Kio recently invited me to take some photos in the National Pet Memorial Day ceremony put on by the Boone Area Humane Society.
I actually found the ceremony way more powerful than I expected it to be. I think anybody that has an animal immensely improve the quality of their life (like I have) would find the ceremony emotional.
I thought I would share a few of the words that Kio shared during the ceremony:
National Pet Memorial Day is the day we honor and remember beloved pets that are no long with us. But actually that’s not quite true, because those pets are still with us in our heart and our mind.
Whatever the animal may be, they all have the ability to grab on to our heart and never leg go. An in our mind we all the great experiences we had with out pet.
Animals bring so much to a person’s life yet ask so little in return. They love us no matter what. They love unconditionally. All they ask and need is we love them back, play with them, make sure they have food, water, veterinary care and are generally cared for. And those who love animals can attest, all that is easy to do.
What is not easy to do is to say goodbye to our pet. That is why it is so important to love them while they are here.
That is why National Pet Memorial Day is not only about the pets we’ve loat but about those still with us. Never take our pet for granted. Today remember those pets we’ve loved and lost but also today when you go home give your pet an extra bit of loving or when get that new pet, and you will, love them too. You could not find a better way to honor the memory of the pet that you have lost…
Here are a few pictures from the ceremony:
After Kio’s words, Pastor Doug gave a blessing. Then a couple of people read poems. Then refreshments were dispensed. It was a truly memorable experience.
Today is kind of a weird day. It is both the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It is also Equal Pay Day.
I don’t have a recent picture that really encompasses the importance of MLK. However, I do have a picture that can “celebrate” Equal Pay Day.
For those that don’t know, Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
FOCAL LENGTH: 300mm
DATE: 01-21-2017 – 12:07
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Gretchen, Layla, Evie, Shawn, Sara, and Jen
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “Money” by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings from I LEARNED THE HARD WAY
I figure that there is no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with another photo from the Women’s March in Des Moines back in January.
I love this picture even though the STAR WARS franchise is just one below average to middling movie after another.
If you don’t know what International Women’s Day is, it can be best described thusly:
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
This year the organizers are calling on people to “#BeBoldForChange… to help for a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.”
Sounds good to me.
CAMERA: Sony SLT-A65V
FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm
DATE: 01-21-2017 – 12:11
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Gretchen, Evie, Layla, Jen, Sara, and Shawn
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “This Land is Your Land” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings from NATURALLY
Here is another one of my favorite images from the Women’s March back in January.
I’ll probably bust through all those images in a couple weeks when I have some time taken off from work.
CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
FOCAL LENGTH: 20mm
DATE: 01-21-2017 – 12:48
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Sara, Shawn, Gretchen, Jen, Evie, and Layla.
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “ALL I HAVE” BY NF from MANSION