Our guest editors this week were Erika Horne, Gaye Hyre, Sallie Kraus, and Paul Schatz, and the conversations ranged from coping with family dramas caused by aging parents to cars, commuting and renovation nightmares!
Erika Horne is a life-long Connecticut resident; she grew up in Guilford, but recently moved to Suffield. She is a Supervisor of a Client Service Department for a large medical laboratory, where she has been employed for over 25 years. She has been married for 15 years, and is a mother to one 12-year-old son, James. In her spare time, Erika is a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and she and her husband like to entertain and cook for friends. She frequently likes to read cast-off books from friends’ book clubs (that way she doesn’t have to participate in the discussion and gets to save loads of cash by borrowing the book).
Gaye Hyre is a cancer survivor, and an organizer of last October’s successful ArtBra New Haven auction to raise funds for the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. She is already beginning work on the encore, coming this October. Gaye took the Sustainable Building Advisor class (two sessions taught by Duo), and is working on turning her passion for sustainability and conservation into her next career, using her own home as a lab project. At this time of year, she is eagerly awaiting the return of the flea market season. Gaye and Sallie are lifelong friends, have shared various visisitudes, and have lived to tell the tales.
Sallie Kraus is a lawyer and urban planner specializing in complex environmental/toxic tort insurance claims. She also writes on issues like climate change. Sallie grew up in Stratford and met Gaye Weinstein Hyre in Hebrew School. They have survived high school German, career crises, home renovation, aging parents and lately, breast cancer. Sallie’s favorite gift ever was a toolbox from Gaye. Sallie lived in NYC, now resides in Stamford, recruits Stamford Symphony volunteers and loves the arts. She never sits in the quiet car on her Metro-North commute. She says: “six degrees of separation is for amateurs.“
Paul Schatz is President and Chief Investment Officer of Heritage Capital, LLC, an award-winning personal investment management firm dedicated to growing portfolios and protecting the assets of individuals, trusts, and corporations. As a 21-year industry veteran, Paul has managed over $100 million in collective assets for a broad range of clients. Paul lives and works in Woodbridge Connecticut.