Day #114 – Nativity

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #114 – Nativity

It was Christmas and I was busy setting up one of our family’s traditional decorations for the season. “Why are you putting those three pieces on different corners of the table?” my mother questioned as I gently picked the pieces of the nativity crèche out of their carefully-wrapped storage and set them in their usual place of honor on the antique granite table which used to belong to my grandparents. “I learned something new in Sunday school,” I announced in my proud seven-year-old way.   “The three “Wise Guys” traveled from different countries before they met up to go see the...

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Day #101 – Time With Dad

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #101 – Time With Dad

This may sound a bit odd to most people with the high prices of gas these days, but the mere act of filling my tank, even just the strong scent of gasoline makes me smile.  You see,  it brings back fond memories of time spent with Dad. I remember as a small girl, every Saturday my father would take my little hand in his and safely guide me across Cambridge street to Hardy’s Service Station just two blocks away from our apartment. That was back in the day when attendants raced out to pump the gas for you, check your oil, and clean your windshield without being asked. There were three...

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Day #100 – Tapestry

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Arts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #100 – Tapestry

Any tapestry consists of threads of many colors. The photo of this tapestry is made of separate photographs of what is considered sacred by someone. When a tapestry is woven with thread, the back of it looks haphazard with little hint of the beauty on the other side. When viewing this tapestry, lovingly constructed of a montage of photographs, you lose the beauty of the whole by focusing on one photo in isolation.  Yet, if that photo was not there, the tapestry itself would be different. This is true for the many events in one human life. One happening examined out of context of the whole...

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Day #85 – Family

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #85 – Family

Even now I wish I could be lifted and hugged with pure happiness and abandonment. Would all my cares melt away? There are times I wish we had a normal family, and then I laugh. I wouldn’t want to give up anyone in my multi-blended, non-traditional family. There have been step-mothers, a step-father, step-siblings, an adopted brother, nieces and nephews who came with marriages. I continue to be connected from my heart with some of the “exes”. Now there is a same-sex partner who brings great joy and music. I often forget one we now call “sister” was a friend who...

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Day #81 – Brothers

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #81 – Brothers

I was just thinking of the farm the other day, reflecting on all of the time we spent gathering eggs, shuffling chickens around, coercing pigs into their pens, and goading cows into the corral. He would approach from the front, sweet talking the animals, while I would sneak around the back and surprise them with a quick finger-flick to their backsides to get them moving. Whether farming, hunting or pretending to sleep at night, no words were spoken or even needed. Thick as thieves, my brother and I, I knew where he was going and he always knew where I would be. The silent raising of an...

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Day #63 – Virgin Mary

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

Day #63 – Virgin Mary

Back when I was growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to notice statues of the Virgin Mary gracing many lawns and gardens of the houses in my neighborhood. I loved the beauty of all the statues, surrounded by the lush and fragrant flowers. But one particular statue meant a great deal more to me. It symbolized all that is good about love and faith. My favorite aunt had great difficulty having children. She lost four babies – miscarriages, one stillborn, and another died after three days of life. But she never lost faith. She placed a large statue of Mother Mary near a beautiful fountain in her...

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