Advertising, Alison Colby-Campbell, Alisons Brain4rent, friends and co-workers, Uncategorized

The Lingering Effects of Being Bitten by the Ad Bug?

A couple of months ago I got a shared email with a photo showing our old ad agency being torn down to make room for condos. Daniel F. Sullivan Company, 1266 Soldiers Field Road, Boston was going to exist exclusively in memories

advertising, Apple picking, autumn, fall, Family, Farm Stands, Food, Massachusetts, Nature, parenting

Apple Picking Etiquette

Eating the apple in Eden isn’t the only apple-based crime. After a recent trip to three orchards, I witnessed a dire need for a course on Apple Picking Etiquette. And so I present my list of the Top 10 "Don'ts" About Apple Picking.

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Keep on Truckin’ – High Art on the Highway

We were in Mississippi last week, and as we refueled our rent-a-car my husband went to pay and get sodas. I edged to the door and then out of the car, drawn to a rainbow. Finding the passenger seat empty upon his return, he guessed where to find me. I’d walked through some ratty weeds and… Continue reading Keep on Truckin’ – High Art on the Highway

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The Oscar Grouch: The Peaks, Valleys, and Pains of the Academy Awards

But my lack of experience with the contenders, doesn’t in the least diminish my ability to judge the awards show program.

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Selling Christmas – Best and Worst of Holiday TV Commercials

Nothin’ says Christmas like a mad dash to the mall. At least that’s what the “Holiday” ads will tell you. And for the most part true emotion, religion and family are so removed from the holiday (better not call it Christmas)that ads try to exploit whatever they can to create some sort of visceral reaction from viewers. It is not, however, always their intended reaction. Here is my list of the best and worst of holiday ads over the decades.

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Needy is as Needy Does

"I don't think it's necessarily healthy to go into relationships as a needy person. Better to go in with a full deck." Anjelica Huston

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Oooooooo, Ahhhhh – Fireworks and Patriotic Songs

"My country,' tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring!" Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895

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Hey Art, Where for Art Thou? The Collaborative Effort to Put Massachusetts on the Art Map

Boston isn’t known as a mecca for buyers in the art world; on the contrary, I hear more and more how buyers go straight to New York for art and forgo the fine galleries right here in their own city. This leaves most of the galleries in Boston high and dry as far as making a living is concerned. This is a gosh-darned shame considering the quality and dedication of the city’s artists.