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traceysl

Author of the groundbreaking book "Dementia Sucks", Post Hill Press, May, 2018. Having cared for my father, who had vascular dementia and died in 2004, and my mother, who died on April 14, 2015 after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease, I have refocused professionally to helping others through my experience. My company, Grand Family Planning, provides Coaching and Support Services. I am a professional speaker, offering programs for businesses seeking solutions to recruit and retain employees who care for loved ones. In this way, I share my knowledge and give meaning to the tragic turn of my parents' journey through the misery of dementia.
traceysl has written 20 posts for Speaking Productionese

On Winning and Not Losing

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, I took part in a competition for women entrepreneurs called “Make Mine A Million” (“M3”), an annual event sponsored by Count Me In (an organization promoting the success of women entrepreneurs) and OPEN by American Express. The whole idea behind these events is to bring business women together to inspire … Continue reading

Petition to Getty Images for Anti-Small Business Practices

I’ve started a petition against the practice described in my previous post. If you’re angry about what they’re doing, I hope you’ll take a moment to sign: http://www.change.org/petitions/getty-images-stop-shaking-down-small-businesses-for-alleged-copyright-infringement I don’t know if it will help, but I had to say something. Thanks!

Getty Me Outta Here!

This week I learned a valuable lesson at a rather high price. This will never happen to me or any of my clients again. Hopefully, I can help to keep this from happening to you. I have a web site, of course. I started it in 1998, around the time I incorporated my company. Last … Continue reading

Because Art DOES Matter

As I freely admit, I live in New Jersey, but I am from BROOKLYN. And you can’t take the Brooklyn out of this girl. Nor can you deny her basic need to be within driving distance of “The City” (aka Manhattan). Unlike so many of my dearest friends, I have never been able to move … Continue reading

Sinking Ships

Back in the early 1990’s, I worked for a type shop called Characters Typographic Services. In case you don’t know, type shops were businesses that consisted of craftspeople who knew how to make the printed word look glorious. We did work for all of the major New York ad agencies: Ammurati & Puris, Lois Pitts, … Continue reading

Bedder Living

Laid low by a sinus infection, I am grateful that I didn’t have any appointments scheduled for today. With my laptop and cordless phones, I have moved my office to my bed. Not the best working (or healing) practice in the world, but it makes me feel connected and allows me to doze off as … Continue reading

1984

I just couldn’t type. Practicing on an Olivetti portable typewriter, I never learned to trust my fingers. Through various “administrative assistant” jobs I held through my 20’s, I had learned “word processing.” Typing on a computer dedicated to creating text documents made sense to me. It was forgiving. Flexible. It enabled me to capture my … Continue reading

The Value of Pro Bono

Sometimes you have to say “no.” When you’re a creative and a problem-solver, it’s natural to want to help with your skills. But then, some people start taking advantage and the next thing you know, your paying work is suffering. Or you get cranky and feeling put-upon. However, when you do stuff gratis, YOUR WAY, … Continue reading

Graphic Detail launches new web site!

Finally, the shoemaker has new shoes. For years, I’ve felt like apologizing every time I referred anyone to my web site(s). My Graphic Detail site was designed at the turn of the last century (and really looked it). My TraceFX site was thrown together as I was completing my Masters program in 2007. Well, it’s … Continue reading

Success is in the Details

In the pursuit of a wider audience for my talents, I am starting this blog. I’m Tracey Lawrence, digital artist, problem solver, teacher and creative consultant. I have years of experience addressing graphic arts problems and helping small businesses achieve their communications goals. The tools continue to evolve, and I stay on top of them … Continue reading

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