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JOURNALISM
— — Skift (Jul 12, 2016) : "Digital Payments in Travel 2016"

— — Skift (Apr 12, 2016) : "The Rise of Messaging Technology in Travel Booking: Pt. 2"

— — Skift (Feb 11, 2016) : "The Future of Messaging Technology in the Travel Industry: Pt. 1"

— — Skift (2016) : "Partnership Time for Hospitality in the On-Demand Economy"

— — Mashable (Nov 16, 2015) : "Breaking a different kind of language barrier: Sign language becomes sensor-based"

— — Skift (Aug 25, 2015) : "How the On-Demand Economy Is Reshaping the Travel Experience"

— — Skift (Jul 14, 2015) : "Search Marketing Strategies for Travel Brands"

— — Skift (May 12, 2015) : "Mobile First and the Silent Traveler in 2015"

— — Skift (Jan 26, 2015) : "Inbox Strategies: The State of E-Mail Marketing in the Travel Industry"

— — Skift (2015) : "Mobile Pay and Wearable Tech Move from Concept to Real-World Disruptor"

— — Mashable (Nov 21, 2014) : "How technology is changing the way we plan and experience events"

— — Mashable (Nov 1, 2014) : "You'll really hear it here first in music app for unsigned bands"

— — Skift (Oct 29, 2014) : "Understanding the Digital Habits of Business Travelers"

— — Mashable (Oct 14, 2014) : "A Workplace Snack That Feeds Hungry Children"

— — Mashable (Sep 23, 2014) : "7 Apps to Make You More Environmentally Friendly"

— — Mashable (Sep 17, 2014) : "12 Years on, Meetup Still Envisions Powerful Communities"

— — Mashable (Sep 17, 2014) : "Big Data Is Changing the Way We Get Well"

— — Mashable (Aug 25, 2014) : "5 Ways the Workforce Will Change in 5 Years"

— — Mashable (Aug 20, 2014) : "The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education"

— — Mashable (Aug 5, 2014) : "Aftermarket Add-Ons Will Make Any Car Smarter, for a Price"

— — Skift (Jul 28, 2014) : "Using Smart Ad Tech to Reach the New Silent Traveler"

— — Skift (Jul 17, 2014) : "How Smart Hotels Are Trying to Understand the New Silent Traveler"

— — Skift (Jul 11, 2014) : "The Mobile-First Silent Travelers: Why They Matter"

— — Skift (Jul 10, 2014) : "A New Model to Look at Mobile-First Consumers: The Rise of Silent Travelers"

— — Mashable (Jul 9, 2014) : "5 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate"

— — Skift (Jul 8, 2014) : "The Rise of the Silent Traveler: Reaching Out to the Mobile-First Travel Consumer"

— — Mashable (Jul 7, 2014) : "The Driverless Car Tipping Point Is Coming Soon"

— — Mashable (Jun 17, 2014) : "Next Generation P2P: Measuring Growth in the Peer-to-Peer Industry"

— — Mashable (Jun 14, 2014) : "Startup Gamifies NYC Driving for DOT Pilot Program"

— — Mashable (Jun 12, 2014) : "The Brick-and-Mortar Business Evolution: Storefronts Now Act Like Startups"

— — Mashable (Jun 11, 2014) : "Big Data Is Changing the Game for Recruiters"

— — Mashable (Jun 10, 2014) : "Innovation by Necessity: 3 Non-Tech Businesses and the Technology They Created"

— — Skift (Jun 2, 2014) : "How Hotels Became Hip to Online Reputation Management"

— — Skift (Jun 2, 2014) : "5 Trends In Data-Driven Advertising That Affect Travel Booking"

— — Mashable (May 25, 2014) : "Take a Mobile Scavenger-Hunt Tour, Created by Locals"

— — Skift (May 13, 2014) : "The Next Phase of Online Reputation Management for Travel Brands"

— — Mashable (Apr 19, 2014) : "Turn the Family Car Into a Connected Fleet Vehicle"

