Adriana Stimola is one of those people you meet and you don’t forget. It may sound weird to say it this way, but she’s like a walking poem about well-loved, preserved flowers; the ones with real stories behind them. Adriana is the content manager at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in upstate New York. She’s also a marketing and cookbook consultant at the Stimola Literary Studio, and a freelance writer and photographer. She lives a dreamy life with her husband in a home that promotes peace and well-being. In fact, an old blog post about their bedroom has stuck with me for years. We are so lucky to share with you some of Adriana’s inspiring thoughts on ritual and how it can greatly impact your life and work.
Recently, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in 15 years. To be clear, she had actually been a friend of an ex-boyfriend of mine; someone I dated while I lived in London when I was 16. He introduced us because we’re both American, so he wondered if there was some distant connection linking us. Much like all gentiles think every Jew somehow knows one another, otherwise known as Jewish Geography, many Europeans think there’s some small link between all Americans. Alex was from Los Angeles and I was from New York, and no, there was nothing linking us but our American accents, butchered by many years spent living abroad.