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. We share the practical tips and personal reflections that can help you live life to the fullest.
To build connection and share ideas. This creates meaning in our world. We do this through the use of multiple mediums:photography, blogging, video, and 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 to go out, eat, travel, reflect and explore- with the tools that you have readily available.
To meet new people, share ourselves and learn from others – Yep, its that simple and wonderful!
Lead Writer and Editor:
Welcome new readers to 4 Tickets Please! I am thrilled that you have landed on my page. My name is Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons. I originally hail from Baltimore, Maryland ( I am a full-on, Old-Bay-Seasoning-loving-girl) who now lives on the coast of Maine. Yes, I do put that Old Bay on my lobster rolls and I really miss good lump, backfin crabmeat.
I was not always a writer & blogger. 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. That 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 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.
Fast forward six years: I have worked as a food columnist, writer-in-residence in Belize, freelancer for AAA Magazines, Latina Magazine and The Latin Kitchen Blog, and Food Network Magazine. I continue to write and teach Food and Culture at the University of Southern Maine. My life has become filled with joy and a dream profession: I still juggle parenting, work and partnership. I am however, extremely fulfilled.
I am a lover of all-things-food:I love the people behind the scenes AND the people you get to share it with. 4ticketsplease.com was started as a way to augment my writing work and to share my personal and family experiences. 4 tickets please is home to travel advice, food stories and most recently, my daughter’s own blog posts.
I live with my food-and-travel loving family, whom she has convinced to start documenting their own adventures. Kristin is an avid Team in Training runner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and has completed her third Half Marathon with TNT, including a runDisney endurance series in February of 2014.
Ellie 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.”
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