“The human spirit knows no bounds” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Dan Brunnen by © Lori Maloney

“I was so excited when, at a dinner get together, Dan and his wife Christine both expressed interest in participating in The Birthday Book Project if their dates were open…which they were!  I’ve gotten to know Dan, and his beautiful wife and their ADORABLE son, through my husband and I can honestly say that this is – The.Nicest.Family.  Down to earth, friendly, smart, kind, generous…the list is long and heartfelt.  For Dan’s shoot we headed to the park that he loves to go riding in…we met really early (thanks, Dan!) on a beautiful Spring day and hiked up far enough so that we could capture the Rockies behind him.  The crocuses were in bloom (a sure sign of Spring for Calgarians) and we luckily didn’t need parkas (also another Calgary ‘trademark’ of Spring)…it was a fantastic hour in nature with my friend.  Thanks again, Dan, for your generosity in participating and for laughing with me as I yoga’d the camera and flash into position! 😉 Life is beautiful!  L.“

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Dan

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Taking the tram to dinner and celebrating 40 with my wife Christine and son Sebastian in Dallas, Texas.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. There isn’t one, even a bad birthday is better than any good day.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. The one that sticks out vividly in my mind and the most memorable childhood present is Jabba the Hutt with throne (1983) from my parents.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Pizza!

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Spending the day with family and friends.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Always cake, ice cream is preferred and neither cupcakes nor cake pops will cut it.