2017 Calendar

December 31, 2016 at 10:33 am (Calendar, Photography) ()

Happy New Year everyone! This year’s calendar chronicles my year of walks in the park as I coped with cancer, chemo, and various other cures and ills. A journal of my experience exists online here:

Below you can download the calendar itself. Clicking on the cover image will open the calendar months. Then Save-as will save a PDF of the calendar to your hard drive. Clicking on the second “back” image likewise downloads the flip side of each month which includes a little journal entry for that month.

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., is designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. It can also be hung by a tack from a paperclip. Please email me any technical issues you may have.


2017 Backs Cover

Here is my 2016 holiday greeting. I wish you a healthy, happy New Year!

A Walk in the Park

Twenty-sixteen was, for me, quite a year
But I find I can still muster holiday cheer!
While the months entertained with political madness,
My health diagnoses kept offering sadness.
Yet the year that began with a cancerous lump
Leaves me cured; feeling like I am over the hump!
(If this is new news, get my whole cancer story
Online, link enclosed, all the details—some gory.)

Though the docs prescribed chemo and meds as the answer,
I believe daily walks help eradicate cancer.
So inside, then out with the weather permitting,
I’d be walking each evening rather than sitting.
While last year I traveled through Spain and to Rome;
This year kept my wanderings closer to home.
And the narrower scope proved it’s not at all hard
To find beauty just steps from one’s own backyard!

So I’d walk in the park after dinner each night
To the glorious views in the dwindling light.
Of the seasons unfolding, I’ve photos galore
(And each day I’m inspired to take even more!)
I chose 12 scenic vistas as my gift to you
With advice for the year I believe to be true:
For spirits that soar like the flight of a lark—
and to foster good health—take a walk in the park!

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2016 Calendar

December 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm (Calendar, Photography)

This year’s calendar features photos from my trip in May—a 10-day Pilgrimage to points in Spain and Rome related to the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This was an amazing experience made available by my employer, Loyola Press. The sights, tours, meals, and accommodations were so rich and stimulating for us (19 colleagues in the group) I found myself very attracted to the doors, windows, and paths of the towns and cities — so much older than anything I see in my daily life at home — so that is what I featured in the calendar. Enjoy your year!

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the cover image below.


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2015 Calendar

November 16, 2014 at 10:08 am (Calendar, Family, Photography) (, , , , , )

My calendar this year combines photos from the fifties by my father with lessons I learned from my mother in a hopefully heart-warming montage each month. Below is the holiday greeting that explains it!

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the cover image below. (3/29/15: The calendar now contains a critical correction to the December page!)


Happy Holidays! 

’Tis the time I begin to reflect on my year
With the idea of sending out holiday cheer.
But instead of the usual daily banalities,
It seems recent months dealt out harsher realities.

Family and friends who are with us no more;
Politics, mayhem, pandemics, and war.
“To hell in a handbasket,” my mother would say,
And think I, as I hear world news every day.

This season of global and personal drama
Has me thinking back to my Papa and Mama,
To my youth, to a seemingly simpler era—
A black-and-white time when the rules appeared clearer.

Please indulge me this moment of further reflection.
While subjecting my past to a closer inspection,
I’ve combined my father’s mid-century photos
With my mother’s advice, her warnings, her mottoes.

This calendar sports quite a personal feel
But I hope the result has some global appeal.
Month after month, please just know what I mean—
I wish you a fabulous twenty-fifteen!

Calendar Image Credits:
Featured photography: Robert Scott Taylor
Background notebook: © iStockphoto.com/AndrisTkachenko
Paper stack: JupiterImages/Milos Luzanin
Cover illustrations blatantly stolen from the internet (with thanks)
Camera: eofdreams.com
Typewriter: Ceridwen Hazelchild Design
Images not mentioned are royalty-free or public-domain sources.

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2014 Calendar to Download!

December 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Since scheduling wisdom everyone knows is,
“Always take time to smell the roses!”
Whether your days dawn with sunshine or showers,
Be soothed all the year by the beauty of flowers.

My calendar this year is inspired by my garden. Each month features a photo from our yard along with a tidbit of green-thumb wisdom for your inspiration or amusement. Additional images feature vintage garden-themed ephemera from various sources including OldDesignShop.com, TheGraphicsFairy.com, and Lilac-n-Lavender.blogspot.ca, to whom I am very grateful.

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the cover image below.


A Year in the Garden 2014 Calendar

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2013 Calendar

November 25, 2012 at 8:58 am (General) (, , )

My holiday calendar for 2013 incorporates beautiful early-American woodcuts illustrating “The 12 Days of Christmas.” My goal for 2013 is to spread the joy to all 12 months and live in the spirit all year! To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the image.calendar cover

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Alphabet Adventure

November 25, 2012 at 8:44 am (Family, Photo Gallery, Photography)

During a trip in spring 2012 to visit my grandchildren, Henry and Oliver, we embarked on an alphabet adventure. We found letters everywhere we went—downtown, in the yard, at the park, on errands, everywhere! We photographed all the letters we found. Both boys were excellent hunters. What a thrill it was to see little Ollie, who had only recently learned to recognize his letters, find “a lower-case Y” in a tree root! Here is our project, published not an alphabet book. (I used Mixbook for this project, a very fun photo site):


Alphabet Adventure book cover

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Honoring Erik

April 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Here is another fun composite I created in Photoshop at the request of my Aunt Lena as a tribute to her brother. (Sorry, you have to click on it to see the whole thing.)

Erik Composite

Honoring Erik

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Remembering Sybil

April 23, 2012 at 6:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

A beloved member of my family recently passed away, Sybil Myoshin Taylor. Here is a tribute to her, prepared by me and my sister Erika Taylor. (I used PowerPoint, of all things, to create it, then exported to mp4.)

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Pork Chops for Dinner

September 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I know, it’s been a long while since I posted anything! Today I reprinted a Shutterfly project due to a coupon for a free book. (I like to have extra copies of this storybook on hand for baby gifts.) Anyway, after ordering the book, I received this code to embed the project into a blog. I will test it here. (Well, the embed code did not work. I think the link did.)

Click here to view this photo book larger

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Snowmageddon 2/2/2011

February 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm (Garden, Snow)

Our house in the snow

View from the street after 5 hours of shoveling

Or snOwMG or Snowzilla or Snowpocalypse . . . Whatever you call it, Chicago is pretty much closed down. I think the groundhog may have some trouble getting out to see his shadow in all this snow! Below is a link to my album of photos on Google’s Picasa site. (I’d hoped to include a slideshow here, but I find that WordPress is not compatible with Picasa slideshows. Sorry about that!)

Big Snow album on Google’s Picasa

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