Good Morning everybody,
First of all, let me thank everyone for their very kind expressions of sympathy in your comments, thoughts, prayers, desserts and flowers at the passing of my mother, Janet Ziser. She was laid to rest yesterday in a beautiful full mass ceremony that brought tears to many eyes in the house. Growing up - I always told my mom she needed to stop and smell the roses. She reminded me of my own words many times as my business continued to grow and prosper over the years. When my cousins laid two roses on the casket, all those wonderful memories came flooding back. Maybe we all need a reminder to stop and smell the roses now and then. Sometimes the work, hectic schedules, and families responsibilities tend to make us take our eye off that target, but I still think it is good advice and we need to make time to just stop and smell those roses!!
The passing of a parent is pretty hard to take for all involved because of the hurt and the loss, but the wonderful eulogy for my mother given by a close family friend let us all walk out of the service yesterday feeling sad of course but happy for my mom too. Here are the last few sentences from the eulogy. "You know Janet (my mom), every time we left your house after a visit you always reassured us with your gentle words, 'Go on now, have a good time, don't worry about me, I'll be just fine.' So we say to you today, 'Go ahead now mom, have a good time, and don't worry about us. We'll all be just fine." You know, as I write this, I know we will be just fine, and knowing my mom, I know she be having a good time too.
You know over this past weekend, although we missed Mardi Gras, the KPPA photography convention was taking place and we participated in some of those events that we hadn't planned to attend. The wonderful hugs and time spent with many of my friends this past weekend was a well needed diversion from all the personal weekend circumstances. It was also a great convention with a talented aray of speakers presenting "tons" of ideas and information. I had the honor of presenting Friday and doing an all day on-location workshop on Tuesday. I'd like to share with you just a few tidbits from the convention. So, give a read below, I hope you enjoy. --David