published in Creativity, Inspiration, Photos by Maryanne | July 14, 2015

 She Sorted Photos in Her She-Shed by the Sea Shore


she shed sign on shed

Sign on Maryanne’s She-Shed

How’s that for a new take on an old tongue-twister?!

I first heard of the “she-shed” in my dance class a few weeks ago. If you’re not familiar with the idea, it’s like the man-cave for women.

And you should see some of these she-sheds! Click here if you’d like to see a few examples…they’re pretty cool 🙂

Oddly enough, the same week I found out about the she-shed term, I just happened to be finally getting around to moving my old moving boxes from my garden shed to the basement, so that I could set up my shed as a photo-sorting station.

I’ve been going through all the old family photographs from my Mom’s place – but there are thousands of photos (sigh), so I needed more space.

Now, my she-shed isn’t very elaborate inside – but it does the trick. But what I did do was put some kids to work and we made a pretty little sign out of crushed seashells to hang above the door of my she-shed. It looks lovely!

shed full shot

As for the actual photo-sorting, well that’s coming along slowly but surely. Here are a few gems I’ve unearthed so far:

Nan Nan with Mom as a baby

My Mom (Mary Harrison) with her Mom (Grace Harrison, later known to us kids as Nan Nan), 1926

Mom as teenager smiling

My Mom as a teenager, circa 1940


Mom and Dad on wedding day getting into car

My Mom and Dad (Alex Pope) on their wedding day, 1958

Doug as toddler

My brother Doug as a toddler (so cute!), 1965

MA Pat Doug and George as kids sitting on couch

L to R: Doug, Maryanne, George and Pat Pope, 1969

This quote about photos gave me a laugh:

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” 

– Abraham Lincoln

Hope you’re having a great summer so far!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, please sign up here.





  1. Theresa on July 15th, 2015 at 2:23 pm:

    So cute! Even back in your toddler days your laugh and smile lit up the room.

    Your family is lucky that you’ve volunteered to take on this task. I stopped “printing” photos years ago- because finding time to keep them all organized was overwhelming.

    But the trip down memory lane must evoke all kinds of emotions.


  2. Maryanne on July 16th, 2015 at 10:42 am:

    Hi Theresa…yeah, I think I was laughing with my mouth wide open right from the get go! I am really enjoying going through all the photos but I do it in small chunks of time because you’re right, otherwise it is memory-overload 🙂
    Hope you are having a good summer!

  3. jennifer dickey on July 16th, 2015 at 5:13 pm:

    Wow, I love that quote. Cannot always blame it on the pictures. Your mom was quite the looker!

  4. Maryanne on July 18th, 2015 at 9:26 am:

    I sure got a laugh out of that quote, too…especially when I saw it was Abraham Lincoln who said it! And yes, my Mom was so pretty 🙂

  5. Shannon on August 10th, 2015 at 10:50 am:

    Reading this made me miss your Mom. She had great stems and her beautiful smile lives on in you, MA!

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