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ode for the good doctor:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, February 28, 2013, In : General 


Dr. Seuss' birthday is March 2.
He never knew it but we were close.
When he died in 1991, I wrote for him.

Today, thanks to a reminder from my friend Cyndi,
those words are my long-distance dedication.


Marvin K. Mulrooney has at last gone away
The Lorax sits alone in his empty woods today
Yertle the Turtle has fallen off his throne
And the Cat in the Hat finally left those kids alone
Horton heard a hoo and tears ran down his face
The Grinch sat down to supper and led them all grace –

“Alth...


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the first debate:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Sketchnotes 

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trumped:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, September 14, 2012, In : What They Said 


I mined this gem from Deb Scofield's September 2012 blog post on the Harvard Business Review. It's a must read if you're a boss or work for one. Click here to read the full post. 

Follow Deb online at her website or on Twitter.



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pride parade:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, June 18, 2012, In : Sketchnotes 

A glimpse of what I saw at the Southern Maine Pride Parade on Saturday, June 16 in Portland, Maine.

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roar:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, June 2, 2012, In : How I See It 


I have never wanted a tattoo.
Their permanence has always been my deterrent.
What is solidly me today
is solidly something else next week.
I never understood the psychology of a tattoo
and how they make visible what is often not seen.
But I get it now.

Score another point for T$
in broadening my horizons yet again.


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the topps are top:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Movies 


Welcome to my new favorite documentary.

Prior to watching The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, my top documentary was the brilliant Sketches of Frank Gehry.

Do yourself a favor and run to your local video store (if you're lucky enough to have one) or stream it tonight on Netflix.

What's so special about the Topps?

They are hilarious and their energy is electric. They also don't shy away from changing the world. Oh, and they yodel.

I need you to trust me on that last one. ;)


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update:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, April 21, 2012, In : How I See It 


I was once an onion,
mining my layers to uncover myself.

I liked being an onion.
I liked the implication of depth and discovery.


But I'm not an onion.


Onions get smaller when their layers are shed.
That's not me.

The deeper I go, the bigger I get.


I'm a freaking galaxy.
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mission accomplished:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, April 15, 2012, In : Illustrations 

Ten years ago today, T$ and I paid off the mortgage on our old condo and have been debt free ever since. A few days later we called Dave Ramsey's radio show and thanked him for helping us make this happen.

For all those who say it cannot be done, you are mistaken.

It's not easy or quick but it sure is g.l.o.r.i.o.u.s. when you get there.

Thanks again, Dave.

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perspective:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Illustrations 



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esch a sketch:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Illustrations 


Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom's comparison of the fall presidential campaign to shaking an Etch A Sketch was an image I could not resist. Click here to read A.V. Crofts coverage for UW Election Eye.

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tax dollars at work:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Illustrations 

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new year, new yorker:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : How I See It 


I decided to address my nasty habit of reading articles and magazines without actually reading them by committing to The New Yorker for one month. I read this issue of the text-heavy magazine cover to cover only because my friend's Velcro annotations pulled me into articles that I'm certain to have skipped.

I bought my next issue at JFK a few days later on my way to Arizona then another for my flight homeNow I chomp for the next issue and impatiently wait for my one-year subscription to ki...

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things I'm still not used to:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, December 31, 2011, In : Ping 
Eating all of the scrambled eggs.
Turning lights off when we leave.
Not needing to come home.
Being in for the night at 6 p.m.
Picking up food I've dropped.
Eating the whole bowl of popcorn.
Sleeping in.
Walking by Fetch with no reason to enter.
The big gaping hole in my heart.


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further proof of my very good year:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, In : Illustrations 


Thank you, A. V. Crofts, for allowing me
to pair my images with your words
in this month's issue of ARCADE.

Let's make it habit.


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clearly:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : What They Said 

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wise counsel:

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i speak at shespeaks:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, November 28, 2011, In : SheSpeaks: Journey To Asking 

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love shel:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Books 


This was my favorite poem from Shel Silverstein's new book Every Thing On It. It makes me a bit sad every time I read it but that's OK. What a genius.

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investing early is smart business:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, November 7, 2011, In : Sketchnotes 


Click here to read Kristof's article as it appeared in the New York Times on October 19, 2011.


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come on, people:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : How I See It 


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lookee what I found:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, In : How I See It 


I found this gem in an old journal.
It is simply to good to be tucked away.
Go big.
Now bigger.

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10 years later:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, September 11, 2011, In : How I See It 


It was my second day at United Way of Greater Portland. T$ sent a lowercase email without punctuation: have your heard about new york

Meg Baxter gave us the option of staying at work with friends or going wherever we felt most safe. They weren't my friends yet so I went home. I would have gone home regardless. I need to write.

