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Who Ever Said Having a Happy Marriage Would Be Easy?

I rather feel like celebrating today. Not because it's Friday, but because it's my wedding anniversary.  With that in mind you can guess what the focus of today's collections of images and photos will be.

Giving the high odds for not succeeding at marriage today,  enjoying wedded bliss no matter how many years is a great thing. Seeing folks who have been in for the long haul should, I think, give hope to all of those lovestruck newlyweds.

The thing with marriage today is that commitment can literally mean a lifetime. Where years ago, "until death do us part" probably wasn't going to be that long, in the 21st century it's not uncommon for couples to celebrate not just 50, but 60 years together.  My parents' 70th anniversary is this December. They also recently told me about another couple in the long-term care facility in which they reside who has been married for 75 years.  Amazing.

Having spoken to many milestone anniversary celebrants in my years w…

Illustrations For Stars and Stripes Forever Day

On May 14, 1897,  Philadelphia, PA was the site of the first public performance of American composer John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever.  Known primarily for his patriotic and military songs,  "The March King's"  homage to the American flag was composed on Christmas Day 1896 on an ocean liner bound from England after a holiday.

According to the USA Flag site, the song's subject has been a symbol of the nation's strength and unity for more than 200 years. Representing the country's original 13 colonies are the red horizontal stripes, while the white stars on blue are symbolic of the 50 states of the Union.  There is symbolism behind the colours as well: red for valour, white for purity and innocence and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.

With the day to celebrate "Old Glory"  (a nickname for the flag coined by 19th century sea captain William Driver) approaching,  it seemed appropriate to highlight these collections of i…

Wedding Photography Tips

In just a few days my husband and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary.  May might not be the traditional month for marriage, but we felt it would be a good idea to beat the rush down the aisle.  Booking ministers, halls, etc., can be a challenge when you've set your special day during bridal boom time.

With a certainty, from now until the fading days of summer, weekends in most communities are a whirlwind cycle of showers, stag and does, stags and ceremonies.  A few, who like to buck the trend, may pick autumn or even the Christmas season for their nuptials, but generally summertime is bridal time.  And while everything about the big day is important, there's one aspect that really needs to be given its due.

Our daughter was married last year and as a photographer, finding the right person to capture her big day for posterity was imperative.  Budget-wise she was financially cautious throughout her planning, making concessions she felt could be made. But there would be no…

Thank a Teacher Today

Today is National Teacher Day, an opportunity to say thank you to a special educator.

Teachers don't always get the credit they deserve. In Ontario, where I live, the high salary and summer's off open the door to various attacks from parents and the public in general, who are tired of working hard for little compensation and long hours. 

But, as the mother of a teacher I know that that summer off isn't as it appears. My son is at school well into the first part of July finishing up loose ends, and back again for the last couple weeks of August to get set for the upcoming year.   Granted it's still a great time to be on holiday, but, when you consider he's also often in the classroom on weekends, too,  it's not a whole lot more time off than many others enjoy.

Certainly,  as with any profession, there are those who probably shouldn't have chosen this career path, whose interest in becoming a teacher may well have been based more on those summers off than on …

Let These Photos Inspire You to Get Fit

We're entering our second week of Family Wellness Month.  It's a good time to promote the type of lifestyle that we know contributes to optimal health — emotionally, mentally and physically. Eating well and getting regular exercise has been proven to extend life, sharpen the mind and lift spirits.

One place to get active is a gym. When I was growing up, exercising indoors typically meant bending and stretching to Jack LaLanne and his contemporaries.  I remember coming home after school to see Mom stretched out on the floor in front of the television, doing leg raises and sit-ups to the bracing instructions of the Father of Fitness. 

But it wasn't until the 1980s and Jane Fonda that anyone ever dreamed of doing their cardio work inside.  Before aerobics there was walking, running, dancing, and playing sports. Then along came high-stepping group routines that increased the opportunity to, paraphrasing an adage from those days, not sit, but get fit.

Then, demand for more opp…