JesseHelfrich.net

Oh, hey. I’m an all-purpose communications professional pushing
10 years in the newspaper industry, most of that as a copy editor and designer. Currently, I’m Chief Copy Editor at The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C.

I bake bread, drink bourbon and pet cats. I can make animals out of balloons. A Sharpie and Post-it notes are essential life tools.

Scroll down for more.


Carpenters Diem



I'm afraid this isn't optional. In order to read this post, you must push play on the embedded Grooveshark player below and allow it to play while you read on.

... Read more »

Sign Language



Dear Business Owners,

I know some of us are expensive, but please hire some ... any sort of graphic designer before creating signs that define your brand identity. No, your nephew Trevor is not a graphic designer just because he knows how to go "photo shopping." ... Read more »

Representin' the Beave





Cool, huh? Well, it would be if you could see that photo. More on that shortly.

But first, just to explain, the camera on my phone is crap. The phone was free. That's right. No keyboard, no touch screen, no GPS, no anything-G. It flips open and makes calls and then flips closed, if I'm lucky. ... Read more »

A Tale of Two Cemeteries



Arlington National Cemetery is a study in identity. Small, white stones that shine in the sunlight mark the identity of heroes who have given their lives to preserve the identity of a powerful nation. Glittering granite monuments announce the identity of men and women whose ideals crafted and honed the identity of U.S. history. Seas of manicured gravesites remind a nation that its ideals, its power, its identity come at a cost.
... Read more »

Rally Points





One of the best parts about living in Washington is often being a short train ride away from some serious spectacle.

On Saturday, Fox News personality Glenn Beck held just that. Depending on your Beckometer settings, it was either the moment America was saved, a pretty good sermon or a mockery of Martin Luther King Jr.'s memory. ... Read more »

I'm reading

"American Lion" by Jon Meacham
I've always liked presidential biographies, and this seemed like a good choice now that Old Hickory's portrait is hanging in the Oval Office these days. The old timey text can get dense but Meacham does a good job keeping it flowing.

I'm listening to

"What Now" by Sylvan Esso. I've slowly come around to loving this group, and the hooks are this newest album are just killer.

Other links

» "I Can Eat 50 Cadbury Eggs" — A personal photo project and fundraiser
» The CSS Zen Garden — how I taught myself Web design way back when