So many of our participants are new so I thought that this week I would show and tell you one small bit of our history. For those that have been with us nearly from the beginning will remember this and hope that you add your comments to help round out my story. This is about how we were a group of friends, knowing each other only through blogging and The Friday Shoot-out, but caring about one another regardless.
We, the FSO Gang, got started in the early part of 2009 and one of the original 10 or so, was Barry of An Explorer's View. He quickly became a favorite within our group plus 600 odd followers out in BlogWorld. Almost from the beginning, we knew he had been diagnosed with a rare throat cancer and was battling for his life. His writing brought us in and made us care about his struggle. We got to know his wife Linda, and his special dog, Lindsey. The battle became very personal to us all.
During a post about one of his visits for chemo, he talked about the bell that stood outside of the hospital that was rung by patients in celebration of a completion of another round of Chemo. The idea flew around the globe, at 2 O'clock his local time, he would ring the bell and we, wherever we were, within our own time zone, we would ring a bell with him. Here is my ringing of the bells for Barry.
Bells for Barry,
Coming to you from Nova Friburgo Brasil.
by Ginger and Camillo
For more informations see: In Memory of Barry
Our weekly spotlighter is Ginger
Our next weekly theme is:
May 2: Construction - Show us the architecture of your town. Maybe even a comparison from the old to the new. Or, give us the before and after. (Ginger)
Friday My Town Shoot Out is a group blog kept going by wonderful volunteers who love the idea of sharing our home towns and visiting other places through images. We welcome you to participate in our weekly link-ups and/or get more involved as one of our volunteers.