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Schinker’s Shutterbug Site

So I started a new blog today: Schinker’s Shutterbug Site. I recently discovered the Shutter Sisters website and LOVED its daily photo topic feature. Basically, one of the Shutter Sisters blogs on a topic daily and asks visitors to post links to their own pictures on that same topic.

Yes, I could have used this blog for those posts. But it didn’t seem like the right vehicle, and I’ve discovered that many people have multiple blogs on different topics, which appeals to my obsessively organized brain. I also love WordPress‘s new photoblogging theme, Monochrome, that changes the color of the post automatically based on the picture in the post. It’s a great theme, but not appropriate for this blog where I have spent many an evening getting my sidebars just right. So creating a special photo blog seemed like the logical way to go. (And of course, doing something technological FIRST in this family is hard to accomplish, so I expect the DH – dear husband – to now go out and create HIS own second blog. Yes, dear, that IS a challenge (-:).

So please have a look at my new blog and do tell me what you think! You could have the distinction of making the very first comment there if you hurry!

Out of the Ashes

I get most of my news aurally from NPR and when the kids are not home, visually from CNN.com, so I am just now watching video of people in California returning to the ash piles that were their houses.

People had to evacuate quickly, and their goal was to get themselves and their most precious belongings out intact. And what did they take? When they had less than 5 minutes to get out, when they didn’t even have time to grab shoes, what DID they grab? Their family photos.

Interview after interview, evacuees tell us either how glad they are that they had time to save their photos or how they are mourning the photos left behind. Interviewers ask, “Were you able to get anything out? Pictures…anything?” Furniture, cars, clothes, and even houses can be replaced, but we all know that family photos are priceless treasures.

But really, it’s not even the photos themselves that are irreplaceable, but the memories, stories, and celebrations they represent. For some, a photo of a loved one is the only tangible thing that’s left. Photos link us together with other human beings and give us a way to tell our own life stories. Photos help us remember and celebrate, and be remembered and celebrated by others. Photos link us with the past so we can forge our future.

So even though houses have burned, homes will be recreated – and family photos will be a huge part of that.

If you are not preserving, documenting, sharing, and enjoying your family photos with those you love, please email me. As a Memory Celebration coach, I am passionate about helping people celebrate and share their lives and their stories.

If your photos are so important that they’re the first things you’d grab in a fire, what’s holding you back from enjoying them now? I can help you with that.

Remarkable Ohio Update

There are now 252 photos of Ohio historical signs with the tag “remarkableohio” posted on Flickr (click here for the background on this story). Since there are 1205 signs, most with two sides, this means that over 10% of them are now tagged and mapped on Flickr!

kent-historical-marker.jpgkent-historical-marker-1.jpgI thought I would be posting 4 more signs yesterday, but it turns out that one of my signs was an imposter. It took me half an hour to figure out why this sign was not listed on the Ohio Historical Society‘s website. It turns out that if you look closely at the top, you’ll see it’s not actually an Ohio Historical Society sign at all! It was posted by the Kent Historical Society to commemorate Kent’s participation in the underground railroad movement. It’s a neat sign and surely worthy of recognition and reading, but it’s not an OHS sign.

Remarkable Ohio

My involvement in blogging started with reading other people’s blogs. One of my favorites blogs is Alvin Trusty’s. Back in March 2007, he wrote about his new interest in geo-tagging and a project he started to document all the historical markers in Ohio.

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The idea is for people to take digital pictures of Ohio historical markers (like the one above) and upload them to Flickr with the tag “remakableohio.” Anyone going to Flickr who enters the tag “remarkableohio” will see all the historical markers on one map. Best of all, you can zoom in to read any of them.

This is not only cool, but handy if you grew up as I did with an historically interested mom who wanted to stop and read every sign and an historically indifferent dad, who was the driver and sped up past every sign. As a result, I’ve read the first few words of lots of these signs, as we drove by at high speed!

This project is open to the public, but according to Alvin’s research in the Flickr help files, your signs will only show up on the public map if you upload 5 acceptable photos. At that point, your account will be approved for public searching.

Last weekend, I entered my 5th and 6th remarkableohio photos, so the photos I’ve taken are now visible to the public. The signs I photographed were in downtown Cleveland on Wade Oval, in downtown Zoar, and in downtown Xenia. The map is sadly devoid of signs in Northeast Ohio, so go to the Ohio Historical Society’s website to find out if there are any markers near you and get those camera clicking!

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