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How We Bloom

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How We Bloom

Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI

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How We Bloom is an oasis of flower Ideas. Design. Sales. Marketing. Business. We know that every great success story starts with one simple idea. A challenge that requires change. Like the unfurling petals of a flower we grow by changing form. This growth opens us up to new ideas and opportunities. On How We Bloom Sharon Mcgukin interviews guests who dare to do things differently. Brought to you by Smithers-Oasis, we share the stories of people who plant seeds, grow ideas and bloom to their ...
 
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C-Suite Success Radio

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C-Suite Success Radio

Sharon Smith, Executive Coach and CEO at C-Suite Results & C-Suite Radio

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If corporate success is your goal, C-Suite Success Radio offers you informative interviews with experts that will help you shorten your learning curve and accelerate your momentum to higher achievement. All of our topics and guests are aimed to help you achieve the goals you have set for your organization and for you as a leader, but more importantly to help accelerate the pace of your success.
 
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The Photo Detective

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The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor

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**About Maureen Taylor:** Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been feat ...
 
GRACEOLOGIE is hosted by Christian author, speaker and worship leader, Gwen Smith who shares fun, faith-focused, grace-filled interview-style conversations. Prepare to be inspired with practical tips and honest discussions that will help you to know and trust God more. Each episode will encourage your heart in meaningful ways to live out and lean on the grace of Jesus in the midst of cluttered, messy days.
 
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You’ve probably seen the shows where ghost hunters go to spooky places to look for entities and use equipment to capture them. Well, believe it or not, one of the tools they use is special technical cameras. Behind the scenes, ghost hunters are a lot like genealogists. They look for documents and images to help determine what might be going on in t…
 
There is so much confusion about which photos depict mourning and which ones don’t. I thought it was time to have someone other than me weigh in on the controversy. My guest posted on Twitter about mourning dress and it went somewhat viral. So glad she said yes to be a guest on the podcast. Related Episodes: Episode 61: Mourning Jewelry: Fact or Fi…
 
When advertising exec, Lia Fleming, discovered her budding passion for flowers – she dug in deep. Lia and her family began selling locally-grown flowers from their Flora Fields Farms in New Franklin, Ohio. Lia shares expert advice for getting your flower farm dream to take root. Branding. Marketing. Social media positioning. Connecting with the cus…
 
A long time ago, my skills as The Photo Detective helped me identify photographs for press kits and textbooks. Over the years, I’ve located photos for my own publications and helped countless authors and historians with their image problems too. Today’s guest is an experienced genealogist and historian. When she needed help piecing together a photo…
 
Genealogists love going to cemeteries to view the resting place of ancestors. Information and symbolism on stones vary depending on the time period. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, some gravestones featured photographs. Have you ever seen one? My guest has. He’s been wandering in rural cemeteries in Maine to find out more about the practic…
 
This month’s Q & A is a themed podcast on postcards. Thank you to everyone that mailed me a postcard! Related Episodes: Episode 143: Ask Maureen September 2021 Episode 138: Ask Maureen July 2021 Links: Sign up for my newsletter. Watch my YouTube Channel. Like the Photo Detective Facebook Page so you get notified of my Facebook Live videos. Need hel…
 
"Spoiler Alert! There is no silver bullet for marketing," explains Laura Rich, Marketing Director for Smithers-Oasis North America. "It's a series of small consistent steps that connect you with your customer." Laura offers practical, actionable tips that you can use to grow your floral business while ‘Marketing on a Shoestring.’…
 
Twitter is a social media platform that folks either love or hate. It doesn’t generate too much of an in-between feeling. It’s known for short posts and hashtags. It’s the place you go for breaking news and some groups like #GenChat use it to inspire collaboration and social interaction in the genealogy world. There are photo historians on Twitter …
 
I know that my guest’s feelings about abandoned orphan photos will resonate with you. He hates seeing a photo abandoned and unfortunately he sees a lot of them. It’s a personal mission for Kody Beltz of the Good Finch Company of Witcha, Kansas. He’s an estate and antique dealer. His eventually successful adventure using Facebook to reunite some ide…
 
