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Taking the Plunge; I Hope the Water’s Warm

Welcome to Mary’s Garden Party, my blog tied to The Barber Group’s new Web site. I hope you’ll come back to visit often and, together, we can nurture a wonderful community with a colorful and brilliant future.

I will be writing about public relations, communications, social media and what I believe makes a strong community. It’s my firm belief that we all need to work together to make our world a better place to live, work and raise a family. Oh, I might talk about my family sometimes too since they are a pretty important part of what makes me who I am.

While you’re here, please take a few minutes to check out my Web site. It’s a quick look at my work and the focus of my professional life. I welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you like what you see and need some help building your community, please get in touch. Like the Web site/blog? Contact Taughnee Stone so she can work some magic for you too. Finally, don’t forget to sign up to receive future posts.

As you go about your day today, think about what you’re doing to make your community a better place. When was the last time you helped someone in need? A policeman was shot in Anchorage Saturday during a suspected ambush. What are you doing to make sure nothing like that happens again? I’m sure, like me, you could be doing more. What do you wish you had time to do? What causes would you support if you could? Let me know and let’s see if we can create a plan to improve life for everyone.

By |2010-01-11T02:36:05+00:00January 11th, 2010|Uncategorized|12 Comments

About the Author:

Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, runs a strategic communications consultancy where she helps clients understand how to integrate new media into traditional communication programs. Mary has counseled clients in Tacoma, Anchorage, San Francisco, Oregon, and Colorado for nearly 40 years working with a variety of food organizations, several agencies, and as a key team member on two successful US Senate campaigns. 


  1. Heather Whaling January 12, 2010 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Mary, I love your new site and the “garden” approach. Very creative. Congrats on the launch — and I can’t wait to read your posts! 🙂


  2. taughnee January 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Mary! I look forward to reading your blog! *opens the champagne* 🙂

  3. Vivian Hamilton January 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I’m supporting housing in my community for chronically homeless people. Some local residents don’t want to see these people in their neighborhoods. It’s the classic NIMBY – not in my back yard – response. They want them off the streets and behind closed doors, but they want the doors to be located somewhere other than right next door. If you can’t be concerned about the human toll being homeless places on people – they’re often victimized, they often have alcohol and drug addictions, their health suffers from exposure to the harsh Alaska weather – then think about the cost to our community to fund community service patrols, police and fire personnel, and emergency hospital services for these individuals. Let’s give them a permanent home so they can try to put the other parts of their lives together and perhaps become contributing members of our community.

    • mary January 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Vivian. The Red Roof Inn project you’re working on is just the type of collaborative, community-based solution I believe we need to help with problems such as this. I hope others will add their ideas here so we can all build on each other’s great ideas and successes.

  4. Ann-Marie January 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary – congratulations! I look forward to reading your posts. Your site looks wonderful!

    All my best…AMH

  5. Suzanne Yack January 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. But I would not expect less. You always hit it out of the ballpark. Best wishes!

  6. marcia hastings January 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    You have a ton of energy from your perch there on the sofa! I think you have posed some hard to answer questions. I’m bothered by guns and senseless attacks and homelessness and oh so many things. Talking, talking, and talking and listening, listening and listening more are where communities will come together with solutions for the common good. I appreciate your energy and your vision for your community at large.

    As an aside – I just bought 24 primroses – a bit soggy here but I can actually plant them now – OUTSIDE! Am on a whole new botanical journey with a giant blank slate. Come for a visit next time you are through this way.

    • mary January 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm - Reply


      Thanks so much for visiting. I agree that talking and — often more importantly listening — are key to our future. I am also so extremely jealous that you’re already planting…outside. I would love to come visit sometime and hope it’s sooner rather than later.

  7. DeAnn Baxter January 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm - Reply


    The site looks great! I’m looking forward to reading your posts and joining in on the conversation.

  8. Shonali Burke, ABC January 13, 2010 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I’m so thrilled you launched your blog/site, Mary – and love the flowers! Can’t wait to see how you grow your garden, I know it will be beautiful.

  9. Congrats on Taking the Plunge, Mary! Nicely Laid Out and a Wonderful Theme to Boot. Looking Forward to Seeing the Kinds of Harvest You Bring In Here 🙂

    Narciso Tovar
    Big Noise Communications

  10. Jeri January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on the website, Mary! I enjoyed catching up and reading your insightful posts.

    Hope this finds you doing better. As of yesterday, I’m allowed to type a little with both hands. Whoo hoo! Let’s celebrate virtually.

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