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Oxford England

  • The End of the Road
    These photos are separated from my Travels album because Oxford is something of a second home. I still manage to visit it several times a year. So the pathway between Manotick and Oxford is well trodden and I can likely do it with my eyes closed - and probably have on more than one occasion.

Royal Roads University

  • Hatley Castle
    This series of photographs was taken over the last few years. I have stayed at the campus of Royal Roads on several occasions and I have been repeatedly impressed by the grounds. They are in many ways a little-known treasure.


  • Kafka Statue
    Here is a selection of pictures I have taken during my travels over the last few years. I am very obviously an amateur photographer and it is not uncommon for me to forget my camera altogether when packing. What the pictures do not convey is the fact that in these travels I have met, and gotten to know, a great many interesting people.

Manotick Ontario

  • Springtime in Manotick
    Manotick Ontario Canada is the part of Ottawa that I call home. Much of Manotick stands on an island in the Rideau River. Interestingly, the Rideau Canal, which runs through and around the river, was recently designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. So this means that the view from my backyard is in some way on a similar par with the Egyptian Pyramids - although the thought strikes me as ridiculous.
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September 25, 2009


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Hi Joe!

Love your blog. I agree that oftentimes the creators of content are so familiar with the subject, they forget that it may be new for their readers. It's easy to want to thoroughly examine a topic for our own intensive purposes but need to keep our audience and their needs in mind. We often run into this same problem within our community, I think our members could really learn from your insight and take your advice into practice.

Joe Gollner

Hello Brenda

Thanks for your words of encouragement. It is always heartening to know that something you have written has struck a chord with someone. I guess that is what I was writing about in this post.

Of course, another reason I addressed this particular topic was to remind myself not to get so focused on digging into hidden details that I effectively turn my back on the world. This is a circumstance that I have been known to call the William Blake syndrome. Now Blake stands as among my favourite poets and when I was studying his works (or as some would suggest dissecting his works) I found his later pieces to be almost impenetrable to anyone unfamilar with his increasingly esoteric mythology. This I tied to his increasing isolation from the world (well actually many other scholars, all more insightful than I, had pointed this out). He did not have a circle of friends who could say something like "you're not making any sense Bill" and this might have encouraged him to think about how to connect with a perhaps more mainstream audience. Actually, he does not seem to be the type of person who would take such suggestions all that well let alone act on them - but I persist in using the analogy nonetheless.

I have come upon the Open Methodology before although I will need to look at it again. I wonder how some of my other posts (such as Managing Information) might look to active members in this community. Maybe someone will say "you're not making any sense Joe". That alone would be useful.

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