Monthly Archives: March 2009

I'm Also The New Spokesmodel For These Shaker Piglets

Video by Ben Garver of the Berkshire Eagle.

Another new client is Hancock Shaker Village. The baby animals festival will run April 11 – May 3. I’m going to do special baby animals outreach to east coast mommy (and daddy) bloggers. Are you one or do you have any favorite parenting blogs I should know about? Thanks in advance for any tips.

My New Gig: Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Tweetmaker in Residence

Posting in a hurry as I’ve got lots to do today, but want to let you know about my fun new gig as Tweetmaker in Residence for the Berkshire International Film Festival. Leading up to the festival, I’ll be tweeting about the films and filmmakers (this year’s BIFF schedule includes 70 films from 13 countries) and then I’ll be a live micro-blogging fool during the event itself, May 14 – 17 in Great Barrington, MA. To follow along and add to the conversation yourself, please see

Three Generations of Hyams Women

San Miguel de Allende, February 2009
Photos by Judith “JJ” Anderson

Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

I’ve not read Eat, Pray, Love and resisted watching Elizabeth Gilbert‘s much-touted TED talk, as I thought I’d dislike her out of envy, but she’s smart and charming and this lecture is inspiring.

Solid Potato Salad – The Ross Sisters (1944)

Nothing says summer is on its way like potato salad. Thanks to Paul for the link.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…

My new website: TA DA

Details on My April 5 Berkshire Intro to Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook Workshop

“Blogging is…to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” –Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

Author and editor Gina Hyams ( will teach a one-day Intro to Blogging, Twitter, and Facebook Workshop in Housatonic on Sunday, April 5, from 1pm to 4pm.

Topics: Nuts and bolts how-to with helpful hand-outs galore, savvy marketing/community-building tips, and oodles of creative inspiration to keep you fired up and cranking out compelling blog posts, tweets, and/or status updates. US$50. To sign up, send a note to

About Gina:

Gina Hyams is a writer and editor who specializes in travel, parenting, and the arts. Her books include the bestselling travel-design titles, In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms and Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico, as well as Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast, Day of the Dead Box, The Campfire Collection: Thrilling, Chilling Tales of Alien Encounters, and Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore – all published by Chronicle Books. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies (Hudson Street Press and Plume, divisions of Penguin U.S.A.).

Gina is a contributing editor to Berkshire Living. Her essays and articles have also appeared in Newsweek, San Francisco, Organic Style, Ideal Destinations, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, and She has contributed to Fodor’s Travel Publications, National Public Radio, and numerous anthologies.

Her background also includes extensive experience in marketing and public relations on behalf of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Mount, Mother Jones magazine, HarperCollins Publishers, Victoria Kirby Public Relations, and San Francisco State University Poetry Center. She is co-founder and editorial director of the newly-launched marketing and publishing firm, Blue Wing Creative.

Oue Funky Cheese Shack Girls Take San Miguel de Allende

Annalena and Hannah at the mercado on our recent trip to Mexico.

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