Clicking the image will take you to my Flickr page so it should be readable. If not, contact me and I'll send you a copy.

"They can give a number of how many died but they...

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slow learner:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : How I See It 
I've had the same dream for 20 years: running timed suicides on a basketball court and I cannot get my legs really going. (Think running in mud.)

I finally understand. I sometimes behave as though I have no choice when, in fact, I always do. I keep running even though I'll never beat that clock in my dream. I say yes to things that do not belong to me. I act as though things are done to me even though I've actually given my consent by playing along.

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right place right time:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, August 6, 2011, In : Videos 



I caught this moment while spending a few days on Mount Desert Island. My friend's son manages to capture and convey how I feel about most things these days.


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july reminded me:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, In : Messages to Myself 

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major connection:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Art 

(photo by jendeanphoto.com)

This year 2-1-1 Maine celebrated five years of connecting Mainers to vital health and human services. The celebration recognized and thanked business, community and elected leaders who helped create and make it the vital resource it has become.

I was asked to create an image for the Pioneer Award that summarized 2-1-1 Maine's first five years. Click the photo above to see the image I created.

Many thanks to Bill Vickerson for throwing my hat in this particular ring.


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on a roll:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Sketchnotes 


I've lost track of all the awards Brenda Garrand has racked up in the last few years. In May, she claimed the 2011 Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award at the Maine Women's Fund Leadership Luncheon. Brenda is the President and Strategic Director of Garrand, a nationally respected and award-winning marketing and communications agency. In 2010, Ad Age named Garrand one of the Best Places to Work in Media and Marketing.

Brenda is also on the Board of my favorite non-profit and place to w...


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recalibrating:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Ping 

I am an atom comprised of protons and neutrons
that go by the names Ping and T$.
It's been that way for 14 years
and that's how it will remain.

There are things you don't know until you know.
I've never been more sure of anything.


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if you are nice and ask:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Ping 


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how nathan smith got us to double our donation to the portland public library:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : How I See It 


Click here to see a larger image.

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rest in peace:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : Ping 

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why states should help fund public radio:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : How I See It 

Governor LePage has proposed to eliminate all state support for The Maine Public Broadcasting Network. If you believe the state should continue to partner with individuals and organizations so Maine has an open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content, please sign this online petition today.



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why mpbn matters:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : How I See It 

Governor LePage has proposed to eliminate all state support for The Maine Public Broadcasting Network. If you believe the state should continue to partner with individuals and organizations so Maine has an open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content, please sign this online petition today.



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re-entry:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : How I See It 


When I began my work sabbatical a few months ago I had no idea it would have liquid boundaries and wipe clean everything in its path. I haven't painted all year and, if you scroll down, you'll see that my posts here have been pretty slim.


Truth is, I haven't had time.

Don't let the word "sabbatical" fool you. United Way granted me the space to marry my passion and profession, and I responded by pouring everything I have into an organization I believe in.

I consider it a fair trade.


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wise owls:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Art 

Behold, the first video I created for United Way of Greater Portland in my role. I look forward to many more. 

Here's the background text from UWGP's website:

Our communities are stronger when we embrace and honor our differences. It's also smart business.

Maine has the highest median age of any state in our country and our proportion of residents age 65 and older is projected to almost double between 2000 and 2030. This has big implications for our workforce since many if our young people are l...


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diagramming twitter:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, March 20, 2011, In : Simply Put 


I've been doing brief Twitter tutorials for my friends because I wish someone could have done one for me. I created this graphic as a leave-behind. (Click the image to make it larger or visit http:\\zoom.it.)

Many thanks to @avcrofts and other friends for making this way better than it was when I started.

For more Twitter info, see @lavrusik’s great post: http://bit.ly/fm77Li.

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the scoop:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, March 10, 2011, In : How I See It 

OK. Here's the deal. My new job is at my old job. I'm sitting at the same desk, surrounded by the same people but the work is entirely different. What I previously crammed into weeknights and weekends is now visible on my computer screen at work for all to see. I'm getting paid to do what I have done for free. I am living my dream.

Hugh McLeod calls this marrying of passion and profession an "evil plan."

Chris Brogan and Julien Smith refer to it as hacking your job.

While those descriptors cam...


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feeling spunky:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, In : How I See It 
For some reason I cannot enlarge this image to make it more readable. If you cannot read it, copy the web address and paste it into this amazing website. Sorry about that.

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on the webb:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Art 
I had the good fortune to guest blog for Ophelia's Webb on Monday. Click here to check it out.