South African floral designer, Jill Manson, believes in the powerful energy of flowers and plants. “The ‘power of the plant’ can help us heal by offering comfort and calm,” she explains. Based in Johannesburg, Jill offers intuitive hands-on flower arranging classes called “Flower Healing”. Jill shares with her students a thoughtful blend of floral …
 
How long do you spend working on a photo mystery? It might surprise you to hear that this week’s guest spent more than a decade on her photo problem. The combination of family connections and research can helped her solve several photo problems. Early on in this journey, she asked me to weigh in on her picture. It resulted in an article in Family T…
 
Every month Maureen does a live Q & A on Facebook and YouTube answering questions submitted by listeners. Have a question? Email her at photodetective@maureentaylor.com This month’s questions: How did Maureen become The Photo Detective? Summertime hazards for photos Disaster planning tips Did snapshots get mounted on card stock? Related Episodes: E…
 
Their website makes it clear that the eight-person team at Vintage Aerial loves preserving the heritage of rural America and sharing it with anyone and everyone who cares. They’ve built a website of an amazing 18 million images and growing that anyone can access. There are also photo mysteries on the site that you might be able to solve. Identify o…
 
“Less is more" says Klaus Wagener of Minden, Germany. Explaining the emerging post-pandemic trend. That doesn't mean doing without. It suggests developing a lifestyle of "consuming consciously while preserving natural resources." Klaus is the CEO and creative director of BLOOM's Medien publishing house. This well-respected trends forecaster, floral…
 
From stamps to envelopes and postcards, my guest’s collecting passions expanded when he bought a few cards at a sale and became fascinated by the postmarks (and messages). He’s an expert on postmarks and using them as a photo clue. We chat about the golden age of postcard printing and the bits of history a postcard can convey including a link to Pr…
 
In today’s world, those of us with mobile devices communicate by texting. For our turn of the twentieth-century ancestors, it was through the mail. Imagine getting multiple mail deliveries a day and the possibilities of that communication. Postcards were a quick way of touching base with friends and family. Businesses used cards to advertise and so…
 
It’s time for another themed month. This time it's postcards. Three guests this month share stories about their personal connections with these mailable images. In this episode, English collector Mark Routh chats about his collection which spans 1869 to the present. He has some museum-quality gems. Did you know that dirigibles mailed items for thei…
 
Every month, Maureen tackles photo identification, photo preservation questions from those submitted through social media and email. You can submit a question through photodetective@maureentaylor.com This month’s questions: After scanning portraits, what to do concerning saving or discarding the card stock photo frame/folders. Will that card stock …
 
Attorney David Whitcomb purchased space for a new office and found forgotten picture history of the suffrage movement. These old photos revealed clues about local history and national politics. In our last house, we found a note from the first owner hidden beneath the wallpaper. Nothing too amazing. His name and a date. In this house, there is a co…
 
This newly-released flower trend podcast with Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI interviews enterprising guests who dare to do things differently. They share innovative flower tips, design techniques, personal growth plans, marketing and business ideas. Brought to you by Smithers-Oasis, this podcast encourages people who are passionate about petals to …
 
Collecting is often a hobby that starts when we’re in grade school. Did you have a childhood hobby? I did. I loved learning about family history and old photos. I’m still passionate about it today. My guest turned his hobby of collecting old photographs of famous stars of television and movies into a lifetime pursuit. At some point, he began gather…
 
A few years ago, I gave a presentation at The Varnum Armory a medieval-style building in East Greenwich Rhode Island. After the talk, members took me behind the scenes. Built in 1913, it is the headquarters for Varnum’s Regiment, a chartered unit of the RI colonial militia. Flags, banners, uniforms, artifacts, and weaponry in the collection date fr…
 
At Rootstech 2021 myself, Nancy and Christopher Desmond of MemoryWeb.me presented a three-part class on unlocking the shoebox of photos. I love partnering with those two. They have a passion for genealogy and photography. Thousands of people watched our class and asked questions about the topic. There were so many queries we decided to do a dedicat…
 
