An Unexpected iPad Moment


iPad does WHAT?!!

As many people do, I frequently bring my iPad along to Starbucks when I stop in for a weekend coffee. Our local Starbucks has nice big tables where, many times, one may end up making new friends.

One such morning recently I had a wonderfully unexpected moment with my iPad.  The type of moment that even just a few years ago would not have been possible because I would have been hauling around my laptop, which no one ever asked about. As I went to find a seat, an older gentleman asked me about my iPad. He said he wanted to get one but was overwhelmed by it because he did not even have a computer.


I LOVE showing folks how to use technology, so I sat down and started showing him how I could get on the internet or check my e-mail with a single click.  He wanted to see more, so I showed him a few of my favorite apps.  This lead to me opening Google Earth…as he said “your iPad does WHAT?!!”

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I typed in our location, to give him an idea of how it looked from above.  Then I asked him the name of a favorite place he had lived.  When it zoomed in, his eyes lit up and he got a huge smile!  Landmarks he still recognized were clear as day.  Then his eyes got cloudy and he asked if I could look up a cemetery for him. Sadly, he had lost a small child early in his marriage.  Well, a few clicks later my iPad was displaying what he had waited so long to see- from a different perspective but the same place he remembered.  He told me it had been years since he had been able to visit, because it was all the way across the country. That moment, as he gazed  at the image of his daughter’s grave, I wondered how many others have been able to reconnect with a lost place so special to their heart.

We moved on after a few minutes, and I showed him how he could access movies, tv, and radio.  I also showed him how he could use video to make phone calls to his grandchildren.  As a widower, he feels as if he has too much spare time. The iPad was just the thing he now wanted to help fill the days, connect with loved ones, and have fun while he is out and about!  Of course, he could do these same things on a laptop or sometimes even a desktop computer, but the iPad seem so much more accessible to him.

Rebuild your own connections

I encourage everyone with a computer of any type to take their own trip down memory lane!  Get the scrapbooks out.  Look up those places in them you have forgotten about then find them on Google Earth!  Share your life journey with your family – if you have children they might love seeing where you grew up!  Think about the friends you had when you were there.  Then look them up on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  Reconnect.

Help an elderly relative to also re-connect to their past!  Their friends may not be using social media, but they can more easily be found now by using the internet.  The joy you can bring someone by showing them their favorite places is immeasurable. Perhaps they want to see a house they had lived in, a favorite vacation spot, their college, or a place they had worked.  Everyone has places they hold dear to their heart.  Sharing those places can build connections.

Three Things to remember:

1.  Sometimes towns change (some grow, some die out), or there are new buildings where old ones once stood.  Be sure your loved one is ready. Not everyone wants to “take a trip down memory lane”.  Respect your loved ones wishes if they are not ready. Keep in mind that, just as towns change, so do people.

2. Take it slow the first time you look up your past or someone else’s. You may be surprised at how emotional it can be, and you will want to savor it.

3. Have Fun!!

If you have family or friends who do not know how to use  computer, this is a great way to get them started! Let them know that it can be used to bring people together. Who knows? They may even want to start making video calls!

If you take your own trip down memory lane, please post it in the comment section! And, as always, if you found this article helpful, please share!

Kim Julian

Busy Biz Girl

on Twitter@busybizgirl


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Staging Wedding Photos in Your Home


by Nicole Blair


Taking photos at home, or in the home of your family, is one of the most intimate touches a bride can put on her wedding day. A number of brides enjoy getting ready for the big day around the people that mean the most to them and want to make sure they catch those moments on camera so they can reflect on the memories after the wedding.

There are some things to think about when using someone’s home as the backdrop for the preparation of the big day. You want the main focus to be on the bride and not the décor of the home. “My biggest advice would be to keep it simple,” says wedding planner Jennifer Gowing.  “Too many decorations will take the eye away from what should be the main focus in the photographs…the bride.” 

Take the time to begin de-cluttering the home a few weeks prior to the wedding. Start with one room about a month or so before the wedding, and continue one room at a time so that it does not become an overwhelming issue. Think of it as early “spring cleaning.” Don’t just think about the magazines or shoes lying around, but think of décor or photos on the wall that may be distracting (or unwelcomed) in photos, as well. You want to look back and see the bride in an intimate setting and not let your focus be on a disorderly or cluttered home. If you choose to decorate with flowers, use small simple arrangements versus taller ones that would detract from the bride. A small cluster of carnations or roses add color without spending too much of your budget outside of the wedding ceremony or reception.

Try staging some areas throughout the home to create both a beautiful and comfortable setting for the bride and her family and friends. A vanity in front of a window with a simple arrangement, a nice lamp and possibly a full-length mirror will lend itself to beautiful pre-ceremony photographs.