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blast from my past:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, In : Art 


I just found this and remembered how much I love it.
I took a lot of heat growing up for my flat chest and long legs.
I'll spare you the delightful list of nicknames those two things spawned
as my friends separated me from my body.
Fortunately, it really does get better.


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timely find:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, February 20, 2011, In : Videos 



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happy news:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : The World Is Your Oyster 



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time well spent:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Movies 


If you like feel-good movies, Dirty Dancing and don't mind subtitles, I highly recommend Heartbreaker.


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no postage:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, In : Books 

I knew when I bought this book of postcards that they would likely never take flight. I am just perfectly content to sit and stare at the simplicity. Charley Harper is a master.

One of my favorites is Blue Jay Bathing:



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straight up:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Simply Put 


Maine provides the lowest temporary cash assistance benefit in New England. A struggling family of three in New Hampshire receives $140 more a month than a family three in Maine.

This type of cash assistance is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It replaced the welfare programs known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program and the Emergency Assistance (EA) program under the federal welfare reform leg...

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broken trust:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, In : Movies 


In 2012, Dr. Albert Barnes' amazing art collection will be moved to Philadelphia from its once-permanent home in Merion. While I would love to see the art, Philadelphia will not receive any money from us. Barnes was crystal clear in his will about the future of his collection (never to be moved, loaned or sold) yet this movie documents how his wishes were not honored time and time again.

I cannot reward Philadelphia for what they have done.

Watch the movie and see if you can.

Click here to watc...

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brilliant:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, In : Movies 

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dear maine:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, January 8, 2011, In : How I See It 


  • Maine has verified citizenship for MaineCare recipients since 2007. [source, page 4]
  • More benefit recipients leave Maine each month than move here and received assistance. [source]
  • Medicaid eligibility cannot be denied because an individual has not resided in a state for a specified period. [federal policy]
 We must spread reality as readily as others spread fantasy. Please share this information with your networks.


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gotcha:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, In : Ping 

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in praise of snail mail:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 2, 2011, In : Books 

I dragged this book out as long as a I could because I didn't want it to end. Well done, Joan Reardon. Many thanks too.

Before I started, I wondered if I was going to race through Avis DeVoto's letters to savor Julia. I needn't have worried. I enjoyed Avis as much as Julia. At times, even more so.

To think it all started with a gift of French knives.


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best:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, January 1, 2011, In : How I See It 


There have been years when I've stayed up until midnight just to make sure the #$@! year was over. This year I stayed up to squeeze every last bit of magic out of it and honor its passing.

It's difficult to measure but 2010 was quite possibly my best year ever.

We spent the evening with friends, laughing easily and savoring the best non-restaurant food I've ever eaten. After walking Ping, I settled in for year's end with a few letters from Julia Child and Avis DeVoto and a gratitude prayer f...

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the end:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, December 20, 2010, In : Books 


This book is about how institutions need to harness the talent of their employees if they want to thrive in a world where change is constant and knowledge is scarce. While I didn't consider it a riveting read, I do think it's an important read. Especially if you're thinking about jumping ship and hanging out your own shingle.

I read about work a lot, you see, which is funny because I've never particularly cared for working for other people. I've always seen it as something I had to do so I co...

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meet herb and dorothy:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, December 13, 2010, In : Movies 

We missed the documentary Herb and Dorothy at Space Gallery but watched it Saturday night a la Netflix. The Vogels collected over 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in more than 30 years and stored them all in their one-bedroom apartment. In 1992, they donated everything to the National Gallery of Art.

Dorothy had my favorite line: "Anybody can have these ideas but to do it... it really is quite a miracle."

She was talking about the artwork but the same holds for what they did.


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sunday song:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, December 5, 2010, In : Videos 

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confession:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, December 3, 2010, In : How I See It 


It's true.
I carry them everywhere.
I like having them close.


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reminder:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, In : Art 


Once I lived in a world of happy oblivion where I assumed that I would be paid the same as any man with the same experience and education. When I first learned about the wage gap, I set out to determine what would happen if I took out 23% out of a dollar bill. Never once did I think that it would mean taking out the man.

I created this painting three years ago along with a graphic to commemorate Maine's Equal Pay Day. Things really haven't changed that much since then, but I've never looked at...

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so grateful:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : How I See It 


I've had quite a year.
If you're reading this,
you've been part of it.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.


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point in time:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 21, 2010, In : Books 


One look at my bedside table will give you an idea where my head is at lately. (Yeah, that's Superman.)


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switcharoo:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, November 19, 2010, In : Books 


It's refreshing to hear someone say businesses should operate more like not-for-profits. Click here to see my sketchnotes.

