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  • I am a photographer. Images are quite important to me.

    Images are a connection to the past for me, or insights into the imaginings of others. It doesn't matter to me if they are photographs taken by a professional, snapshots taken by novices, paintings, drawings, even stories written in pastel wordings to evoke mental imagery, they all impart blessings upon me. Blessings that I do not care to live without.

    In my life, I feel I am doubly blessed. I have family members that comprise a very large group spread all across this planet, and they do stay in touch; visits, letters, phone calls, internet posts, and sometimes with pictures,... the family knows the importance they hold for me.

    This is a family treasure I received today from my cousin Lane, in Florida. I haven't seen him since 1965, but we still communicate. We care enough to do so, and so it is with all of my family. This is the greatest of blessings.

    In this picture is Lane's dad; Loyd (on the left), my dad Herbert, uncle Robert, and Grams. This would have been taken in my dad’s birthplace, Bowling Green, Mo. I'm not sure, but I think that’s the house they grew up in. (1920’s) I dolled it up (the photograph) a bit for the presentation here.

    The image of my father, and his family make it possible for me to reach across the years, and into the afterlife where Dad, Loyd, Robert, and Grams now reside, and touch these lives again.

    If this isn't a double blessing, I don't know what is. The images and my family may also be nothing short of a miracle.

    Blessings and miracles,...I reconsider now, I must be doubly, doubly blessed, and if I'm doubly, doubly blessed,... Well,... you see where I'm going here, it's an infinite roll.
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