Included are ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, glass negatives, tin types, cabinet cards, photo postcards, photo strips, photomatics, and snapshots – over 100 years of social history and the development of photography. Related Episodes: Episode 116: America and the Tintype with Steven Kasher Episode 99: Finding Photographs on the Smithsonian Learning Lab…
 
"Partnering with your customer creates a spirit of collaboration," suggests Drew McGukin of Drew McGukin Interiors - based in NYC. One of the leading contemporary designers in today’s market, Drew understands the power of connection. Offering client-focused communication techniques, Drew suggests adapting to the client’s vision rather than insistin…
 
Take one wedding photo, add some research and you’ll end up with quite the story. That’s the premise behind The Wedding Detectives on BBC Radio 4. Charlotte Sibtain was on The Photo Detective back in episode 44 vintage Wedding Photos. I discovered Charlotte’s Instagram feed and so did reporter Cole Moreton. Together they uncover the tales behind wh…
 
While it might be painful, we often grow during challenging times. Personal skills. Business savvy. How can we create successwhile under stress? Commit to Change! In this podcast, retail florist Todd Bussey AIFD shares insights for how he 'met challenge with change' for positive growth in his post-pandemic flower shops. He offers practical and prof…
 
The fight for racial equality in the nineteenth century played out not only in marches and political conventions but also in the print and visual culture created and disseminated throughout the United States by African Americans. Producing printed and photographic images for activists that advanced their campaigns for black rights. Related Episodes…
 
Each month Maureen answers questions from listeners. When scanning cabinet cards, do you only do one scan of the entire front of the card which would include the border & photographer logo, or do you also make a 2nd scan of just the photo itself? Carol asked: I have a picture of my GG grandmother (1829-1901). She is elderly in the picture & wearing…
 
Two and a half years ago, Shannon Uschold of Generation Story app was a guest on this podcast. Listeners rocketed it to one of the top ten episodes where it stayed for a couple of years. I know you have heirlooms you don’t know what to do with and items you’d like to share. Two years ago, Shannon had a dream and worked tirelessly to find solutions.…
 
May became National Photography Month in 1987 when Congress recognized the role photography plays in modern society. The American Photographers Association one of the primary backers and supporters of Photography Month. There are activities, exhibits, and sales all month. Here are some fun ways to participate. With the advent of digital imaging int…
 
Death by outfit isn’t something featured in the game of Clue but it could be. Our ancestors lured to the new bright colors of the nineteenth century wore garments poisoned with arsenic and mercury, perhaps hurrying along their deaths. Not that you’re likely to see that as a cause on a death certificate. These garments continue to be harmful to cura…
 
My guest offers tips on preserving the memories of loved ones we’ve lost. Photographs are a key part of remembering. We can see their faces and it triggers a range of emotions in us. Family history offers us the way to continue to keep our loved ones a part of our everyday lives. Allison Gilbert’s ideas for honoring the ones we love are not just fo…
 
At the end of every month, I answer questions from listeners. How do I safely remove photos from a spiral-bound album? The kind with the sticky page covered with a sheet of cellophane Celia, that’s called a magnetic album and they were really, really popular and you can still buy them today. There are so many family tree sites. How do we know which…
 
It doesn’t take hindsight to realize you’re living in historic times. This last year has taught us that. This week’s guest told me that residents of Lexington and Concord immediately recognized the significance of April 19, 1775, and saved pieces to document that day. A few years ago, the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts assembled a tempora…
 
Every time I see another news story on a photo reunion that’s happened through crowdsourcing images online I chuckle. I have a closet full of mysteries and not much luck reuniting images with living people. Yet, just in the last few months, there are images being shared online that are within a short time being reunited. It’s clearly the world’s ne…
 
Over the years, clients have asked, “Where can I purchase a replacement case for my daguerreotype (or other cased images)? I finally have an answer for that. My guest takes molds of historic cases and creates reproductions. Not only can you purchase a variety of designs for old photos. Some of his clients use them for modern-day pictures creating a…
 