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ping a la nickie:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, November 18, 2010, In : Ping 

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not done:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 14, 2010, In : How I See It 



I don't know what it looks like yet, but I do know that I don't want to wait for another election to do something.

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the power of friends:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 14, 2010, In : Videos 

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flattered:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, November 12, 2010, In : Art 


It's always a thrill to see one of my paintings in someone else's house.



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lucky, lucky me:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, In : How I See It 

Tonight I'm attending my tenth campaign finale for United Way of Greater Portland. I'm overwhelmed by the impact this organization has had on my life, personally and professionally. I have blossomed here and wish everyone could have such a safe place to grow into themselves.

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never assume:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : How I See It 
When I met Eliot and Melanie Cutler this spring, I thought it would end there. It always has. I admire those who volunteer for campaigns but I've never been one of them. Now that I have, I've learned a few things:

  • Holy cow is it neat to be a part of something like that, to be vested in the outcome, to hang out with other supporters on election night, to really care about who wins on a personal level.
  • The downside is that you feel the loss in a different way. Suddenly, the election is over but ...

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flattered:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 7, 2010, In : Eliot Cutler 



I airbrushed the license plate but couldn't resist leaving one number in place.

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a little word of advice:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, November 7, 2010, In : How I See It 


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so close:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, In : Eliot Cutler 


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lobsters for cutler:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, November 1, 2010, In : Eliot Cutler 


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buy local, sell global:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, November 1, 2010, In : Eliot Cutler 


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issue brief:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, In : Eliot Cutler 


I sure hope my future is filled with more fun projects like this.

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waiting for superman:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, October 23, 2010, In : Movies 

I'm wondering why I was so anxious to see Waiting For Superman, a documentary about the state of education in our country. It's not pretty. In fact, it's downright disgusting. I knew it was bad in some areas. I was in denial about how bad it is all over.

It would be nice to think Waiting for Superman is a movie about someone else's children, children we would not see in our grocery store or on the playground near our home. However, chew on this:


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my new spiritual path:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, In : Books 



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hello again:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, October 17, 2010, In : How I See It 

Wow.
I made it.

The last few weeks required me to hunker down.
I won't go into everything just know that I rocked it all
and am looking forward to better boundaries.

One happy result of my time away
is some new-and-improved computer skills.
I used to be black and white.
Now I'm full color.

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showtime:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Cool Women 

TEDxChange Seattle from MCDM Mediaspace on Vimeo.



I'd like to introduce you to my amazing friend Anita Crofts. opened the TEDxChange viewing in Seattle on Monday.
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was there:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, In : How I See It 

Lady Gaga was in Portland yesterday to pressure Senators Snowe and Collins to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell today. Unfortunately, they didn't provide a phone number for people to call or text so they better hope a picture is really worth a thousand words.


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why jennifer jackson deserves a raise, bonus, etc.

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : How I See It 
Yesterday, we flew most of the way home from Arizona on Continental flight CO734T. Flight attendant Jennifer Jackson shared a laugh with us when we boarded the plane. This morning I Tweeted the following:



Here's why:

After Jennifer learned we were flying to Maine, she set out to identify whether we would need to switch concourses in Newark. We smiled and thanked her but we're not really concerned because it was a four-hour flight. When she passed by again a few minutes later, though, Jennifer a...

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wonkation:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, In : How I See It 
(n) A break from the normal routine where
a person focuses on a particular area of interest or study

Only a few days remain in my inaugural wonkation where I indulged in Tara Hunt's The Whuffie Factor, David Sibbet's Visual Meetings and Charlene Li's Open Leadership. Now I need a vacation to piece everything together.

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so true:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, September 6, 2010, In : Cooking/Food 
"The willful ignorance of our own food's provenance is curious, given our Discovery Channel-like fascination with the way in which everything else in our moden world is made. Some consumers will spend hours online reading up on cars, cosmetics, or clothes, searching out the most meticulously crafted or environmentally healthy products they can find, then run down to the supermarket and load their carts with bacon, butter, chicken, and eggs without thinking for a second where--or how--any of t...
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heartbreaking:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : Videos 



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meet pete:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, August 15, 2010, In : Other Artists 


See Pete meet Fred.



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stop by:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, August 7, 2010,

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badge of honor:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, August 5, 2010, In : Art 

A while back I had the good fortune to design a patch for the Girl Scouts of Maine with the WAGE Project. Brownies get the patch through activities that focus on valuing self, beginning to learn negotiation skills, learning about the value of money and savings, and goal setting.

I saw the final product today for the first time when these 2-inch beauties arrived in the mail. If I had known they were this cool, I would not have been so patient.


