We’ve all been there. Those times where it seems like giving up is such an easier option, however, it is usually times like that when we need to keep persevering, which is exactly what my brother, Roy did.

It was his senior year of high school and everything was going just his way (as usual). He had the girl, he had the friends, he had baseball, and tons of college scouts were looking his way. Roy’s senior year was perfect. Then one day at a baseball game my brother was hit in the arm while he was up to bat. While sitting in the stands, my parents and I knew that it was bad, but the team’s trainer told him it was just a sprain and he would be fine in a couple of days. Unfortunately, the trainer was horribly wrong and my brother, assuming he only had a sprain, continued playing at baseball games and shooting hoops with friends.

After two weeks of never complaining, Roy finally admits to my parents that the pain never went away and had only gotten worse. My mom took him to the hospital to get x-rayed where it was revealed that he did indeed break his arm and he would have to be in a cast for six to eight weeks. Goodbye baseball season. Goodbye baseball scholarship to any college of his choosing.

My brother was devastated and couldn’t comprehend the idea of not playing baseball for two months. It was such an comprehensible idea that after one month, he had a friend cut off the cast so he could play at the next game. Roy’s arm proved that it was not ready after one month of rest when at the baseball game, he was hit by the ball in the same spot and had to go straight to the emergency room. Another six weeks of arm prison and this time my brother reluctantly listened.

Six weeks later it was time for “Senior Night” at the baseball stadium and Roy could not have been more excited for the last game of the season. He had been practicing with his cast on for weeks and now that it was off, he was more than ready to play. At his final game he hit a home run! Everyone, especially my brother, were elated.

I thought that this was a great story to use as my “Story in 5 frames” assignment. You may not be able to see everything that went on behind the photos, but I think it definitely tells a story of determination, especially when looking at Roy practice throwing with his cast on. This assignment goes to show that you do not always need words to tell a story. Visually seeing a story can be great because you are able to use your imagination more and always leads a bit of mystery to the story.

In order to accomplish this project I first went through my camera and when I saw the pictures of Roy playing baseball, I knew they would be perfect. So I joined the group on Flickr called “Tell a story in 5 frames (Visual story telling)” and followed their steps to upload my five photos.

First you must start a discussion, which leads you to this page where you add the title to your photos as well as the HTML codes to the five photos. It should look like this but with more HTML code (this screenshot only shows one).

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Then your five frame discussion should show up on the groups Discussion page within an hour or so. That’s about all it took.

Now in order to make the slideshow, I used the slickr-flickr plugin, which took a little while to actually work. I couldn’t figure out why it would say “No photos available right now. Please verify your settings, clear your RSS cache on the Slickr Flickr Admin page and check your Flickr feed” So I googled the issue and realized that I needed to change the LightBox setting from “Default LightBox” to “ThickBox” because for whatever reason, the default will not work well the WordPress. As you can see from below, the slideshow now works perfectly! Knowing how to use the slickr-flickr plug-in will be great for future posts in the future because rather than uploading ten photos individually, I can just tag them in Flickr and use slickr-flickr to turn them into a slideshow.


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