Practically Perfect…In Every Way

Hello my friends,

Press-Release-Mary-Poppins-set-to-fly-into-the-Ogunquit-Playhouse-Gail-BennettFor my INANE week, I planned to be at the conference from Sunday through Wednesday, then take Thursday and Friday off to catch up and recuperate. We had tickets to see Mary Poppins at the Ogunquit Playhouse last night and I have to say, the show lived up to Mary’s song of being practically perfect in every way.

Although I am not one to blow my own horn I have to say, reflecting back on INANE 2014, I think the conference was also practically perfect in every way. Yes, I know–the Atlantic Room was a tight fit (I knew that going in), and there were a few A/V glitches. Graham Scott, please forgive me for your missing lobster at the lobster bake! But in the big scheme of things, the positives far outweighed the negatives and the evaluations I have received so far bear this out. I am very, very proud of what the Planning Committee helped me and INANE to accomplish this week. This was definitely a peak moment that will remain at the forefront of my memory for years to come.

Winslow_Homer_West_Point,_Prouts_NeckShawn Kennedy made the comment that the sessions fed both the left and right side of our brains. I hadn’t thought of it that way (I kept using the words “art” and “science”). But one thing that struck me was that when you stimulate your right brain with some beautiful pictures of art or words of poetry, the other side opens right up and lets the information pour in. What a wonderful feeling that is!

Richard-Blanco1In my very first nursing class way back when, Mrs. Lona Moore stood up and said that all of nursing can be described in six principles. The first was “Teaching and Learning” and the sixth was “Infinite Creativity” (I have forgotten numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5). Infinite creativity has informed much of my nursing work over the course of my career and this conference was proof of that. But I have to be honest and say that I often see the creativity afterwards, not beforehand. For example, an evaluation comment said, “Having poet Richard Blanco come to INANE was an INSPIRED choice.” Yes, he was, but when we extended the invitation I was thinking more along the lines of, “He’s a poet, he lives in Maine, and he’s sort of famous right now. Do you think he’d want to speak to us?” My point is that the creativity is often there but sometimes it needs to emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon for everyone to see it.

I also have to say that you, my INANE colleagues, are an amazing group of women and men who also stimulate my brain to receive new ideas and information. I realized that I worked so hard on this conference because it is truly an honor and a privilege to be part of this group. We all deserve the very best, especially for our annual meeting!

imageWith this post, I will be shutting down the INANE 2014 blog and moving to the INANE 2015 site. My thanks to Karen and Jackie for their live blogging posts–I enjoyed reading them and Jackie, I especially loved your pictures! At the new site we will be setting up a regular posting schedule (this past year it was every two weeks) to keep people informed about conference details and deadlines. While I am on the planning committee for INANE 2015 I am going to step back from being “in charge” and work on other initiatives including INANE white papers (which I would like to publish in Nurse Author & Editorand a possible revision of The Editor’s Handbook with Margaret Freda. If life is true to form, Amazon will release a new Kindle in September and I will spend the month of October scrambling to get the latest edition of Kindle for Dummies written in time for Christmas sales! The fun never ends!

Thank you, everyone, for the trusting me to be the conference chair for 2014. It was an amazing experience and I learned a tremendous amount. I look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas next summer and many of you at the Academy of Nursing meeting in October. Until then, onward and upward!

All my best,


One Morning in Maine…

screaming-seagull-871281366461T69AAs I woke up this morning to the sound of seagulls screeching, I realized that I have never stayed at a hotel in downtown Portland. In fact, I am not sure I’ve even stayed at someone’s home here in the city.

I live only 6 miles from downtown but it might be a world apart for the early morning sounds! I don’t hear seagulls–at least, not this many seagulls–at my little house out in the country. Plus the other noises seem much more urban–trucks, cars, planes (well, I do hear planes at my house). I haven’t heard any ambulances or fire trucks, though.

I am sure folks from big cities are laughing as they read this. I bet Portland seems quiet and quaint compared to the raucous noise of New York City or Chicago! Still, I am surprised at how different it is from my usual morning nature’s melody wake-up.