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cirrusly:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, July 29, 2010, In : Art 



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not a choice:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Sketchnotes 
Here's one page of my notes from the conference I attended on Friday about refugees in Maine.



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super:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Books 


This is the first comic book I've bought in at least 25 years.

I didn't pay much attention when the guy at Casablanca Comics brought it over unsolicited to show my mom and I. My mom flipped through it (once a big Superman fan) then I put it back on the shelf. However, Superman is very powerful and eventually pulled me back with his super-powers.

In this new series by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows, Superman walks across the country to connect with us mere mortals. Move over, Bu...

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love this:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, In : Videos 


Hope the book is as good as the trailer.

Does it bother anyone else that the apostrophe is missing in the trailer title?


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prepping:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, In : Art 

Here's an example of what you might find at our tent this August at South Portland's Art in the Park or at the WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival on Congress Street.


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picking sides:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, In : How I See It 
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playing favorites:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, In : How I See It 
Moments of bliss
when we read at home
long before bed.

I can almost
       feel
the world
    righting
          itself.



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blur:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, July 11, 2010, In : How I See It 
In hindsight, I should've known better than to start a book (let alone read one) last week since the firmament was shifting beneath me.
  • My friend, accomplice and co-worker for nine years left my day-to-day after her grant-funded position had run its course.
  • We sold our car to one of the most kind, altruistic people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
  • We had three listening sessions related to the draft report on early childhood that I spent the better part of a year working on. (There's ...

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gift:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Books 

This book was placed in my hands a few days ago with such a glowing recommendation that I started it while in the midst of another. I wanted to like it but, 40 pages in, it wasn't making much sense. Yesterday I couldn't even answer the easy where-are-you-in-the-story question. I decided to start over and was shocked by all the things I missed.

Thanks for the book, SM... and the lesson about being present.

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new:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : Art 

The painting drought is over.
Here's three of the six I've finished in the last week.


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contortionist:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, July 4, 2010, In : Ping 


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meet my cool friends:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, In : Videos 

To meet them in person, visit 2Note Perfumery at 10 Moulton Street in Portland, Maine.

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inquiring is doing:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, In : How I See It 
I heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak last week about the impact adverse childhood experiences have on health outcomes later in life. In a bold moment I thought I'd share my notes. These are the things that stood out for me.






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ping's new bed:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, June 27, 2010, In : Ping 

Compliments of our friends at 2Note.
It didn't take Ping long to get acclimated.


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good company:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, In : Media Coverage 

Yup. That bottom one is me holding dog poop never picked up last winter on the Eastern Prom. Thanks to the latest edition of Maine Ahead magazine, I'm now officially one degree of separation from the President of the United States and Anna Kendrick.


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the difference:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, June 13, 2010, In : How I See It 


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truth in advertising:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, June 5, 2010,

These little things are called the Best Cabinet Door Bumpers That Money Can Buy and they are the the best cabinet door bumpers that money can buy. Not only are they inexpensive, but the shipping is free. Click here for more information.



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to know them is to love them:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, June 4, 2010, In : How I See It 

On Tuesday, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine honored Sam and Bette Novick. The turnout was so great that they had to move the event to the Sable Oaks Marriott.

To meet them and instantly find out how wonderful they are, visit them at Hub Furniture located at 291 Fore Street in Portland, Maine.


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doodle on:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, June 3, 2010, In : Videos 

Sunni Brown - Tedx UT - The Doodle Revolution from Sunni Brown on Vimeo.


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keeping my head in the game at work:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, In : How I See It 


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snapshot:

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too close to home:

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even better than jay-z:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, May 21, 2010, In : Videos 


This video almost makes me glad I was born in New Hampshire. To see the Jay-Z video that spawned it, click here.



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now broadcasting from someplace else:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, May 20, 2010,

Even a little is a lot when you move.
I am sore, stiff, tired, bruised and exuberant.
Bear with me as I get my bearings.

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dear santa:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, May 13, 2010, In : Wish List 

These LCD Write Your Own Message cards by Yellow Owl Workshop incited a card riot in my head. If a set found their way to me, someone would get one humdinger of a thank you card.


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status update:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, May 11, 2010,


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i heart sketchnotes:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, May 6, 2010, In : Art 

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bigger than life:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, In : Books 

If you ever want your librarians to know who you are, put this book on hold. It's a definite conversation starter.

Not only that, it is visual delight and an amazing read. I did, however, run out of time so I'd appreciate it if the four people ahead of me did not dilly dally so I can finish.



