June 29, 2009

Island Time

-Cold and wet this surfer calls it a day. Wickaninnish Beach, Vancouver Island.-

A few more shots from my time on the island. The weather was coastal to say the least but we did manage to squeeze a few hours of sunshine out of the evening. And, braving the chilly rain, mist and fog we spent a good portion of our day on the beach marveling at the fortitude of the surfers, examining countless sea stars and trying in vain to keep our feet dry.

-Stained Glass window of a church in the quaint town of Ucluelet. -

I wanted to share this window as I admire the simplicity of the glass work and the honesty of the timeworn frame. To me the signs of decay speckling the wall speak of hardship, forbearance and yet an overriding sense of endurance.

-Funky sea star (because apparently they are not fish).-

1 comment:

Kimberly said...


Sorry to do this in a comment, but I didn't see an email address for you anywhere on the site. I'm a former native English teacher (lived and worked in Korea for two years) who is now a Master's student at the University of Glasgow. The reason that I'm writing to you is that I'm hoping that you would be willing to complete a questionnaire that forms part of the research I am conducting for my MSc Information Management & Preservation dissertation.

My dissertation will examine the role of blogs in helping to form and shape a sense of community identity amongst expats living in South Korea. This is being done in order to determine the archival value of these blogs and examine if, and how, they should be preserved. I realise that you no longer live in Korea, but this means that I am particularly interested to hear your views, since among the issues that I'm examining is what happens to Korea-related blogs when their authors leave Korea.

Basically, I believe that today’s archives are rife with personal diaries and papers which allow us a glimpse into the past. But, what of the archives of the future? How many people today actually keep a pen and paper journal or write letters home? More and more native English teachers living in Korea have replaced diaries and letters home with blogs. Furthermore, due to the nature of the native English teacher community in Korea, much of the information about this community can only be found on the Internet on sites such as blogs (like yours). Therefore, a failure to preserve blogs may create a black hole of information for future generations of archives users.

You can read more about my project as well as fill out my questionnaire by visiting http://2009msc.wordpress.com I’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to complete the questionnaire.

(Also, if any or your readers would like to fill out the questionnaire that would be great too!)

Thank you,