Monday, January 2, 2012

New Beginnings

A new year and time for a new beginning. It has admittedly been a while since I have been regularly posting on the blog. After three years of fairly regular service, I ended up needing a break to recharge some of my creative batteries. Now that the new year has arrived, I thought that this would be a good time to get blogging again.

So, what was I doing with my time away? Well, in addition to regular work and family activities, I spent some of that time concentrating my Project 365 photography challenge. While taking a photograph per day may seem like a simple endeavor at the start of the year, toward the end of the year it managed to indeed become a challenge of consistency and creativity. Happily that challenge ended successfully on December 31 with the image of the Annapolis Royal lighthouse that I have included in this post. Project 365 was an interesting road where I managed to learn quite a few things. I should also acknowledge Trish Fry and Jane Dewolfe for also completing the 365 challenge. We now have an image bank of more than 1450 images documenting 2011 in Annapolis Royal through the eyes of three photographers (for those questioning my math, Trish did the 365 challenge twice with the second 365 representing the Historic Gardens). A copy of these images will be added to the AHS Archives. Hopefully these images can someday play the same role that the images of Charlotte Perkins, Frederick Harris, Sidney Payne and others play in documenting our community's history. Since I have not shared many of the recent 365 images on the blog, I will try to fill the backlog as time progresses.

With Project 365 complete we have decided to take on something we are calling Project 7x52. I will write more on this subject in a future post. Thankfully Project 7x52 will be much more blog friendly in the way we are planning it. This should contribute some weekly fodder and imagery to the blog.

During my sabbatical I also managed to write a couple of plays based loosely on stories from the history Annapolis Royal area. At this point the plan is for the first of these plays "Foule Papers 1721" to be presented on the O'Dell House Museum's stage this summer. In the spirit of the stories we have presented in recent years, this play is a (hopefully) comedic take on actual events. While complete, I think that the second play needs a bit of rewriting attention before I feel like giving it much public attention.

All for now,


  1. Wonderful last picture to end on! Glad you made it all the way through 365, I have yet to do it!

  2. Can I audition for a part in the play???