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confronting the to-do list:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, May 3, 2010, In : Art 


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a sunday pause:

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in which she explains:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : How I See It 
I changed my job on my own. I didn't ask anyone and no one asked me. Made it up all on my own, I did.

I changed my job because I refused to accept that I was destined to run around like a headless chicken.

I changed my job because the old way was.not.working.for.me.

I changed my job.

You can too.


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same word, big difference:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : How I See It 


I understand why women in the workplace want more women in corner offices. However, I'm not sure those women understand why others like me choose not to be there. For me, it all comes down to how you view work.

"Work" has never resonated with me. It's an obligation that stands between me and the rest of my life. It's what I must do for a paycheck. On the other hand, "the work" is my life. It's what I want to do and how I want to do it. It's how I change the world.

I have zero interest in corne...

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now i get it:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, April 26, 2010, In : Videos 
Wonder what the SEC's fraud allegations against Goldman Sachs are all about? Watch this short video and learn.

SEC goes after Goldman from Marketplace on Vimeo.


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best actor, indeed:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, April 24, 2010, In : Movies 

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job update:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, April 22, 2010, In : How I See It 
New job is going quite well.

It's clear, however, that my co-workers do not read my blog.


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wish me luck:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : How I See It 
Today is my first day at a new job.

It's at the same place as the old job, doing the same work with the same people. But, starting today, how I do the work is going to be very different.

I'll keep you posted.


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you go, girl:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, April 15, 2010, In : How I See It 


I've looked for women's negotiation success stories and told others of my own since I read Women Don't Ask a few years ago.

We cannot afford to be shy about this, my friends. It costs too much not to ask. And, knowing you can ask is just as important as actually asking.

My friend's recent negotiation was a game-changer for me. She went big and I got to watch. I now know how it's really done.


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exhausted:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, In : How I See It 
Last night I created an alternate universe.
It took less than an instant and
I lived there for 13 hours.

I am in awe of my ability
to create something out of nothing.
It's not a skill I'm particularly proud of.


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smitten:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, In : Books 

I've been plowing through books that re-envision work lately. What I love most about this one is that Mike Rohde's illustrations are a perfect match for the book's no-nonsense, clever writing style. But don't just take my word for it, click here to read five chapters and see for yourself.



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konbit:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, April 10, 2010, In : Art 

In Haitian Creole, a konbit is a traditional Haitian method of working together to till your friends' fields as well as your own.

We'll trade this painting for a $100 donation to Konbit Sante's Earthquake Response Fund. First come, first served and you pick up or pay for shipping.

(Painting is 6X10 inches.)

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here's looking at you:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, In : Art 


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processing:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, April 5, 2010, In : Art 

This is one way I make sense of the world. I take a word or phrase then write wherever it takes me. I used to do them on large pieces of foam board but switched to 14x17 paper when T$ started fearing for his life.

I love that I find clarity by creating chaos. I also love how disconnected thoughts sometimes bump into each other in profound ways. But, best of all, I love that I can put everything on the line and no one ever knows even when it's right there in black and white.


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happy easter:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, April 4, 2010, In : How I See It 
I love the exchange of Christmas, but Easter is my favorite holiday. It has nothing to do with chocolate bunnies, colorful eggs, bonnets, baskets or sunrise services. It doesn't even have that much to do with Jesus if I'm honest.

It's the metaphor I love.

Rebirth. A new day. Another chance.

Finnegan Begin Again.


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happy day:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, In : General 


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take a break and listen:

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thank you, ken wilber:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, In : How I See It 
It took me about eight hours but I got there.

I privately railed against the Church all day after learning that Catholic Charities reclaimed their program funding at agency due to that agency's public opposition of the repeal of Maine's short-lived, same-sex marriage law.

While making dinner tonight, though, I remembered that United Way of Greater Portland also stopped funding programs at an agency because we disagreed with their internal practices. We still celebrate that decision today and p...

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pardon the interruption:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, March 21, 2010, In : How I See It 
This time of year is crazy for me.
It's usually just work that's nuts,
but this year it's been a full-court press.
You wouldn't believe it if I told you.
And it's too long a story for a blog entry.

What I can tell you without backfill is this:
When you get a hunch, follow it.

And this:
When you open up, things open up.

And:
Nets do, in fact, appear.


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help:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, March 8, 2010, In : How I See It 
I need you.

I thought I could do this on my own, but I can't.

I need you to claim the power you have given away and stop pretending that you are at someone else's mercy, that you need to be told what to do, that others are to blame.

I need you to use your voice and be accountable for the world you inhabit.

I need you to stop.holding.yourself.back.

I need you to be a linchpin, an engaged citizen, an activist.

