Recently I was talking with my sister Kathy in the Dallas area who had been visiting / babysitting with her daughter and grandbabies. She mentioned an upcoming family reunion for her husband's family, so I asked about the data that I had once included in my online genealogy website. She had some interested in restarting it. So I created a subdirectory to host her family history data, but I still have a lot of work to do to get the pictures set back up.
As it happens, I am currently on a mission to reorganize my 35,000+ digital images managed by Apple Aperture as it is no longer being developed, and I have already bought Adobe Lightroom, but have not spent the time to make the transition. So where I once had only a handful of large databases pointed to referenced files, I am creating many smaller databases, and relocating the referenced files to make the transition easier to Lightroom. This has taken longer than I anticipated, but I am almost complete in removing duplicates and labeling her family photo images so that I can re-add them to her site.
Updated: March 10, 2015... I decided to open this site back up even though it has not been fully set up after moving back to Joomla after using WordPress for a few months. But it is operational, and will be improved as I find time to update it.
It has taken a little longer that expected to get the Joomla Website back up and operational. Still have much to do to reorganize the content in a more suitable manner. Right now I am choosing between two newer Joomla Templates. Let me know what you think of the new design and color scheme. My plan is to create a summary splash page as a Front Page that will provide both images and links to the various parts of this website. This is still a work in progress, so please have patience.
Today, I successfully transferred the Joomla Articles from the old website into this WordPress site. I used the FG Joomla to WorpPress plug-in to accomplish this. I first reorganized my Joomla Categories and clean up items I did not want to import. This enabled better import results. I considered the Premium version, but there was only one premium item I would have used - 'tags'.
There are still some adjustments to be made in both organization, and in individual posts. Many of the Joomla articles that included images have transferred, but images were often duplicated, and need to be cleaned up. So while cleanup is still needed, enough has been imported to allow me to remove the link to the old Joomla site from the Top Menu. I have much to learn to get Wordpress to operate the way I want it to. For those who are participating in this year's Family History Writing Challenge, you will be able to find my past writing challenge posts by selecting the appropriate category from the Category drop down menu on right nav bar.
This photo comes to mind when I think about writing about my father and his influence on me growing up. I’ve always wondered if it was staged or an accidental picture. But knowing my father, and that the slide survived, I am sure that it was composed to show the Photographer’s Shadow. A shadow of him composing a picture with attached flash (remember those old flashbulbs?) to fill the shadows behind “Trixie’s” head.
Shadows have many meanings, and I won’t dwell on it now. Other than it brings back memories of my parents and family gathered around watching TV programs such as the Andy William Show, and songs like “The Shadow of Your Smile” sung by Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. As I recall this song had important meaning to my mom and dad - a mom who always had a smile on her face.
Over the past few weeks, I have considered what my Family History writing should focus on since I flamed out on trying to tell the story of my maternal grandfather.
What better story to tell is that of my Father and Mother — whose shadows have imprinted so much on me and my siblings. So I am considering writing a family story entitled “The Photographer’s Shadow”.