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Today marks a very sad day for so many. In my heart I hope we can learn to reach out in a better way. I lost some close friends seven years ago, and their memory will last forever. They were kind and gentle people with energy that fueled the imaginations of many. I can not begin to imagine the horror they went through and the violence in which they died.


Heroes rose in our country that day. Firefighters and emergency crews of all kinds poured into buildings that had become infernos. They rescued thousands. They showed the world of their courage, and set an example of what compassion is all about. This spread an enormous amount of Patriotism whithin our country. We had been stunned and shocked beyond belief. The heroes that rose that day forever changed our country, and much of the world for the better.


To my friends that perished, I miss you and love you. To the many that came to help and rescue, I thank you. I hope someday I will see my friends again, and I hope by then our world is a more peaceful place.



This is for the Fix My Pic Please group

from an amazing original by Instrumental Illness, titled, speak.


Here is a link to the original by Instrumental Illness:


I thought this was such a cool shot. It kind of reminded me of the song by U2 . . . "Ultra Violet (light my way)". I also liked the reflection in the top right, so I tried to use something to compliment. I applied the new image on several layers with some spherical distortion. I applied the layers with hard and soft light modes. I also used the elliptical marquee tole for selections, and varied the feathering a lot...anywhere from 4-120 pixlels. This can help with the blending sometimes.


Thank you Instrumental Illness, for letting me work on your awesome photo!


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Taken on September 11, 2008