Empires of the Dead – Book Review

Lone Pine Cemetery, featured in Empires of the Dead by David Crane

My most recent book finish is Empires of the Dead, by David Crane. It discusses the formation of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from it’s first inklings to the 1920s with a focus on its founder, Imperialist Fabian Ware. I have two books on this subject. The other, The Unending Vigil, by Philip Longworth, I hope to read before my trip to Europe in April.


…these fields are sacred in a sense, and I wish that when peace comes, our [governments might combine] to make one long avenue between the lines… Then I would like to send every man, woman and child in Western Europe on pilgrimage along that Via Sacra, so that they might think and learn what war means from the silent witnesses on either side.

(excerpt from a letter home written by Douglas Gillespie in June 2015, reprinted on page 75 of David Crane’s Empires of the Dead.) (more…)


Broken Leg Theatre – October 2016

Behind the Scenes at Broken Leg Theatre - Dream

Last Saturday, I shot Broken Leg Theatre again. I’ve shot all three shows in 2016 (previously June and February). There were some challenges, but, after some initial disappointment as I started to edit the photos, I think there were some great shots!


My Broken Leg Goal

Considering what I was working with this time, I knew I would just be happy with one good shot of each act. I didn’t try anything fancy. I wasn’t entirely successful for every act, but did end up finishing the editing process with more ‘favourites’ than the previous two shows. Certainly, I chose more diverse subjects and shots. That Concentrationwas mostly because my dance photos were sub-par this go-round.


So, what was I working with? (more…)


Games Day – Merchants and Marauders, Skip-Bo, DC Deck Building

Games Day - Merchants and Marauders

One day, a couple of years ago, I decided to host a games day to celebrate someone’s birthday. I’m not into having a bunch of people over to my place, so I just invited two others – a mutual friend, and my brother. Everyone had a good time and we decided to make it a mostly monthly event. The Birthday Girl has since moved away, but Mutual Friend, Brother, and I continue to enjoy games day with a rotating cast of people for our fourth player.


Between this monthly gathering, and Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, I’ve discovered a lot of fun new games that I have purchased for myself and my family, with many more on the list!


Games Day – October 2016

Yesterday, we had our Games Day at my brother’s/parents’ place, with his girlfriend as our Fourth. In the past, some of our games days have lasted up to 14 hours, with countless games played, and much fun had. Lately, schedules have been such that we’ve been wrapping up at supper time. Yesterday, that meant we only played three games. That would be my fault.  I picked the first game and that was… (more…)


Charge Your Batteries, Kids.

Charge your batteries, kids

I’ll let you in on the lesson of this post right off the bat. Always charge your batteries, kids. In fact, charge them, then double (even triple) check that they’re charged. But then… also remember to put them in your bag. I learned this little lesson the hard way on my trip to Turkey. (About the charging. Thankfully I remembered to pack them.)


What Happens if You Don’t Charge Your Batteries

… At best, a lot of lost sleep. But maybe not for the reasons you might think. (more…)


How I Track Cross Stitch Progress

Chatelaine Mystery VIII Tryout

Today I’m going to talk about something I don’t normally talk about here, aside from my monthly updates – cross stitch.  If you’ve ever taken a look at my cross stitch posts, you’ll see that, in addition to progress and final pictures, I include a bunch of information and stats about the design and the project. Even though I may not be very good at analysing them, I love stats! Last month, I posted a new finish – Chatelaine’s Mystery VIII Tryout – and shared the link on the ‘official’ Chatelaine Designs Facebook group. On that Facebook post, I received the following comment about how I track cross stitch progress.


“I really liked your page, do you have some software to keep track of your designs, or you do it one by one manually?”
~ A. Matis on Facebook


I gave a brief response but also thought it would be a good idea for a blog post. (more…)


Worldwide Photo Walk 2016 – Review

Worldwide Photo Walk 2016

As some of you may know, I recently hosted the Worldwide Photo Walk here in Kentville.


We travelled around downtown Kentville, to the curling club, and then walked along the old rail bed to Miner’s Marsh. There were Pumpkin People, art installations, horses, birds, and lots more! (more…)


The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

Last month, I spent the evening in Wolfville. I had a meal at TAN while I read a book; enjoyed a nice craft beer at La Torta. I sat out on the patio with a hot apple cider at Paddy’s and then I checked out Open Mic and Donna.  And I attended the book launch for The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapesby Wade Albert White.


It was a fun hour at Box of Delights Bookstore. We had music to start us off. There were five kids doing readings from various parts of the book and one of them interviewed Wade. (Lets not talk about the squirrels.) Finally, Wade read a longer passage from the book.


I’ve been hearing snippets from the book for a while. If you have, too, but haven’t had a chance to read the whole book yet, be assured that the writing is as awesome and hilarious as you remember. (more…)


Monthly Review for September 2016

Favourite Photos for September 2016

I’ve got lots of irons in the fire this month. I launched a crowdfunding campaign, I was preparing for the photo walk and to appear at the Harvest Festival here in Kentville that same day. On top of that, I went on lots of great photography excursions – a couple of show and shines, military aircraft, military encampments, museums! Really, all the things happened this month and I’m about to fall over. Read on to learn more in this Monthly Review for September 2016.


One of the projects was another promo video for the Kings County Museum. Come check out this fundraising social! (more…)


Visit Me at Kentville Harvest Festival 2016!

KCPC Excursion to Fort Anne

This coming Saturday, October 1st, is the Kentville Harvest Festival in Centre Square and I’ve been invited to attend!


Kentville Harvest Festival

Harvest Fest kicks off Pumpkin People season in the Kentville area.


Oh my goodness, you don’t know what pumpkin people are? You are really missing out! Basically, they are scarecrows with straw bodies, and pumpkins for heads. The town sets up large displays throughout Kentville and local businesses and families also participate.  Many of the displays are created to match a theme – cartoons, careers, comics, whatever. The theme for 2016 is ‘at your service’.


So, they’ve got that going on. In Centre Square on Saturday, you’ll also find music from the Hupman Brothers, face painting, pumpkin carving, food, family fun, and more! For more information, be sure to check out the Town of Kentville’s website, or just swing by. It’s free, after all. (more…)


Kings County Museum Fundraiser – Soldier’s Social

Kings County Museum Fundraiser

Back in August, I wrote about the Kings County Museum and, specifically, their Canadian Sniper Exhibit. I shared with you a video I had created, at the museum’s direction, to promote the exhibit which ends mid-November. They also have a new temporary exhibit called “Exploring Miner’s Marsh“. I haven’t been by to see it, yet, but it should be great! Go check it out! It’s on now until mid-December. The most important thing coming up, however, is the the Kings County Museum fundraiser – the Soldier’s Social.



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