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).

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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 www.facebook.com/LouthUnited).

 

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.

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Devising Content that Stands Out from the Crowd

A blog remains an essential requirement of life with the Internet in 2017.  It is neither a lost art nor spurious.  If you are serious about your name on the Internet, you need to be blogging.

 

It is not without a sense of urgency that we experience our lives.  The long and short of the problem is that with so many demands on our time, it is urgent that we get to the belly of the beast and jot those “X’s” onto our to-do lists.  With Christmas approaching this time of year, we have even less time on our hands to devote to pastimes such as blogging.

 

When I think of everything in life that demands our attention, and I am not a parent, nor even really a career man, the no. 1 thing I think of is the rush to post content on social media.  That being said, and I’m sure you’re doing a good job of this already if you’re on the Internet, it may help to reflect that writing content is all about capturing interest.

 

Content needs to provoke interest and to continue to do so (being “evergreen”), at a time when there is constantly all the more competition against which you need to pit yourself (it’s cutthroat).  You have what is literally a finite amount of time available if you are handling the reins of your social media.  Therefore it is with some urgency that you need to keep your content coming.

 

You are almost certainly on social media already if you are reading WordPress blogs.  It is up to you to conduct yourself with excellence.  When I blog, I draw on the WordPress daily prompts for inspiration, and I want to present a relative amount of truth and dedication to the hobby so that I am not merely spinning my wheels.

 

Startup Stock Photo
Startup Stock Photo

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#GivingTuesday Ambassadors for Maple Lawn Cemetery

As a kid, I got to trick-or-treat.  It’s what a kid thinks of as being cool.  I have my mother’s skill–at times she lent assistance to costumes that helped me fit in for the walkabout going door-to-door.

 

I think it always seemed to feel shorter than it was.  The other disappointment was reaching adolescence.  It was no longer very advisable to try trick-or-treating if you were too big for your breeches.  You’d see those porch lights go dark.

 

Four years ago my father decided that in his retirement years he would take on the responsibility of operating a little cemetery on the outskirts of town (doesn’t that sound like it’s from a horror script or something of that kind?) and we are partners in the cemetery’s operation, although generally speaking, he is the boss.  Is it ghoulish?

 

Well, it kind of is.  Not everybody could handle it.  For me, it is nice to be part of an operation of that kind, and I feel I’m inclined to do it.

 

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November 28 is known among not-for-profits as Giving Tuesday, and it is like a holiday for charities, when they ask for gifts.  There’s only a couple of things that are pressing on us.

 

For example, when the car lost control and drove into the tree out by the church, it tapped the sign for the church and one of the legs of the sign was cracked nearly in two.  Getting a new sign would be nice, although our budget is strictly limited to operations.  It does require replacement, however.

 

We don’t make much doing what we do.  It isn’t entirely true that we scrape by, but we’re not getting rich.

 

We’re comfortable and we’re honest, given that we deal with funeral practices on a regular basis and we understand that discretion is required, as is respect and common decency.  We’re Christian people.

 

It isn’t necessary to help, but if you have any interest in the ghoulish, and you would like to help by becoming a fan of our Facebook page, retweeting my tweets about November 28, or reblogging this post, you are welcome to leave a comment expressing that you would like to be a Maple Lawn Cemetery ambassador.  We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouthUnited and my twitter handle is @findingenvirons  We also have a website that you can click through to see with http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

 

Although Giving Tuesday is six years running, this is the first year I’ve decided to try my hand at participating in it.  It’s not a race, it’s just that with the damaged sign, and even the wear and tear on the John Deere that I employ to assist with the operation of the cemetery, any help at all would be appreciated.  If you are a freelance creative, and you work for cheap, you are welcome to inquire if you think your talent would fit in with what my father and I are doing on the Internet.

 

Naturally, even if your thoughts for the season are all about Hallmark, I understand completely, and you are more than welcome to like this post or even to follow the blog.

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Have an amazing Halloween in 2017, and maybe we’ll even see you back in 2018.  I wish you good tidings.

Busy Stillness: Layered by the Seasons and Solemnly

Often a photo is “layered” with clever perspectives and subjects, and open to interpretation.  Most weeks of the year WordPress offers a weekly photo challenge, which is to help bloggers on the platform to find inspiration in a picture.  The challenges are published Wednesdays, and you can read this week’s photo essay about layered photos https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/layered/

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Amid Maple Lawn Cemetery

Over the last few years, most of my photos have been taken in the setting of Maple Lawn Cemetery, where I co-direct operations, acting as a junior assistant to my father.  I take photos out of a love for the creative, and I thought back a little as to how best an assessment of “layered” might apply to my pictures.  Being a nature setting, there is quite a bit to photograph there that could be described as layered because it is an accessible setting to photograph.

 

A photo I took of my dad taking a mental measurement of the cemetery is layered in that you can see how movement “through” the cemetery field might be explored, how it is that the subject, my father, is of interest despite being solitary amid cemetery headstones, and how it shows texture since fall leaves are scattered in a way that delineates the foreground.  It illustrates layered as a photo that tells a bit of a story about what is happening, and if unknown to the viewer might require imagination as to what is going on in the photo.

 

If you are also blogging your photos for the sake of the WordPress photo challenges, or otherwise enjoy the picture here, you are welcome to like, comment, and/or follow.

  

Good luck with your own photography, and happy autumn to you.

