Written by Susan W. Smith
posted on September 13, 2013 17:17
4,913 subscribers, 170+ authors, 700+ articles and a very happy editor.
Created in 2006 by the late Paul Malo - author, professor emeritus and preservation architect – www.Thousandislandslife.com is certainly something for which our team can be proud. When Paul died in August 2008, Ian Coristine, one of Paul’s dear friends and 1000 Islands photographer and Michael Franklin, a well-known north country relator who helped Paul build the original website, came to our island to ask if I would take over Paul’s efforts. At first I said “no”, but a week later I realized I was being given a tremendous gift – an excuse to continue researching the history of the Thousand Islands and better still, to learn from others.
This marks my 60th issue and every week I receive emails from around the world asking questions or providing additional information. I wish I could relate all of the incredible links we have made but here is a sample:
- Back in January 2011 - Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival, By Dan Denney was published. Dan’s article recounted his ordeal of falling through the ice on a photo shoot of Singer Castle in February 2010. We published that story – one that received some of the highest readership statistics – but the comments we received also told many stories. We published the comments in Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival. Both articles are well worth a second read.
I do get thanked often, but the real thanks goes to the TI Life Team and especially Mike Cox, Creative Information Systems, Ottawa, who continues to do his computer magic in keeping the site up-to-date while I post the stories. Three others are my unpaid partners - Ian Coristine who finances the cost of our email service, writer Kim Lunman, owner and publisher of the print magazine, Island Life; and my husband, Marceli Wein, who assists with photograph preparation (and breakfast)!
I want to thank every author for their articles and in particular those who I call my Over-10 Team members who have written multiple articles for TI Life – Thanks all.
And as they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words. Photographers have made each article a delight. We have too many to single out, but our Ian, Paul & Lillian Cooledge, Dennis & Kathi McCarthy, Janet Sullins and Lynda Crothers are always there when we need them. Our Facebook page has also added a new dimension to TI Life, due to the wonderful photographic submissions we share throughout each month.
And finally I thank David Ray, Kingston, and Jane Taylor, Gananoque, who patiently edit and proof the material. They make the difference!
Yes, you have one happy editor.
September issue includes:
Lynn McElfresh presents her 58th and 59th articles, We didn’t need another boat… the “Lindsay” and Renaming Ceremony. Lakeland BOATING gave permission to republish their September 2013 article “HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating written by Kim Lunman and John Peach recognizes three Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands.
Thomas Pullyblank, a novelist, takes a turn at non fiction, with his personal memories of The Harrison M. Brown Cottage in TI Park and Tim Kocher gives A Boater’s Perspective.
Do you like turtles? Be sure to read Bob Arnebeck’s Turtles in the Thousand Islands.
“AKA Johnny Truesdell” from ABay.com introduces a special facebook page, Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?; I present two articles this month: a book review of Patty Mondore’s Nature Reflections… Plus an inspiring video , and Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing! about the TV Documentary that will fascinate even those not at all interested in history or salad dressings.
This and That
Shoal Sisters: In June we published The Shoal Sisters are Calling to Shoal up Support written by Morgan McLellan. This month we received these photographs from Catherine Kring, Brenda Houde and Marta Beach who took up the challenge and did their own Shoal Sisters photo shoot. Morgan had explained, “All of the proceeds from the poster sales will support the Thousand Islands Association. All you need to do is hit “Love Your River website” and order a poster which comes with instructions on how to do your own photo shoot.” The best part is still to come… there is a calendar in production with our sisters.
Flag Etiquette: Bud Andress, our flag expert, sent some advice for those flying burgees on antique boats. He noticed a photograph in TI Life of a 1926 boat flying the Canadian Red Ensign, a crest in the fly position of the flag containing three red maple leaves – the problem is this flag was created in 1957. What the antique boat owners need to find is the old Canadian Red Ensign flag with three green maple leaves in the crest. That would have been the flag flown in the 1920s.
Be sure to keep your Summer 2013 pictures for our December 2013 TI Life Photo Contest. More details to follow, but you may send your best to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our EVENTS page and our EXCURSIONS. Perhaps you have a day-trip activity that you would like us to explore.
Remember our facebook page throughout the month, as we post information and photographs & follow us on Twitter
Do you write about the River - near to it, from above or below? If so, please consider submitting an article. Let us know what you like, or dislike, about TI Life so we can share more ideas. And please do comment on the articles…
By Susan W. Smith, Editor email@example.com