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Seth Godin on “You Matter”

Posted in Personal Life on June 23, 2009 by nedgrace


You matter

When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.
And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.

by Seth Godin


Mother’s Day Weekend with our three sons

Posted in Personal Life on May 11, 2009 by nedgrace

Holly had a great Mother’s Day! Ned IV flew home from NYC, where he works on a bond trading desk at JP Morgan and totally surprised his Mom, so we had all three sons home. It was awesome!

Ned IV stocked up on the Brooks Brothers shirts he likes at their outlet store here. The boys all played golf throughout the weekend – they even played with their Mom along with golf pro and friend, Jason Cook on Sunday. We had a nice cookout on Saturday evening and everyone was in our newly resurfaced Pebbletec pool. Our puppy Lexi is quite the swimmer and loves to dive in……she is too funny!

We took the hot Mama(she has lost over 30 lbs) to The Capital Grille for Mother’s Day and had a delicious dinner. Mom also received a new set of Ping golf clubs from Dad and her boys….she was thrilled.

Charlie is playing in the US Open qualifier this morning, so let’s hope he plays well.


Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar to change hands – Providence Journal

Posted in Personal Life on May 1, 2009 by nedgrace


Friday, May 1, 2009


By Paul Grimaldi

Providence Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Newport Harbor Corp. is close to buying Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, on the ground floor of 121 South Main St., the 11-story office tower on the east bank of the Providence River.

Ken Cusson, director of restaurant operations for Newport Harbor, confirmed Thursday afternoon that the employee-owned hospitality company has the popular restaurant under agreement with Darden Restaurants Inc., of Orlando, Fla.

Hemenway’s was founded in 1985 by Edward P. “Ned” Grace III, a Rhode Islander who became a stock-market wizard and entrepreneur. Grace started the Bugaboo Creek and Capital Grille restaurant chains and owned other restaurants in the Providence area.

In 1996, Grace cashed in, selling his restaurant holdings to Longhorn Steaks Inc. for more than $57 million. He received more than $26 million, because he owned about half the stock.

LongHorn renamed itself Rare Hospitality International Inc. after the purchase, operating the Bugaboo, Capital Grille and LongHorn chains and other restaurants from its base in Atlanta. Darden acquired Rare in October 2007.

Newport-based Newport Harbor traces its roots to the 1930s. It sold its home heating-oil distribution operation in 1995 to concentrate on the hospitality business.

Newport Harbor’s employees own about half the company through an employee stock-ownership plan and the rest is held primarily by members of the company’s founding families.

It now owns and operates a number of well-known restaurants in Rhode Island, including: Castle Hill Inn & Resort, The Mooring Restaurant and 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill, all in Newport; the Waterman Grille, in Providence; Trio, in Narragansett; the Boat House, in Tiverton; the Newport Yachting Center; and Blackstone Caterers, of Middletown.

By last year, Newport Harbor had $40 million in annual revenues and employed about 1,000 full-time and part-time workers.


Ned & Sam’s Salmon Fishing Adventure Weekend

Posted in Personal Life on April 27, 2009 by nedgrace

My brother Sam and I spent the weekend in NH, fishing for landlocked salmon on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. The weather was gorgeous – sunny and 85 degrees –  actually a little too nice as the salmon fishing is better when it is overcast with a “salmon chop” – a nice wind making a nice chop on the water. We caught five beautiful salmon ranging from 17″ to 21″.

We learned a lot about salmon biology; we saw they were eating smelt, and got an education from Jason at the Paugus Bay Sporting Goods store on adipose fins, how to differentiate between a male and female fish by sight, as well why the color of the meat would sometimes vary. Both Sam and I had been reading one of our favorite fishing books – Angling in the Smile of the Great Spirit by Dr Harold Lyon, which does a great job documenting the tales and recommendations of legendary Lake Winnipesaukee fisherman.


We had a great dinner at O’s Steak and Seafood restaurant with the Governor and First Lady and sister Pat Smith. We also  got my Harley going, visited the Laconia Harley store, had a Tamarack lobster roll and took a nice ride around Governor’s Island.

Overall it was a great weekend for brother bonding, and we have decided to make it an annual event!





The Scottish Sensation Susan Boyle – Cry Me A River – from 1999 CD

Posted in Personal Life on April 19, 2009 by nedgrace

From a charity CD made in 1999 of which only 1000 copies were made.

Lesson learned – Never judge a Book by its Cover! Susan Boyle Rocks!

Posted in Personal Life on April 15, 2009 by nedgrace

Witness Miss Susan Boyle of Scotland give an awe -inspiring vocal performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables  by clicking here“Britain’s Got Talent”


I just listened to Elaine Page’s rendition of that song. Susan, you’ve just beaten your idol! And Susan, one more thing, in a world that is increasingly dominated by our global economic woes and now even lunatic pirates, thanks so much for bringing us a BIG SMILE and a little joyful tear!

Sumsing Turbo Multi-tasking Phone – wow

Posted in Personal Life on April 6, 2009 by nedgrace



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