— — Skift (Apr 14, 2014) : "Ad Tech Is Driving One-to-One Marketing in Travel Booking"

— — Skift (Apr 9, 2014) : "Ad Tech Is Changing Everything Marketers Know About Travel Booking"

— — Skift (Apr 7, 2014) : "Evolving Strategies in Travel Ad Tech and Bookings"

— — Mashable (Feb 25, 2014) : "U.S. Families Trying to Adopt Are Stuck in Kiev"

— — Mashable (Feb 21, 2014) : "New York Restaurant App Splits the Bill for You"

— — Mashable (Oct 9, 2013) : "Connected Cars: How Long Must We Wait?"

— — Mashable (Sep 5, 2013) : "High-Speed Rail: What's the Hold-Up?"

— — Mashable (Aug 29, 2013) : "8 Ways Tech Will Transform Airport Security"

— —Mashable (Aug 28, 2013) : "This Flying Car Could Soon Be Yours for $279,000"

— —Mashable (Aug 28, 2013) : "The Key Components of a Mobile App Strategy"

— —Mashable (Aug 17, 2013) : "Dash Is Like FuelBand for Your Car"

— — Mashable (Jun 23, 2013) : "Karma Wants To Make Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi a Thing"

— — Mashable (May 20, 2013) : "How to Identify a Wannabe Thought Leader"

— — Mashable (Mar 12, 2013) : "How AR Will Change the Way We Search"

— — Mashable (Feb 25, 2013) : "Exoskeletons: The Augmented Future of the Human Body"

— — Strategist by Contently (Spring 2013) : "How Red Bull Takes Content Marketing to the Extreme"

— — Mashable (Dec 19, 2012) : "How Red Bull Takes Content Marketing to the Extreme"

— — Mashable (Nov 28, 2012) : "10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop"

— — Mashable (Nov 19, 2012) : "10 Mobile Apps to Control Your Laptop"

— — Mashable (Nov 19, 2012) : "10 Mobile Apps to Control Your TV"

— — Mashable (Nov 18, 2012) : "10 Excellent iPad Apps You Should Download Right Now"

— — Mashable (Nov 12, 2012) : "10 Weird Gadgets That Never Took Off"

— — The Boston Globe (May 6, 2012) : "Dry weather curbing need for mosquito control worf"

— — The Boston Globe (Jan 8, 2012) : "Watershed restoration proposed"

— — The Boston Globe (Dec 15, 2011) : "Suburban Occupy sees opportunity to reenergize"

— — The Boston Globe (Dec 11, 2011) : "Nature delays flooding repairs: Beaver, dragonflies complicate project"

— — The Boston Globe (Oct 27, 2011) : "Medfield owners are touched by house’s past, ghostly or not"

— — The Boston Globe (Oct 16, 2011) : "Deer hunt takes aim at Lyme disease"

— — The Boston Globe (Jul 7, 2011) : "Rethinking a hospital site: New ideas raised on how to reuse Medfield State as 80-acre cleanup nears end"

— — The Boston Globe (May 8, 2011) : "Town admits misstep in Plainville wetlands"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Apr 21, 2011) : "Auto Lender Imposed Illegally Required Warranties"

— — The Boston Globe (Apr 7, 2011) : "In a race to get their numbers’ worth: Some towns use Marathon entries to boost local causes"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Apr 6, 2011) : "Three Companies to Refund Consumers For Phone Bill 'Cramming'"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Apr 5, 2011) : "Thought Your Financial Info Was Safe In Restaurants? Think Again"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 31, 2011) : "Do U Owe? States Want Debt Collection Rules to Apply to Texts, Cell Phones"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 29, 2011) : "Beware Shady Mortgage 'Helpers' Claiming Affiliation With Your Bank"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 26, 2011) : "Bret Michaels' Canceled Concert Draws AG's Attention for Refunds"

