society.  These women deserve acknowledgement; our world would not be the same without Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony,  Mary W. Jackson, and so many more. These...


Tips for Enjoying the Freedom to Come

Kim Epp Frenette

Tips for Enjoying the Freedom to Come

For many of us, winter storms and/or pandemic restrictions have been cramping enjoyment of life’s little freedoms.  Remember those? crowded cafés patios… shopping just to browse… road trips and day trips to charming towns… street festivals with buskers, great food and beer tents… live concerts and plays… lingering museum visits… parties with flesh-and-blood non-zoom people… backyard bbq’s with shared food and hugs…  If none of these seem like distant memories, lucky you!  For the rest of us it has been a long cold pandemic winter.  But spring is coming (watch what the sparrows are doing😉) and vaccination rates are climbing;...

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