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Adorable Animations to Honour Graduates

The time of year has arrived when students will soon be packing up their books and heading off to summer jobs or a few weeks of down time. For some, the time after though is of special  significance as they are looking back at part of their education path and towards the next step.

As such, graduation is on the minds of many right now. The classes of 2014, whether they are advancing into the professional world from university, or into Grade 1 from kindergarten, all have reason to celebrate. Milestones, particularly when they mark academic achievement or personal growth, are worthy of recognition.

Graduation is a proud moment, something to get positively animated about. Whether you choose to do that in a presentation, on a blog or personal emails, these adorable images will add a good deal to your message:

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Some of the Best Sites for Graduation Images

Summer is upon us. Days are long, nights are short and things are heating up.

Eager to get out and enjoy it all are schoolchildren. Classrooms are full of restless, energetic youngsters, daydreaming through windows full of sunny, blue skies.  Teachers find ways to take lessons outside as often as possible as a means to calming the exuberance. In the waning days of June, educational events are geared towards spending more time outdoors at field trips and track meets, picnics and play days.

And at the end of it all are graduation celebrations. It seems hardly a heartbeat ago that I attended these events for my children,  the first when my oldest made the big transition into Grade 1 from kindergarten,  more than 35 years ago. 

Each educational milestone since has been bittersweet. There is happiness and satisfaction in seeing the growth and development towards the reality of an independent adult. But there is also sadness. With each door that closes on another graduation,  the little bo…

Great Ideas for Family Photography Poses

As years pass, as people come and go, keeping a pictorial history of  our familial unit is something I believe should be done on a regular basis. With the addition of three new babies this year, it's a given that while the adults have remained fairly constant in number and appearance,  an essential component of who we are as a whole is missing.

As someone with a little photography experience from years of working at a community newspaper, I have some idea of what I like to see in my pictures.  When it comes to family portraiture, I like to keep it casual, relaxed poses with plenty of shiny, happy faces in interesting groupings.  As I'm looking for images that will display my beautiful children and their family on the wall of our living room, spending too much time on moody little shots of hands, etc. really doesn't suit.

I was surprised then, a few years ago when we last had pictures taken,  to see how much effort our photographer was putting in to these types of photos. …

So What's the Deal With Those Keywords?

For many of the years that I worked in journalism, finding graphics was done by leafing through a clipart book.  Dozens of pages of images, divided by categories, were scrutinized before finding the right illustration to highlight a feature article or advertisement.

The arrival then of online graphics services was welcome, as with a few simple words we could nowminimize the number of results. All, however, wasn't perfect.  While Juliet may have known that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, when people are searching for a rose on a clipart site they will most assuredly be calling it a rose.

Ensuring that the hunt for the perfect image is as simple as possible means attaching appropriate words to that image. And adding the appropriate keywords to an image is a worthy task for those in the business. When first looking at an image, keyworders need to consider its potential, how it might be used, who might be interested in it and what can be done to help a diverse group of…

How to Self-Publish Your Book

Once upon a time... 

I had the idea that I would one day write a bestseller.  My imagination was vivid,  I delighted in  good writing and loved to spin out a short story or two of my own from time to time.

In high school, there was enough encouragement from teachers to suspect that I could perhaps give it a try, but a detour into journalism meant more time spent detailing facts than creatively turning words into fiction.

Back in the day when this plan was first forming, too, one had little option for publishing unless someone read what you wrote, and liked what they read. The cost to self-publish was high and without a big-name firm attached to your work, the chances of even a modicum of success were unlikely.

Big publishing is no longer necessary to bring your work to the attention of others, however.  As with so many things these days the internet has provided opportunities for all would-be authors to realize their dream and potential. While there are options for publishing physic…