THE EDGE OF SIMPLICITY

Three handbags were set out on the back counter last night, just behind the table where we had all sat down to listen to the guest speaker. An unimportant detail as the women at the table were simply getting settled in and had moved their handbags away from their laps or the back of their chair. Except all three hand bags were by the designer Kate Spade. Colorful, simplistic and easily identifiable to the point of being iconic. Three little handbags […]

PART 3: “THE FRONT MAN” MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part of that “living” that Charles does so well is as the front man for the band, “Charles P. Ries and The Minktronics”. An accomplished writer with both a novel and five published books of poetry to his name, Charles began doing public readings to aid in selling his book and his poetry. Kismet would eventually pair him with two other area musicians who were familiar with his work. The twist, however, was that both men had also grown up […]

PART 2: “MOVE BEYOND” MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part 2 “Move Beyond” This need to create has long existed in Charles. As a boy, growing up on a mink farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Charles began exploring outside the daily norm of farm life. “When I was thirteen or so, I started making skim boards out of plywood planks in our basement. The Lake was about half a mile from our mink farm and so I would go “skim boarding”. Then when I was about fifteen or sixteen, I saw […]