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National Poetry Month at ABRAMS

Discovering New Poems Around The Office

April is National Poetry Month and it’s been one big poem ambush here on 18th Street. We’ve had poems scattered throughout the office by four anonymous staffers and it’s been great fun to discover the new ones each week. View photos of poetry around the office after the break.

on Thursday, April 25th, 2013
in the category Poetry Month

Ink Around The Office

ABRAMS Colleagues Share Their Artwork

I know it’s freezing and we’re all bundled up, but I spied a tattoo the other day over by an area of our office known as “Open Design” and decided to do some detective work to see how many tattoos I could find here in the office. I was pleasantly surprised! Several people passed me along to others and, of course, everyone had a story.

on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
in the category Around the Office

Lindy sits diagonally across from my desk, in a warmly lit, comfortable office. She’s my island of calm on hectic days and I love that we can see each other perfectly from our desks. She’s a very quiet, very hard worker, that Lindy, and is always here long after I leave.

on Friday, January 11th, 2013
in the category Who We Are

Spotted: Wimpy Kid Reader

The Joy Of Seeing Our Books Out In The World

If you don’t have a son or daughter under the age of 15 (or so) and you work in an office (as I do) you may not have the chance to actually visualize the success of the Wimpy Kid books first hand. My boys are grown-ups (18, 22, 27) and will read a Wimpy book if there’s one lying around the house, but they aren’t Mr. Kinney’s audience.

on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

Wimpy Kid In The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love parades. It’s true! I’ve been on the sidelines of parades for years while my kids were in marching band, but my favorite is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which I am lucky enough to march in. I’ve marched in the last two Thanksgiving Day Parades and it has been an extraordinary experience and surprisingly hard work. Read some interesting balloon facts after the break!

on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
in the category Holidays

Snacking on the Sixth

Our Favorite Snacks Around The Office

I was talking on the phone with Chris Blank (Blog Wrangler) about what my topic for this month. I had missed yet another Blog Meeting and was trying to come with a plan when I glanced across my desk and through the door at my neighbor, Lindy. Lindy is not a big eater. Lindy rarely leaves her desk, as far as I can tell, but I do notice that she likes to snack. I was watching her have a snack when I decided I’d do a little post on favorite snacks here on the sixth floor, so I took myself over to Publicity and Marketing and then to Production to see what people are eating.

on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
in the category Around the Office

My Summer Project

Making a Video for The Goddard Riverside Community Center

This fall, The Goddard Riverside Community Center will be honoring Michael Jacobs for his dedication to their programs over the course of his career. As part of their yearly celebrations/fund raisers there will be a gala dedicated to MJ and I (being married/mother to a film crew) decided to make a video as part of the entertainment for the evening. There will be speeches and humor and warm moments and this video.

on Monday, July 2nd, 2012
in the category Around the Office


All I Ever Wanted

As our semi-official human interest blogger I was assigned a post* about people’s summer vacation plans…I did a little emailing and found out that:

Kathy, in Production, is driving with her teenage son, her beau, and his teenage daughter to Florida. They’re going to visit South Beach and Miami which sounds pretty swell, but, frankly it’s the driving with the teenagers that really impresses me! Seriously though, I love traveling with older kids and I’ll bet they’ll have lots of laughs.

on Friday, June 29th, 2012
in the category Around the Office

Spring Preview Party

New Books and New Babies!

After a long week everyone was looking forward to our annual Spring Preview Party on Friday. This year, as so many of our co-workers have new babies, we decided to invite all the infants to attend as well.

on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
in the category Around the Office

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Celebrating National Poetry Month at ABRAMS

After weeks of “Poetry Bombing” which included surprising and fabulously interesting poems and placements, we are closing in on the culmination of Poetry Month with Poem In Your Pocket Day, today, and then a Verse And Vino luncheon on Monday.

on Thursday, April 26th, 2012
in the category Poetry