PR is about relationships…plain and simple!

I was recently asked “what makes a PR person worth their weight in gold?” Having been active in this industry since 1991, I’ve seen a lot of changes in how things are done—but one thing holds true today, more than ever, PR is about relationships!

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Lord of the Gourd Carves a Gourmet Niche

Pat Harrison gets paid to play with his food – and he loves it! The former graphic designer and amateur cartoonist has built a reputation as one of the finest pumpkin and vegetable sculptors in Michigan.

“I started with Halloween Pumpkins,” says the outgoing agri-artist, who has dubbed himself ‘Lord of the Gourd.’ “Once I was deemed old enough to carve without cutting off my fingers I was allowed to carve my own creations and I guess I never stopped.”

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Discovering the Familiar in the Unfamiliar

Novelist, short story writer and screenwriter Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was regarded as one of the world’s premier science fiction writers—yet, his isn’t a household name to many. Ray Bradbury once called Matheson “one of the most important writers of the 20th century.” Stephen King said Mathewson was “the author who influenced me the most as a writer.”

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Happy 100 Years National Park Service

Just three years after Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountain territories of Montana and Wyoming (in March, 1872), Mackinac National Park was established—becoming just the second National Park in the U.S. After 20 years, in 1895, it was transferred to state control and recognized as Mackinac Island State Park—the first state park in Michigan.

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Promote Michigan Celebrates 12th Anniversary With Michigan-Themed Public Fundraiser at Downtown Market – Grand Rapids

To celebrate the last dozen years of business, Promote Michigan is hosting a public party to benefit the Educational Foundation of the Downtown Market – Grand Rapids on Thursday, August 18 (5-7 pm).

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Turning Off, Shutting Down & Disconnecting…Easier Said Than Done!

Someone asked me recently to “shut it off…” to STOP talking about Michigan, just for one night. They might have had better luck saying “stop breathing…” “stop loving…” “stop living…” I know I can be too much for some people, my intensity and love for Michigan is overwhelming, even for me, at times.

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My thoughts on the Future of America

I’ve made a decision about who I’d like to see as the next President of the United States! After being truly embarrassed by the characters currently in the race (in what, to me, reminds me a remake of The Gong Show), I was wracking my brain about WHO in the world (okay, yes, the country) has the skills and ability that I think would be useful in running our nation.

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Celebrate (Inter)National Astronomy Week, May 9-15, at Emmet County’s Headlands Dark Sky Park

Originally started in the United Kingdom, Astronomy Week has stretched across the globe to the United States—leading up to Astronomy Day (Saturday, May 14). Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, first held Astronomy Day in 1973. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the stars and skies above.

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A Teacher’s Impact is Life-Long!

Many of you may not be aware that was I a teacher in a previous life – well, an educator I guess since I never actually received my certification to “officially” teach. I’m not sure if it is allowed today, but in the 1990s, if you had a degree in certain fields, you could still “teach” in that area. For example, a mechanic could “teach” auto shop, a chef could “teach” culinary arts, a sculptor could “teach” art. As a professional journalist—in both print and broadcast—I was given the opportunity to develop and advise a student-run newspaper program at Otsego Middle School.

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