Depending on the time of day, tea lights and pillar candles are perfect along the edge of a mantle alongside small groupings of flowers. Using flowers of similar color will help keep it simple and help create a romantic ambiance for the day.

Doorways or windows are also great for portraits of the bride in her gown; perhaps looking out the window or pretending she is walking out of a doorway. A nice sofa or chaise lounge chair, accompanied by a small side table and small arrangement will give a nice setting for photos of the bride and her family. These spaces frame the bride without being overly cluttered or busy and do not require any decorating.

Even with the perfect setting, if you do not have the right light you may not capture the photos you were hoping for. “Make sure there is plenty of natural light,” says Stephanie Hamlet of Hamlet Photography. For example, Hamlet explains that a wide open area with natural light for the bride to put her dress on works great. Also, try to avoid brightly colored rooms such as a child’s playroom. Neutral walls and natural lighting will help you attain the high-quality photos you are looking for.

Being able to share your home with a close friend or family member on such an important day is a memory you will both cherish forever. Making the bride feel happy and comfortable on her big day is really what matters most and being able to capture those moments makes it even more special for everyone around her.



Child has a fever? Get the facts!


Fever facts for parents: What you should know when treating your child

(ARA) – With cold and flu season also comes fever season, and across the country, parents will experience anxiety levels that rise in tandem with their children’s temperatures. In fact, more than half of parents report feeling anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever, according to the recent “Dose of Reality” survey by the makers of Children’s Advil (R).

In addition to their concern, many parents also seem unaware of the proper ways to deal with their child’s fever. In fact, in the survey of more than 1,000 parents of children younger than 12, more than half said they have sent their child back to school or daycare less than 24 hours after a fever passed, and nearly a quarter admitted to giving their children an adult over-the-counter medication at an estimated lower dose to treat a fever.

“Even some of the most seasoned parents worry about fever,” says Dr. Alanna Levine, a nationally recognized pediatrician, mother of two and spokesperson for Children’s Advil. “It’s the most common reason I’m paged after office hours. I like to reassure parents with ‘fever phobia’ that fever is their friend.”

On its website, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) points out that fever is the body’s natural response to infection. The AAP also notes that a fever does not necessarily mean a child needs to go to the emergency room or even see a doctor.

Yet one third of pediatricians surveyed by Pfizer estimate that up to half of their patient’s parents have taken their child to the emergency room due to a fever before calling the doctor. And 94 percent of the doctors surveyed said they feel parents need more education on fever management.

Levine has partnered with Children’s Advil this cold and flu season to offer parents some helpful advice for proper management of their child’s fever:

* Stay cool. Remember that most fevers indicate that the body is fighting an underlying illness.

* Be prepared. Talk to your pediatrician about fever at the start of cold and flu season, and ask for information on proper fever management. Also, check your medicine cabinet to ensure that all medications have not expired or been recalled. Check to stay aware of any recalls.

* Watch for serious signs. Generally, you should call your pediatrician if your child is 3 months or younger and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, if your child is older than 3 months and has a fever that exceeds 103 degrees, if your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick, or if the fever lasts for more than three days. As always, call your pediatrician with any concerns.

* Dose appropriately. More than a third of parents dose their children primarily based on age, rather than weight, according to the survey. Yet, weight is more accurate and the basis preferred by doctors. If weight is not known, dosing by age is acceptable.

* Do not give your child an adult medication. Nearly one in four parents surveyed admit to giving their children an adult over-the-counter fever medication at an estimated lower dose. Parents should always use a children’s medication and never give an adult product to a child, unless specifically recommended by your child’s physician.

* Medicate wisely. When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long it will last.

* Let sleeping children rest. More than half of parents surveyed said they wake their child in the middle of the night just to give them fever medication, yet most pediatricians believe a sleeping child should not be awakened solely to be given fever medication. Parents should closely monitor their children, and if they have any concerns about treating the child’s fever, they should check with their pediatrician.

* Allow time to recover. The AAP recommends that parents keep their children home from school or daycare until the child is fever-free for at least 24 hours.

“The goal of treating the fever is really to make the child feel better,” Levine says. “During this cold and flu season, all parents should be armed with the proper facts about fevers and how to manage them.”
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Children’s Advil, sponsored this article. You can learn more about fevers and Children’s Advil at or at


The End of the 2010 365 Project

Oct Mosaic

It seems the end of 2010 got faster and busier and the days flew by — but I did continue to shoot daily!  I cannot say enough great things about taking on such a project.  To commit to a daily exercise of any type is huge.  I feel very pleased to have completed this project.  In the beginning I felt it was a lark, for fun, and I really would not learn any more about my photography then I already knew.  How silly!  I learned a lot and took many photos that I normally would have not seen.

