Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Lucky" — 15 Years of Unconditional Love

click here for Full Size image of Lucky, her eyes saying 'Please help me, end my suffering'After a few months of slowly going downhill, today my 'ol dog "Lucky" finally set her spirit free. Now she's no longer struggling just to get thru her day-to-day stuff. She dedicated her life to one and only one thing: being there for me and my family, always overflowing with unconditional love. No matter what… Lucky was always there for me. All she ever wanted was to be appreciated for who she was, and to share her love with everyone.

The very last pictures I took of Lucky (Flickr) were in front of the tree in our backyard that we planted for her predecessor, Gypsy. From that set in the picture on the right you see Lucky's sad eyes and Lady trying to snuggle up to her pal, realizing, I suspect, that Lucky was living her last moments. This page, with the music background of the song we used to memorialize Gypsy, was something I put together for her after she died. And as you can see in this picture, nature took its course and her collar became one with her tree over the years. My plan ws to add Lucky's collar to some other "Y" in the branches of that tree, and now, two years later you can see how amazingly quickly that took, here.

Right after Lucky's spirit finally set off on its own journey, Lynn and I went to pay our last respects — sitting on this spot on the banks of the Nashua river in Pepperell. We shed some tears, said our Goodbyes to our long-time family friend, felt the chill of the brisk November breeze on our backs, warmed our faces in the late Fall sunshine, and listened to Lucky's spirit speaking to us — in the wind — of her new-found freedom.

Rest in peace, my old Friend. Thank you for "15 Years of Unconditional Love".

Monday, November 17, 2008

DigitalMediaMagik.com — It's Real !

Yes !click here for Full Size image of DigitalMediaMagik.com's page on the Town of Groton (Mass) web site
On November 7th, 2008, anticipating revenue from my first real clients for DigitalMediaMagik.com (my new company)… I went into the Town of Groton Town hall and registered my company as a "d.b.a.". And today I found this link, shown on the right, from which you can see that I really am "Groton business Id 1282". As you can see from my July 4th blog article, it's taken me 5 months to get to this point and I'm very happy about it.

I still haven't come up with a better Icon (or "logo") for the company, so am still using the one you see on the left. Luckily, I didn't have to have that nailed down in order to register the company with the Town Hall. The Description that I did register was: Web site design and presentation, digital photography editing, multimedia presentations, DVD slide shows, digital music and story books printed on the web and DVD.

From here on in it's a matter of expanding my list of satisfied clients, which so far include a little Digital Photo Magik, updating content and a facelift (maintenance) on Mowrey's Radical Forgivenesss web site, and a site I've just started building from the ground up, The Café in Groton, Ma.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Price We Pay for Freedom

click here for Full Size image of entering the Zakim from the Big Dig tunnel, going North on rte 93Alex Carter and I talked a lot about our Fathers as I drove him to Logan today after his 5-day visit with us. We learned stuff about each other that we hadn't known before even though I have known him all of his life. I had promised to drive him "the other way" into Boston so that he could see what it's like driving over the Zakim into the Big Dig tunnel, but we both got so caught up in our conversation that I took rte 128 the wrong way and it didn't seem worth going back. Regretting that, I snapped this shot of the Zakim on leaving to send to him. Then I decided to dress it up with a picture of the Zakim that we did see on the previous Saturday when he, Jillian, Mike, and I "did Boston". Among other things, we walked from the Café at NEU over the Mass Ave bridge to Cambridge, MIT, Harvard Yard and all the usual sights you show people who've never been to this great city before.

Of course, a secondary purpose for my writing today is to honor my Dad, somewhat like I did last year in my blog article Harold "Dutch" Percy Pammett — Lest We Forget, because I don't want to let a November 11th go by without remembering his sacrifice in the war… not to mention the sacrifices that he made for me and my family during his whole life.

The rest of this is TBD after I upload the pictures for our "Getting to Know Boston" trip into the city last Saturday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lighting our UUC Chalice on All Souls Day

I'm chosing today to blog this because it would have been my Mom's birthday, even though my subject is the "Chalice Lighting" segment that I did in our UUC church in Groton 3 days ago.

For now, the rest is TBS (waiting to get the transcript).