Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My first Storify

I finally got a chance to try Storify. I was a little bummed that I didn't get a chance to do one in the newsroom before the holidays so as soon as I got home today I quickly put one together. I used the Canada Post story because I knew there would be a ton of activity on social media in regards to this topic. I found it fairly easy to use and I'm looking forward to getting a little more creative with it. Storify is a great engagement tool and I love that it is interactive.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


 A group of physicists at BYU have been working hard at coming up with the proper techniques for using urinals. ( Cause you know that urinal splash-back is a problem that men stress daily about)

I have my own urinal story (Doesn't everyone?)  Family members loved embarrassing me with the retelling of this over the years.

When I was the adorable age of two, I was taken to a family wedding . I have been told many times that there was a heatwave at the time. At the reception, to keep my  little two-year-old self amused, I spent much of the evening bringing guests nice, cold glasses of water in those little plastic wine glasses.  Who could refuse a cute toddler.   My grandmother decided to follow me to see where I was getting the water from and found me with a stack of glasses in front of a urinal.  I guess I wasn't so cute anymore :P.

DID YOU KNOW..........  

There is a website that is nothing but urinal photography  Check it out. They have an interactive urinal map and with the top 1000 urinals around the world.
If you are planning to build a man cave, this site just might give you some inspiration.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

WW1 Photos

These are a few of my world war one photos. Most are family or were taken by family. I plan to retouch these day when my Photoshop skills improve.

War photos

I am in the process of scanning and retouching all of my war photos and keepsakes to make into a slideshow for various family members. So many family members served and my goal to to tell the story of every one of them. The person I am drawn to the most is a relative named Bill Blakely. His mom (my gr aunt) was a single mother during WWII and it was just the two of them. He was killed in Germany in 1941. I have a ton of his pictures and clippings about him but have no one to pass them on to. He had no children or siblings and anyone who knew him personally is long gone. Each remembrance day it is Bill that I honor and pay tribute to, just to keep his memory alive. I am trying to learn more about who he was as a person but I do not have much to go on other than a box of photos.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Canadian War ads

Added a new page this week of wartime advertisements from Canada. The ones I have added so far are all WWII and are from Canadian newspapers. I have also started scanning election and political ads and hope to have a page up soon.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I have started adding Vintage Canadian Travel related ads to my pioneer advertising blog. Most of these are steamship ads from the early 1900's.

Friday, May 03, 2013

St Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery

I have started to transcribe photos of headstones I recently took at St Thomas Anglican Church cemetery in Belleville. It is a work in progress. Some of my photos are hard to read so I think I will have to take a few trips back and try to decipher some in person. To learn more about this cemetery and see the photos click here.

Supposedly there are a few ghosts who hang out there so I think a nighttime trip is in order this summer.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Canadian Pioneer & Vintage advertisements

I have started to update my page on Canadian Vintage advertising. Most of these are from Ontario newspapers that I have collected over the years.

After the storm

Earlier this month we experienced an ice storm. I spent the day wandering around the city taking pictures, dodging tree branches and talking to people who were accessing damages.  Our yard was completely flooded afterwards and quickly became a nice little stopover for a good sized group of water fowl. Two mallard ducks have stayed behind. They must have a nest somewhere close by. The water has dried up but they make an appearance every evening after dinner waddling up and down the sidewalk going from lawn to lawn looking for food.