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Hey Everyone: I just wanted to briefly introduce myself (anonymously) as Ziggy. I lost my Dad on March 19th, 2011. He died the way he wanted. He passed out and despite paddles and nurses being seconds away and paramedics being 1 minute away they never got a heartbeat. As I understand it, he probably didn't feel any pain and even if the best medical experts in the world were standing over him he would not have been revived from his full arrest. He was 76. I thought I had made piece with the inevitable loss of my parents but I was NOT prepared.

I have been reading other postings here and I'm looking forward to joining discussions. I will probably dive into being more active over the next week. My work drives me pretty hard. (I'm entrepreneurial just like my Dad.)

For now I just wanted to say, "Hey," and thank all of you for being here to help me and I also hope I can be helpful in return. I love the power of people coming together. I was raised Catholic so I some of my thoughts will be centered around that background. But I have a silver necklace with charms on it that I created as my personal talisman. I only remove it to swim or shower. It has a cross my Dad gave me when I was fourteen, the Celtic forever knot that my wonderful Scottish mother-in-law gave me over 10 years ago when my husband I became engaged, the medal of Saint Gerad (my cousin swears that he brings children to women with infertility problems or who are trying to adopt (I'm in the second category), a Hamsa to represent my Muslim "family" that I have known since I was a teenager and a Chai to represent my Jewish "family" that I have had in my life for almost twenty years.

I love to sing and just below is one of my favorite hymns that I believe represents the power of all people of any flavor coming together to create good ripples

Make me a channel (Prayer of Saint Francis)

Make me a channel of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me bring your love.

Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord

And where there's doubt, true faith in you.


Oh, Master grant that I may never seek

So much to be consoled as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace

Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope

Where there is darkness, only light

And where there's sadness, ever joy.


Make me a channel of your peace

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned

In giving to all men that we receive

And in dying that we're born to eternal life.


My short introduction became a long one. Thanks again for being here in this place where I hope to find peace.


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Hi Ziggy, and welcome! I think the problem is that you may be confusing the Photo and Avatar options on our site.

Please try this:

If you click on your name as it appears on the top right of the main page when you've logged onto the site, then My Profile, then My Settings, you'll see three tabs at the top (Settings / Forum / Profile).

Click on Profile. On the left side, you'll see several options, two of which have to do with adding photos (i.e., Change Photo / Change Avatar).

Click on each and read the description to make sure one of them will achieve the objective you have in mind.

See if this works, and let me know if you need any further assistance.

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