Saturday, December 02, 2017

"I have not forgotten the face of my father"

Or my mother for that matter. I am re-reading Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series while my birthday rolls around. Yes, the birthday does come around once a year. It will take awhile to finish re-reading the series but that should be done before my next birthday comes around again.

If you would like to do something special, I would have you consider a donation to the Honor Flight organization. Honor Flight brings World War II veterans to Washington, DC. To see the memorials they fought for.

My brothers and I were fortunate to bring Dad there while he could get around. He treasured that trip. Your help to bring the few WW II veterans that are left while they can go, is worth it.

And since I have not forgotten the face of my mother (who left us at too young an age) I'd also suggest a contribution to the American Cancer Society. Cancer took both Mom and Dad.

Another photo at Division St. Would be later in the 70's I think.
Mom and Dad at Division St. (in the 70's )

Honor Flight

American Cancer Society

Monday, October 09, 2017

Columbus Day, time to explore

Knowing that I had not posted an audio recording for a while (actually since June) I was surprised to read a recent email from AudioBoom about changes to the account. The free version I had been using apparently changed on Aug 30 and since I haven't used it since then, and haven't accepted the new terms and conditions, I am in an interesting spot.

The terms and conditions concern me:

What permissions am I giving when I post?
You’re giving us free, non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable permission (including the right to sub-licence that permission) to:
  • use, copy, adapt, amend, publish, transmit, display and make the whole or any part of it available in any form, by any media, whether on a commercial or non-commercial basis, including the right to add advertising to that content, provided you have opted into our advertising agreement. You accept that this permission, allows us to make your content available to the rest of the world via the platform and through our embed functionality (or any other distribution method now known or later developed) on third party platforms and services and for the content to be listened to and used in accordance with the functionality of our services and
  • edit and take excerpts from it to incorporate into promotional content to promote the platform, third parties that advertise via the platform and/or other providers of content to the platform, in all formats and in all media.

I have no intention of giving them the rights outlined. I have been keeping an ad free platform since the beginning and will continue to do so. I have no problem with paying for a service., However a service that grants ability to "use, copy, adapt, amend, publish, transmit, display and make the whole or any part of it available in any form, by any media, whether on a commercial or non-commercial basis" is not something I will do.

I will resume audio posts but use a different service to do so.

Happy exploring this Columbus Day!

Columbus Day, time to explore
Columbus Day, time to explore

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Another 6 Kettles

The "Band of Brewers" visited Deja Brew a couple of weeks ago to do another 6 kettles. Our total now (since 2006) is 307 kettles.

We'll bottle to bring home the following:

Goibniu = (blank) A Great rendition of a true Scottish Ale
Lawnmower Lager = L A great summer beer, easy to quaff whilst using power tools
Oktoberfest Beir = O A slight fruity accent with a deep gold color
O'Malley Stout = (flag) Delicious version of Murphy’s Irish Stout
Stunner = AKA A creamy British Pub style pale ale “stunning colour”
Whale Tail Ale IPA = WT Our version of Harpoon’s IPA. A damned fine beer!!

Another 6 Kettles

Saturday, June 10, 2017

RIP: Joseph J Proulx

Joseph J. Proulx, 88, of West Warwick passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Warwick, RI. Joseph was the husband of Constance R. (Ricci) Proulx with whom he would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on September 13. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Aimable E. and Margaret C. (Selmanie) Proulx.

Joe's life will be remembered by how wonderful of a demeanor he had as a husband, father and grandfather. He set great examples of being a hard worker, a family man and a Christian. His four daughters gave him unconditional love, only to be overshadowed by the gift of being a grandfather.

He entered the Navy at the age of seventeen and continued his education after being discharged. He had a long career at the Davisville Seabee Base in North Kingstown, RI then worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington D.C. for a brief time before retiring.

He was not one to sit around. In the mix of his two government careers, Joe had been a self-taught carpenter and used his skills on a scale from small wood carvings to building homes. He entertained his down time by working with counted cross stitching and watching various birds snack at his bird feeder.

Besides his wife Connie, he is survived by four daughters: Dolores P. Sherlock (husband Stephen) of Franklin, MA, Catherine A. Reirden (husband Bruce) of Summerville, SC, Diane M. Taylor (husband Dave) of Baltimore, MD and Joanne C. Gordon (husband Barrie) of Burlington, MA; five grandchildren: Jeffrey Reirden, Allison Sherlock, Mark Gordon, Carolyn Morgan and Joseph Gordon.
He is predeceased by his two grandsons: Kevin Reirden and Jonathan Daily and his nine siblings: Eulalia Doyle, Margaret Costigan, Delores (Sister Mary Constantine), Irving Proulx, Donald Proulx, Clarence Proulx, Richard Proulx, Robert Proulx and Alma Laliberte.

Funeral from Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick on Saturday, June 10 at 8:45 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Gregory The Great, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick, RI at 10:00 AM.

Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, RI.

Calling hours will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., PO Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940.

RIP: Joseph J Proulx
RIP: Joseph J Proulx

Friday, June 02, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Content in Context (audio)

reflecting on the recent events; rain, Memorial Day weekend, and Town Council budget process

For more about content in context follow this link

dogwood blooming in the backyard
dogwood blooming in the backyard

Friday, May 19, 2017

reflections, May 19

reflections, May 19

recalling a work trip to Toronto and the start of our plot at the Franklin Community Gardens

The background on Yorkville,_Toronto

the 4x10 plot at the Franklin Community Garden
the 4x10 plot at the Franklin Community Garden

Thursday, May 04, 2017

2 thoughts this time

  1. Visualization is the key to making things happen
  2. Make it easy for someone to do and it will get done

I expand further upon these two thoughts today

Dr Jane McGonigal's TEDx talk referenced

morning shadows in Franklin
morning shadows in Franklin

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Podcamp Western Mass #9 (#pcwm9) - April 29, 2017 via Storify

The 9th edition of this unconference was held on Saturday at the Kittredge Center on the campus of Holyoke Community College. Here is a recap of the day via the tweets of those participating!

Be sure to scroll within the Storify widget to review all the posts!

The session wall early in the day, it filled out more as the day and conversations continued
The session wall early in the day, it filled out more as the day and conversations continued

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