 

On the corner in the place I inhabit

When you’re growing up in a small town
You say no one famous ever came from here
small town, Songs for Drella, Lou Reed & John Cale

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is the word inhabit and this week’s photo challenge is an essay on the corner. I wanted to say something on my blog before too much time had passed so I looked to see what the daily prompt was saying today and I went out and took a couple of photos to participate in the weekly photography challenge again. I am beginning to understand that for my blog to have the faintest chance of being readable I have to dispense with the grade school rules of writing and begin to think more about how a blogger need think and how a blogger need write, and I’ve been on WordPress five years now and I know it doesn’t really amount to much.

Corner theme
Friday, August 25

It doesn’t mean I’m frustrated or full of self-doubt or anything like that. I’ve become convinced that there are new rules for writing on the Internet, and what need be done in the fashion of blogging, you can see plain as day from the words in front of you how a style of blogging best resemble. Similar to how it is now.

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Friday, August 25

What should be said? Perhaps as little as possible. Perhaps a little more, though, because why shouldn’t your life include a blog?

It’s near-essential. I don’t like much about the place I inhabit, I admit, but I grew up in this and I remain, despite the diminishing odds for success and the relative poverty and narrowness of opportunity I shoulder. I have family here and other supports and resources and it is a comfortable life, just not a daring one (you can find the website for our family-operated not-for-profit here).

Does it depress you thinking of something like what it is to be from somewhere that is mostly unknown? Don’t let it. For every withered self-help tome that exhorts the benefits of change and proffers a philosophy of optimism, don’t overlook the relative advantages of leading a comfortable life.

You should work hard and you should be kind, but never let the gloom in the streets extinguish the fire of passion you feel or clamp down on your enthusiasm or ruin your day in the least. Everything is as it should be, I whisper.

The times are exciting and even with only relatively scarce resources you can try this, and you can chase your dreams if they’re gathered in your arms or you can at least make out that you are having a good time. Living well is the best revenge, it’s said, and I would encourage you, if I really knew you, to put that into practice and to have a bit of fun what with everything you’re required to do and what you think you can do, to make your life better for yourself, and to experience a comparable level of satisfaction with your living in light of what you profoundly wish and desire.

That being said, I thank you, for reading this and for taking an interest of any kind in WordPress. If you relate to what I’ve said here, feel free to “like,” comment, and/or follow if it suits you. Good luck!

Jenna Marbles for President

Like Sunshine the Future is Welcome

WordPress provides a series of supportive prompts, including Daily Prompts which these days are typically one word, designed to get participating bloggers writing about similar themes at the same time (often unbeknownst to one another).  I check the Daily Prompt when I think of writing a blog post, and today’s prompt is the word, “glaring,” which interests me because I immediately think of what is glaring that is obvious.  I relate the word glaring to the phrase glaringly obvious.  The prompt is here:  glaring

 

I think some about video, which is an extraordinary innovation in 2017, and which is provided for consumers at many levels, both amateur and professional (and in between).  The word video, as I understand it, typically refers to video content, which is videos that are assembled in relative entirety, or in sequential formats, possibly to inform, and often to entertain.  For example, the king of social media, Facebook, is debuting today original video inside the “Watch” tab on your Facebook account.  I presume this debut is coming across the U.S., but I think I have to wait to teach myself the “Watch” tab rather than seek out too much additional instruction (and thus feel the element of surprise), as I am at home in Canada.  You can learn a little more about the “Watch” tab on Facebook in the U.S. here:  https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/facebook-watch/

 

00001. While the news doesn’t make the same waves in Canada, it is just one more aspect of video in 2017 that indicates that if you are marketing content for business purposes, you need to be afield in video content.  Personally, I help operate a not-for-profit with a small following on Facebook, and while we’re short of the mark where the potential to show video content exists, at least we are somewhat informed as to what is happening with small business and the Internet and we are persisting with some hopes for video in the future.  Visit us here:  

https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited

A summer funeral
Peter checks that the cemetery plot is complete the day of the funeral.

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Expectation and Its Counter Effect

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “expectation.”  An expectation, as I understand it, is of a nature that something of which you’re aware is coming to you.  Being Valentine’s Day, you may have the expectation that your significant other will be giving to you a memento that both remembers the special occasion and pledges romance to you.  However, I am sure there are many for who the idea of remembering Valentine’s is a somewhat discarded idea, while at the same time there many a number of folk for who it is among the best days of the year.
Having an expectation, which is to receive something you are due or which you feel is second-nature to you, means that there is some likelihood you will actually encounter the expectation which is yours.  If an expectation, which you feel you are owed, is somehow frustrated, you will feel tangible disappointment and possibly even anger, as you feel short-changed by the event which falls short of your expectation.  A remedy for this may be to re-evaluate your expectation so that your attention turns to how and why it is you feel to you your expectation is due, and you are less disappointed when your expectation goes unfulfilled.
Another tactic which might be effective, in the case of an unfulfilled expectation, is to leave room for error, so that when your expectation is thwarted, you aren’t left in the lurch, and might counter so that some aspects of your expectation may possibly be fulfilled.  If you feel something owed to you falls short of the mark, giving yourself other options, which might both satisfy your expectation and give you breathing room by which you might find again your expectation is met, may be the answer when what you feel is owed you comes up short.
If you enjoyed these thoughts on the Daily Prompt, “expectation,” feel free to “like,” “comment”, and/or “follow.”  This is what I reflected on when I sat down to write about the expectation.  If you’re amused, the expectation is fulfilled.
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