This body of work is dedicated to my father,
Ernest J. Collins, for whom I have my most
cherished memories and with whom
I had the best childhood ever.

He taught me many things, amongst them were the
importance of love, compassion and laughter.
Whether he was telling hilarious stories
about the war (yea, he could even make
that funny),
inviting a disabled trolley car full of strangers
in out of a snow storm or
bringing a stray dog home
on a cold, rainy night,
he amazed me.

On rare occasion, he was even able to rescue
a Beagle pup from an evil, evil pharmaceutical
company, before they conducted experiments on it.
I'd spend hours training the dog to sit up
in doll chairs at tea parties.
My Dad came to those little parties
and He, I , the dolls and the dog
had a wonderful time.
Years later, while in an auditorium full of children
watching 'The Ugly Dachshund', I experienced uproars
of spontaneous, rowdy, pure laughter. Again I was
reminded of the power and sheer joy of this
simple act.

And so, together, my little Beagle, Mikey
and I offer others the experience of this wonderful,
free, human emotion...

Here's laughing with you, Pop.
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