I got a perk-me-up this week.  I received a request for the use of one of my images. This was from the One Photo Focus challenge sponsored by Stacy at Visual Venturing.  The original image was by Cee at Ceen Photography who graciously gave permission for its use.  Check out  Yesterdays with Giacomo Grassi on piano.   My original post is here.  Thank you to Stacy for hosting, … Continue reading Addendum

Who ARE These People?

Back in April I posted that I had (finally) sent my book to print.  I had done all that I could looking at it on the computer screen.  I needed a hard copy.  I needed to feel paper between my fingers.  I needed to be able to flick back and forth between the pages.  The copy came VERY quickly and it’s taken me this long, with a vacation and double pneumonia in between, to finalize it … until the next batch of typos is rounded up ;(

It is a book of family stories, so not a huge reading audience but if you want to just take Continue reading “Who ARE These People?”


Born out of an interest in history, ancestors, and family. I find it astounding that, because of the placement of my birth in the mid-20th C, I have memories of people spanning three centuries – between my grandparents born in the late 19th C to my own grandchildren born in the 21st C. Maybe one day, a generation down the road, a genealogy-junkie descendent will … Continue reading Hallelujah!

Thanks, JJ!

What a wonderful start to the new year. Blogging has rekindled an interest and enjoyment in photography, something I never properly pursued years ago.  With today’s digital cameras it is just plain fun to snap and see results instantly and then crop, boost, de-colourize, swirl, blur and distort.  I now follow a few photo blogs – one of my newer additions is Junsjazz who posts … Continue reading Thanks, JJ!

Two more stars

Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpegI have given me two more stars for my blog of the year award – !  Thank you to The Retiring Sort – she has started an interesting series on Future Challenge which is worth checking out.  And more thanks, again, to Arnel at All Things Boys – I’m never sure what I’m going to find over at her site – she offers a wonderful eclectic mix of excellent photography, humour and insight.

Now I am to:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award, andwrite a post about them  – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

These are the newest additions to my own blog roll – Continue reading “Two more stars”

Blog of the what?!

I know many of us feel that there is a surfeit of awards out there, and they keep circulating, but getting my first blogging award made me suddenly feel like part of the blogging community.  I have to admit I have not always passed on the awards although I have always thanked the presenter because, whether I pass them on or not, they still give me a secret boost.

Well surfeit or not, there seems to be a new one – Continue reading “Blog of the what?!”



This is my 200th post.  It seems only fitting that it should be about You.

If it weren’t for You I would have packed up my keyboard and faded to black long ago.  On January 16th I composed a short post and as my finger hovered over the publish button I wondered if I really wanted to do this, and what, in fact was I ever going to post about.

Blogging has renewed by interest in writing and in trying to write well.  It has sparked an Continue reading “You”

Open comment to my grandson

Last week Julia  posted about upcoming Anti-Bullying Week in the UK and I paused to think.  Bullying is getting wider coverage … perhaps it’s more prevalent; perhaps it’s of a more serious nature than it used to be; perhaps it’s because of the new venue for bullies in cyberspace.  I thought about the torment my daughter endured of which I was ignorant for far too long.  I have learned that her sisters were also victims in varying degrees.  Whether it was the bullying that came first, or the depression I’m not sure but even at 6 years of age I could see my daughter’s lack of self-esteem.

Today I read ShimonZ‘s post Free Thinker and I paused again.  As he said, “As a species, Continue reading “Open comment to my grandson”

Our Radiant Beamer

As Lightly Crunchy pointed out, May is MS Awareness Month. I perhaps should have known this but I and my family are still new to this. Our daughter/sister/niece/cousin/fiance was diagnosed a year ago. I wrote an essay, which I might share at some point, titled “A Helper, A Dreamer and a Radiant Beamer”. It is about my three daughters and Jamie is the Radiant Beamer, and Jamie has MS. We don’t know where this road will take us and unknowns make us fearful and we push them aside.

Jamie is facing this bravely though we know of the fear and the anxiety that lies beneath. I am also still trying to find my way – I want to wave my Mother’s Wand and make it all go away … I should be able to, but I can’t. MS has already affected our family relationships – I do think we are closer, newly aware of the fragility of our lives and dreams, and more actively supportive of each other.

Treatment includes a daily injection, which for some is painful.  Research is getting closer to an oral treatment.  For some reason we in Canada have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world and it is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with MS. To learn more about MS or to donate I have found these sites:

In Canada – MS Society of Canada
In the US – American MS Society 
In Britain – British MS Society
In Australia – MS Australia
In India – MS Society of India

On May 30, acknowledge World MS Day.

The Canadian campaign has several events planned for May:

  • On May 10-12, buy a carnation to support the MS Carnation Campaign.
  • Get an oil change at Mr. Lube on May 12, and $5 will be donated to the MS Society.
  • On May 30, Niagara Falls will be lit red to commemorate World MS Day.
  • Cities across the country will be hosting MS walks – check your local chapter

For those of us who don’t have MS but want to understand more I found this at A Short in the Cord – thank you to Lightly Crunchy for directing me to it. Continue reading “Our Radiant Beamer”

Humble Pie

I have been enjoying the posts by Allthingsboys for a while now – she is informative and humourous and relates some funny exchanges between her and her sons, putting a smile on my face.  But I have been remiss and fallen behind –  She nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award (tardiness, I am sorry)  and the Beautiful Blogger Award – thank you Allthingsboys – who among us does not appreciate positive feedback?  So to Allthingsboys – thank you, twice.

I was previously nominated for the Versatile Blogger – click here so I would like this to be my response to both.

Apparently the rules for the Beautiful blogger are: Continue reading “Humble Pie”

Tickled Pink … or green

The Versatile Blogger Award
The Versatile Blogger Award (Photo credit: nhighberg)

Tickled pink was an expression my father ,used to say and it fits the situation.  Fellow blogger Madhu nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award – now, I mean, how cools is this?!  The first time I hit that ‘publish’ button not yet two months ago I did so with great trepidation and a last thought of Continue reading “Tickled Pink … or green”