What’s in a name?


What’s in a name?

The answer to that question right now, for me, is … a lot.

I started to follow the online instructions on the Thompson Rivers University website to apply to graduate but when the screen popped up to review the information, I cancelled the process.

I stopped not because I’m not looking forward to wearing the cap and gown but because something was missing.

My name was shown as Marvin Ross Beatty; close, but not quite.

Ross is my father’s name and one I am proud to share with him, but my full name is Marvin Ross Edward Beatty, which also includes my grandfather’s name, neatly tying together three generations.

When I walk across the stage, I know that Frederick Edward Beatty — along with many others — helped get me there. Don’t worry, Mom and Dad…you still have top billing, but your parents also played pivotal roles in my upbringing.

So, I sent a copy of my driver’s licence off to the Admission Office and will wait patiently until the addition is made. I owe it to my family, all of them, to honour them this way.

(Really, my name should be Marvin Ross Edward Betty Ann Helen Edith Bert Sheri Beatty but that’s a bit much to squeeze onto the degree.)

I look forward to reuniting with my classmates in Kamloops in June. I know it will be a sunny day, full of smiles and laughter.


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Clients and places where I’ve had photos and writing published include: The Tyee, BC Outdoors Magazine, Currents Magazine, Kamloops Daily News, Kamloops This Week, Smithers Interior News, Okanagan Vacation Guide, Hummingbird Beach Resort, U.S. Horsetrainer.com, Castlegar News, West Kootenay Advertiser and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. My best photographs are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/marvin-beatty.html My images can appear on framed prints (what I’ll mostly focus on), home decor and apparel products. The choice of what image appears on what is mine for every image and buyers can customize their choices, too. There are beautiful frames and mats, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and more. All inks are archival and all papers are acid-free. Fine Art America has 14 manufacturing centres in 5 countries, including one in Canada, which will minimize shipping costs and speed up delivery times. Fine Art America has also partnered with Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and The Framing and Art Center to sell artwork at 150+ retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. All this and they offer a 30-day, full refund guarantee!
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