What is an “Upper Crust”?

“Upper crust” was first used in the 1800’s to describe the aristocracy. At that time, bread was made into flat loaves and was baked in stone ovens. The baked loaf was then sliced horizontally. The lower portion was baked on the stove floor, and was too hard and dirty to eat. The upper crust, on the other hand, was clean and baked perfectly. This part was given to the aristocrats to eat. These elite individuals became known as the “upper crusts.” (Source)

Happy Pins and Needles Day!

Pins and Needle Day is celebrated on November 27. The holiday commemorates the opening of the play – Pins and Needles – on Broadway in 1937. The play was sponsored by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was a light-hearted look at current events.

All of the original cast members were laborers – including cutters, basters and sewing machine operators. Because of their full-time jobs, they could only rehearse at night and performed only on weekends. New songs and topics were introduced regularly and the show ran for an unprecedented 1,108 performances. (Source)

How to blog about Pins and Needles Day:

  • Describe a time when you worked in a factory or as a laborer.
  • Share your favorite Broadway play (or live event).
  • Describe a time when you were on “pins and needles” with excitement.


Thankful for the little things …

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I’m always thankful to have my family together. My son’s coming home from college and I’ve been clearing out his bedroom (which unfortunately functions as extra storage in his absence) so he can be comfortable..

My son is always so thankful to be home. His top three “likes” are (1) not sharing a room, (2) not having to wear flip flops in the shower, and (3) being able to use cutlery that isn’t made of plastic. It’s amazing how wonderful home seems when you’ve been away for a few months.

Today, blog about something you’re thankful for.


Reviewed: The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow

As an introvert and an entrepreneur, I found this book incredibly helpful. The author (also an introvert) clearly understands the challenges faced by those of us prefer sending an email to attending a networking event. What I liked was the she not only outlined the benefits of being an introvert, she also described ways to grow as an entrepreneur and move beyond your comfort zone.

I particularly liked her chapter on collaboration. Buelow explains when it’s time to bring other people aboard your organization and how to work together. My book is heavily underlined and I think it would be a great read for introverts who want to grow their business.