Those photos are both early release versions of myself and my Dad. Today is the date ten years ago that he passed away; I had seen him a few weeks earlier. I did have my calendar reminder ping me earlier, but was reminded just ow as I was telling someone the story of Mickey, the dog who has long marked my online presence.

I got Mickey as a pup in July 2001, and it was my decision to name him after my Dad’s nickname. Mickey’s gone. Dad’s gone. I’m here and thinking of them both today.

As usual, I link on this day to a web site I made for my Dad when I was trying to deal with those 5 months of knowing he was going –

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Alan, your post (and related links) really touched me. I am a complete softy when it comes to my parents (and family) and my dog (who is most definitely a huge part of my family). Grief is such a powerful emotion and I thank you for sharing it so openly here. I am sending you a large virtual hug and hope that you are comforted by the memories of these two special “forces” in your life.

  2. Alan,
    A day later, I’m sorry! But you have a beautiful gift of keeping everyone who has touched you deeply alive in this space—it is testament to what was and an epistle of hope to what can be.

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