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Meet Dahlia, the wonderful light of our lives (adopted 5/17/08):
And meet Ben, the other wonderful light of our lives (adopted 6/27/15):
Who am I? ~I'm an Irish whistle and bodhran player living in the Syracuse, NY area. ~I have a wonderful husband, David, another Irish traditional musician (fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and guitar, among other instruments). ~I am owned by one lovely Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix named Dahlia and one amazing Border Collie (mix?) named Ben. Some pictures of them can be found here. ~In 2009, I was diagnosed with Otosclerosis. This means I'm slowly losing my hearing. As a musician, this is frightening. ~I work with dogs in a variety of ways ~I am heavily involved in agility. Dahlia is now retired from agility due to vestibular disease, but we competed for some time. She has taken home a bunch of ribbons so far and has gotten her level 1 title and a level 2 title as well. She's now known as Dahlia CTL1, CTL2-H, NTD, CGC (She also has her Novice Trick Dog and Canine good Citizen titles! She's a good dog is my girly!). Ben has just begun his journey! ~I teach courses in Music theory, composition, history, and appreciation ~I'm a classically trained musician and have played clarinet for 30+ years; I currently play both Bb and Eb Clarinet in a community band ~I have also played recorders, crumhorns, and various other Renaissance instruments ~I am a composer ~I enjoy taking photos, not just of Dahlia and Ben, but of nature as well. Some of my favourite photos can be found here. ~I love to write stories, especially fanfiction based on Phantom of the Opera (also called Phanfic), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Once Upon a Time ~In November 2007, I "won" NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by writing over 50,000 words in the month...a couple weeks later I completed the piece, a Pirates of the Caribbean fanfic called Retribution. ~I "won" NaNoWriMo in 2008 and 2009 with original pieces, neither of which is remotely ready to be shared with anyone. ~I also "won" NaNoWriMo in 2013 and 2014 with two Once Upon a Time fanfics I wrote: Fate Loves the Fearless (2013) and Away to Me (2014).