Slide show at Wesley Homes: Jamie & Alice, Growing Up in America


My Mom has worked as a geriatric RN at Wesley Homes in Des Moines (Washington) for a *long* time. She started there in the 60s, and is still working nearly full time well over 40 years later. She has worked there longer than anyone else, and has no plans to stop any time soon.

Back in the late 90s, when Mom and I first took a long trip together (to Cambodia/Nepal/India), she arranged for us to give a slide show to the residents one evening. We ate with them in the dining room, and then put on our show in an open community area nearby afterward. It was fun to share the photos of our trip, and we learned that many of the residents had been to various places we had visited. I remember one lady in her 90s who had been a Catholic nun in Cambodia in the early 1960s, and told us how the town of Siem Reap had changed since then.

After that, I did a couple of other slide shows at Wesley Homes, showing 35mm slides (Fuji Velvia, mostly) of road trips around the Pacific Northwest: Glacier National Park, eastern Washington, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and other places. My Malamute Trouble came along one time, and met some of the residents after a slide show that featured many photos of him.

Now I find myself once again putting together a slide show for the old folks home. I’ll be presenting this one in February, and it will be a photo tour of North America through the eyes of Jamie and Alice. They’ve been to many places over the last two years, and I’m organizing my favorite shots of them in spectacular locations, with a narrative about two Canadian pups discovering the sights of the American West and then returning to explore their homeland (on this year’s trip to Yellowknife).

As a sign of how photography has changed in the 10 years since I last did one of these, this time around I’m creating the whole thing in PowerPoint instead of using actual slides. This opens up some fun options for animations, split screens, and other techniques for keeping things varied through an hour-long show. Here’s the opening slide:

I’ll share the date/time details once those are locked down, for any of Jamie and Alice’s Seattle area friends who’d like to attend. Jamie and Alice will be there, of course. We’ll also record a video of the show to post online for those who can’t attend in person.



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