Time to Celebrate Unsung Heroes

Jared Polin and Mike Tamborrino are two of the many photographers who gladly give their time and efforts practicing photography for the public good. Check out Jared’s latest YouTube video, where he shot stills and video for a Special Olympics event pro bono. His video, I hope, will go far in convincing other photographers that…

A Catalog Company & So Much More

Recently, I came upon an old online newsletter published by the North Manchester Historical Society, Inc., dating back to February, 1997. In it is the story of Jas. Townsend and Sons, Inc., probably the largest and most complete source for reproductions of clothing and implements used in colonial America in the 18th century. This is…

Ten Crucial Days

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season, with a chance to relax and rest up for the year ahead. I took time off from blogging, which is why this post is a little late. It would have made more sense to have let you know about these two yearly reenactments before they…

Stuff

Have you had a chance to hear George Carlin’s observations about “Stuff”? If you weren’t a teenager or college student in the 1970s and 1980s, you might not know that George Carlin was a popular stand-up comedian whose comedy could often be taken as biting social commentary. You can view this particular routine of Carlin’s…

Once Upon a Time in New York

When I was a kid in school, I always looked forward to the relatively rare times that they dragged the 16mm projector into the classroom to present a primitive A/V program. At least it was something different than the routine lecture format used for most schooling at the time. Fast forward to today, and you…

Adam Ruins Giving

If you are paying to receive cable TV channels, you may be getting TruTV as part of your subscription. If that’s true (no pun intended), you may already know about the phenomenon known as “Adam Ruins Everything,” where host Adam Conover takes on many sacred cows and long-held beliefs that he and his experts say…

You have to start somewhere

  When does it start? I’m part of the Baby Boom Generation, or at least the tail end of it. Now, when I walk through antique stores, my eyes and mind are constantly sifting through all the piles and displays looking for the toys and games that were a pleasurable part of my past. When…

You Can Befriend Your Pickers

I just finished watching a YouTube video featuring Mike Wolfe talking to Jim Mertens of WQPT, Iowa Public Television. Mike Wolfe is one of the “pickers” on the popular PBS TV show, American Pickers. Mike and his longtime friend Frank Fritz travel the country looking for artifacts that they can bring back to their retail…

History is yesterday, today, tomorrow…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Lately, I’ve been on several photo shoots that have taken me to popular local restaurants. All of these restaurants were built on the bones of old houses dating back to the late 1800s. Because of the rules, codes, and regulations that govern the operation of food venues, many changes were…