Doug Baird is an artist and writer living in Lansing, New York, who believes that both art and humor have transcendent properties.
His wide work experience has seen him travel both within one corporation from the warehouse to corporate finance and product development, and in a variety of commercial art jobs as a printer, illustrator, art director and creative director.
Doug is project leader for the Idea Enhancement Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, exploring the use of art as a practical tool for increasing innovative and creative thinking. IdeaEnhancement.org
His blog, Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials, investigates elitist policy making in New York, and its effect on the rural community.
He is the author of two poetry collections: As a Poet, I have a Confession and Please Take Care when You Utter a Curse, and a recently published picture book: You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer.
Representative artworks can be viewed at DougBairdArt.com
Doug does not use cell phones or social media in order to spend more time on creative projects, and in pubs.
What’s the last thing you would think of doing when you come upon a water body choked with stinking, rotting fish? Scoop up a double handful and “chow down.”
The Fish Kill Crunch children’s party game sanitizes this vision by substituting cookies. Children can gobble up the cookies to clean their stretch of the river and win, but it’s never gone for good — they’ll make more.
Should you show photos of fish kills before or after the game? That’s up to you. Maybe just putting a rotting fish in the Feely Bag, and leaving it to their imagination is more than enough.