Suddenly It Will Be the Spring of 2018

Suddenly, another year went by–my birthday is the fifteenth of March.

My niece is enjoying childhood, my nephew is on campus beginning to study to become a teacher. He’s on the same campus where I did the first year of my college diploma.

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word Suddenly and that is how my birthday in 2018 is finding me–not just this year went suddenly–it could be said the last six years went suddenly. Time moves radically fast, I think.

Aug 12, 2014
Psychology textbook

My biggest supporter vocally of my blog is my mother. It’s my belief, as I feel it is of others, that everyone needs to have a blog. WordPress is inclusive and that means that everyone optimistically can enjoy the equality of inclusiveness, however the situation in the “real world,” offline.

I rounded out the end of 2017 by taking part in the free ten-day WordPress course Developing Your Eye I, where I practiced taking photos until I got a little better. An example of the response I get from Mom is that she decided when I was going into the course she felt, I interpreted what she said as meaning that by learning a little more I was indeed on the right track. Her favorite blog post I’ve written is What We Bear Intuitively Has Its Spark Ahead.

When I was in high school taking Grade 12 English, the teacher Ms. Mayberry said to our class one day that your mother can drive you crazy. I know she was talking to the girls, but it remains true that sometimes the best wisdom you have are the lessons you learned as a youth from your mother.

Mom will also be the biggest cheer squad I have on the day of my birthday itself, getting older and older as I am.

I hope to keep up the pace as a blogger and keep it at the forefront of my mind as a hobby and an enthusiasm. I am grateful not only to my mother but also to everyone else who is generous enough with their time to respond. Thank you dearly.

Today’s Forgiving Fridays: You are so beautiful gave me the idea to remember my birthday in today’s blog post.

March 9, 2018

Storytelling with Childhood Comic Books

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to reflect on the idea of storytelling, with one picture or a few.  Jen’s essay Story on the subject is lovely and if you are a photographer who blogs, perhaps you should look it over.


The idea of storytelling has more than one meaning.  The ancient idea of a story is a great deed, and, now in recent times, many variations on story exist including the marketing idea.  A brand should engage its audience by telling a story, by representing itself as sometimes a great notion that people can feel involved in what the brand is about and how it functions in the space of marketing.  If people trust a brand’s “story,” they want to be a customer of the brand as it belongs to the space understood by both the storytellers and by the consumers.


If you watch Stranger Things, you know that the Dungeons & Dragons player who organizes game sessions is referred to as the “Dungeon Master.”  Being a blogger is a little like being a Dungeon Master because you are organizing some kind of storytelling effort for other people to read and otherwise consume.


For this week’s Photo Challenge, I am telling a story visually with what is a popular visual form of storytelling, comic books.  They turned up in the kitchen of the church where I work and they belonged to family years ago, which I borrowed informally on the suggestion of my father, who noticed they were there.


March 9, 2018
Superhero Story for WordPress Photo Challenge

I picked a couple of these that I did read when I was a kid and a couple more that reflect the interests I had as a kid.  I hope you like the photo I have taken, and that if you see this, you relate to how it is to come across something from the past that is a nice memory.


Blurring a photo is a normal aspect of photography and the blur in this photo was done with the camera.  The photo hasn’t been blurred by software.


Solitude I Can Justify

Not to be idle, and also to say farewell to 2017 and to welcome 2018, I am doing the free WordPress course, ten days long, called Developing Your Eye, to help me get a little better as a photographer. Honestly, I am a week late, but there has been holiday fun, the intense winter weather, and other reasons to procrastinate.

To complete the exercise for Day Six of the course, I took to the idea of solitude. How I thought to illustrate solitude is to show the vantage point of a walking trail up the street from where I live, between an elementary school where some of my education took place when I was little, and a gospel chapel on the other side of the trail.

A gospel chapel the last day of the year

While I don’t attend the chapel, this point of origin symbolizes for me the distance between my home now, to the road to where my parents live, and where I spent my teenage years and most of my twenties. Down the street I live alone. The solitude is having left where I resided in my younger years.

On the path beside the gospel chapel

In 1978 DC Comics gave us the big screen adaptation of the Superman comic starring the late Christopher Reeves–I realize the film belongs to a generation older than mine. Superman, reflecting on his power, travels north to his Fortress of Solitude to find answers about his fate and his obligation as a hero.

The silver screen images of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude became so iconic that even in the present Henry Cavill version of the Superman saga the recreated Fortress of Solitude in his films strongly resembles the design of the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve. The nineteen seventies Fortress of Solitude has been translated to the current Superman films with a similar design that remembers Superman on film in the seventies and eighties.

Why does the caped superhero require solitude? Solitude can permit a person to approach life with his own direction, unimpeded by the feedback of others.

The town here is small but it is a city–it is never that lonesome. There is contact with people each and every day.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t cultivate an attitude of preserving solitude, and I imagine it shows in the style of the blog I write and in the appearance of the photos I take. I imagine many humans likewise treasure their solitude, particularly in that as adults there are so many demands and requirements for living in a Western culture that we have little choice but to conform.

When there is an opportunity for solitude, in contrast to what we are tasked with doing in the course of day-to-day work, solitude becomes extremely valuable, at least in small measures. In other words, silence is golden.

