Merry Christmas (I think I’ll miss this one this year)

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In the December issue of Success, writer Tara Nieuwesteeg recounts the year her family skipped Christmas, trading in all the family traditions for a week on the beach in Key West. Or, at least, they tried to. Like many of the best laid plans at holiday season, it didn’t quite go as planned.

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An ice storm cancelled their flights and the author, then 14-years-old found herself playing Santa–scrambling to the mall on Christmas Eve with her father to get presents for her younger siblings.

Santa Mechanics

 

14. November 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Into the woods

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Here’s a mural I created earlier this year with the in-house creative team at Salesforce. The 125-foot wide image featuring company icons Codey and Astro, hiking into the ‘Valley of the Badges‘ welcomed attendees to the TrailheadDX Developer’s Conference.

Here’s a look at it going up on-site.

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02. November 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Houses of Horrors

House inspectors share the problems sellers try to conceal from unsuspecting buyers. Created for The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe talks to home inspectors about one of the scariest things they see all the time–people doing cosmetic repairs to hide major structural flaws in the houses they are trying to sell. Making matters worse, buyers in competitive markets often enter a contract without doing an inspection, leaving them with a mess that isn’t always obvious until they have the keys.

30. October 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Fire and Wine

Wine Country Fires

Napa and Sonoma counties, California Wine Country, werein the path of the wildfires earlier this month that laid waste to over one million acres. The Wall Street Journal was on the ground talking to vintners before the fires were extinguished and saw the measures being taken by local farmhands and outside oenophiles to save the area and the industry from the worst effects of the disaster.

30. October 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Adrian Symphony Posters

The Adrian Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 season kicked off over the weekend. I had the pleasure of working with Pace Communications to create some of the poster art for the concert series.

Pines of Rome

September – Pines of Rome

 

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October–Tchaikovksy

 

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February–Music, Movies, Sports

 

Requiem

March–Fauré Requiem

 

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April–The Firebird

 

25. September 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Keeping Time

Created for Success

Are you crunched for time? Perhaps, you find yourself working through your lunch break. If that’s the case, stop! According to Success, you may be making yourself less productive. The latest issue suggests that instead of shoving a sandwich in your face while you answer e-mails you should get out of the office and do something completely unrelated to work.

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The author found that this was easier said than done. Initially, she used her break to run errands, but found that didn’t provide much of a mental break. So, in order to pull herself away from work she started sticking her Casio keyboard in the trunk of her car and using her lunch break to play music in the parking lot. The half-hour musical interlude helped her make the most of the rest of her day.

19. September 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Oh, Deer

Created for The Boston Globe

A city kid takes up residence in an historic mansion in the woods and is surprised to discover that he has a lot of wild neighbors. As seen in this weekend’s Boston Globe.

12. September 2017 by John W. Tomac
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