contact us

new business

Tim Rodgers



Carrie Muehlemann


general inquiry

Terri French



Terms & Conditions

Ownership: This site is protected by U.S. and international copyright and trademark laws and any copy, display or retransmission of the contents of this site is strictly prohibited. Any ads or other examples of our work displayed on our site are provided solely for self-promotional, business-to-business purposes for the exclusive use of our clients, prospects and employees, and are not intended for the casual viewing or entertainment purposes of the public. We explicitly forbid the downloading, copying or re-purposing or any text, audio, visual, programming or design materials without our written consent.

Privacy Policy: We will not collect personally identifiable information from you without your permission. We shall treat any information you send to us as non-confidential and non-proprietary and we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any data you submit to us. However, we will use reasonable efforts to treat as confidential any e-mails, resumes, applications or inquiries sent to us for purpose of seeking information or for inquiring into potential employment with us, in accordance with our employment policies. Any e-mail, resume or submission you send to us will be used only for internal purposes. Please be aware that submission of your resume or application may not be considered and we are under no obligation to respond to such solicitations. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Unsolicited Materials: It is our policy not to accept or consider unsolicited creative, production related or other ideas of any kind. Please do not send any artwork, jingles, slogans or campaign ideas. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when our campaigns or advertising might seem similar to ideas submitted to us. If you submit an idea or materials despite our above request, you agree that such submission becomes our property and we are free to use it without compensation or credit to you. We make no assurances that your ideas will be treated as confidential.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability: We make no representations or warranties of any kind as to: (a) the accuracy or completeness of the information or materials on the site and assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions in its content; (b) the availability for use of any copyrighted, trademarked or proprietary materials of third parties that may appear in this site; (c) computer viruses or other bugs that third parties may embed in or attach to this site without our knowledge or consent; (d) any software made available for downloading, copying or other use through this site; or (e) the merchantability, fitness for use, title and/or non-infringement of any or all of the contents of this site. WE SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTE OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY COSTS, LOSSES, DAMAGES (WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, COMPENSATORY, SPECIAL, LOST PROFITS, LIQUIDATED, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE YOUR ACCESS TO, BROWSING OF OR USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS SITE.

Links To Third Party Sites: The sites to which links are provided to you for convenience only and are not under our control. We do not assume any responsibility for the contents of any linked site or any privacy practices employed by other sites. The existence of a link between this site and any other site should not be construed as an endorsement by either us or the owner or proprietor of the linked site to the other.

We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.


Recent Posts


Recent Authors


The Emancipation of the Women of Downton Abbey

Like everyone I know, I am caught up in the Downton Abbey swirl. I heard about it late last summer and consumed Season 1 in two short Netflix-crazed weeks. I nearly died from longing between September and the launch of Season 2 last week.

How I love Bates and hate Thomas and O'Brien. How I want to smack Matthew's and Mary's heads together for being such idiots about their obvious (to everyone but them) passion for each other and their inappropriate engagements to Lavinia and Richard Carlisle. How I wish Mrs. Patmore were in charge of my kitchen and Carson in charge of my life.

But layered amid the personal drama, the gripping war saga and the fabulous hats, there is a substantial, pervasive subplot: the emancipation of women in the Western world. The beautifully crafted story is irresistible, more interesting than a documentary on the subject would ever be. The raw, ripping societal changes are mixed with the subtle, shadow-shifting ones:

•    The entail related to the Earldom of Grantham endows the title and the estate exclusively to male heirs. The present earl has three daughters. The daughters are entitled to absolutely nothing. A distant cousin is in line to inherit the whole rodeo. Among the family there's an odd mix of frustration and acceptance of the entail practice. You should see the looks my nieces give me when I try to explain it to them.

•    The fast escalation of World War I created a near vacuum in the labor pool from the farm to the cities as 5 million+ young men joined the fight. Women took their places in factories and farms, including over a million servant-class women employed in munitions plants. Lady Edith served double duty in these areas, both learning to drive and working on a neighboring farm. (Sidebar: My only issue with the start of Season 2 is Edith's personality makeover. What is behind her morphing from wretched to reasonably likable?)

•    The invention of the typewriter showed the relationship between technological change and social change. The rapid spread of the typewriter in business fueled the equally rapid spread of the role of female secretaries, as so charmingly depicted in the story of Gwen, Downton housemaid, and her dream of an office job.

•    Sybil daringly chose trousers over the elaborate, restrictive dresses her sisters wore. Well, they're not really trousers. They are more like harem pants and I can't say they did anything for her, outside of saving her at least an hour a day of getting laced up, wrapped, cinched, and otherwise stuffed into the ensemble of the day assisted by at least one lady's maid. The time required to dress and undress at that time is unimaginable.  One of my favorite points of proof: Lady Cora was directing various family members and servants to perform tasks in readiness for dinner. Her job?  "I shall take off my hat," implying that it was at least as time-consuming as the assignments the others were undertaking.

Samuel Hynes wrote of Downton Abbey's Edwardian era, "It was a leisurely time when women wore picture hats and did not vote, when the rich were not ashamed to live conspicuously." Just as conspicuous is the certainty that the lives of the Downton women are shifting, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, never to return to the old ways. It's an important history lesson brought to life on Sunday nights, disguised as a brilliant soap opera about love, war and fashion.