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A s an only child, I've spent considerable time anecdotally s t u d y i n g " o n l y child syndrome." I n m y re s e a rc h , I've found it can go one of two ways: The child thrives and grows up to be independent and self- possessed, or the child survives and grows up vowing to never be alone again. I fall into the latter group. As Ariel sings in The Little Mermaid, I want to be where the people are! And, for that reason, I have become a prolific gatherer of people. I might go so far as to call myself a professional at it, because throughout the various businesses I have started in my career, what I really do is set the stage and bring people together to create memorable experiences. There's no place I do that better than our farm. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. While living in Chicago with my husband Pete, I began writing Peppermint Bliss. The tagline was "Follow Your Bliss … What's Yours?" I wrote about my interest The living-room bar is tented with Brunschwig & Fils stripe fabric. Custom-painted lanterns from John Rosselli Antiques. 59

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