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Looking for a good Chinese teacher in Taipei?

Here are some pictures of Kirk my Chinese teacher.  He is looking for some new students so please call him at 09395-23689 if you want to practice your 中文.


Christmas Day at Huafan

Here are some images from Christmas day at Huafan and images of Christmas dinner with Ann Kuo and Sylvia.

The below photo is taken from Sylvia’s blog.  Here we are celebrating Christmas Eve.


My favorite photograph of Audrey

This photograph was taken in the summer of 2005 just as Audrey was leaving Montreal for her new life in Toronto. It is Audrey’s Facebook profile picture and is one of my favorite photographs of her. Audrey was looking snazzy and stylish on her way to a wedding. We walked to the Metro where she was meeting some friends and snapped this image as we crossed a park in St. Henri.


Robert and Stephanie Watson’s Wedding Photos: Part 2 Official Portraits


Stephanie and Robert Watson’s Wedding: Photo Series 1 The Morning


Photos of Rachelle and Good Pregnancy blogs

My good friend Rachelle is pregnant and I am enjoying reading her blog that has some great photos of her new baby bump.  I also noticed that another old friend Jenny is also pregnant and have started reading her blog.  At the moment babies are not in my immediate future.  Still I find the whole experience fascinating and get a kick out of these blogs.  Here are some photos of Rachelle that were taken the last time I saw her at the Victoria Art Gallery in August 2006.


A kaleidoscope of different memories and emotions

Sunset Phuket
Over the past few days Facebook has put me in touch with many old friends and I can’t help but contemplate my personal history and how we grow and change in connection to those around us.  In 1998 at age 22 I returned to Ottawa after a year spent abroad as an international student in Edinburgh, Scotland.  This was a truly tough and low point in my life.  I felt personally devastated after the breakup of my first serious relationship and had no idea of who I was or what to expect out of life.  The people I surrounded myself with did not have my best interest at heart.  They took me for granted and looked down on me.  Not wanting to see my true light.  I was just “silly-weird photographer Joanna” and my clothes, hair, appearance and personality were criticized for being creative and not looking right.  

At that point in my life I was finishing my Fine Art degree at the University of Ottawa in 2000.  That spring I started working at a framing store to learn the skills of displaying and exhibiting fine art.  Carrie who managed the bead store across the street would soon become a friend and before long a whole world of people would come crashing into my life.  However this time things were different.  Instead of being awkward I was treated as elegant.  Instead of bizarre I was thought of as artistic.  Instead of “weird photographer girl” I was considered a talented young woman.  In a nutshell this is a short way of describing how I came into being me.

The person we are is impacted by our personality, talent, and drive- but it is also influenced by the people we choose to surround ourselves with.  If you surround yourself with people who do not see the best in you or who put you down, you will never reach your true potential, or ever be happy.  However, if you surround yourself with those who appreciate you, care for you, and want the best for you then guess what?  Chances are that chasing your dreams and finding happiness will be just around the corner. 

This post is dedicated to a group of friends that I met in Ottawa in 2000- before moving to Montreal in 2002.  Sarah, Carrie, Rachelle, Chris M, and Audrey.  Truly I can’t quite express what a positive influence you had in my life because- quite simply- you believed in me.  Thanks a lot.  

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  • Grow With HubSpot New York February 23, 2016
    The marketing software company HubSpot sponsored an event at Irving Plaza in New York, NY on Thursday February 18th to provide an overview of their services to potential clients and marketers. HubSpot markets through Web 2.0, social media, email marketing, CRM, and blogs. The event began at 2pm and began with a session on how […]
    Jo Rees
  • TCS NYC Marathon Long Training Run #1: Race review July 26th, 2014 August 14, 2014
    Pacers from the New York Flyers running club 20.9 miles 8’37” pace/mile time This was a very meaningful race that I’d trained hard for. I knew that running 20 miles along the rolling hills of Central Park was going to be a challenge. I wanted to finish and finish strong. The race began at 7am and […]
    Jo Rees
  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon Race Review: 1:49:40, June 22nd 2014 August 14, 2014
    This was a special race as it took place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I had wanted to run a Vancouver race for a while and it was an absolute pleasure to run through UBC, West Van, and Stanley Park for 13.10 miles. The course began at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena and ran along SW […]
    Jo Rees
  • Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Race Review 3:58:18 August 14, 2014
    It was a great experience to run my first marathon at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on April 26th. I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group and met a lot of interesting people on the course. Our pacer Steve had run 13 marathons in one year and I connected with others who traveled across […]
    Jo Rees
  • February 2014 April 12, 2014
    Here are some images from New York and Urbana, Il from February 2014
    Jo Rees
  • PicFrame Collages March 17, 2014
    Here are photographs from our trip to Washington DC last weekend that are framed using the PicFrame app.
    Jo Rees
  • Photographs from January 2014 February 10, 2014
    Here are some images from Urbana, IL and New York, NY from January 2014
    Jo Rees
  • Photographs from December 2013 February 9, 2014
    Images from the holidays in Urbana, IL and New York, NY  
    Jo Rees
  • Photographs from November 2013 February 9, 2014
    Here are some images from last November in Urbana, IL and New York, NY
    Jo Rees
  • Photographs from October 2013 February 9, 2014
    Here are some images from Urbana, IL from last October and early November
    Jo Rees

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  • intersection of infinity...oil on canvas... March 21, 2018
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  • Prototyping March 21, 2018
    “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a prototype is worth a thousand meetings.”– IDEO This
  • City Lights March 21, 2018
    Based on a photograph featuring a city of many lighted buildings, this digital artwork would look gr
  • Writer's Cramp or Brain Cramp? March 21, 2018
    I feel so inspired lately, so many things to write about yet I have a difficult time just putting it
    Deborah Owen, Photographer
  • Woman Turns Away From the City March 21, 2018
    At times, a “Favorite Place” of mine to be is somewhere within the city. It’s not