I need you to believe in possibility.

I need you and, if you need a cheerleader, I am her...

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the verdict:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, March 6, 2010,
Yours, Anne was absolutely amazing. I was swept away early. Knowing the ending changes how you experience things for the first time.

Michael Tobin used the intimate setting of the Old Port Playhouse to its full advantage and the cast hit all the right notes. I was particularly impressed by Michaela Boissonneault's performance of Anne and the the emotion of Jaymie Chamberlin as Anne's mother.

My mom and I went because we were curious. You should go because it is powerfully good theater.

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at last:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, March 5, 2010,

I have been waiting to see this since September. Prior to the opening of the Old Port Playhouse, "Anne Frank" and "musical" had never occupied the same space in my world.

Thank goodness my mom is up for anything. She didn't even flinch when we gave her the ticket for Christmas.

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drat:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, In : How I See It 
The simple answer is
that there is no simple answer.
-Clay Shirky

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bravo:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, February 28, 2010, In : Cooking/Food 

It seems fitting that my friend enters big-time publishing in a magazine with a cake on one cover and chocolate on the other. Her article "Silver Lining" takes you to Sudan to see how culinary food traditions are being preserved "in the face of urbanization, post-conflict displacement, and whims of nature."

Congratulations, AVC.

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one for the books:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : How I See It 
Last Wednesday my friend mentioned an author and the next day I had requested two books from the library and purchased his newest. The day after than I listened to two podcasts.

Sunday night I realized my search for her Clay Shirky had become my discovery of Seth Godin.

Wild, huh?

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realization:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, In : How I See It 
Someone asked today what I did at work and I responded with the two main bullet points of my resume:
  • Invest dollars raised during campaign back into community
  • Public policy
The reality, though, is that these two things do not come remotely close to capturing the role I play. My job description is a framework. It does not confine me.

The next time someone asks what I do, my first words will be "Well, my job description says that I..." and the last few will be something like "but that is only a sm...

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buy this book right now:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, February 20, 2010, In : Books 



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gold-medal design:

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rant:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, February 15, 2010, In : How I See It 
This is what I am going to ask the next time someone sighs and shakes their head after learning that T$ and I do not have children. If they answer no to my question, I will sigh and shake my head as if their life is surely empty and sad.

This question and subsequent reaction might seem like a disconnect but it's just another example of someone pushing their preference and acting as though any response different from their own is somehow less than.

And, while we have chosen a child-free path, o...

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dear valentine: let's rock

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, February 14, 2010,

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time well spent:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, February 12, 2010, In : Videos 

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my life coach:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, In : How I See It 


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acceptance:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, February 7, 2010, In : How I See It 
I accept that there will always be more things to do than I can do; that I will always be nicer in hindsight; that the thought of food will generally be better than the food itself; that I'll expect more of myself than is humanly possible; and that I will be intensely focused on something for awhile then move on to something else.

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sleep interrupted:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, In : Art 


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on your mark...

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 31, 2010, In : How I See It 

"In the middle years of her life and in the tradition of late bloomers, Julia Child embarked on her public career. Her eight years in Europe, where she studied cooking techniques, her organizational skills developed in the OSS Registry and writing advertising copy for Sloane's, even her drama productions for the Junior League--every life experience was used to bring her to this moment." (Appetite for Life, Noel Riley Fitch)

Just wait and see what I'm about to do...


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happy birthday to me:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, January 30, 2010, In : General 

The only thing better than T$ framing my old jersey is that he couldn't wait until my birthday to give it to me.

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lounge act:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, January 28, 2010, In : Art 

I could not wait to paint this.
Now I don't want to stop looking at it.


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on my own:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 24, 2010, In : How I See It 


I've finally come to terms with the fact that my Fairy Godmothers are sitting this one out. They are not going to swoop in and grant me more time to do all of the things calling so loudly to be done.

When I catch myself in the Land of Blur, I take a deep breath, count down from three on the exhale and remember that what I do and how I do it is my choice.

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letting go:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, In : Art 

My friend has another guerrilla art installation underway and I'm supposed to tuck these four rocks around Portland. Problem is, all I really want to do is keep them close.

While picking our rocks from the tray being passed around, I smartly told people not to name them. I then promptly named the square one in the back Thurmond.

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help haiti:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 17, 2010, In : How I See It 

Click here to help the people of Haiti via Konbit Sante, a Maine-based organization with an established presence in the area. To earmark your donation, enter Earthquake Response Fund in the Designation field.

My friend DM tagged along on Konbit Sante trip last fall. Click here to look through his camera.


