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The LVW Team’s “NYS On Pause” Recommendations

Since many of us are spending more time at home, we pulled together a recommendation list of how some members of the LVW team are spending their time outside of working hours. Whether you’re looking for a new show to binge-watch or starting to get into podcasts, check out our list to find the next thing to dig into.

Binge-Worthy Shows


  • Great British Baking Show
    • Good for the family and as Sarah Bass, Assistant Office Manager, says: “It’s a wholesome, laid back series that shows healthy competition, positivity during stressful situations and inspires my kids to bake with me.”
  • Tiger King
    • Recommended by Brant Crouse, Institutional Reporting Analyst, Research Associate.
  • Ozark
    • Fan-favorite amongst many employees at LVW Advisors especially Lori Van Dusen, CEO and Founder; Kate Burt, Marketing Associate; Molly Breen, Compliance Manager.
  • Bosch
    • Kim Pugliese, COO, describes it as an “Old school, likable, no-nonsense detective show.”
  • Some Good News with Jon Krasinski
    •  Rick Van Kuren, Senior Partner, says it’s “Just what we all need right about now.”
  • Money Heist
    • Recommended by JP, Research Support Associate, who says the show is “Very intense with a well-thought-out plot.”
  • Marcello
  • The Last Dance
  • Jack Ryan
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

Podcasts to Give a Listen


  • Animal Spirits Podcast
    • Recommended by Conner Boillat, CFP, Private Wealth Advisor: “Two guys from Ritholtz Wealth Management that cover all things finance and news with fun quips, book and tv/movie recommendations, etc. A fantastic balance of information and entertainment!”
  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
  • The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
  • The Daily
  • Freakonomics

Read a Book or Two


  • “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
    • Kaylee Glidden, Client Operations Specialist: “Amazing fiction book about a young girl’s journey with her family moving to a remote part of Alaska and building a life for themselves. I love this book because you get to watch the growth of the characters over their life while trying to survive in the wilderness.”
  • “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims
    • Recommended by Kara Hayward, Senior Investment Management Associate, “I saw it on Good Morning America one of the first mornings I was working from home. I figured while my teenagers are stuck at home I would teach them things I haven’t yet or haven’t thought of, thus the book.”
  • “Red Notice” by Bill Browder
    • Jonathan Thomas, CFP, Private Wealth Advisor says “it’s a finance book that reads like a Dan Brown thriller.”
  • “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang
  • “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern
  • “Open Book” by Jessica Simpson
  • “Little” by Edward Carey
  • “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

Words of Advice 


Routine and structure really helps. Self care, sleeping more, and eating well is needed now more than ever. Exercise is key for reshaping the brain and the body—there is a ton of evidence in neuroscience that the brain actually changes through exercise and that depression is much lower and anxiety coping is much higher.”
– Lori Van Dusen, CEO and Founder 
Our grandparents were asked to go to war … we are being asked to stay home. We can handle this!!”
– Rick Van Kuren, Senior Partner 
Maintain a schedule (AKA a purpose). Give your spouse (and yourself) adequate space (when required! ;-))
– Kim Pugliese, COO 
Stay busy with projects and indoor activities, and get outside for a walk daily!”
– Kaylee Glidden, Client Operations Specialist 
Don’t Panic. This too shall pass!”
– Conner Boillat, CFP, Private Wealth Advisor
Try on normal clothes once a week to make sure they still fit.”
– Molly Breen, Compliance Manager
Enjoy the family time and the down time. First time in years I’m not rushing off to be somewhere!”
– Kara Hayward, Senior Investment Management Associate
Be smart when leaving your house. Wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. The economy will open back up and life will carry on as it once did but be patient.”

– Chris Van Buren, CFP, Private Wealth Advisor

We are having to home school our kids as well as both of us working from home. I’ve learned that the best thing I can do for my family is to not take things too seriously. You can phone some things in and it’s okay. Ordering food 3 or 4 times a week? We’re helping the local economy! Forgoing cleaning for a snuggle session with the kids and our favorite baking shows? Intentional bonding time!”
– Sarah Bass, Assistant Office Manager



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