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.