December 7, 2014

I have 3 totally different photos for today…

The first is my church.

I grew up going to church with my mother, Aunt Jane, and grandfather.  When I left home though, I never found a church that had that same warm feeling as the one in which I grew up, so I just quit going.  30 years later, my daughter led me to this church, which I now call home.  I can think when I’m there.  I shut off the rest of the world and think quiet thoughts and try to pull some positive energy to myself.  It’s warm in there, just like in my old church, and I feel safe and comforted.

Today I did a lot of thinking about my mother and her current struggles, being 83 years old and taking care of her two older sisters, both of whom need constant care. My mother has a beautiful voice and it’s what I remember most of going to church when I was young, her standing beside me in the pew singing.  Today I thought of how nice it would be to have her beside me again instead of living out the rest of her burdened life two hours away from me.

I’m going to work on getting her here and helping her in any way I can.  Sitting in church today, quietly and thoughtfully, gave me some ideas…

The second photo is a 2-photo collage of photographer Andy Tennille.  I went to hear him speak today and it was wonderful.  He photographs bands mostly, and has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine as well as a host of other magazines.  He’s also Tom Petty’s personal photographer.  He gave an inspirational and down-to-earth talk today, and I’m glad that I met him.

The third photo is Tony, my boyfriend of many years.  He’s my partner and soul mate on this life’s journey, and I’m glad he’s around.

 

 

December 4, 2014

With the speed of my life these days, I must admit it’s not easy to take a photo a day.

I don’t like to just shoot anything to post here, as that’s not satisfying to me and sort of defeats the purpose.  I like to really think about what I am photographing and what it means to me.  But on a day like today, that’s not easy.

I worked a 12-hour shift today, with only a small hour break in the middle.  So my photos today were taken from my car en route to work after I dropped my son off from school.  I knew it would be the only chance I had to photograph.

It really represents my life right now, the huge amount of time I spend in my car and outside of my home.  These are buildings I pass along the way every single day.  They are a part of my routine now.

November 29, 2014

My home is nowhere near perfect.  In fact, I struggle with it.

I’m gone a lot with work and getting the kids where they need to be, so my home gets pushed to the back of the list on most days.  Still, it is where I come to feel connected and centered.  Though it’s not nearly what I want it to be, it’s getting there.  So today’s photos reflect some of the comforts of home.