A Grommet By Any Other Name is Sweeter

GrommetIt must have been sometime in 2010 when I accidentally discovered The Grommet. Knowing what a grommet actually is (see the picture), it was intriguing that it was being used the way it was for this website. However, it was love at first site and sight; I immediately subscribed to their mailing list.

The Grommet website explains their mission best.

“The Grommet is a product launch platform. This means we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed. Our goal is to level the playing field so the best companies can win…First, they must be true innovators. Second, they must have rich stories to share (often full of blood, sweat and tears). Third, they must be built on strong values. Those values can include preserving a handcraft, solving a problem in a fresh way, creating jobs in a struggling or developing region, building a social or green enterprise, manufacturing in the USA, or inventing new technologies.” Who could not be engaged by these values?

Each time I receive the newsletter, becoming immersed in the stories of innovators not only rejuvenated my own creative thinking, but also continues to earn my admiration for those who are making a difference. It was on this site that I first discovered the Bübi bottle, which immediately went on my wish list. Nancy and Rich Fisher gifted us with two; mine is purple and Ron’s is blue. We use them extensively when traveling and find them convenient and durable.

Each newsletter generally has a few items that I can associate with various individuals who would appreciate them.

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After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.