Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Winter White

 Another "Snow Day". How I love them. Yesterday I was inspired to make a short slide show with some of my winter photography. I have long been a fan of Danny Wright's music, and the first time that I heard "Fire and Snow" I imagined a video or slide show to go with it. That was maybe 20 years ago, long before we could make such creations with special software on our home computers.
Making slide shows behave the way that I want them to has been a challenge, to say the least, but I dusted off my "I-wanna-make-a-slide-show-for-the-OCJ blog-but-it-will-be-too-hard-to-do" inner critic and gave it a try. It really did not take too long, but getting it uploaded to the blog has been very challenging. I am just hoping after trying several methods that the link works for you. I finally got it working in several tests, so...here goes nothin' (or I should say, "something"!)
To play the slide show, click on the link below the picture.

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I like SmileBox for making animated slide shows with music because it is relatively easy. What I don't like about SmileBox is that there is no control over how long a slide displays or for a way to fit the number of slides to the length of the music, like Windows video maker, PowerPoint, or Adobe Premiere. But the animation adds a wonderful element that I like, so until I get better at creataing videos, I'll stay with SmileBox.

I am asking a favor: I need feedback on if this link works, if the slide show opened, if it gave you any problems, and if you like it or don't like it, and why.
Marcheta *stretching her skill-level muscles

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