Listed below are previously published articles (in PDF format - Adobe Reader required). Please see my blog Wanderings for other samples of my writing, my watercolor site Steve Hamlin Watercolors to view my paintings, my sample drawings page, Linda’s and my photography site Mountain Laurel Designs Online for examples of our photography, and our website design site New England WebArt for information regarding those services.
- Worthington Arts Festival - July 9, 2011 - Wildlife Photography Papers
- Camera Recommendations for Wildlife Photography
- Compact-SLR Camera Comparison
- Camera Recommendations for Wildlife Photography (Summary List)
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Commemorative Centennial Book - as published
(6.5 Mb, Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway, August, 2010).
- I designed the layout and many of the ads for this 36-page book, as well as contributing much of the written content (see below) and editing the rest.
Individual articles from the Centennial Book:
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - Introduction - text
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - Towns Along the Trail: Huntington MA - text
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - Towns Along the Trail: Becket MA - text
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - What is Jacob's Ladder? - text
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - A Brief History of Jacob's Ladder Trail - text
- Jacob's Ladder Trail Centennial - The Good Roads Movement and Jacob's Ladder Trail - text
Previously published articles, other publications:
- Celebrating Who We Are - text (Handy Helper magazine, June, 2009)
- Little Boxes Preserve Independence - as printed (Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 8, 2009)
- Big Box, Little Box - text or as printed (Handy Helper magazine, May, 2009)
- Electricity is in the Air! - text or as printed (Handy Helper magazine, April, 2009)
- Sustainability. What is it? Why Should We Care? - text or as printed (Handy Helper magazine, March, 2009)
- October Runover Benefits Food Bank - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1997)
- Shriner's Hospital For Children - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1997)
- Profile: Granite State Race Services - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1995)
- Time Trialing 101: The Four F's - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1995)
- Doing the Splits - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1994)
- Triathlon for the Athletically Challenged - text or as printed (October Runover triathlon program, 1994)
*All of the above work is copyrighted material.
If you are interested in using any of it, please contact me.
It’s hard to write about yourself – to speak of your strengths without appearing egotistical, to be objective about your limitations. It’s particularly hard for me, since I don’t have the benefit of a lot of typical units of measure of one’s accomplishments and stature. Where most people would simply list their degrees and let them speak for the level of competence associated with them, I can’t do that. It would be easy for an editor or publisher to write me off at this point, and I suppose some will. If that includes you, thank you for coming this far.
If, on the other hand, you’re willing to consider the possibility that a degree, or the lack of one, doesn’t tell the whole story, let me tell you about myself. I graduated from an excellent college prep high school with acceptable grades. Bored with school and anxious to experience life, I decided not to go on to college, at least not immediately. My father was extremely disappointed, but I felt that to continue my schooling at that point would have been a waste of money. To this point, I still haven’t made it back to school.
Instead, I’ve pursued life passionately. I’ve been self-employed in creative endeavors for twenty years. I’ve performed civic duties, chairing my town’s planning board, and presiding over our local business association and the advisory board of the scenic byway my wife Linda and I live on. I’ve built and played musical instruments. In recent years, Linda and I have traveled extensively, pursuing our dual passions of birding and photography. Our travels, combined with the culture and beauty of our western Massachusetts home, have provided me with a wealth of inspiration and material for my writing and painting.
I’ve been blessed with native intelligence, resourcefulness and creativity. I’ve developed a reputation as a problem solver, someone who will tackle most any problem and doggedly pursue it, usually until it’s resolved. I’m inherently curious, anxious to learn what makes things tick, how two people can view the same situation and arrive at opposite conclusions, why Arctic terns migrate from the North Atlantic to Antarctica every year.
I try my best to approach every situation with objectivity, to avoid preconceived notions or biases. My success varies, but I’m receptive to constructive criticism when I fall short of the mark. In writing, I’m always heedful of the first lesson learned from my high school journalism teacher. He drilled into us the importance of answering the questions: who, what, when, where, why and how?
The following are letters of reference in PDF format from past clients, friends, and associates:
- Bonnie Parsons, Principal Planner, Manager of Historic Preservation Programs, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
- Wendy Long, Public Relations Coordinator, Gateway Regional School System
- Paul Jeffrey Fowler, Fowler Enterprises
- Marianne Miles, Milescapes Studios
- Jack Haran, New England Watercolor Society
Thank you for your interest in my work. If you have questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact me.