Narrowing Down How People Interrelate

To improve my photography, I am participating in a free ten-day course from WordPress, Developing Your Eye.  Although I am an entire week late, I am proceeding much more closely to schedule now and today’s theme for a photography exercise is the idea of “connection,” however it’s interpreted.


Millions and millions of people have connected to the Internet.  It is incredible to think how much goes on that so many styles of content are unique to specific demographics and outside the range of what you are yourself encountering when you use the Internet.  You may even find yourself extolled to forego these channels of communication and return to the physical realm of real interpersonal networking and socializing.


One example of connection is what happens in a coffee shop, clearly.  So many creative types find themselves drawn to coffee shops for the conversation, but they appeal to many, many others regardless of the propensity to show up as creatives or not.  In some coffee shops you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, as well, so if you are not there to read materials like books or newspapers, or to take advantage of the opportunity to eavesdrop, you could be there for the purpose of availing yourself of the Internet in a public atmosphere as well.


I took a photo of a coffee shop from the vantage point of just outside the drive-through lane, where you can see people getting their wares to go while inside the restaurant is very busy and active.  I hope you like it.


Coffee shop on a wintery Saturday

I took a second photo, as well, because while a public spot like a coffee shop is a tangible meeting place to “connect,” I don’t want to overlook the fact that in the same plaza where I took the first photo there is a camera shop, which I couldn’t resist photographing given that I am participating in a photography course.  I am sure they sell high-end cameras in there, although I have never traversed the premises except to walk by.  You can see, though, the highlights of their gear on the sign hanging above it, and that idea reinforces what is often the end result of connections forged:  the image captured.


Camera store sign

Particularly when smartphone images go straight to social media, when a noteworthy moment has occurred, it goes almost without saying that these are the tools of the Internet, and I wanted myself to quickly capture the photo and return to blogging.


The first five days of the exercise were delayed mid-course by the arrival of Christmas and by the extreme winter conditions, as well as my general procrastination trying to think how best to tackle the course.  The course is written for beginner-level photographers, and I am a beginner, but a little more seasoned than that, I think, as I have been taking photos consistently since the beginning of 2013.  It is five years of taking photos, so perhaps I should own up and admit that I have put a little work into the hobby of photography, however much I admit I’ve never been schooled.


Connections are formed on the Internet on a nonstop basis and while the minutia of examining the human trait of connecting can be evaluated in a myriad of scopes and designs, the connections that consistently strike me as the most interesting among humans are the way people intently gravitate to assigning their lives to the Internet and presenting themselves on social media and elsewhere in a way that has never been done, where individualism and self-representation have never been done in such an unchecked manner.



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 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.

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.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:36 AM

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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:40 AM

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

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.

angles and intersections
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:  


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

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