Effortless Entertaining

My client, DeeDee Dalrymple, has gracious entertaining FIGURED (!) OUT (!)  and she's working her wisdom into a new book due for release this summer. DeeDee has come up with a step-by-step guide for welcoming guests into our homes graciously and painlessly, and I'm so happy to be helping her share her prowess. 

Lisa Rubenson is our editor. Ashley Sellner is our photographer. So, of course, they'll make this project effortless. Or nearly.

Website: Empathinc.

This website saw many iterations in the last year and a half.  It saw lots of writing, designing, editing, redesigning, and reorganizing.  Many creative forces* weighed in, as I suppose it should be for for a company founded on the principal of collaboration.

And then, last month, with a big event to promote, we finally pulled the trigger, declaring "done enough!".

The new empathinc.com site was designed to bring the many efforts of Tom Schulz and Sheila Ennis under one electronic roof -- Tom's fine art and that of other artists, Sheila's educational workshops and seminars, Empathinc's Community Events (like the Scott Avett art show we planned last year), Tom's labyrinth and artistic concrete installations, and the writings of these two insightful, inspirational teachers/thinkers/philosophers ("empathinkers").  

Since launch, Sheila Ennis has been filling the blog page with near-daily doses of reflection, humor and beauty.  Check it out! 

*Credits are complicated with such a creative, collaborative crew, but contributers include: Sheila Ennis, Christine Dryden, Lisa Rubenson, Tom Schulz, and Daniel de Wit; with Mary Geitner and Mary de Wit assisting. 


Congratulations to Tom Schulz on the September dedication of his recent and stunning installation project, a sculptural Remembrance Wall constructed in partnership with Presbyterian Hospice at Novant's Presbyterian Hospital Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth.  The dedication ceremony was jam-packed and the crowd awed by his beautiful work.

Website: Old School Communications

My friend and collegue Lisa Rubenson needed a simple site to create an online presence for her writing business Old School Communications. She will share samples of her future work and will soon be blogging here. Using the flexible Squarespace platform, I was able to quickly design a site for her that she will be able to update on her own.