Week in Review: Goodbye, Summer; Hello, Fall!

Greetings from Massachusetts! While I know that my home state does have some rough weather moments (I’m looking at you, endless winter), it’s been utter bliss to sleep with the windows open after a summer holed up inside with the AC struggling against southern heat and humidity. Fresh air! And though it’s only mid-August, fall is definitely creeping in up here—there are even some early bursts of fall foliage. The mornings have been chilly, the earlier sunsets have taken me by surprise, and there’s a … Read more…

Where the Trump News Machine Leaves the Rest of Us

Many things have changed profoundly in our country since the 2016 election—including news coverage. The sheer amount of news created by President Trump’s tweets alone is unprecedented. And the pace of news out of Washington is hard for the general public to keep up with, never mind journalists. The president may claim to despise the “fake news,” but he certainly knows how monopolize their attention—perhaps not always to his benefit, but oftentimes to the point of ignoring other important stories. While a news-making president like … Read more…

Week in Review: Worcester Bravehearts Edition

Recently my son was lucky enough to be a bat boy at the Worcester Bravehearts game. While I’m certain he learned some new language in the dugout and I saw him building sand castles in the dirt during the seventh inning stretch, he had a great time (despite the loss). Our local team has a very family-friendly atmosphere, and the fact that the team owner is also the proprietor of a catering company makes concessions that much better, even though I’m always partial to a … Read more…

Quick Hit: Honoring Selina Meyer on #NationalVeepDay

Today, August 9, marks #NationalVeepDay. While the TVP Comms team loves to reminisce about Joe Biden and keep an eye on Mike Pence, there is one Veep who always keeps us in stiches. Selina Meyer and her staff have provided us endless entertainment for the last six years. Between Mike McLintock’s botched press briefings, chief of staff Amy Brookheimer’s famous breakdowns, smooth-talking Dan Egan and of course sweet and reliable Gary, you don’t have to be a PR professional to enjoy this hilarious show. The highlight … Read more…

Week in Review: Sitting Around the Campfire

My husband and I both used to camp a lot growing up, and we decided to try it out with our daughter this summer. Apparently, a lot of people think it’s a terrible idea, because in searching online for tips on camping with toddlers, most posts said something to the effect of “Why would you do that to yourself?” But, internet be damned, we’re doing it—just a short trip to a lakeside campground within 2.5 hours from home. And yes, it has required about a … Read more…

Quick Hit: Hitting the Books

Every year around back-to-school time (and is it me, or does this date gets earlier every summer?), a little voice in my head tells me this is the year I should go back to school, or at least seriously look into programs. And this fall, I’m listening to it. Well, sort of. Erin and I signed up for Living Writers Online, a free “literary learning experience” offered through Colgate University, and it has a pretty impressive reading list. I love the idea of this course, … Read more…

All I Really Need to Know About PR I Learned in Kindergarten (Kind of)

We all know the poem “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” by Robert Fulghum. While these lessons apply to everyday life, they can also take you far in the public relations world. My son just finished kindergarten, and I find these lessons on my mind more and more every day.  Here are a few of my favorite verses of the poem as they relate to PR. Play fair. Whether you are working with clients or campus constituents make sure you are … Read more…

Week in Review: SQUIRREL

My garden should be in peak production of tomatoes right now, and I have only been able to enjoy a precious few. Why? The damn squirrels. I’m sad to say that in the battle of Ali versus rodents, Ali is sorely losing this year. They keep snatching the newly ripe, almost ripe, starting to ripen from the vine, or worse, taking a single bite and leaving me to think that I’ve bested them this time. I’m kind of embarrassed that I’m not able to outwit … Read more…

What The Mooch can learn from Rumpelstiltskin and Higher Ed

I spent the past weekend pondering the recent changes made in the White House communications team and the reaction to these changes from the media and the general public. Last week President Trump named Anthony Scaramucci, nicknamed “The Mooch,” the new White House communications director and soon after Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. There was initial excitement about having someone new in the White House, which was quickly followed by frustration and then mocking that not much had changed despite turnover in … Read more…

Heading Back to Campus

Now that my baby girl is almost 21 months, I figured we should probably get a jump on those college applications and schedule some campus tours this summer. JUST KIDDING. But she did visit a college campus recently and got a quick insider tour of the College of the Holy Cross. We were there for a friend’s wedding and my daughter darted around the mostly deserted, meticulously maintained grounds on her first visit to a college campus. And, forgive me: I got nostalgic. I always … Read more…