NYT best selling author, Crystal Paine joins me to discuss the message of her new book, Love-Centered Parenting where she shares the four most important choices we can make as parents. Show notes: www.gwensmith.net/graceologie/164 Graceologie on INSTA: @graceologie Graceologie on FB: www.facebook.com/graceologie Gwen on INSTA: @GwenSmithMusic Gwen …
 
In this monthly podcast, Maureen shares questions received via email and through social media. Can you tell us about changing exposure times for photographic portraits and why people didn’t smile for pictures? Do you have a good resource for looking up photographer names by location and years they were active? Is there a good resource for dating ch…
 
How did you and your ancestors learn how to take “Good Pictures?” It’s likely they read Kodak’s guide for amateur photographers, How to Make Good Pictures published from 1912 to 1995. New cameras and new technology influenced how we took photographs and what they photographed. My guest studied those popular guides to photography to compile a new ty…
 
Bible teacher Angie Smith joins me to discuss the message of her new book, WOVEN, about understanding the Bible as one seamless story. Show notes: www.gwensmith.net/graceologie/163 Graceologie on INSTA: @graceologie Graceologie on FB: www.facebook.com/graceologie Gwen on INSTA: @GwenSmithMusic Gwen on FB: www.facebook.com/GwenSmithMusic…
 
In amateur snapshots and selfies we don’t take care with our fashion. We pose in what we decided to wear that day. Now think about when you go to a photo studio. That’s entirely different. We dress up and our ancestors did too. They wore their best dress and perhaps a new hat to look their finest, the epitome of the fashion they could afford. Women…
 
If you thought that you knew Eliza Hamilton because you watched the Broadway musical, well…you need to read Susan Holloway Scott’s book, I Eliza. What makes good theater isn’t necessarily accurate. There is a whole lot more to the Alexander/ Eliza story. Susan is a master storyteller weaving fact with fiction to weave a tale that’s compelling. In t…
 
Bible teacher Lisa Harper joins me to talk about how God meets us in the strains and pains of life with goodness and faithfulness. Show notes: www.gwensmith.net/graceologie/162 Graceologie on INSTA: @graceologie Graceologie on FB: www.facebook.com/graceologie Gwen on INSTA: @GwenSmithMusic Gwen on FB: www.facebook.com/GwenSmithMusic…
 
In this episode, I answer your photo questions submitted through my social media accounts and via email. I have dozens of large photo albums that were put together by my grandfather and father from the 1980s to the present. Do I take all the photos out of the pages (4/page) or scan the whole page? I am trying to identify people in a large group pho…
 
I think that 19th-century tintype photographers would be amazed to see that their medium is still thriving in the age of digital photography. Their spirit exists in my guest for this bonus episode. Rob Gibson travels around the country with a motorcycle and a portable studio, similar to his itinerant predecessors who used wagons. He calls his set u…
 
Collecting images is something that I’m familiar with. There are thousands of images in my research collection. It’s hard to stop purchasing interesting pictures because each one is a little different. My own collection features a variety of image formats including tintypes of men fishing off a prop boat with lines and fake fish. Women standing in …
 
When I saw coverage in The New York Times of a cache of slides and the attempts to identify the who, what, where, and when of them, I had to talk with the man who made this serendipitous discovery. Not all slides belong to be discarded some as my guest called it are “gold dust.” They document past local history and are cherished for that reason. Pa…
 
Pastor Randy Frazee joins me to talk about overcoming feelings of powerlessness, which he wrote about in his new book: HIS MIGHTY STRENGTH. Show notes: www.gwensmith.net/graceologie/161 Graceologie on INSTA: @graceologie Graceologie on FB: www.facebook.com/graceologie Gwen on INSTA: @GwenSmithMusic Gwen on FB: www.facebook.com/GwenSmithMusic…
 
Those inexpensive metal images of our ancestors appear in antique shops and online auctions in cases, paper sleeves, and without any protective covering. Durable enough to be mailed during the Civil War they were common throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century and persisted into the twentieth. Anyone could afford to pose for one. They c…
 
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