What Would You Ask??

For the past 10 years (or more) I have been working on a book called “Reflections for My Soul”.  This book shows the emotions that I experienced while dealing with a Stage 1 Breast Cancer diagnosis at the age of 34 and then again at 37 and how I was able to save my “soul/sanity” through photography.  This blog was created to go along with the book.

I finished the book so many times and I never seem to be able to move forward to the publishing phase.  It never seemed “good enough”, or it was  “too sad” or “pictures aren’t perfect”.  There was always a reason as to why it did not truly get finished.

I have vowed that I will be publishing “Reflections for My Soul”  no later that January 2018.  In order for me to keep this vow I need your help.  You ask how can you help? Well that is easy.  What I need are questions that you would ask or were hesitant to ask a person going through and surviving a health threat.  No question is to invasive or irrelevant.

“Reflections for My Soul” will not be a pity party type of book but one that shows how I saved my soul/sanity through photography.

Once I get your questions I will answer them within my story and hopefully have one or two of you to review it and give me your opinion on things to change or to let me know it works.

Please bring on the questions!

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Robin

ps I hope you like my experiment into still life.

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A Meeting At the Watering Hole

At my mother’s house she has a bird bath and everyday the bird bath is full of bees.

There is nothing pedestrian about this scene.  The bees move in such an excited frenzy.

 

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Quote of the Day

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

by Mahatma Gandhi

The smile after conquering another wave.

 

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Waiting…..

….for the school bus.

Today is the first day of Pre-K for Arai.  We we so excited for him to go to the “big kids” school.  I think we were more excited than he was.

It seemed to take forever for the bus to get here.

I was so happy to see him begin the next chapter in his life that I forgot to take pictures of him getting on the bus.  Guess I will have to wait till next year!

 

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Art of Observation

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Elliott Erwitt

 

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Quote of the Day

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
by Ralph Hattersley

 

 

These two here are always fussing.  You would never believe that one is 11 and the other 4.  They argue as if they are the same age.  I tell Caila all the time “Why are you having an argument with a 4-year-old?”.  She never has an answer.

I like how I was finally able to capture a peaceful moment between them without being directed to “be nice”.

 

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Quote of the Day

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.

What you have caught on film is captured forever…

It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

 

 

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Back to reality

Vacation is over, we came back Saturday evening.  It was a heck of a ride.  The usual 6.5 hour trip took almost 9 hours.  We had a couple of mishaps while on vacation that we had to deal with while leaving.

First, my father was involved in a car accident…totaled his van.  He is ok, just a little sore the next day from the seat belt being worn.  Then then same evening when my nephew, his wife and son were coming down, they were about an hour out when a deer suddenly jumped in the middle of the road and hit their car.  Fortunately, it was not totalled but it caused the delays when we were leaving since we had to get a U-Haul truck with a car pull to bring his car home.  He and his family were ok as well.

Now that the bad stuff is out-of-the-way VACATION was great.  We went on the main land to see the wild bears again.  And I finally got to see the wild horses.

The bear.  We were all looking and looking but did not see anything.  We were beginning to think that we weren’t going to see anything when Arai yells “I see one, go back, go back!”.  While the rest of us were looking down at the tree base he was looking up into the trees.  We adults  forgot that bears, especially cubs, climb trees.  We only saw the one baby cub.

Now for the wild horses.  I have been dying to go and see the wild horses since I found out that they were here on the island.  It was a great adventure and a good day but not worth the $117.00 that we paid.

These horses are direct descendants of the Spanish Mustang that came to America back in the 160o’s.  Theses Mustangs roam wild in an exclusive neighbor.  I coud imagine waking up in the morning to see these beautiful creatures grazing on my property.  It was indeed a sight to see.

We were only able to see 5 horses and one was expecting.

 

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Wave Conqueror

My family vacation started Saturday and this year I decided to be adventurous and bring my grandson, Arai. Having a 4-year-old in a 7 hour car ride is enough to drive most people insane.  Somehow we both managed to survive and made it safely to OBX, Outer Banks North Carolina.

Arai had the pleasure of waking up at 5:30 am yesterday morning to go see the sunrise with me and Pop-pop.  He was amazed.  Although this was not the best view of a sunrise since 75% of the sun was covered by clouds, which Arai thought was a mountain.

I let him get his feet wet in the ocean but he had other plans.  When he was finished he was totally soaked from the waist down.  In this picture I am not sure what he was thinking but if I had to guess it would be that he conquered the waves.

 

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Monochrome Monday: Up in Smoke

 

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