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coming soon:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 10, 2010, In : Art 

As much as I love this store, our dog Ping loves it more. Stop by this February to see some of my paintings and pick up a few bags of Ping's favorite treats. I'll be there for Furrst Friday on February 5 but the art will be up the whole month.

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what would she do?

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, January 3, 2010, In : How I See It 

Two friends are asking 365 women to create an organization that takes advantage of people's greatest gifts. A new response will be posted on their site each day.

Click here to see what I had to say.

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wish for the new year:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Friday, January 1, 2010, In : Videos 

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fare-thee-well:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 31, 2009, In : How I See It 
What a year.
I killed a blog and gave birth to another.
I met Ken Wilber and Julia Child,
fell in love in Times Square and
got lost in Twilight.
I got connected on Facebook and Twitter,
made peace with my past,
re-connected with friends,
made new ones and
became more comfortable in my skin.
Thanks for being a part of it.

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meet eddie:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, December 28, 2009, In : Art 

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great read:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, December 26, 2009, In : Books 

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blue day:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, In : Passing 

Kim Peek, the original Rain Man, died of a heart attack today. He was 58.

The video below is worth it for this line alone delivered 26 seconds in: "I have so many things in me that you can't even guess them all."



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bon apetit!

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, December 21, 2009, In : Cooking/Food 

It's been two years since I ate a piece of meat.
Julia makes me miss it a little.
Not yet enough to put it in my mouth,
but miss it nonetheless.


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esch chess:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : How I See It 

These salt-and-pepper shakers fit so well together that it's painful to see them apart. Knowing this, T$ tirelessly messes with them... and me. It's a constant dance. Together. Back to back. Together. Side by side.


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simple is good:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Videos 


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easy rider:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, In : Books 

If a bike messenger in Chicago can tune into the Zen and be in the moment, I have absolutely no excuse for not doing the same.


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alchemist:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Monday, December 14, 2009, In : Cooking/Food 

2 potatoes + 2 leeks + water + salt + butter + whoa

Thanks to Samantha at Rabelais for putting Potage Parmentier on my radar and a sweet deal on Volume 1.

My apologies to Santa for purchasing something on my Christmas List. I know that is frowned upon.


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big step:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Sunday, December 13, 2009,
The conference I attended last week involved a brief introduction where you condense your years into minutes. In a new twist, I included that I was an artist.

The next day my table tasked me with the creative portion of our work.

Thanks, Meredith.

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our loss, our gain:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 10, 2009, In : Art 

Five years ago we gave this painting to our neighbor who was moving to a house in the West End. While sad to see her go, her very bright new home has been a publicity magnet. The painting above has been in two magazines and is now part of an Apartment Therapy house tour. Click here to check it out.



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hoot:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, In : Videos 


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free spree:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, In : The World Is Your Oyster 
In the last four days I have been given a free movie rental at Videoport, a photograph from DM, a CD from Starbucks, a sampler CD from here; a card shuffler, chocolate from Dean's Sweets, tickets to Christmas at the Cathedral, apple cider at Bard Coffee, a bonus vacation day, a crown and a tiny tape dispenser.

I've decided to continue the run through Christmas.

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well deserved:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Thursday, December 3, 2009, In : Cool Women 


This is a Woman of Distinction.

Never a Girl Scout but an avid knitter, Brenda Garrand donned a handmade sash complete with badges at last night's Girl Scouts of Maine event in her honor. Here's how she described her eight badges:

  1. Be grateful.
  2. Take responsibility for yourself.
  3. Be enthusiastic.
  4. Embrace risk and change.
  5. Love and accept yourself every day for who you are.
  6. Invest in those things and people you care most about.
  7. Treasure your assets.
  8. Every dog-gone day grab some j...

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still standing:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, In : Art 

Stand for Equality is creating a video of people holding signs who support marriage equality. I created this painting before the law was repealed.

If you'd like to play, you better get a wiggle on because the deadline is this Sunday (December 6).

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good measure:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, In : How I See It 
My mom handed me a set of stainless steel measuring spoons yesterday that belonged to my grandmother. She thought I would like to have them and added that they weren't anything special.

We both knew she was lying.

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double booked:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Saturday, November 28, 2009, In : How I See It 
Sometimes I get a glimpse of T$'s Facebook wall when he's forgotten to log out. This update from one of his friends caught my eye today:

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. -Elwyn Brooks White

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back in the saddle:

Posted by Jessica Esch on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, In : General 
It's been three months since my last blog-fession.
I'm not sure what this blog-go-round is going to look like,
but I do know that this time I'm not going to
lock myself into a schedule.


So, stop back soon and we'll find out together.

Giddyup.

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