— — The Boston Globe (Mar 17, 2011) : "Preserving Alcott’s home for future generations"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 8, 2011) : "AT&T Fined $745K for Customer Service Violations"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 8, 2011) : "http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/03/08/new-warning-issued-about-grandparent-scam/"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 7, 2011) : "Health Discount Scams Targeting Those Seeking Low-Cost Insurance"

— — The Boston Globe (Mar 3, 2011) : "Loving Walden, but not to death: Pond’s popularity creates dilemma"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 3, 2011) : "Scam Calls: 'State Police' Demand Debt Payments"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Mar 2, 2011) : "Five Scams to Avoid When Traveling Abroad"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 24, 2011) : "Don't Get Burned by a Bad Load of Firewood Bought Online"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 23, 2011) : "New Horizon Milk Under Fire Over Synthetic Ingredient"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 23, 2011) : "Student Financial Aid: Six Scams and Myths"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 22, 2011) : "Debt Collectors Warned After Companies Target Military Personnel"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 22, 2011) : "Scam Uses U.S. General's Name for Fake Solicitation on Facebook, Skype"

— — DailyFinance (Consumer Ally: Feb 11, 2011) : "Another Facebook Scam; Now an Inquiry by an Attorney General"

— — The Boston Globe (Aug 4, 2010) : "House cats, be warned: Fishers are back on prowl"

— — The Boston Globe (June 27, 2010) : "Accidents prompt plea for changes"

— — The Boston Globe (June 6, 2010) : "Coyote sightings raise fears in Brookline"

— — The Boston Globe (May 23, 2010) : "Anniversary highlights birthplace of ‘the pill’"

— — The Boston Globe (Oct 11, 2009) : "Walking or rolling, safety rules: State grants allow police to work overtime on enforcing crosswalk, bicycle traffic laws"

— — The Boston Globe (Sep 10, 2009) : "For the children: Local Boys & Girls Clubs ramp up money-raising efforts as funding drops and members request more financial aid"

— — The Boston Globe (Aug 27, 2009) : "Even with bumper crop, mosquitoes are tough targets: Patchwork limits on spraying reflect split on risks, benefits"

— — The Boston Globe (Jun 24, 2009) : "In MFA Wall, Clues to Build On"

— — The Boston Globe (May 31, 2009) : "'Green' jobs lining up on horizon"

— — The Boston Globe (May 3, 2009) : "Oysters survive winter in Charles: Success likely in project to clean river and harbor"

— — The Boston Globe (April 26, 2009) : "When the plant closes:
To keep jobs, some leave Bay State - and family - behind"


— — The Boston Globe (April 12, 2009) : "Putting the brakes on prom bills"

— — The Boston Globe (Jan 11, 2009) : "From street crimes to crime films"

— — The Boston Globe (Oct 26, 2008) : "Oysters should love that dirty water: Mollusks' return may help clean Charles River"

updated: 12 months ago

THE INDIE WRITER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE

THE INDIE WRITER039S SURVIVAL GUIDE
Announcing The Indie Writer's Survival Guide: DOs and DON'Ts of Full-Time Freelancing: Year One. Packed with practical information, this is a go-to resource for the new full-time independent professional writer, penned by a full-time indie with more than a decade of experience in journalism and research.

Links to Online Interviews:
  • ‚ÄčGotham Ghostwriters: The Manhattan-based ghostwriting network talked to me about the book and the work of the independent writer. Read the interview here.
  • Rhymes Against Humanity: A podcast interview with host Adam Brodsky. Listen to it here.
  • The Write Club: An interview with S.E. Sever. Read it here.

updated: 1 year ago

FORBES.COM

FORBESCOM
In the early winter of 2007, Ben Sann — future BestParking founder and CEO — saw an episode of Seinfeld that changed his life . . .

updated: 1 year ago

BOSTON GLOBE

BOSTON GLOBE
This is what a “haunted’’ house really looks like. It is no creaky old manse on a hill, but a charming red two-story in the woodsy town of Medfield, an unassuming Greek Revival adorned with a simple wooden sign on its exterior. The sign says that a Medfield carriage maker built this place in 1845. The people who live there now say it may be home to ghosts . . .

