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2 Photo Collections of Family

For me the process has begun. Discreetly, yet underway.

Christmas may still be a speck on the horizon; there are still days of remembering and Thanksgiving  between then and now. Yet, the signs are here.  Retailers have stocked their shelves with festive items while promotions for the holiday season are underway.

When it comes to Christmas preparation one word typically has applied to me. That would be 'early'. Though I wait to decorate until after Remembrance Day, I do like to transform my home into a place of snowmen and Santas soon after.

As well, I like to start shopping months ahead of most other folks,  a practice I began decades ago.  Initially the reason was financial. As a young married with small children I found it put far less strain on my limited budget if I whittled away at the list, rather than try to purchase it all in one or two outings closer to Christmas.  I continued to do so later as I found it appealed to my need for a de-cluttered mind, as names were ch…

Thousands of Thirsty Thursday Illustrations

Today, as it has become known in social media, is Thirsty Thursday. Its popularity is typically with college and business students who,  either having no classes or a light schedule on Friday, want to get a jump on an intoxicating weekend of partying.

And then there are people like me. They'll take the excuse provided by the idea of a Thirsty Thursday to sit down after a long day at the office and have a couple glasses of wine before dinner instead of finding more work at home.  It's not exactly taking it to the extreme that the name would indicate, but simply a reason to divert from the merciless end of responsibilities and chores that find us in the real world.

Let me say first, promoting the consumption of alcohol is not the point here. At least not to the extreme.  I'm an advocate of moderation and common sense.

However, if a little tipple is what's necessary to get us to slow down once in a while, why not.  If it means spending time out with friends instead of si…

37 Nov. 11 Animations

One week from today is Remembrance Day, Armistice Day and/or Veterans Day depending on where you live. The sentiment of all are the same, however.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary then, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
— For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon, The Times, September, 1914

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month  thoughts and prayers are centred around the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.  There will be solemn services in communities across the country, at cenotaphs, memorials and churches.

Until that time, we wear a poppy as a united display of gratitude and of our commitment to never forget. We will consider at times the loss of loved ones and the blessings that their valiant fight have given us.

And we will feel pride for the country in which we live, knowing that we are fortunate to be in a nation that values d…

Tips for Photographing Tots, Toddlers and Teens

Yesterday, Facebook reminded me about a post on my timeline from two years ago. It was a four-generation picture taken with my mother, daughter and granddaughter at our annual family pre-Christmas gathering.

Even though it was from the recent past, it was enough to set me on a little nostalgic wandering through the photo album created of that event.  It proved to be a great reminder of why I photographically chronicle events and get-togethers.  Obsessively some might say.  But seeing the images of my father, whom we lost just half a year later, was all the proof I needed.

However,  it was also fun to see the changes in everyone, especially the children, who grow up far too quickly.  Of these subjects there were many pictures as they are without question the most photogenic.

Getting them to co-operate isn't always that easy, though.  Also, being ready for the many opportunities they present for candid shots can be challenging when you're trying to visit with the adults in the g…

2 Collections of Poppy Illustrations

This Saturday morning, while packing to head off for a night of trick or treating with our grandbabies,  my task was interrupted by a knock on my door. My head caught up in the whole celebration that is Halloween, I was somewhat nonplussed when I first saw who was standing on my porch.  It was a young person dressed in uniform,  a local Cadet.

It took me just a half second, of course, to swing my thinking around  recognize that Remembrance Day, the time to remember the heroes who have fought for our freedom,  wasn't that far off and the annual poppy canvass was under way.

Sporting a poppy over our heart is the very least we can do to never forget them.  Having made my donation, I stuck it on my jacket, where it will remain until the Nov. 11 service at our cenotaph,  then headed back to the task at hand.

Later, that evening as I was getting my three-year-old granddaughter bundled up for our official Halloween start she noticed the pretty red flower pinned on my jacket. It was, I e…