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James Rafferty
Southeast Massachusetts
I'm a marketing professional in telecommunications and like to travel. I also write fiction and play music.
Interests: music, travel, personal technology, writing, globalization, outdoor activities
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I just finished reading the novel Friday's at Enrico's by Don Carpenter, with editing by noted contemporary novelist Jonathan Lethem. This is the first book I've read by Carpenter, who wrote novels from 1965 up until his death in 1995.... Continue reading
I just finished That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. It's a book which intersects with my own experiences in a few ways. I first started thumbing through this book a few years on a stormy Columbus Day weekend in... Continue reading
Our church has a great book swap a few times a year. Last year, my wife picked up the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. She read it over several months, then passed it on when she finished, saying... Continue reading
Two years ago, I shared an excerpt of my unpublished first novel, Growing Up Single, with a literary agent at the Muse and the Marketplace writer's conference in Boston sponsored by Grub Street. We needed to specify a genre, so... Continue reading
Hi, Pat. My vacations in New Hampshire give me a chance to really focus on outdoor time for a week. Once we get back home, it's more challenging, but worth the effort.
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Summer is a time to relax, a time to nurture experiences which will help to sustain you when the season changes and the demands of work and life seem to accelerate. What follows is a short meditation on kayaking which... Continue reading
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On June 22, 2013, family and friends gathered for the funeral and burial of my dad, Jim Rafferty. Here is a slightly revised version of the words I read at his service. Most people probably don’t know this, but I’m... Continue reading
Hi Pat. Your comment brings back a lot of memories. I didn't realize you were so close in age to Carol -- I was also close to her, even though we were ten years apart in age. Of course I remember Aunt Kit and Uncle Elmer and the visits to the homestead in Thomaston. I have a mental image of helping Grandpa LeHane (Lawrence) pick up the leaves on a fall day on Jerome Avenue -- came back very clearly for me last fall when my son Devin and I were doing the same at our house in Massachusetts. I've been exchanging Facebook notes over the past year about her experiences with her dad, Barney, and my own with my dad, Jim. It's been a long road with a rich family heritage. Thanks for sharing your comments.
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Bruce, we spent a lot of times with the relatives in those early years. Good that you were able to stop by later than that. Ed was a good man - one of a kind in his own way.
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Hi Bob. Greetings. I think we all have fond memories of Ed's energy and joie de vivre. The family fabric is strong and worth investing in. I hope the extended family can gather again soon and celebrate both the living and our heritage.
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When we are young, we are influenced by the adults in our life. They become our role models in certain respects and we learn from them. I was fortunate to have a richly diverse set of aunts and uncles on... Continue reading
Hi Sia. It's fun to combine my interests in writing and personal technology. Sometimes a small adjustment can make all of the difference in getting more out of a software tool. When I was a technical secretary for several standards groups, I would use a separate word doc with hyperlinks to connect to a collection of separate word docs. That way, I could write my newsletter and client reports, and not have trouble finding the original documents. OneNote is probably a better tool for doing this kind of organization now, since it has good hyperlink capabilities. Tim Berner's Lee originally invented the World Wide Web to enable links between different research documents and we can use hyperlinks to do the same kind of organizing on our hard drives.
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I like using personal technology to make more efficient use of my personal time and as an unapologetic techie, I have fun while doing it. During the past year, I've been using Naturally Speaking 11.5 from Dragon (Nuance) to accelerate... Continue reading
Hi Pat. They take the mystery out of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). But social is a fast-moving field, so you can use their tips and extrapolate how to apply based on more recent changes to sites like FB and LinkedIn.
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I just finished reading the book Inbound Marketing, subtitled Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs. I've read and heard a lot about using social media for marketing, but authors Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah are like football coaches... Continue reading
I can personally attest that firms funded by LBOs and private equity are squeezed by the need to continue to pay down the debt. As you note, a downturn can make it very difficult to continue to pay down the debt and the typical result is a reduction in force. A firm with a less leveraged balance sheet should be able to a better job of keeping their best people.
I'm reading the book "Inbound Marketing" and it's packed with useful information for anybody who uses social media for marketing or building a personal platform. It'll be fun to put the ideas to work.
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This past Thursday, I attend the 2013 kickoff event for the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA). I've been involved in product management roles in the Boston area for the past decade, but it's always useful to get exposed to new... Continue reading
It's 2013 and time to set goals for the new year. Recently I discovered that I'll be transitioning out of a product management position I've had for quite while, so it adds new zest to the planning process this year.... Continue reading
Carol rarely took the easy road. She had her areas of passion and put a lot of energy there. For example, even during this week, I've been going back to historical family materials Carol assembled as various far-flung relative have been checking in. Thanks your thoughtful comment, Renae.
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Sia, Carol was a person who touched a lot of people. She had flaws, but also had special gifts which she shared with many of us. I'm glad you managed to get a sense of her from this. I appreciate your kind words and support.
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Pat, we remember and we grieve. Thanks for stopping by.
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Hi Maura. The LeHane brothers and sisters of Carol's generation have always been tight. Bob and Carol were both special in their unique ways. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about him and his feelings for Carol. Indeed, there is strength in family.
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Thanks to all for coming by to read and comment on the post. Carol connected with several deep threads in my life, so I wanted to share a sense of those connections.
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Hi Pat. Carol was one of the most unique people I've known. Putting together a few words to remember her made that even more apparent.
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