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Finding My Audience – ReadReidRead.com First Anniversary

Reid Dickie

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since I started this blog. A year ago I had several intentions for ReadReidRead: as an ongoing celebration of beautiful Linda, as an outlet to share my enthusiasm for local heritage in its many forms; as a canvas for my personal cultural interests, as a platform for my spiritual experiences, as an inspiration for others and as a way of finding my audience. Today I can humbly and gratefully say I have fulfilled those intents to a degree I never anticipated.

Linda’s presence on the blog is always very strong and loving.  There are numerous pictures of her scattered throughout my posts. Search in the Linda Category for my many tributes over the past year. In the Gallery you will find some adorable pictures of Linda from her childhood.

I’ve written extensively about local heritage over the past ten years and enjoy using the blog to share my pictures and thoughts on heritage buildings and events. I have a personal collection of over 1000 pictures of heritage sites that I will be drawing from for future posts. Creating videos has added a whole new dimension to my heritage reporting. Check out Churches, Houses and MB Heritage pages for dozens of heritage examples.

Culturally, everyone from Salvador Dali to Ralph Eugene Meatyard (maybe not that big a step), Bjork to Wm Burroughs (ditto), Fellini to DickTool Co have been homaged on my blog this year. Personal experiences like hearing Eleanor Rigby for the first time in 1966 and seeing Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band in Toronto in 1969 to more recent encounters with various art forms have been vented on the blog. For a chronology, examples and links to the art Linda and I made when we first united, check out the DTC Art page.   

Practicing shamanism and incorporating its wisdom into my life has guided me to share my experiences via the blog, not with an agenda to convert you or change your mind about anything (I have nothing to sell) but to simply tell my story, share my glimpses into the hidden places, into other possibilities and report what happens. There are dozens of posts and pages relating directly to my shamanic experiences on the blog. Numerous Categories apply. Check out About, Sacred Places and FAQ pages for detailed reports.

Because of the blog, many readers have contacted me this year, most often about heritage related matters. I have connected people with places and with each other, found knowledgable people to answer obscure questions and given specific directions to heritage and spiritual sites on the prairies. Inspiring people to seek Spirit on the Canadian plains has created enormous opportunities for personal gratitude. One of the most satisfying and humbling experiences in my blogging life was when my friend Chris Scholl said I inspired him to create his thoughtful, thought-provoking personal blog, Love Art and Fear. I inspired myself to create another blog devoted entirely to the history of my hometown, Shoal Lake, MB. The DickToolCo channel on YouTube and two hundred pictures on Flickr are more outlets for creative fun!

I have attracted a blog audience that far surpasses my wildest expectations when I started typing away at this a year ago. Almost 88,000 hits in the year equates to about 240 hits a day. I seem to have found an audience and I thank you, every one of you who has landed at readreidread.com for whatever reason, I thank you; everyone who subscribes to my scribblings and guff, I thank you; all the befuddled and wild-eyed who suddenly find themselves in Reidland, I thank you (be brave); everyone who finds out shamanism isn’t what they think it is by reading my blog, I thank you.

Besides simply giving me something to do almost every day, my blog has provided an outlet for my diverse interests, improved and expanded my computer skills and offered satisfactions I never dreamed possible.

What’s in the future for ReadReidRead? Carrying on the festive tradition that Linda and I began six years ago, I’ll be posting a daily feature to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. This year I have selected 12 Manitoba churches, which begin Wednesday, December 14. My year-end review is in the works and will be posted December 31. All the original intents of the blog still apply and I can assure you my diversity and curiosity will continue to be fully represented. Is blogging still fun? It’s a blast! Even after 565 posts!

Thank you for visiting my blog this year. Be happy. Reid

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Working Conditions for Wolves

        Linda always inspired me, sometimes in obvious ways, often in small, subtle ways but ever lovingly. Her job as Film Liaison for the City of Winnipeg required Linda to be up to speed on all film activity in the city. She sent me this one pager about wolves on movie sets with a note at the end saying she couldn’t wait to read the story it inspired. Though it is rich with potential and aroused some ideas in my head, I never did write a story based on this curious bit of movie minutiae. Instead of a story, I’ll share the information she sent me. 

WORKING CONDITIONS FOR WOLVES

 Here are guidelines for all crew members to follow when working around and with WILD ANIMALS to ensure a safe and successful shoot.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE WILD ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN USED IN MANY FILM PRODUCTIONS. THESE ARE NOT “PETS.” PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TOUCH, OR ASK TO TOUCH ANY OF THESE WOLVES (UNLESS YOU ARE A TRAINER). THE TRAINERS THAT WORK WITH THEM HAVE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS USING THE WOLF’S NATURAL INSTINCT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ALLOW THEM TO BE “PREPPED” IN THE LOCATION THAT WE ARE FILMING IN ALLOWING THEM TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN ANY NEW SURROUNDING SO THAT THEY ARE CONFIDENT IN THEIR WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

BECAUSE WOLVES ARE PREDATORY ANIMALS IT IS VERY IMPORTANT  WHEN FILMING AT NIGHT THAT WE FILM THEM WITH MINIMAL CREW AND ARE ALWAYS AWARE THAT CREW ACTIVITY MUST STOP WHEN WORKING AROUND THE WOLVES TO ALLOW THEM TO FOCUS ON THE TRAINERS.

WHEN WORKING WITH WOLVES;

-WOLVES WILL BE PARKED AS CLOSE TO SET AS POSSIBLE KEPT IN OUR TRANSPORT TRAILER, IN SEPARATE LOCKED CAGES.

-ALL SHOTS/SET UPS, WILL BE DISCUSSED PREVIOUSLY.

-WE WILL NEED TO HAVE A CLEARED PATHWAY TO BRING WOLVES IN AND OUT OF SET SAFELY. THERE SHOULD BE NO CREW AND NO EQUIPMENT ON THIS PATH WHATSOEVER. LOCKDOWN WHEN WOLVES TRAVEL TO AND FROM SET.

-IF ANY EQUIPMENT EG. LIGHTS, FLAGS, RIGGING NEEDS TO BE MOVED OR ADDED WHEN WOLVES ARE ON SET, PLEASE ASK TRAINER IF IT IS O.K. LET US BE AWARE SO WE CAN MOVE THE WOLF AWAY IF NECESSARY.

-MINIMAL CREW WHEN WORKING WITH THE WOLVES, VIDEO VILLAGE, CREW ETC. IS BEST TO BE KEPT IN GROUP AREA OFF  TO THE SIDE, KEEP IN MIND WOLVES HAVE VERY ACUTE HEARING AND SIGHT, IF WE ARE FILMING AT NIGHT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO DISTRACT WOLVES WHEN THEY NEED TO FOCUS.

-AFTER EVERY SHOT PLEASE CHECK WITH TRAINER MAKING SURE THAT ALL THE WOLVES ARE SECURED INSIDE CATCH/RELEASE CAGES OR ON LEASH BEFORE CREW STARTS TO MOVE AROUND.

THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS, IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK TRAINER. HE WILL HAVE A SAFETY MEETING WITH CREW BEFORE WOLVES COME ON TO SET TO WORK.

.PLEASE NO FOOD ON SET.

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