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Personal Statement

As I look back, high school was one of the most exciting and life changing periods of my life. Some of the most important lessons learned were from my classmates and the friendships and relationships formed during that time some of the best I have ever known. Unlike the college institutions or workplaces we went on to after college, our high school experience was that of a small unique community with daily opportunities for interaction and discovery. In hosting this site it is my hope to reestablish some of those relationships from high school and continue my education in cyberspace with the experiences and wisdom of my classmates. Your comments and suggestions on this site are welcome.


My other websites


My ancestral hometown in Scotland


My family website - a lot of of date!


Website for the community where I live 

Copyright and Fair Use

 The question of copyright is an issue, which needs to be considered by all sites such as this one, which display images and text most of which are not the product of the domain registrant. The Internet and websites like this do not change copyright laws but only present a further challenge to their application and interpretation in this new media. As registrant of this site I assume all responsibility for what is displayed here.

Summarized here is my understanding and approach in use of images and text on this site.

This site is first of all for education and research only. It accepts no advertising, promotes no commercial enterprises other than by recognition of their generous contribution of materials, and has no products for sale. With this premise, I have excerpted or copied small portions of text or images from many other sources and placed them on this site as "fair use" of these items. Where it has been possible, credit is given for the source of these items or links to their sites have been made. 

There are many websites devoted to copyright issues but here is one of them if you wish further information on the subject. http://fairuse.stanford.edu/

If you believe I have violated copyright laws or misapplied "fair use" please contact me at the email address above to let me know how you think I have done so.

Fair use has been defined or interpreted in many ways. Here is one such definition.

The "fair use" doctrine allows limited reproduction of copyrighted works for educational and research purposes. The relevant portion of the copyright statue provides that the "fair use" of a copyrighted work, including reproduction "for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research" is not an infringement of copyright. The law lists the following factors as the ones to be evaluated in determining whether a particular use of a copyrighted work is a permitted "fair use," rather than an infringement of the copyright:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; 

  • the nature of the copyrighted work; 

  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and 

  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Although all of these factors will be considered, the last factor is the most important in determining whether a particular use is "fair." Where a work is available for purchase or license from the copyright owner in the medium or format desired, copying of all or a significant portion of the work in lieu of purchasing or licensing a sufficient number of "authorized" copies would be presumptively unfair. Where only a small portion of a work is to be copied and the work would not be used if purchase or licensing of a sufficient number of authorized copies were required, the intended use is more likely to be found to be fair.

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