Jumping Maine Beach Goose Rocks Maine Kennebunkport Kristin Fuhrmann Simmons

4 Tickets Please…

It lets you know you are going somewhere, making things happen, experiencing a new idea or visiting the familiar with a fresh pair of eyes.

You create the wonders in your life. The 4 Tickets Please blog is your ticket to ride.

We share the practical tips and personal reflections that can help you live life to the fullest.

OUR MISSION:

To build connection and share ideas.  This creates meaning in our world.  We do this with multiple mediums: review writing, blogging, photography, and traditional journalism.

To display and report on our findings in a way that will be inspiring to you. Each project we undertake has a multitude of stories, pictures and impressions, unique to each experience. We want to help you with practical advice and 1st person perspectives.

To inspire you to go out, eat, travel, reflect and explore- with all the tools that you have readily available.

To meet new people, share ourselves and learn from others – Yep, it’s that simple and wonderful.

Kristin Fuhrmann-SimmonsKristin Fuhrmann-Simmons

Lead Writer, Creator & Editor

A little history, background and the path to my own digital renaissance:

I originally hail from Baltimore, Maryland (I am a full-on, Old-Bay-Seasoning-loving-girl) and I now live on the coast of Maine. (Yes, I do put Old Bay seasoning on my lobster rolls and I really miss good lump, backfin blue crabmeat.) Food has always been a big part of my life and it is intimately connected to how I became interested in marketing.

I was not always a writer & blogger and social media specialist.

For many years, I was content (but exhausted) as a social worker and therapist.  I juggled a full work schedule with the realities of being a mom and wife. My days were filled with self-growth and development, not only for myself as a young adult and mother, but also in helping my clients find their own path, purpose and healing.

It was a fulfilling profession and led me to understand that we all need joy and a sense of purpose.

That job reality changed one bright autumn afternoon in 2008.

I was approached at my local playground by the editor of our town newspaper. My daughters were busy playing on the swings: her son, on the slides.

We had met at this park several times before and had made the requisite pleasant mommy chit-chat. That day however, the conversation proved to be different. With one eye on her and one toward my girls, the two of us struck up a decidedly pointed conversation. She told me she wanted to expand the paper, “to get more creative and centered on ‘special interests.’”

She looked at me firmly and said, “Kristin, you’re articulate and you love food.  I know you are a good cook from the way you talk about recipes.  I need a food writer for our paper.“

I almost aspirated the water I was drinking.

“A food writer?  You mean, you are handing me a dream job?  Just like that?” I gasped, incredulously.

“Well, not just like that. I do need to know that you can write as well as you speak.  Send me some clips and we will go from there,” she said.

I had no idea what clips were and set about “googling” the term as soon as I returned home.  Two weeks later, with two approved clips (excerpts from bigger articles) under my belt, I became a columnist for the York County Coast Star and York Weekly newspapers.

Fast forward eight years: I have worked as a food columnist, a social media & marketing manager for both individuals & corporations, writer-in-residence in Belize, and freelancer for Celebrate New Hampshire, Disney Social Media Moms, the WDW Radio Blog, Yankee Publishing, Table Maine, The Square NH, AAA Magazines, Latina Magazine and The Latin Kitchen Blog, and Food Network Magazine.

I continue to write and teach about Food and Culture at the University of Southern Maine as an adjunct professor. I am member of the IFWTWA (The International Food and Travel Writer’s Association) and the Maine Writers and Publisher Alliance. I am certified as a Social Media Manager by the Social Media Manager School.

My life has become filled with joy and a dream profession. I still juggle parenting, work and partnership. I am however, extremely fulfilled.

A bit of personal interest:

You may have guessed: I am a lover of all-things-food. I love the people behind the scenes AND the people you get to share food with. I have a personal blog called 4ticketsplease.com that started as a way to augment my writing work and to share my food, travel and family experiences.

I live with my food-and-travel loving family, whom I have convinced to start documenting their own adventures. 4 tickets please is home to travel advice, food stories and most recently, my daughter’s own blog posts on all-things-kid-travel and food writing.

I am also an avid Team in Training (TNT) runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and have completed five half marathons and multi-day endurace races with TNT. I am the team captain to an amazing group of women and men, and I volunteer my time as a fundraiser and supporter of Delete Blood Cancer bone marrow bank.

For a full profile, links and all the juicy details, go to Linkedin.

 

DSC_0100Ellie and Ava Simmons

Ellie and Ava are young writers with a lot of “joie-de-vivre” and an eagerness to share their food and travel experience.  Both girls use iMovie and their own writing to share their experiences and practical advice for children and parents who want to see a “kids-eye-view” on travel.  Their work can be seen under the categories of “Travel Time with Ellie” and “Diving In: Pool Reviews.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

4TP conducts reviews and tells a good story.  The vast majority of our posts are based on our original ideas. Our policy is to disclose all compensation –from a glass of water to a free dinner. When we have accepted a gift, we will tell you.  Our thoughts are our own.  We do, on occasion, accept paid posts/promotion. We will also accept paid advertisement as our site grows and space allows.  These advertisements will be from companies who reflect and promote our similar philosophies.  We provide full-disclosure of our opinions, both to our readers and our clients.

A family portrait: “Two with long noses, two with short” by Ava

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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