Journey to Mount Carmel

Mt Carmel Presbyterian

While my brother, Steve, was off wandering around Jerusalem, my other brother Houston and I made a journey to Mt. Carmel. However, our destination was a bit closer to home. Houston and I have gotten in the habit of making these treks of photography and discovery in the winter months. Last year it was around the backroads and waterfalls of Pickens County. This year we had set our sites on Abbeville and McCormick Counties, hoping to explore some areas where our ancestors had lived. The journey was quite successful, and we came back with tons of photographs and tales of those chance encounters that can only happen in small Southern towns. Continue reading “Journey to Mount Carmel”

Photo Sleuth 2.0

A couple of years ago I took part in a workshop that used resources from the Library of Congress’s American Memory collection entitled “Adventures of the American Mind.” As part of the workshop, I created an activity called Photo Sleuth. Students were to look at historic photos, and using clues from the photos, were supposed … Continue reading Photo Sleuth 2.0

VoiceThread – Multimedia Authoring for Web 2.0

I was reading Wesley Fryer’s Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog when I stumble across a fantastic new multimedia authoring tool. VoiceThread does for multimedia authoring what YouTube does for video and Flickr does for photography. In its simplest form, it’s a slide show with narration. However, users can also incorporate screen captures, PowerPoint … Continue reading VoiceThread – Multimedia Authoring for Web 2.0

Death by “Shenandoah”

Far back in 1998 Garrison Keillor had this to say about the singing of “Shenandoah“… … And there ought to be a law against the singing of “Shenandoah” by any choir, and the penalty ought to be prison time. No probation. The singing of “Shenandoah” is a main cause of the unpopularity of choral singing … Continue reading Death by “Shenandoah”

The Wedding Planner

Tonight my comrades hit upon a new career for me. It seems I have a unique skill set for a complete one-man operation. I can sing and play an instrument, I can take a reasonably good photograph. But, most importantly, I’m a notary public, which means I can perform weddings. All I need now is … Continue reading The Wedding Planner

Library of Congress on Flickr

The Library of Congress has decided to place thousands of historic photographs and images on Flickr¬† The LOC is soliciting comments and tags to help identify the images in the collection.¬† Currently, the collection consists of two sets – one from the 1930-40’s, and one from the 1910’s. Previously I had written about Pickens County … Continue reading Library of Congress on Flickr