I am enjoying a cup of coffee and then will be heading down to the lobby to set up the registration table. zKipster is working great–we registered 76 people in two hours yesterday! It was great to see so many friends and say hello!

Some people have meetings this morning but don’t forget: the conference officially opens with the Discover Portland Trolley tours which start at 1:30 pm. The weather report is great–it will be a perfect day for a scenic tour of the city and Portland Head Light. If I don’t see you at registration, well…see you on the trolley!


INANE 2014 is Underway!

Good evening friends,

INANE 2014 is underway! This afternoon I arrived at the Regency and met up with the members of the planning committee. We unpacked boxes, filled LL Bean bags with great treats and got ready for registration.

Registration was supposed to begin at 5 pm but looking at the stats on zKipster, we had already registered 5 people before we even officially opened! As of right now 75 out of 183 people have registered (the latter number includes guests)–about 41%!

We’ll be opening registration at 8 am (or so) tomorrow morning for folks who want to sign in before a Publishers and Editors meeting. There will be at least one person at the registration desk throughout the day.

Raffle tickets are popular! Everyone who sees the one-of-a-kind green L.L. Bean bag  filled with great goodies, wants to own it! We have no limit on the number of tickets that will be sold so stop by and buy a ticket or two–without a ticket, you’ll never be a winner. Proceeds benefit the Internet Services Workgroup. The drawing will be on Wednesday morning at breakfast.

071413_1708_DetailedPro1.jpgThe weather report for tomorrow is great–perfect weather for a trolley ride. The rides are included as part of your INANE registration so please make sure to hop on the bus. Trolleys will be leaving from the front of the Regency hotel at 1:30, 1:45, 2:15, 3:30, 3:45 and 4:00. Each trolley holds ~32 people. This will be a fun tour with history of the City of Portland and a visit to Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. Don’t miss out!

I am off for dinner…I just realized, I didn’t have any lunch and I am hungry! Have fun this evening, everyone, and see you in the morning!


Smile and Say Cheese!

keep-calm-smile-and-say-cheeseIn the midst of planning nine million details, the one thing I never thought of was having a photographer on site. Oh well, too late now but fortunately, there will be enough iPhones and iPads on the scene that we should be able to muster up some photos to document the conference. This is an invitation to everyone to snap a few pics to share with the group via this blog and our Facebook page. People can also share pictures through Twitter: @INANEEditors, #INANE2014. We also need to figure out a time to take our annual editor group photo–an INANE tradition! If you have ideas or like to take pictures, send me a message. Thanks!

Smile and say cheese!

Live Blogging Starts Now!

Good morning!

Earlier this morning I received this message from Pat Yoder-Wise:

It smells so good here!  Off on a sightseeing day. Don’t know where we’ll go. Love your state.

It is a perfect day for sightseeing. On a day like today, I am fond of saying, “This is why we put up with February in Maine!”

I am heading downtown in just a little while. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues as everyone arrives for the conference!


Weather, Travel, and Getting Excited!

Happy Saturday Morning everyone!

We are close enough to the conference that I think I can trust the weather widget on my iPad which is predicting sunny with a few clouds and temperatures in the 70s for all three days of INANE. Hooray! Fingers crossed that this prediction holds true. While I enjoy a good rainy day, I wasn’t enjoying the idea of sightseeing on the trolley in fog or worse (although they do have plastic windows that roll down in case there is precipitation).

People are starting to arrive in Maine. I’ve heard from Francie Likis who is up in Bar Harbor right now. Tina Marrelli is visiting friends at their camp in Springvale. Jackie Owens is on the road from Ohio. She arrives in Maine tonight and then tomorrow is taking the train to the Lobster Festival in Rockland. I never knew such a train existed but it sounds like a blast–I am keeping it in mind for a future day trip.

Custom INANE tote with goodies that have been received so far!

