Thanksgiving: A Time to Give Thanks
Thanksgiving in North America originated from a mix of European and Native American traditions for people to rejoice after hard work. The World Wide Web is another way we can share our thoughts and images with others, no matter where they may be on this planet. Over the years I’ve made great friends that I’d never have known except for the Internet, which is its true power. After the hard work on this blog, my writings for Shutterbug and books, I want to take this day to give thanks.
Thanks to my Mom and Dad for encouraging my photography by giving me a Kodak Box Brownie when I was eight years old and later gave me my first 35mm camera—an Argus C-3—when I was in high school. Through the years they told me that I could accomplish whatever I wanted in life. Who I am today is only possible because of that encouragement.
Thanks to Kevin Elliott a friend for more than 20 years, whose calm measured response to my panic at whatever computer crisis I was going through and his skills and talents always rescued the day. Kevin in more than just a computer genius, he’s a true friend. Thanks to Paul Peregrine and Ralph Nelson, two amazingly gifted photographers and wonderfully giving human beings and I cherish the time we spend together, even if its just on iChat. Thanks also to Jack Dean for being a friend and for all the years he gave me access to his studio and still does…
Thanks to Rick Sammon, Peter K. Burian, and Shawn Barnett who were initially colleagues and but quickly become friends who I respect and admire not only for their photography but their humanity. Thanks George Schaub, Shutterbug‘s Editorial Director, who challenges me to be the best photographer and writer that I can be. My work has improved over the years because of George’s insistence on the highest standards of quality and integrity. Thanks also to Andrea Keister, Shutterbug‘s Managing Editor; she’s a quiet force who has helped shape my work while helping me learn that there’s more to writing than just clicking computer keys.
Thank you Tim Fiedler for your hard work in shaping this blog and my other websites and blogs. You’re a talented guy, an inventive photographer, and just plain good guy. The world needs more Tims.
Thanks to all the sponsors on the right hand side of this page. Without their great products and support it would be hard for me to try to Save the World, One Pixel at a Time. Thanks to all of you—Shutterbug and blog readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends— for hanging in there with me over the years. Your loyalty and support help me write these posts.
And finally finally a special thanks to my wife, Mary who makes me happy every day of my life by showing how much she cares. When I met her thirty years ago I could only guess at what our life would become, the travels we would make together and the photographs that we would create. She is a shining beacon of what being a truly kind person is all about and by her actions and example have shown me how to be the person that I try to be. I only hope to live long enough to become that kind of person that she is.