BNI is a global business organization built around “referrals”. Chapter members meet once a week for 90 minutes to practice their 40 second “elevator pitch” and thank a fellow member for a referral or extend a referral to a fellow member.

BNI website

I was invited to attend a BNI Visitor’s Day meeting and left with a client … to build and manage a law firm’s website. At left is a concept for a print ad that originated with the building of the firm’s website. (Presently, the site is in the pre-launch, staging phase.)

Deep River Family Day is an annual town-wide event sponsored by the Deep River Merchants Association. In 2019, for its 25th anniversary and to generate new energy and participation, I spearheaded the creation of a car show partnering with the Deep River Historical Society which hosted the event on their front lawn.

The show extended Family Day events beyond the immediate town center and brought in attendees and spectators from outside the immediate community.

An Orphan Car Parade ended the show with a drive through Deep River’s picturesque neighborhoods and scenic views of the Connecticut River.

Click here for Follow-up, People’s Choice winners and Thank You to sponsors and volunteers …

Plan for a small cottage garden in Old Lyme, CT. The property – in hardiness zone 6b – is part of an “association” of seasonal cottages that run down to Long Island Sound.

While performing weeding and pruning chores, I was asked to come up with ideas to develop an overgrown, pre-existing 22′ x 24′ garden but not disturb the established raspberry, blueberry and rose bushes. The shrubs and perennials needed to be both drought- and deer-resistant.

The project provided an opportunity to put on my graphic design hat and play with styling the presentation. Plus, and thanks to Laurie, to research, develop and design a garden specifically sited with color. shape and texture for year-around interest as well as abundant summer bloom.

Click image to view proposal.

 Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 2.33.48 PM glass globe
 Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 2.27.47 PM wrapped anchor
 Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 2.26.10 PM An Angel Walks Among Us

The Shoreline Arts Alliance in Guilford (CT) puts on an annual juried photograph show … “Images”. The Alliance invites both professional and amateur photographers. It’s blind-judging with judges from out of state. I submitted these three pieces each matted in a square frame – 8-inch with a 5-inch window. An Angel Walks Among Us was accepted.

My artist’s statement:
High Koo :: Epitaph

Jeffery Cissell is a forensic engineer. Jeff answers the questions “Why?” and “What can be done about it?” when a building or product suffers a failure or when a person slips and is injured, He is hired by attorneys, insurance adjusters and property managers to provide expert engineering testimony that “survives legal scrutiny.”

His website was dated and the content repetitious. As a first stage in redesigning his entire site, I edited down the content and rebuilt his home page with strong images and concise wording. His “rapid response” guarantee – providing a report within 3-days – was isolated and emphasized.

New Home Page
Navigation links to the old site … the next project to update …

To interest Jeff further, I built a landing page for a mobile device.  Very basic, yet functionally intuitive, the prototype scrolls and a “hamburger” graphic triggers a menu to slide in from the left.

Mobile device prototype

Nick Santoro has been sculpting stones for over 40 years. His sculptures evoke a Stone Age past and a fascination with the organic and earth-bound. The years of hard labor shaping the hardest of material has taken its toll on his body, he looks now to put down the hammer and chisel, and mentor, passing on his creative spirit to the citizens of Rutland, Vermont.

As a young man, he suffered bouts of depression being raised in a family burdened with a tragic history of loss and guilt, but the joy and reward of sculpting stone lifted him from its depths. His goal now is to lift the spirit of Rutland … to find solace, meaning and enterprise … in hammering, chiseling, scraping and smoothing the very rock that was once the city’s source of economic prosperity.

Partnering with the Kiwanis, Nick will direct a studio in the heart of the city and welcome the curious – free of charge – into an inviting space to beat on marble mined in the West Rutland quarry … a portal to discover a rich local heritage and the limitless possibilities of the creative spirit.

Visit his website showcasing his transcendent work.

Beauty. Form. Voluptuousness. Evolutionary attractors.
Nick’s attractors delight with the Great Worm
… churning and twisting, exhaling in her earthly sea …

“Having no prior backpacking experience, I bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia. Three weeks later I was hiking back towards New England, my home. The journey was rigorous and dangerous, and it took a heavy toll on my body, but as I lay in my hammock exhausted from yet another day of brutal climbs and steep descents, I was determined to make it all the way … or at least to Day 3.”

In 2015, Sam Ducharme (or his trail name “Sam I Am”), a retired K9 prison guard, walked the world’s longest hiking-only trail … 2,189.2 miles from Georgia to Maine. Sam did it in one go – over six-months – and earned the well-respected title of “Thru-Hiker.”

I heard Sam give his “Thru-Hiker Talk” at my local library – a talk he gives in libraries and community centers all around New England. His presentation – with photos and video taken entirely with this phone – was both laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming. I contacted Sam to see if I could help get his story published. The timing was perfect for he did indeed need help. I sent him a proposal which included a proofread of his manuscript, and designing and producing a book for self-publishing.

Despite setbacks, Sam self-published his great adventure in November 2018 and it’s now available in both paperback and e-book:

Click here for Barnes & Noble or here for Amazon.

Visit Sam’s website to book his Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Program: samtalkstrail.com

Below … Two 18×24 tabletop posters to help sell his book at his “Sam Talks Trail” speaking engagements.

Sam Poster-Bear
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The Deep River (CT) Merchants Association held an open house for local businesses to grow their membership. Attendees were asked to offer ideas to promote the town’s shops, restaurants and inns. At a later meeting I presented a new marketing campaign emphasizing the town’s connection to bald eagles and its early prosperity in the ivory trade. Below were the three logos up for consideration. The association selected the Deep River Town Hall with its iconic flat-iron architecture.

Below: Drafts of a campaign for the Merchants and the Town to adopt the “eagles soar” slogan and 2019 Family Day concept:

2019 Family Day Flyer

~ Website designed and maintained ~

Chester Land Trust (CLT) – Mission … to acquire and protect land from development … click kiosk to visit.

Historic Kiosk … The Judge Motley Preserve
Judge Constance Baker Motley, J.D. (1921-2005), an African-American woman who broke many New York state racial barriers, purchased several acres of land near Cedar Lake in Chester and vacationed there with her family for more than 40 years. The plaque includes images of her with Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr., and marching with groundbreaking civil rights leaders James Meredith and Medgar Evans.

Click here to read Judge Motley’s kiosk and distinguished career.

In 2018, the Connecticut Freedom Trail added Judge Motley Preserve and her home to their map honoring distinguished civil rights and underground railroad leaders. >> more

Honoring Jordan B Peterson

Young Americans for Liberty at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, invited Dr. Peterson to speak on campus. Shortly before the event the administration revoked the invitation because he threatened “safe spaces.”

He gave the now famous Linfield College Speech off campus on 24 April 2017.

Dr. Peterson is on the front lines against the mad, hate-filled denizens of the cultural & political swamp. These arbiters of “truth, reason and justice” suffer the very psychosis of those they accuse. As a clinical psychologist, he treats the madness with compassion and tough love.

Click here for … well for me, a reckoning with Transcendent Virtue and Kingdom of God.