Art in the Park

Keene’s two-day annual celebration of visual art marking the end of summer Thoughts collected about Art in the Park in anticipation of talking with Dan Mitchell of WKBK on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Q&A about 2023 Art in the Park Tell us about the organization behind this event I can’t say enough about the members […]


Inside-Out Marketing Communications

Image ©Adweek 2006. What I learned from a baby in 2005 applies today. Closing the gap between what customers experience and what marketers intend to convey is important. It starts inside…. Somewhere along the line I started labeling myself the originator of the term “Inside-Out Advertising.” In googling the term now, I see others have […]



“Salty Beach,” 11×14 pastel, Ruth Sterling, 2022 Last week, a small group of us from the Milford High School Class of 1973 got together to start laying the groundwork for our 50th reunion. Yesterday, the news reached me that our high school art teacher, Bill Rapf, had died. Today, I finished, signed and framed a […]


Oh Danny Boy

Photo: At Milford elementary school basketball with Danny and our classmates Christina and Ed Medlyn and their terrific grandson. After Dan Murray died in February, my brother Hondo sent me a message saying that the Monadnock Ledger Transcript was looking for people to talk about the impact Dan had in the community. I wrote this […]

Voting in Keene today


Photo: 7:45am in Keene, NH. No one pictured here factored into this essay. Today I learned a new word. Conversate. Used in a sentence by a person six feet behind me in the line to vote: “We are not here to conversate. Turn around and shut up you f _ _ _  ing c_ _ […]


What’s next for Keene Pumpkin Festival

Ten years ago, a proven team of festival organizers threw in the towel and put the future of the fest up for grabs. They said they had done all they could. In the next four years, Keene Pumpkin Festival underwent some interesting improvements that cleared the Main Street for pedestrian traffic and cleaned up the […]


Pumpkin peace

When the end comes, it is nice to be able to say with conviction, “I did what I could.” I think everyone who has been at the helm of the Keene Pumpkin Festival wanted to do some good. And good things happened. People were helped, a city was energized and made world-famous. A Guinness World […]


Thoughts on motherhood

Photo: First Mother’s Day as a mother, baby Harland “I can think clearly now, the kids are gone.” I remember that specific thought popping into my head, complete with the melody to “I can see clearly now,” a song my youngest brother, the musician, has made his signature song. The point was, from the time […]

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