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Family Heritage and Culture Lenses from our Giant Squids

Last week we asked our Giant Squid Storytellers to create a new lens that shares a story about something relating to their family heritage and/or culture. Here’s 11 of the lenses we received.  Enjoy!

The Secret of Amohamed's Church Murals

1. The Secret of Amohamed’s Church Murals

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city. If you come in the spring, you’ll find warm, balmy weather. The sun drapes over and warms the tents and stands in the downtown markets. Time spent outdoors is balmy, bright and cheerful. This backdrop of…

Whale Watching on the Bay of Fundy

2. Whale Watching on the Bay of Fundy

Minke whales, Finbacks, Humpbacks and even the rare endangered Right Whales come to the Bay of Fundy by the hundreds every summer. Those of us who are lucky enough to call this place home have the pleasure of seeing the whales time and again, but it’s…

My Mother's Annual Visits to Japan

3. My Mother’s Annual Visits to Japan

I left home at the age of 15 and although I’ve had a rough childhood that I wouldn’t want to relive, my adult years were mostly filled with happy memories. Once the drama of personal issues out of the way, our family has learned to love each othe…

A Yorkshire & Norfolk Heritage

4. A Yorkshire & Norfolk Heritage

I’m British and a proud Yorkshirewoman. But I have to confess to a guilty secret. I am not one hundred percent Yorkshire. I have foreign blood. ‘Foreign’, to a Yorkshire person means anywhere outside our great county so here I have to confes…

Family Get Together with Coffee Makers

5. Family Get Together with Coffee Makers

I can’t think of any family event where there was not coffee and people making coffee. Sometimes there would be a full holiday dinner, sometimes there would be tea or coffee. But, always there was coffee. The Early Days with the Drip Coffee Maker I re…

Family Culture

6. Family Culture

My family heritage is pretty much British Isles all the way. I am planning to have an ancestry. com DNA test done to see what else might be flowing through my veins. My mother’s paternal line is straight from Yorkshire and as far as I can see they liv…

My Favourite Manchester Sunday Lunch was Lovely Lancashire Hotpot

7. My Favourite Manchester Sunday Lunch was Lovely Lancashire Hotpot

I was born in Salford, a suburb of Manchester, in 1950, and rationing was still a fresh memory for my parents, so they tended to make the best meals they could from the cheapest ingredients. This was a trait for which Lancashire people were famous, and pro…

Irish DNA

8. Irish DNA

Family history is fluid and changes with each piece of evidence found. My family tree is no different. We knew we had some Irish but suspected English as well. Turns out, Ancestry DNA changed that and moved my family search into another direction. We are n…

The Brethren Prayer Covering

9. The Brethren Prayer Covering

In 1708, in the town of Schwarzenau, Germany, eight Christians who had been gathering regularly for prayer, worship, and the corporate study of Scripture, went to the banks of the Eder River and were immersed in the waters of baptism. Under the leadership…

heritage10.  A Endless Heritage        When heritage is discussed it usually identifies traits, concepts, or items from the past, not as a continually growing entity. When I joined the women’s lib movement however, heritage…

Prayers work

11. Prayers work

It is the time of the year when I give thanks to Father in Heaven for answering my prayers. Yes, prayers work. I have seen it many times and especially in my life in 2009. I wrote a story about how I survived an elective surgery mishap here . When I was in…

Image Source: Whale Watching on the Bay of Fundy by lensmaster flycatcher

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • tonyleather

    Thanks for including my hotpot lens!

    • rms

      Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • kimmilai

    Whoo hoo! First time number one! This was a labor of love. Looking forward to looking at the other lenses.

    • rms

      I enjoyed reading it. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  • flycatcher

    Oh, what a nice surprise! Thank you so much for including my whales. :)

    • rms

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for creating the lens!

  • ibidii

    Thank you for including my lens on Prayers Work! I looked at all of these great lenses and I am impressed with them all. I will have to go back and read them all more closely!

  • vikksimmons

    Great group of lenses. Congratulations to all who took up the challenge.

  • visit2goa

    fairly nice post..

  • knowledgetoday

    I think everyone who participated in this story telling did a great job. For some unexplainable reason, I got stumped on this one. After reading the above it stirred some ideas.

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