Today was mostly centered around prepping the December Art Walk—getting the books, posters, venues signs, and memos out to the participating businesses. I also wrote and distributed the press release and calendar notice, as well as updated the web page. Continue reading


Busy-ness as Usual

Overbooked as usual today, but managed to arrive early enough to City Hall that I got to chat with two different staffers on project updates before I rushed to the 8:30 meeting of the Montpelier Business Association, a monthly meeting of business owners. Continue reading

Workday Roundup: Monday, November 4

The start of a work week gives me such hope.  Of all the things I wanted to have checked off my to-do list, these are the top things that I was able to accomplish yesterday. I realize that this may not mean much for those of you not intimate with my day-to-day workings. Continue reading

Open Letter to People Who Found My Blog Accidentally

Inspired by Amy at Lucy’s Football, I looked at searches that led readers to this blog. And oh boy, I had no idea what you all were looking for! My blog doesn’t get nearly as much traffic as hers, so I pulled up everything from the life of this blog—say, this spring when I transitioned to WordPress: Continue reading

A brief update of activity

I haven’t posted as much as I should about what I’ve been up to (busy doing it!), so here’s a run-down of some of the things I’ve been meaning to tell you about these past few years.

Pie & Poetry 2013

  1. This video collaboration
  2. This walking project
  3. I just joined the roster of this blog (they are also having a funding campaign HERE)
  4. Got grilled by Steve Pappas on TV
  5. Got grilled by Keith Vance on TV
  6. Got grilled by Cassandra Hemenway on TV
  7. Got grilled by Shelagh Shapiro on her podcast
  8. Made this partnership happen
  9. A poem in here
  10. 4 poems in here
  11. Growing this project
  12. Won these awards (edit: this link no longer works. Disabled, for now)
  13. Helped these people do this
  14. Therefore, I earn the my keep on the faculty roster here

That’s a good enough list for now. More as things progress. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Oh yeah, in case you forgot, I live here.

Rainy Art Walk 2013

2013 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge

Whoa—I’ve just found out about this awesome challenge offered by the Vermont State Parks: The 2013 Venture Vermont Challenge. Dan and I have already decided to make more camping trips this year, and so participating in this challenge will add another level of fun for us.

Dan and I are not back-to-nature people. We also have no kids or pets that we travel with. Some of our friends were surprised to know that we enjoy this sort of recreation. Our daily “city” life in Montpelier is absent of forestry, animal tracking or wilderness survival. And perhaps that is what makes weekend camping so necessary for us.

For us the break from technology and immersion into nature is our main benefit. Plus, both of us had enjoyable times in campgrounds growing up, and we have nostalgia for them. Dan used to go camping with his grandparents. My family used to go picnicking on Saturdays during the summer.

Photo of Dan at Ricker Pond. 2012

Dan manages to set the grate of the fire pit at our site at Ricker Pond. 2012.

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VDP Roundup: Working with Designers

Montpelier Alive recently hosted a meeting of the Vermont Downtowns Program, which meets quarterly to talk shop and learn from one another. It does take up the entirety of my day, but it’s really great to hear what’s happening in other communities, and to share knowledge.

Part of my hosting duties was 75 minutes about Montpelier Alive. Typically the host does a walking tour of the downtown, but I chose not to do that, since Montpelier is a place that many of these folks have been to and/or will visit again. Plus it was optional. I wanted to tie in with the Four Points® theme of Promotions, and so decided instead to focus on talking about the why’s and how’s of using professional graphic designers for your outgoing materials.

Communities represented include Springfield, Rutland, Windsor, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier.

Communities represented in this photo include Springfield, Rutland, Windsor, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier.

In the back of the room, I set up a table of our current materials, all of which were outsourced to local graphic designers.

“I’m only two years into the job,” I said, “and the comment that I continue to hear from people is that since I came on board, everything seems so much more polished and professional looking. And so I want to talk about how and why that happens,” I began. Here’s a recap of our discussion (quotes are notes from Montpelier Alive designers):  Continue reading