Archive for September, 2011


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So I thought I’d do a post to test a new Lightroom plug-in to get pictures from Lightroom to the blog easier and also to see if the automatic-blog-to-Facebook thing works yet.

This is what Joey looks like when he misses his beauty shop appointment due to vacation. They’ll probably charge me double next week to get him back to normal.


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On Saturday, I attended an event with the Richmond Photography Meetup group, Henricus Publick Days at Henricus Historical Park in Chester, Virginia. The park is celebrating its 400th anniversary. Or maybe rather the fact that the Citie of Henricus was founded 400 years ago on that site.

From the website:

In September 1611, the Citie of Henricus was established as the second successful English settlement in North America under the leadership of Sir Thomas Dale. Within months of his arrival, he instituted martial law and initiated an ambitious expansion of the settlement.

Today, 400 years later, Henricus Historical Park re-creates Dale’s successful settlement. The opportunity for property ownership by the common man was a unique concept in the “New World.” This innovative idea combined with the development of the first English hospital, the chartering of the first college in North America, the first English home of Pocahontas, and the establishment of tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia contributed to the successful permanent colonization of North America and the eventual establishment of the United States of America.

The morning started off in the Indian Village with a Ceremony of Remembrance, Reconciliation and Recognition by members of two local tribes, the Chickahominy and Mattaponi (Matta-poe-NYE or Matta-POE-nye). Sorry for the poor sound quality.

Scenes from the Indian Village:

This is an Indian residence, I believe. I wish I’d asked someone what it was called:

This man is demonstrating how logs were hollowed out for canoes by burning kindling on the the log, keeping it lit and hot and scraping out the ashes:

Scenes from inside the fort:

The sentry at the gate:

The lace maker in the tavern:

These ladies were making lamb stew over an open fire. There were several campfires burning around the fort and I’m surprised I didn’t smell like one myself.

Guard with weapon called an English Bill. He demonstrated for me how it was used (I didn’t realize he didn’t have it turned at a good viewing angle so here’s a picture of one: http://www.armor.com/pole030.html) and no, he didn’t use it on me in his demonstration 🙂

Head of the musketeers:

Sir Thomas Dale:

Making nails:


A woman was making an apple pie by candlelight in this building:

Bread oven with said pie waiting for the fire to be ready:


Drying tobacco:

I think this man told me he was a photographer, but I never found where he was set up.

Sail maker:

The Godspeed was sailed down the James River from Jamestown for the festivities.

Court de Guard:

The watchtower:

I couldn’t stay all day and after seeing other images from Meetup members, I wished I had. I might have found that photographer.

I enjoyed myself thoroughly, glad I went.


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Welcome Fall

Our high temperature today is expected to be some 20 degrees cooler than the last day or so. I expect this to be the end of summer and the beginning of Autumn.

It was mentioned in my last Weight Watchers meeting that in our culture, September is more the start of a new year than January 1st. And when you stop and think about it, in many parts of our country Labor Day signals the end of summer vacation and the week following begins the new school year. I think she’s right, I never had to buy a new wardrobe or school supplies in anticipation of January 1st. 🙂

Here’s to new beginnings in your life!


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This stopped me dead in my tracks. We do have historic Hollywood Cemetery here in Richmond, but what does apparel have to do with it? I didn’t cross the street to look in the window, afraid of what I might see…


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Morning Walk

Had the dog along with me which is always a challenge because he’s so excited to be walking with me that he constantly tugs on the leash.I didn’t have an unlimited amount of time for the walk, so I took a route that is about 3 miles round trip. It’s not very a very exciting route, but I found a few things to shoot.


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I received this email last week and wanted to share it with you in case you are not aware of this organization. I have no affiliation with them other than as a satisfied member of the Richmond Photography Meetup group.

I encourage you to visit the website, http://www.meetup.com, and look around, see if there are any existing groups in your area that interest you. If not, consider starting one!


Fellow Meetuppers,

I don’t write to our whole community often, but this week is
special because it’s the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many
people don’t know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby.

Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles
from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought
local community doesn’t matter much if we’ve got the internet
and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I
hoped they wouldn’t bother me.

When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors
in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to
neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they’d normally
ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each
other, and meeting up with each other. You know, being

A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring
people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was
born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet — and
grow local communities?

We didn’t know if it would work. Most people thought it was a
crazy idea — especially because terrorism is designed to make
people distrust one another.

A small team came together, and we launched Meetup 9 months
after 9/11.

Today, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it’s
working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups,
Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups… a wild variety of
100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common — except one

Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to
neighbors. And what often happens next is still amazing to me.
They grow businesses and bands together, they teach and
motivate each other, they babysit each other’s kids and find
other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace
together. They make friends and form powerful community. It’s
powerful stuff.

It’s a wonderful revolution in local community, and it’s thanks
to everyone who shows up.

Meetups aren’t about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it
weren’t for 9/11.

9/11 didn’t make us too scared to go outside or talk to
strangers. 9/11 didn’t rip us apart. No, we’re building new
community together!!!!

The towers fell, but we rise up. And we’re just getting started
with these Meetups.

Scott Heiferman (on behalf of 80 people at Meetup HQ)
Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
New York City
September 2011


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Happy Anniversary!

60 years ago today, 9/1/1951, the couple who would be my parents tied the knot.

Bob and Marie are the parents of 3, grandparents of 3, and great-grandparents of 1.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Love you!

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