Monday, May 19, 2008

Congratulations, Janet & Mike!

I photographed a very special wedding on Saturday, May 17. I have known Janet Thomason for nearly 18 years and photographed her family and children many times.

She's a warm and fun loving woman, full of life. Janet says a holiday card I did for her lead directly to her marriage to Mike who did not know she was single again until he received the card!

They had a beautiful wedding at the First Congregational Church with a reception following at the Burlington Country Club.

The day was just gorgeous and the out of town guests could not get enough of the Vermont spring colors.

Mike and his daughter Grace joined Janet, Will, Angela and Thomas in a new family on Saturday. We wish them joy and a long, happy life together.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Celebrating Roddy Cleary

Roddy O'Neil Cleary has so eloquently graced the pulpit of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, Vermont as Affiliate Minister since her appointment in September 1997. This venture marks her "third religious vocation." A former Roman Catholic nun, Roddy has also directed the Cooperative Campus Ministry and taught in the Women's Studies program at the University of Vermont. She and her husband Bill have two sons, Neil and Tom.

Roddy is retiring this summer and a celebration of her life and ministry will be held at the First UU Society at the head of Church Street in Burlington at noon on Sunday, June 8.

I have known and worked with Roddy for many years and she has always been a loving and compassionate person, with the right words for occasions of celebration as well as comfort in sadder times. Roddy's warm smile, true interest in others and ready humor will be missed by her UU friends as she embarks on her next adventure. Check here for a list of her recent sermons.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pets Are People, Too!

Stella and Pearl are the beloved pets of Tracy, owner of Paragon Design salon, 3240 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, VT (985-9119). I have haircuts and pedicures at this full service salon and these cuties are always there to greet the guests. They're beautiful AND well behaved! Their portrait is on display at Paragon right now.

And, speaking of pets, my Goldendoodle Arlo is another show stopper! Yes, he's a two year old Doodle - his father is a Golden Retriever and his mother a black Standard Poodle. He has wavy black hair and doesn't shed. He is loving and playful and generally thinks he's everybody's best friend.

Our pets help round out our lives and return our love for them many times over.