As much as I was always looking for photos before — now I see more and take them.  It has helped me to learn to go with my gut feelings on a photo.  If I see something, think it is good — I take it.  Since the end of 2010 I have not taken a photo a day — but I have taken a photo almost everyday.  It has become a hard habit to break.


Sept mosaic

Spending time catching up — photo shows and other activities have taken me in many directions in September.  It is hard to believe that the 365 project is in its 4th quarter.  In the beginning it seemed to be so large and such a long road to travel.  But, like anything, when you get most of it behind you; it seems to have been times passing quickly. Anything that takes time, thought, energy, and tests you is not particularly easy — but it is rewarding.  I have spoken flippantly of the 365 Project over these past 9 months — now I am beginning to respect it.   Look for more weekly photo posts for the next three months — to finish this thing out!

OK — Talk about catching up…

Aug mosaic

I am confessing — and you know it already — I got behind with this blog.  It happens.  It is a nice thing to talk about because with this project that is what happens to many people and they stop and never pick it up again.  I have been taking the daily photo — just neglecting to get the post here each week.  Things have gotten pretty busy lately and I am not getting things on the internet as timely as I once had been doing earlier in this project.

To catch up I am posting a mosaic of the month of August.  And I am posting this public cry of we are all human.  I guess if anything to get behind in — it is best with a blog and not the project itself.  To do something daily for a year is a big undertaking.  To do it publicly is even larger — but for me it does keep me at it.  I hate to fail at anything — I am really into competition.  So — here is my catch up.  Thanks for reading.

September may also be like this.  I am up to my elbows with photo shows and other events.  It is that “photo time of year.”  This weekend I have three pieces in a show opening in Blue Ridge at the Art Center — the gallery in the old court room.  This show is hanging all month.  On September 17 at the Whiskey Bonding Barn in Molena I have three pieces in a show curated by John Bennette from New York.  He chose work from 19 photographers to be a part of his satellite show during the event of Slow Exposures.  Opening October 1 at the Arts Clayton Gallery I have three pieces in a show — so does my son.  And in New Orleans I have two pieces in a show celebrating the artistic elements and historical significance of cemeteries.  Three more of my photos are in a book that is due out October 15.

July 31 through August 6

Jul 31

July 31 — Iris and Sadie and a bone.

Does the cat like Iris — ummmm, no — August 1

August 2 — the light fixture at our photo club meeting room.

Orange-striped Oakworms are baaaaack — babies — August 3

August 4 — Can you tell that I have neglected pinching back the coleus?

August 5 — every time I see this sign it makes me do a double take.

August 6 — this car and the phones in the background make this look like a retro photo.

July 24 through 30

Jul 24

July 24 — too hot for dinner — garden fresh tomato, avocado, cheese, cold leftover chicken.

Grilling July 25 — cheese, crackers, and wine…

Iris and Sadie cooling it at the Peachtree City Dog Park July 26

July 27 — love Black-Eyed Susans!

Driving through Fayetteville July 28

Driving in Peachtree City — July 29

July 30 — Iris is  tired little dog….

July 17 through 23

Jul 17

July 17 — revisiting the Virginia Creeper growing on the deck.

A find — a wonderful little rural cemetery — July 18

I see this shadow on the living room wall all the time — finally took a photo July 19

OK everyone — name this Fayetteville location — July 20

July 21 — I have been watching this yellow and black agriope spider for a few weeks.  After it shed its skeleton something killed it.

July 22 sunset view from the deck

Ok everyone — meet Iris.  We found her at the Fayette County Animal Shelter.  They have some great dogs there.  We figured Sadie needed a playmate July 23

July 10 through 16

Jul 10

Driving home from the opening reception for “Visions of Old Glory” in Zebulon.  July 10

July 11 — blueberry and peach crisp for dessert tonight!

Sadie is being very attentive — July 12 — since I am holding a tennis ball.

July 13 — printing day

Near the Serenbe Photography Center July 14

A nice glass of tea July 15

In Griffin July 16 to pick up the weekly Bluebird CSA box

July 3 through 9

Jul 3

July 3 — getting ready for the Peachtree!

Peachtree Road Race — a July 4 Atlanta tradition

Heading home from photo club — July 5

A blackberry on the sidewalk — I put some out for the chipmunks — July 6

Pretty little garter snake creeping into the cool garage — July 7

July 8 — taken at a little past 7pm on the back deck

My daughter Virginia shelling peas in the kitchen.