Have a Vibrant, Creative Blog with Simple Art you can Make Yourself

A blog needs to be visually appealing to stand out, attract and keep readers. The content, navigation and spelling alone don’t get noticed in that quick, first impression. Illustrations get noticed right away.

Of course, not everyone is an artist. Not everyone can draw or take time to learn to use graphic software. So most people borrow photographs and other images from other sites and people.… Read the rest

Making Much of a Dent

I don’t think anyone volunteers to be forgettable, or forgotten. Maybe in some fictional story, but fiction doesn’t count.

But, just like we can’t know everything or meet and know every person (even just those alive while we are) we are going to be forgotten. It’s not something to make anyone feel particularly happy but, the good thing is, you won’t be here to know about it.… Read the rest

Bill Murray’s Personal Philosophy

Found this on an old blog post, one I had made in a blog I kept in mothballs.

I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets early on about living. You can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed, no matter what it is or what your job is, the more relaxed you are the better you are.

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Hello world!

This is a personal weblog, or website. Choose your poison. Long ago such things were common. Most have become extinct in the present time. I don’t count social media posting as a personal site. Typing in something, posting a link, a video or an image and moving on is less personal. Kind of impersonal.

This is my hello world post for the sake of WordPress, but I’m actually running ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress.… Read the rest

Canadian Vintage Postcards

I have been a history fan since the day I first noticed old buildings with the carved and sculpted stonework, the majestic columns and the extras, like gargoyles. My Mother loves antiques. We still have some of the massive pieces of furniture which she told me were called Canadiana, over 100 years old made from trees far older than that even.… Read the rest

Invasive Reed Across Ontario

I keep forgetting the name for this plant. I hear about it often and see it far more often than I’d like to. Any place we used to have bulrushes and cattails, there are now phargmites instead. I almost applaud the few times I still see cattails. I’ve heard this is a very hard plant to get rid of, even if there are only a few.… Read the rest