updated: 1 year ago

RESIST! Magazine No. 2

RESIST Magazine No 2
The sky was pure sapphire. It was an azure bowl yawning overhead: pristine, infinite. An ocean of yellow grass whispered and swayed in the summer currents. At the center of the clearing: a man and his chainsaw. The clearing looked completely unlike his boyhood playground, although it was the same place. It was wider and brighter. Tree harvesters had swept it for years, coming every September and November to take the older wood for furniture-makers and paper mills, culling the clearing’s edges and its outlying copses. All that was left of the old middle orchard was the yellow grass with the one tree roughly at its center. This was the tree for which he’d come . . .

updated: 1 year ago

MASHABLE

MASHABLE
It seems like something out of The Jetsons, but it's real. Or at least it will be soon.

Terrafugia is perhaps just a few regulations and one very powerful battery away from clearing most of the hurdles it needs to create a flying car that consumers in the market for the equivalent of a super luxury sedan could afford . . .

updated: 1 year ago

MASHABLE

MASHABLE
Here's a guarantee: Come up with a problem involving systems, and technology innovators will seek to solve it. Make that problem the safety of passengers on airplanes, and the urgency those innovators bring to the table increases a hundredfold . . .

updated: 1 year ago

MASHABLE

MASHABLE
If you're a rail travel proponent, there's good news and there's bad news when it comes to high-speed trains . . .

updated: 1 year ago

FORBES.COM

FORBESCOM
A book like A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World’s Most Legendary Watch may not be possible 100 years from now, according to author Stacy Perman. That’s because its subject — the most elaborate watch ever made — is not only one of a kind, but it is of a time that has perhaps forever passed . . .

updated: 1 year ago

FORBES.COM

FORBESCOM
One of the newest ideas in wine is that big things come in small vintages. Seattle-based Garagiste has a cellar full of niche and small-batch wines with big flavors . . .

updated: 1 year ago

RESIST! Magazine No.2

RESIST Magazine No2
Months later, when the dreams came, I would hold her, waiting for her breathing to ease into gentler rhythms, for her visions of the silent blue bundle to slowly vanish. Hospital rooms haunted her sleep that summer, the nightmare silence of the delivery, the unreal weight of the small thing — the motionless small thing — endlessly replayed. Now, Friday the twenty-sixth of July was just a few minutes away. It was nineteen ninety-four and our brief parenthood had been over for almost a year. The luminous green numbers of the alarm clock hovered in the shadows, reforming every sixty heartbeats. Daylight stole into the house. Downstairs, when I turned the kitchen faucet nothing came out. The plumbing in the house was my own; I'd installed it and maintained it. Wiggling the faucet's screen and washer, a high-pitched wail. I snapped down the handle to cut off the noise. There was air in the pipes. I heard them sputter and clunk, rumbling in the walls, jumping inside the floors and ceiling. I didn't know about the dirt baby yet, but something was already different . . .

updated: 1 year ago

ISIS

ISIS
"Of course I felt as rotten as everyone else," said Bob Dylan, in 1971, talking about the assassination of John F. Kennedy some eight years prior. "But if I was more sensitive about it than anyone else, I would have written a song about it, wouldn't I? The whole thing about my reactions to the assassination is overplayed . . .

updated: 1 year ago

ISIS

ISIS
Sometime around the start of the gig, that Sunday evening in 1963, someone went downstairs at Club 47, in Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and performed a typical before-show task. They turned on a reel-to-reel recorder . . .

updated: 1 year ago

BOSTON GLOBE

BOSTON GLOBE
For 83 years, it was a secret, encased in brick and plaster, undetected by the thousands who passed by each year. Then, earlier this month, on June 4, a laborer working on the construction of the new American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts knocked a hole in a wall and saw an envelope sticking out of the pile of rubble . . .

updated: 1 year ago