The last shipment of L.L. Bean bags arrived on Thursday. They are beautiful! Attendees will have a choice: blue trim with short handles, blue trim with long handles, or red trim. Think about which one you want. And don’t forget the totally unique, one-of-a-kind collectible GREEN bag that will be raffled off. Tickets will be on sale at registration. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday morning. The bag includes lots of great stuff including books by Richard Blanco and Charles Graeber–the winner will be able to have both signed on Wednesday at noon!

The Lobster Bake (Tuesday evening) and Closing Luncheon (Wednesday) are both sold out but there is still room on the bus for Freeport Shopping (Wednesday afternoon). If you are interested in buying a ticket, ask at registration. Cost is $20.

That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing everyone, starting tomorrow. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to send me a message. I am here to help!


for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, and in memory of our dear colleague, Suzanne Smith

There’s Room on the Boat!

The Islander

The Islander

Due to some last-minute schedule changes and cancellations, we have two tickets available for the Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake on Tuesday evening, August 5. This is going to be a fun evening–if you have been wishing you signed up but didn’t, here’s your chance to join in! As a memory refresher, the evening includes:

  • Forty-five minute narrated cruise of Casco Bay on the Islander. The cruise includes two free drinks! The Islander will dock at Peaks Island for dinner.
  • Traditional Maine lobster dinner at HarborView at Jones Landing on Peaks Island. The facility has a beautiful view west looking at Portland–we’ll also enjoy the evening sunset. My weather widget is predicting nice weather for next Tuesday–fingers crossed!
  • IMG_1044Dinner menu: clam chowder, steamer clams, steamed lobster, corn, cornbread, coleslaw, and Peaks Island blueberry cake, all catered by the award winning Courtney MacIsaac of the Maine Lobsterbake Co.

We’ll depart from Long Wharf at 6 pm and be back at the Regency by 10 pm.

If you are interested in joining the cruise and dinner, send me a message by clicking here. Thanks!


What to Wear at INANE in Maine

Good morning my friends,

One week from today we will be convening at the Regency Hotel and Spa for the start of INANE 2014. This morning it is foggy and threatening rain–I am hoping that next Monday is sunny and beautiful. Fingers crossed! But this does remind me that I wanted to post a few pointers for dressing for Maine and INANE.

weather-notesAs we are fond of saying here in Maine, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute,” and that is very true. Weather changes from being cool and rainy to sunny and warm in the space of a few hours. Knowing that, I would suggest bringing a light rain jacket or umbrella. Smart Maine dressers know how to layer, with sweaters or fleeces that can go on and off as the temperature varies.

As for the conference, INANE tends to be casual and this year is no exception. Leave your suits and heels at home and bring your comfortable clothes for the event. I am in charge and I can tell you, I won’t be dressing up! At the Academy of Nursing meeting in October they are having “comfortable shoe Friday.” I hereby dub this “comfortable clothes INANE” for all three days!

One last reminder–the conference officially opens at 1:30 pm on Monday, August 4th when the first trolley ride will depart from the front of the Regency, although many folks will have been busy already at Publisher and Editor Meetings scheduled for the morning. The trolley rides will be lots of fun so please plan your day, especially if you arriving on Monday, to hop on the trolley sometime during the afternoon. The Registration and Help Desk will be open on Sunday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm (maybe even a little later) and Monday, all day, starting at 8 am.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in just one week! Until then, take care and think about INANE!


for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy. Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl and honoring the memory of our colleague, Suzanne Smith.


Good morning!

sold-out-bannerI have just received our 150th registration for INANE 2014 and with that, the conference is officially sold out! Due to the size of the meeting rooms at the Regency Hotel, we have a maximum limit of 150 participants. We just can’t squeeze any more people into the space available.

If you were planning to attend but hadn’t registered, please send me your name and contact information and I will add you to a waiting list, in the event we have any last-minute cancellations.

Three weeks from  today we will be convening in Portland for INANE 2014. It is going to be an exciting conference! I look forward to welcoming my colleagues to the great state of Maine.

