Monday, March 27, 2017

PodCamp WesternMA - 5 days, 5 reasons

This is where I go to learn about using social media tools. I'll be there this year at the Welcome Desk.

If you want to know more about this event, please let me know!

Tickets on sale 'til Friday
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PodCamp #9 is less than a week away...

And in case you've been wondering whether PodCamp is for you, here are 5 Reasons why you should join us:

1. If you're an absolute beginner (or nearly so), we have sessions for you.  It's an unconference for everyone, at every stage of the game. 

2. If you have experience or tips to share, your bringing that to the community is what fuels PodCamp.  Help facilitate a session or just schmooze in the hallways.  It's all valuable.

3. Meet others who are on the path with you -- running a business, starting a new one, doing community work, or just learning how to get the word out better.  We're all in this together!

4. Hang out and make friends.  Seriously!  This is an event that has the super-power of attracting the nicest people.  We don't know quite why....we just know it's true.

5. Did we mention the food?  Your ticket price includes coffee in the morning, a delicious healthy lunch and happy hour snacks at our 4:30 gathering at Slainte.  So, no need to pack a lunch, just grab your laptop, a smart phone, tablet or a pad of paper.  Heck, we'll even give you a free water bottle so you can stay hydrated!  (Swag, baby!!)   
Don't be a fool this April 1st...get your ticket now!

PodCamp #9, April 1st from 9am - 4pm at Holyoke Community College.

Your ticket price includes:
Coffee and tea when you arrive
5 Classroom sessions of your choosing
A fabulous, healthy lunch, including gluten-free and dairy-free options
Networking happy hour with munchies sponsored by Cider House Design

Special thanks also go out to WBOA for their third year sponsoring PodCamp. 

If you already bought your ticket, we can't wait to see you!  And because sharing is caring, please forward this to a friend or colleague who should be there with you!

Get your tickets here.

If you have any questions, just hit reply.  We'd love to hear from you and we're looking forward to seeing you this coming Saturday.

The PodCamp Team


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Friday, March 24, 2017

PodCamp Western Mass is coming April 1 (audio)

Missed a couple of weeks due to some events and last week in particular due to some technical difficulties with the app. I recorded 3 times and the third time was not the charm. It still failed to upload. So I went back to my trusty recording device to get this one complete.

PodCamp Western Mass is coming April 1. The 9th instance of this event is a great thing to do. This is where I go to learn and share and collaborate.

For more about PodCamp and to buy your ticket, visit

stone wall sticks up out of the snow in the woods
stone wall sticks up out of the snow in the woods

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Remembering Iwo Jima, remembering Jerry

Feb 19 is a special day in US history. It was the day that the Battle of Iwo Jima started in 1945. The flag raising on Mt Suribachi is quite well known. That the battle fought for many days after the flag raising is less so. Jerry landed on Iwo Jima and was among the lucky ones to walk off in March. It may not be a coincidence that Jerry left his world on Feb 19, 2012.

Jerry's coffin at the funeral home in 2012
Jerry's coffin at the funeral home in 2012

You can listen to Jerry tell of his work in the Joint Assault Signal Company
  • If you see a veteran, thank them for their service.
  • If you find a World War II veteran, listen to a story if they'll tell it. We are all losing too many of those these days.

This was originally posted on Jerry's Story in 2014

Friday, February 17, 2017

raising the value of liberal arts (audio)

reflections on the discussion between Krista Tippett and Anil Dash on the impact of technology and social media on humanity

You can listen to their conversation here

Or the full unedited version here (my preference)

local sign in Franklin: fill in the blank as to what could be done "any time"
local sign in Franklin: fill in the blank as to what could be done "any time"

And you get two today, I recorded this on Sunday, Feb 12 but did not get around to sharing it here

Saturday, February 04, 2017

reflections on metaphor

Peter Mulvey and his TEDx talk with Vlad, the Astrophysicist

The Mark Maron interview with David Bromberg

sherku: metaphor

when thoughts collide
I speak in
All the dots
One, two, three

small log fence in a Franklin neighborhood
small log fence in a Franklin neighborhood

Monday, January 30, 2017

Budget cycle: what are your priorities?

The annual budget cycle in underway here in Franklin. I'll be exploring ways to improve the information provided to my fellow residents so we can get a budget that can reflects our priorities.

PodCamp WesternMass is coming April 1. (And yes, that is NOT an April fool's joke) )#pcwm9

Early bird ticket offer expires at midnight Jan 31. Save money and get your ticket now

fill in the blanks, what could you do anytime?
fill in the blanks, what could you do anytime?

Monday, January 09, 2017

happy new year (audio)

Happy New Year

Time for goal setting

shadow self at Fletcher Field in Franklin
shadow self at Fletcher Field in Franklin

A PDF with the 4 C's that I talk to can be found here