Hello and welcome. My name is Paschal’Simon MacMurray. I am a freelance administrative assistant, data manager, writer, graphic artist, web designer, translator and artisan.
I grew up among theater sets and stage actors. My father was a photographer and director of programing for Montreal’s Place des Arts. My mother was a stage and voice-over actress. And since you are wondering, I am a gal with a tomboy’s name, and a great love for service, reading, writing, creative work, and learning. My home base is Jeffersonville, Vermont, at the foot of Smugglers Notch.
As a child, I often introduced my friends to complex ideas for new board games or cardboard box machines reminiscent of a Star Trek bridge set. I also built go-carts for neighborhood kids and elaborate 3-D sceneries for my plastic animals and Hot Wheels cars. Creativity was at the center of my life.
Vermont was my family’s vacation destination extraordinaire. We discovered Stowe around 1970 and returned several times a year. I immediately felt deeply connected to this environment and returned frequently for solo retreats as a young adult, traveling with a small suitcase and a stack of books on my back seat. I’d spend days reading at various favorite spots, sitting on riverbanks or in a clearing with magnificent mountain views. I offered myself a longer stay in the fall of 1990, at a time when I felt the need to ponder some of the life choices ahead. I planned on returning to Montreal within two or three months at most. I ended up staying and became a citizen in 1998.
I studied Arts, Communications, and the Psychology of Visual Communication at Concordia University, in Montreal. I have since studied business and project management, technical writing, database design, social media ethics and marketing. I’ve been a theater properties master, gift shop manager, office manager, commercial website manager, retail and gift show display designer and records manager. I’ve worked at service desks, a kite shop, coffee shops and bakeries, a mental health support facility and a real estate office.
The workplace is not just a job for me. It is an opportunity to serve employers, colleagues, customers, and clients. I truly find great joy in service, in seeking solutions, in doing things right, in contributing time and effort to help make a business successful or to support the operations of an office. I see online businesses, brick and mortar businesses, offices, and shops as settings where we get to combine creative forces. I see these as environments of great value, worthy of honest effort because in the end it’s all part of the fabric of society and hard labor is a powerful building block.
In 1999, I managed online orders for a Vermont-based homestead and garden supplier and developed training tools and procedure guides to assist in navigating the complex order processing system. Blogs were emerging as powerful marketing channels then. I soon published weekly articles. I’ve been writing articles and copy, designing websites, managing Facebook pages and creating graphics and marketing materials for various businesses ever since.
Between 2004 and 2009, I enrolled in classes to learn database design and had the privilege of creating a custom records management database and process for a health care facility. This experience provided the backdrop for a deeper understanding of website management and it serves me to this day.
158 Main, a well-loved Smugglers Notch area restaurant, gave me my first long-term assignment around this time when Chef Foley hired me to manage his Facebook page. I subsequently designed a new website, including a weekly Blog with over 400 articles published to date, and designed the 158 Main Catering website. I have since added several new long-term and short-term clients, each offering a different and welcome challenge.
My work life is built around art as well. I love to sew, by hand, and to invent figurines and wearable art, among other things. The PS MacMurray Collection is an ensemble of whimsical gift pouches, pendants, brooches and bracelets, figurines and animals created from the heart. Each item is unique and hand-made, using fabric, paper, beads, wire and buttons.
Also visit: PS MacMurray | Whimsical Art
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