Happy Holidays!

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The following are some of my favorite experiences and escapes.  All books, meditations, O-courses and socially conscious retailers are accessible on-line.  
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Suggested Great Escape Gifts are for exploring and relaxing while enjoying conversation and quality time with your friends.

“There is nothing like relaxing & reading a good book”​
Books – Books & more Books
Amazon.com carries all the books below
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Inspirational Biographies & Memoirs
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HARD CHOICES A memoirauthor Hillary Rodham Clinton
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MY BELOVED WORLD author Sonia Sotomayor
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YES, CHEF:  A memoir author Marcus Samuelsson
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THE AUDACITY OF HOPE:  Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream 
author Barack Obama 
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Historical Saga Novels
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A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE:  Harte family saga author Barbara Taylor Bradford
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CAPTAINS AND KINGS:  Story of an American Dynasty author Taylor Caldwell
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HAWAII:  A novel author James A. Michener
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ROOTS:  The saga of an American family author Alex Haley

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Thought Leaders:  Books about unexpected implications of research
BLINK:  The power of thinking without thinking author Malcolm Gladwell
FREE AGENT NATION:  The future of working for yourself author Daniel H. Pink
THE END OF POWER:  From boardrooms to battlefields and churches and states, why being in charge isn’t what it use to be author Moises Naim
THRIVE:  The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder author Arianna Huffington  (on-line course available below)
Business & Philanthropy 
EVEOLUTION:  The eight truths of marketing to women author Faith Popcorn
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FRESH PASSION:  Get a brand or die a generic author Michael D. Brown
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NEGOTIATE: AFRAID, ‘KNOW’ MORE  How to negotiate your way to success author Greg Williams  The Master Negotiator – Success Store
(Available at Amazon.com & Greg’s success store)
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START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS author Blake Mycoskie 
(My favorite socially conscious retailer – see below)
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Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience
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Click on link; more meditation subjects 
(prices start at $39 and up)
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O-courses  (Learning is on a higher, more meaningful level than most university courses)

Click on link; for syllabus, O-courses are on-demand 
(prices start at $39 and up)
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Brene’ has a new course starting January 11, 2016   

​Arianna & Oprah discussing THRIVE May 11, 2014
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Arianna Huffington, co-founder/editor in chief’s Thrive is listed above under the Thought Leaders books

​The Purple Door Tea Room 

701 Livernois Street
Ferndale, MI 48220 – (248) 268-3275
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Give a Gift of a Great Escape Experience
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Two to three hours
Explore a museum with a friend
Enjoy “Tea for Two” or have lunch or dinner
Reflect at The Purple Door Tea Room 
Detroit Metro area
Take in a play, ballet or musical concert
Three to eight hours
Check out a foreign or the latest movie with a friend
Pamper Day (Spa} for you and your friend
Winery Day Trip
Weekend Escapes 
Art, sculpture class
Winery & gourmet cooking class
Yoga classes
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Retailers (socially conscious) 
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Click on Links: to visit retailer sites
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The First Five Years of Our Plan to Get to 100% Sustainability.
Our Vision is for an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the
effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run where social and environmental injustices are not unfortunate outcomes, but reasons to do things differently where excuses are ignored and action is taken.
​​Eileen Fisher women’s clothing (I’m lovin’ the simplicity)

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Gifts for the men, women & children
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Through your purchases, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and
bullying prevention services to people in need.  
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Blake Mycoskie, chief shoe giver’s Start Something That Matters is listed above under the Business and Philanthropy books
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At Whole Foods Market®, “healthy” means a whole lot more. It goes beyond good for you, to also encompass the greater good. Whether you’re hungry for better, or simply food-curious, we offer a place for you to shop where value is inseparable from values.
​Enjoy some mulled wine 

“SALUTE!”
Camille
Tea & Opera series, founder
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