I realize it is ironic I am writing that when blogging can be seen as a search for a community (and WordPress is an inclusive community). Blogging is a given in this day and age–if you have even a basic amount of computer literacy, it is not surprising if you are blogging.

If you are doing business, and you personally have some computer literacy or otherwise a member of your team is computer-literate, you should have a blog. Even as I assert my blog is not making me money, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to pursue it. I suppose I am trying to have my cake and eat it, too, but I have the solitude that I think makes me truer and I am likewise active at participating in the Internet, which is millions and millions of others.

I don’t think foregoing solitude is the answer, but I respect those people for whom blogging is not just satisfying as an opportunity to make discoveries, but who profit financially by being business-savvy with the blogging that they do.

You can find my church at


Splashes of Shape In a Light Winter Snow at Christmas

To make improvements in my photography I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress which is helping to get me a touch better at snapping pictures. I am a day late today but I want to go back to yesterday’s instructions which were to think of water and try two orientations with your photo, horizontal and vertical.

The vertical photo is better than the horizontal photo because it is like a piece of experimental photography. The little touch of color which are blurred Christmas lights give the photo the best element of visual appeal it possesses. The horizontal photo is blurry, which is normal across the board for cameras–sometimes a blurry photo is effective if you think of a blur being a selling point for what you might coin art photography (art).

In this case, mine is more butt art–more effective when I reached beyond my stride than when I tried something that would work for me. I’ll show you both photos.

Water Between Snowbanks
Water Between Snowbanks Vertically


To celebrate the end of 2017, I am participating in the ten-day Developing Your Eye course available for free from WordPress.  My aim is to improve my photography and to enjoy similar photos shot by others interested in photography on WordPress.  I shoot with a point-and-click for ease (I count myself a beginner).


This Way Returning Home

This is the bridge that traverses the creek across which I ride home when I am done my work at Maple Lawn Cemetery.

Giving Tuesday

What I Did for Giving Tuesday in 2017

For the last six years, Black Friday has been followed the next week by a day encouraging people to be charitable–Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday of the week following the notorious Black Friday, and also Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.


I had already been aware of it, but this year I took more of an interest in it, as my dad is spending his retirement years operating a little cemetery, seeing how he was involved for years with a municipal cemetery.  I am his partner operating it.  I am the more junior of the two of us, clearly, but I do play a role, and I have access to the cemetery we have as we present ourselves on Facebook, which serves as a utility for visitors (offline and online) to reach out to us when there are observations and requests.


What I resolved on, in the end, was to present a token donation to the website Wikipedia, which felt right because I try Wikipedia at those times when I need a quick answer, or otherwise a fast piece of research.  Wikipedia wasn’t asking for much (which is good because I don’t have a lot) and I retweeted an appeal of theirs on Twitter asking for donations and I was even delighted with a swift reply from them on Twitter, to which I immediately responded by clicking “like” and smiling broadly, because it’s what I think of as “cool” (to each his own).

Giving Tuesday
11-28-17, 1:01 PM

I may give Giving Tuesday another go next year, as it was a lot of fun crafting tweets that encapsulated what I was going for with my Giving Tuesday campaign (my Twitter handle is @findingenvirons).  I also posted to Facebook plentifully throughout November, leading up to Giving Tuesday (the cemetery page is


If you’ve never been aware of Giving Tuesday each November, perhaps you will be aware of it in 2018 and you will feel like you are joining in the day to be charitable with your time and with your money.  This blog has been active, generally speaking, over the last three years, and I want to continue to pursue it with diligence in mind in a manner that is pursuant to being part of a modest not-for-profit.

Requirement To Proceed Gingerly is Essential

We have to worry about the weather. Most of our volunteers are senior citizens and they walk very gingerly.

Alberta Stima

Alberta is right, that treating senior citizens gingerly isn’t always easy.  While some remain young at heart and reasonable, others are less capable, frankly, in some situations.


I’m in operations at a not-for-profit cemetery (in fact, you can find us elsewhere on the Internet at  It is somewhat taxing doing such funeral work, but the serenity of the environment and the relative freedom I have in addition to the work I do make it worthwhile.


November 28 of this month celebrates Giving Tuesday, which is like a holiday for not-for-profits (chiefly in the US, but elsewhere as well, I should think).  I am posting to Facebook ( as well as to Twitter (my page is  It is true that Twitter is busy unrolling its new vision for its tweets.


The new tweets will be up to two hundred and eighty characters in length compared to how they were, for ten years, which was tweets up to a hundred and forty characters.  I am not sure how Twitter will fare in the future with this disregard for tradition (a decade’s tradition) evident.


Many Internet users rely on Facebook, and on Twitter, for their news (as in the case, for example, they wish to be good citizens).  Twitter’s reputation will most likely change as new developments there come up, but while Twitter appeals to someone like me, whose forty years old and been on the Internet since before the days of Napster, it is discouraging.


If I were to relent a little for the sake of a greater good for my family, who are supportive of the decisions I make, and for the cemetery, which is operated efficiently and consistently, perhaps I would abandon Twitter now.  I don’t want to, however.


Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word gingerly and because I think the WordPress prompts are great, I thought I would venture to blog again thoughts I have.