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Marc Templin

Marc Templin

Marc is the founder of Bright Settings where he spends his time extending Bright's reach via social media, video, multi-author blogging, email marketing, and managing Bright's websites for desktops and mobile devices.

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Table Talk: Michael Symon feature image

This pinnable quote from Cleveland-born chef Michael Symon is a reminder about the important social skills that can be learned while sitting around the dinner table: "Sitting down for dinner not only helps you learn, but also teaches you how to listen- which I feel is the most important skill to have. I remember as a... More

You should make something

Make something. It doesn't make much difference what it is. What's most important is the process of creating something from scratch, something that didn't exist in the world until you made it. There is a lot of joy in making things. Sure, it's enormously satisfying to see other people take delight in what you have done. But making... More

Michael J. Fox reminds us that a family is a cast of characters that can be quite entertaining around the dinner table.

We’ve all heard the saying “You can choose your friends, but not your family.” While that may be true, Michael J. Fox reminds us that a family is a cast of characters that can be quite entertaining around the dinner table. There’s nothing better than being able to finish each other’s sentences or experience full... More

Chris Rock: "I can't cook, but I have a nice book of menus... and I can plate and set the table."

Table Talk: Chris Rock

Chris Rock admits he's not a great cook, and he adds a good point about assisting the cook at dinnertime. Here are a few simple ways anyone can help at dinner even if they don't cook. If there are guests coming, you can help set up and take down extra chairs and tables. You can clean and... More

Trisha Yearwood says suppertime equals family time

This week's Table Talk is an important reminder from country music star Trisha Yearwood. The secret to keeping a family close is eating together. Dinnertime is such a great family time. I think we started losing touch with the importance of family dinner time back in late 1953 when Swanson sold the first TV dinners. It... More

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t receive a phone call from a customer needing to know something about a past order.  "Can you tell me what size tablecloths I ordered and what color they were?" "I can't remember which model of banquet chairs I ordered. Can you tell me which model and seat... More

What are the most popular tablecloths for fall, winter and the holiday season? Here are a dozen prints that will help create the perfect atmosphere for your gatherings this year. And they're not just for tablecloths — they also work well for napkins, table runners, table skirts, or even Christmas tree skirts. Click on the... More

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