Best to all,

for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl

Happy July 4th!

flag-fireworksHappy July 4th (to those of us in the US) but more importantly, Happy “Begin the Countdown to INANE 2014!” Yes, exactly one month from today we will be convening in Portland, Maine for our 33rd Annual Meeting. After three years of planning, I can hardly believe the conference is just 30 days away!

Registration is at an all-time high: as of today, 147 people are scheduled to attend the conference. We have a maximum of 150 so there are just a few slots left. If you have been thinking about attending the conference, I would suggest submitting your registration ASAP. Once we reach our maximum of 150, registration will be closed.

IMG_1045Due to a last minute cancellation, we have one space available for the Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake on Tuesday evening, August 5. If you would like to snap up that one spot, contact me immediately and I will send information on how to register. Thanks!

We still have availability for the Closing Luncheon with Richard Blanco (12 spots) and Freeport Shopping (10 spots). If you have already registered for the conference, you may use the additional registration forms to add either (or both) of these events to your agenda. Just click here for the luncheon or here for shopping.

guidebook 150Guidebook: the mobile app that allows you to carry INANE 2014 in the palm of your hand! Our INANE 2014 Guidebook is completely customized to our conference with links to the schedule, speakers, conference evaluations, and more. You can download to your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or Kindle Fire. There is also a web version of the guide. One great update made in the past month: your Guidebook will sync between your devices. So if you set up your schedule on your iPhone, it will now update on your iPad (or other device). I think this was the single most requested feature in Guidebook–which the developers insisted couldn’t be done–but somehow they made it happen! Note that our Guidebook is private; you must have a code to redeem the guide and make it live on your device. I have sent the code to every registrant, but if you have lost it, no problem! Just send me a message and I will get the code to you ASAP!

c1624Sightseeing: Norm Forgey of Maine Day Trip stands ready to entertain INANE attendees. There is a trip to Boothbay Harbor and the Maine Botanical Gardens scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd. Norm is also working on a private tour of the Winslow Homer Studio on Prout’s Neck. For more information or to schedule a trip, contact Norm at or by phone: 207-838-5275.

Check-in: All the members of the Planning Committee will be arriving and be on-site at the Regency on Sunday, August 3rd. Registration check-in will be open on Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Main Lobby of the Regency. Three publishers (LWW, Elsevier, and Wiley) will be having meetings on Monday morning, so save yourself a few minutes and check-in on Sunday evening! The Check-in/Help Desk will also be open throughout the entire conference.

A quick recap of the schedule (check Guidebook or the Website for complete details):

Sunday, August 3rd

  • Check-in for early arrivals

071413_1708_DetailedPro1.jpgMonday, August 4th

  • 9 am to 1 pm: Publisher and Editor Meetings
  • 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Discover Portland Trolley Tours
  • 5 pm to 8 pm: Gala Reception and Opening Speaker, Jessica Nicoll

Tuesday, August 5th

  • 7 am to 8:30 am: Continental breakfast, opening welcome, presentation of awards
  • 8:30 am to 11 am: Opening Keynote (break included at 9:30), Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha
  • 11 am to 12 noon: Poster Viewing
  • 12 noon to 2 pm: Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 2 pm to 5 pm: Breakout Sessions and Poster Viewing
  • 6 pm to 10 pm: Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake (optional)

Wednesday, August 6th

  • 7:30 am to 9 am: Breakfast and Wrap Up from the Business Meeting
  • 9 am to 10:15: Keynote Session #2, Charles Graeber and Diana Mason
  • 10:30 am to 11:20: Breakout Sessions
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Closing Session with Richard Blanco
  • 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm: Booking Signing with Charles Graeber and Richard Blanco
  • 1:15 pm to 3 pm: Closing Luncheon (optional)
  • 2 pm and 3:15 pm: Departures for Freeport Shopping (optional)

It’s going to be a great conference! I am so excited to welcome my colleagues to Portland for our 33rd Annual Meeting. If you have any questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!


for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl.