Monday, March 24, 2008

GOT INK: Client Rosanna Bowles in Today’s New York Times Speaking on Creative Inspiration

Current soundtrack at The Spellman Company: the happy “sigh” of champagne corks.

After months of anticipation, we’re thrilled to see Rosanna’s photo gracing the pages of Tuesday’s New York Times business section. Rosanna was shot by Seattle-based photographer Kevin P. Casey, see above. Thank you, Kevin!

In this piece, written by Sharon McDonnell, Rosanna speaks about finding creative inspiration for the bi-annual tableware collections she creates. It’s a good read.
The collection Sharon describes is Rosanna's "Les Bijoux" line of teacups, saucers and dessert plates.

A very special shout-out goes to Margo who tenaciously pursued this one.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Post from Margo: Hear the folks who inspire us

Kat and I share a love of U2 and Bowie, but my understanding of classical music starts and stops with the melodies I heard at PNB which became the sound track to my dreams. Perhaps that’s why we are so amazed by our friends at Choral Arts. This amazing group is devoted to their art and Lorin Wingate, their managing director (banker by day, vocalist by night), volunteers countless hours to share his passion.

Bach may be a bit beyond me, but I’m intrigued and excited to experience one of the most moving and dramatic of all choral works tonight: St. John’s Passion (which premiered in 1724 on Good Friday).

Besides learning the music for tonight and tomorrow’s performances, they’ve had to learn German too, and yesterday they took it to the school room (Bach to School) to share their love of music…

Read more about it in Richard Campbell’s preview in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer: or the Seattle Times as well:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES: This Day in History, March 11, 1969

Who knew March 11 was “Cute Picture Day” in the Spellman family? (Note to self: add to calendar.)

Today’s Seattle Times includes a darling picture of our dad in a “This Day in History” feature by Lynne Berry, photo by Greg Gilbert. (Thanks Lynne and Greg!)

It’s a flashback to a very good year, 1969, that is. Accompanied by this photo of “JDS” flashing the V for Victory sign is a nice little blurb.

It reads:

John Spellman gives the victory sign as he prepares to become King County’s first executive. King County Commissioner John Spellman defeated former Gov. Al Rosellini to win the newly created post of King County Executive.

Voters also chose seven members for the new nine-member County Council that along with the executive replaced the three-member Board of County Commissioners that had governed King County since 1852. The elections created positions created by the Home Rule Charter approved by votes in November 1968. Under the new charter, the two remaining outgoing commissioners, John O’Brien and Ed Munro, automatically became members of the new County Council. (Source:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

It’s Contagious: a web community where folks talk health, tell their stories and offer info for action

Been so giddy about anything lately that you startle awake at night to happily jot notes and mull major ideas? After a meeting with the masterminds behind Trusera I did.

A while back, former exec Keith Schorsch took some well-earned and scheduled time off to be with his family, after intense stints as early-early day veteran of companies like McCaw and Amazon. His year-off for relaxation included an unnoticed bite by a deer tick back East, sending him into an undiagnosed spiral of major health problems.

11 doctors later and with near-deadly results, Keith was still undiagnosed. Through his circle of friends, Keith reached-out broadly to investigate and research his symptoms. A friend-of-a-friend immediately recognized Keith’s symptoms and emailed him suggesting they were possible indications of Lyme Disease: something more prevalent on the East Coast than back here. By sharing his story, and actively asking questions, Keith’s life was quite literally saved.

A long road to recovery he’s still traveling, we’re thrilled to have spent some time this past week working with Keith’s newest “baby”, Trusera. This meaningful new online community is geared to launch this Summer. Its philosophy is that “much of the work of being well and staying well is through relevant and credible personal knowledge”. (Thanks for that succinct description, Jude!). Trusera’s poised to be a network where people can share, explore and act on information.

By invitation, people with their stories are gathering on Trusera’s open beta community now, with an already impressive representation from folks interested in sharing experiences on Autism and very soon, Breast Cancer. If you’re like us and would enjoy being invited to be one of the founding members of this great new community— before it launches to the actual public this Summer— let us know. We’d be happy to get an invitation to you. Just send us an email.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a visit to their current site under construction to get a feel for what Trusera will be. Hear Keith’s stories and see more. His username’s storyguy. It’s pretty powerful.