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Ken Honeywell

Ken Honeywell
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
March 20
Well Done Marketing
I'm in love with my wife; a writer and producer living in Indianapolis; partner at Well Done Marketing; founder of Tonic Ball, a benefit concert that's become one of the city's favorite annual events; co-founder of Second Story, a creative writing program for kids; a vegetarian; lead singer of Yoko Moment; a life-long New York Mets fan; a sucker for waltz time; crazy about Pernice Brothers; etc.


NOVEMBER 22, 2010 9:11AM

UPDATED Tonic #9 Wrap-Up, With Pix

And so another Tonic has come and gone, and I have proved once again that I am not too old to rock and roll, although I would not have wanted to tell that to my feet on Saturday morning. They felt too old to live, let alone rock.

Were you there?Read full post »


And so another Tonic has come and gone, and I have proved once again that I am not too old to rock and roll, although I would not have wanted to tell that to my feet on Saturday morning. They felt too old to live, let alone rock.

Were you there? IfRead full post »


It’s inevitable when you’re in a creative business that things rarely turn out the way you first imagined. When you write TV commercials for a living, you see and hear the spot in your head long before it exists as a script or a storyboard, let alone a finiRead full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2010 6:14AM

In Which I Sing A Song Of Thanksgiving


It’s Tonic week in Indianapolis, which is, by definition, the week before Thanksgiving. Which also means that I invariably start thinking about the list of things for which I am thankful. Which invariably starts with people. Which, to complete the circle, leads me/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 10:20AM


“You will be missed,” reads the marker:

by whom, unspecified. Perhaps another pronoun

would have made the pain too personal; perhaps

two miles of cars wound around the Garden of Peace,

spilling black-suited men and women in mourning dresses

into that September afternoon could not be… Read full post »

Oh, my. Sometimes our lives are the mostest fun.

Tonic #9, featuring the music of the Beatles, is coming up on Friday, November 19, in beautiful Fountain Square near Downtown Indianapolis. Well Done Marketing will be well represented. The most excellent #9Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2010 7:52AM

One On One

The day arrives when the boy out

-leaps you,            

rains jumpers

you can only

hope bounce

off the iron. He fakes

this way,


you go that;

he lays ball

against glass,

and you can’t

stop him.… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 1, 2010 6:07AM

Look to the left. Look to the right.

Capitol Building   

A little over three years ago, I found out what was really important to my neighbors. After almost 50 years on the planet, I finally understood what it was that would get them out in the streets, mad as hell, carrying, literally, torches and pitchforks and placards, shuttingRead full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2010 5:56AM

Breakfast Club

We talk about ailments all through breakfast:

husband in recovery, father in decline,

please pass the little quiches and lemon

curd, and what of mother’s stomach pain,

and how are you dealing with your symptoms?

Your hands are not quivering today, we think,

but we… Read full post »


So George Lois, the famous designer and art director who has taken credit for such groundbreaking campaigns of the Sixties Creative Revolution as “I Want My Maypo” and Volkswagen’s “Think Small” ad, hates Mad Men. In an interview/Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2010 12:49PM


Isn’t it time you cut

your hair, he said, I mean,

haven’t you made

your point? As if


I’d grown a headful of poison

spines; as if my gnarled little

short-haired life had been anyone’s

fault but mine and god’s; as if… Read full post »


So. Are we shocked? Aghast? Did any of us, in our wildest dreams, believe this season of Mad Men would end with Don Draper gettingmarried? To his secretary? Surely, we’d have sooner believed that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce would be out of business, Don/Read full post »


This weekend, My Beautiful Wife and I saw two movies: The Social Networkthe celebrated film by David Fincher that purports to tell the story of the creation of Facebook; and Youth Knows No Paina small, independent documentary by Mitch McCabe about our/Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2010 6:10AM

The Sculptress Swings Her Hammer

Last night

after dinner

when the wine

had dwindled

to a dark

purple stain

in the dimple

of my glass

and the dog next

door stopped his

lonely yowling

long enough

to consider

the moon I

looked… Read full post »


In the middle of “Blowing Smoke,” the penultimate episode of Season 4 of Mad Men, Peggy Olson asks Don Draper if they’re going to do anything to try to reverse their agency’s slide into bankruptcy. He informs her that they’re going to/Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2010 5:33AM

Malcolm Gladwell Thinks You're A Coward


Malcolm Gladwell has certainly been one of the most influential and popular thought-leaders of the last decade. His books The Tipping PointBlink, Outliersand What The Dog Saw have all been best-sellers. He’s an eagled-eyed trend-spotte/Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 6:01AM

Uncle Bad Influence

Cousin Elena is learning violin, her mother

tells her, but Jenna has guitar blood: she has held

the blonde wood body in her arms and strummed

her fingers over golden strings, and she


has been seduced. This is my doing. I am

the charmer… Read full post »


First, a question for client types out there: do you get nervous when your ad agency loses a big account? Are you afraid they’re going to have massive layoffs and you’ll lose the people you depend on to do your advertising? Do you think that, because they’vRead full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2010 8:19AM

Night Sky

Lie still,

and I will draw the constellations

on your back:


Orion above your shoulder blade,

pressing his mighty arm through falling hair,


dark Horsehead Nebula birthmark

riding faintly below his sword;


Castor and Pollux, the twin freckles… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2010 7:34AM

Grace Period

And so we are in love

and love alone

describes the pattern of our days;

love consumes us hour by hour,

and we expect friends to understand

we still have things to do we

should have done before.


By whose calendar should… Read full post »

And I mean, damn, everybody. I didn't mean to start anything. Really I didn't. I just wanted to comment that when experienced writers talk about writing and novice writers talk about writing, we're probably talking about different things. And when we all get thrown together in this sort of public for… Read full post »


Q: The shit goes down, and goes down hard. What do you do?

Do you:

a. Have the grace to be calm and discreet, take responsibility for the shit, make a plan, and execute it with a minimum of fuss?

b. Pretend that the shit did not go down andRead full post »

For more than a year, I’ve been blogging on Open Salon. I’ve written lots of different things here: fiction, poetry, social commentary, criticism, even the occasional link to some goofy thing I found on the web and wanted to share. It’s been a lot of fun having a place to putRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 2:17PM



If you are a poet, you will clearly see that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper.

- Thich Nhat Hanh


Look at the way it swirls,

my blood on the page,

filling the corners of serifs,

mingling with the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 5:52AM

Immoral Clients, Ambitious Copywriters, "Beautiful Girls"



In my almost thirty years in the advertising business, I’ve been presented with scores of interesting marketing puzzles to solve. I’ve also been blessed with great clients. But every once in a while, I’ve had a conflict. I’ve had a couple/Read full post »