Goodies for Gina


Hi there! Thank you for visiting the super secret planning page for Gina's upcoming 50th birthday! Read on for details, and I hope you'll participate!


Gina's birthday is on January 1st and I am preparing something special for her: a published book of photos and stories from all of her friends, family, and colleagues.

But, shh, it’s a SECRET!

The more people who contribute to the book, the better. So, first, I hope you will participate. Second, please circulate this request by sending the link to this secret page to Gina’s colleagues, family, and friends. (I’m sure people won’t mind if they get the message from a few sources, so don’t be shy about sharing the link.)

Pictures and Words

I’m inviting people to submit a photo (or two, but no more than two, if your story needs it) and up to 150 words of text; 70 to 100 words is usually lots for this kind of thing, and even a single line is important. Perhaps you’d like to recall a special moment or story, wish Gina a happy birthday, write a poem, or … well, be creative!

Don’t feel that you must send both a photo and text. Text alone is just fine if you don’t have a picture to send. But if you do send just a photo, please give me at least a little caption to go with it; for example, “Gina and Dawn in Boston, 1998."

To send a photo or text or both, this is what you do:

PHOTO — If sending a photo, please send the largest, best version of the photograph you have. The original is ideal if you’ve got that! I can handle any image file format (JPG, TIFF, RAW, CR2, PSD … ). 

Name the image file with your own name; for example, “IMG-DawnOosterhoff.jpg.” That will ensure the right message is with the right photo and the right person!

  • To email me the photo, send it to Be sure that your email is not set to downsize the photo. Keep your email attachment settings at “original,” “full size,” “highest resolution,” or equivalent.


  • To upload the photo, simply use the button on this page and follow the directions.

Note that once you’ve uploaded the file, you can’t go back in and take the file out or revise it. If you’ve made a mistake, just upload a revised file or send me an email.

Your Name *
Your Name

TEXT — You can send me your message by using the form on this page, by sending me your message in an email, or by uploading a file.

If uploading a file, again, please name the file with your own name; for example, “TXT-DawnOosterhoff.doc.” I can handle any file format that allows me to copy and paste (TXT, DOC/DOCX, PAGES, RTF, INDD … ).

Oh, and because I’m an editor and likely to correct spelling and basic punctuation, do add a note if you have deliberately misspelled a word or something!

DEADLINE — Given that Gina’s birthday is over the holidays when printers are their busiest, I must have everything laid out, formatted, and ready to go to the publisher by the end of November. So the cutoff date for sending in photos and text is Friday, November 17th.

I do hope you’ll contribute! By all means, contact me if you’ve got any questions (my details are at the bottom), and yes, yes, (secretly!) spread the word!

On Gina's birthday, I will post a web version of the book here, so bookmark the page!

with thanks,


Dawn Oosterhoff
Information Genie
(613) 608-2336