I’m going to play fast and loose with the “Share Your World” challenge for this week. While I have answers for all for of her questions, I’m going to focus on two that are somewhat related.
Cee asks, What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?
OK, since I’m inclined to respond to questions honestly, I checked the bookmarks manager to see if it listed my saved URLs in chronological order. I’d hate to get caught in a lie by telling you the third or second last bookmark, and not THE last one.
That’s me folks. Don’t want to be caught in a fib. I lay the blame squarely at the feet of Reverend Schweitzer, my grade one teacher, Miss Scully, and dear old dad.
While I cannot tell you precisely the last bookmarked site, here are some of the more recent. For example, there’s Nina’s blog, starting from January, 2015. I lost track of her during my year away from blogging, and now I want to catch up. There’s also Bookbub. Janis recommended it and since I’m having a difficult time finding good things to read, I want to give it a try. (That’s another reason I bookmarked Nina. Good reading, many posts. Just like my other “go to” bedtime reading, Joey.)
I meant to bookmark the Tweedsmuir history page from FWIO. Remember the WI? I helped launch a branch in Paris back in 2015. Unfortunately, the nearest branch to me is two hours away. Anyway, the FWIO Tweedsmuir coordinator called and asked me to help locate the community histories that had been compiled by the Women’s Institute in the Temiskaming District. That’s been a fun job, not unlike mineral collecting in that I look for places that might bear treasures and sometimes I get lucky!
There’s another project in the works, too. For that, I bookmarked two pages from the Cobalt Public Library. Back in 1972, the Town arranged for a series of interviews of Cobalt residents. The 60-point questionnaire and the respondents’ answers are recorded on the library website, but they are presented in a less than useful manner. The questions are listed at the top of the web page, and then, person by person, you can read their answers as you scroll down more than 400 pages. Some are only partially complete, and since the questions are not repeated for each interview, some of the answers are cryptic or confusing.
Meanwhile, the library hired a summer student to digitize the photos and other ephemera that have been donated over the years. In the fall, I will complete the work and upload the files to an online catalog. My plan is to write vignettes for each person who was interviewed 45 years ago, and add images, news clippings, recipes, maps, etc. from the donated scrapbooks and photo albums.
Maybe I’ll have this done by 2022 – in time for a 50th anniversary of the first round of interviews. It’s exciting. This is right up my alley. First of all, it’s like a treasure hunt. The project also appeals to my sense of making order out of data – I love making spreadsheets.
Most of all, I’ll be in story-telling mode, something I love to do. It’s interesting to note that reporting real life stories appeals to me, but I can’t write fiction. I don’t know why, really. I used to think that I have a poor imagination. If you read this post, you’ll see that I had no trouble with “making stuff up” when I was a kid. Somewhere down the line I lost that talent.
Sometimes I wonder if I trend a bit toward Asperger’s on the autism spectrum. I am far more comfortable with the literal, the black and white, the “truth” of the matter.
Then again, maybe my problem is team Schweitzer et al who are hovering over my shoulder…
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Inspired by Cee who asked, among other questions,
What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?
If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?