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Reflecting on who I am...what is important to me...and the gifts I offer the world, I have reorganized this PhotoSchmoozer blog into separate pages for your viewing. I am about so much...people - relationships - drums and rhythms and especially photography...and I realize that although separate, they are all so INTEGRATED into the Whole of who I am!! It's a very peaceful thought and I am thankful for the intuitive gift to see the connections and the relationships. Enjoy the journey through the blog...and WELCOME. Contemplative photography is about being totally present and seeing exactly what is before you, without filters or judgment. It is about seeing with your heart.Doesn't everyone see what is before them? Not really. You may see a candle on a table. Do you also see the shadows it creates? Or the reflections that the light casts on it? Or it's underlying shape and form?
He's young; he's becoming a musician; he's filled with memories that he loves to share. Meet Dylan. I did. Once again, I discovered that everyone has a story to share and Dylan was no different. I had seen him earlier in the day outside in the sun at the Bluegrass festival at Albert Hall, in Waretown,NJ. He was wearing a black and white cowboy shirt and a knit cap that sat close to his hear. It was a strange combination of clothes and wearing apparel. Later, during the break, as the sun was streaming into the entrance area of the hall, here he was again, but with a giant spanking brand new black cowboy hat. Now the outfit was complete. The best way to get to know someone is to start with a compliment and that I did. I love that shirt. I bet you have a story about it?!? It seems that it was a Vintage 70s shirt that had belonged to his dad. The real beauty is the memories it evoked for Dylan because his dad had died when he was 5 and this was a piece of him that he could hold on to! His dad was a guitar player and Dylan has been learning to play so he could follow in his footsteps. He was shy and we didn't get to talk much, but I was so grateful for the pieces that he did offer me. He was definitely a bright spot in my day.
It all started with a whif! For many years, I worked with a woman who wore Fendi perfume and when I was around her, the smell instantly gave me a headache! The same thing happens with those beautiful pink lillies that everyone just 'loves'. But I digress. Sunday we went to Albert hall in Waretown, NJ for a Bluegrass Festival. It was a day filled with traditional and modern music and so many talented musicians. We reacquainted with our son Jon's banjo teacher (it's been 20+ years since we last saw Bill Green), got hooked into having a hot dog with the works - the sauerkraut just 'called to us', and enjoyed the outdoors. This Sunday was like Spring. We were outside during the break and my nose sensed...FENDI!! There were several women standing near me and I asked, "Is one of you wearing Fendi?" One of them said, "Yes, it is the only perfume that doesn't bother me!" Oh my goodness!! I said it really bothered me and her friend said the same. We began to talk. It started out with my bracelet. Allison had been a rep for a number of jewelry lines and she recognized the artist who did mine. One thing led to another and Rita mentioned "Jon". I asked if her 'jon' might be a Jonathan. She said, "Yes, why?" I said I have a Jonathan who is Jon. Then Allison said that she did too!! I asked them if they were Jewish. I am and something about them told me that they were. Of course they said YES. We could have gone on finding more and more things in common, but the music was about to begin and we all went back inside. I never found them again to finish our conversation. But once again as The Photo Schmoozer, I did 'my thing' and strangers became instant friends! Imagine what it would be like if I just stood there and looked at people and never talked to them. Don't be shy friends. If you are, then life passes you by!!
Bill and I are making drums - they are beautiful and sound terrific!!We will consider selling some of them, so contact us and let's talk!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Baby Drums: They are For Sale!!!
These are for the little ones - sit on the floor and play-alone or with someone else. Find your rhythm and have FUN!!
What fun to make Homemade Drums!
In September, 2010, I attended the Remo drum company's HealthRHYTHMS training. It was a fantastic 2 1/2 day event - learning about hand drumming and drum circles and the variety of ways that these activities are beneficial to people. Dr. Barry Bittman shared some of the exciting research that he has done that provides evidence of the benefits to participants - team building, stress reduction, FUN, spirit, communication and... Christine Stevens was our co-facilitator - an open free spirit who guided us in drum circle facilitation and then Alyssa Janney shared all of the ins and outs of the business/marketing piece for Certified HealthRHYHTMS facilitators. That I am after the training and fun...and meaningful it is. Call me to talk about scheduling a training event or a series for your friends, co-workers or community: 856-256-8380. At the training, I talked with Roy and he shared how he had made drums (so had Julie...and a few others) They sent us info about sonotubes and how to make drums. The rest has been persistent exploration from my curious husband (with my helping hands) and then my sense of fun in decorating them!! People are beginning to ask to buy them. Why not?!?
Gerbera Daisies for Rebecca!!
This is Rebecca's Favorite Flower, so this drum is dedicated to her
This one makes me think of Spring and all of the flowers that bloom in our garden.
Love the colors of this fish drum!!
Subtle yet Expressive
Different colors for African fabric - subtle but beautiful!
This fabric came from Africa. A guy travels there and brings it back to Sam's Fabric Outlet in the Berlin,NJ Farmer's market
Bright and Bountiful
The colors on this drum are so vivid! I am definitely attracted to BRIGHT!!
Beaded Hippie Drum
This one is Anne Marie's favorite. She calls it the Hippie Drum with the batik fabric and the beads.
Out of Africa
Another of the fabrics that have come to Sam's from Africa. I love the vibrancy of the colors I use on the drums!!
Fiery Red Flames
I love the vibrancy of this drum - looks like flamesand the buttons just pop out to add just a bit more color!!
Why This?? Why Now??
Welcome Each Day With a Sense of Purpose!! I have been reading several interesting books on Aging: lessons from other cultures - The Blue Zone and Healthy at 100 by John Robbins. Each tells how important it is to wake up each day with a sense of purpose. When I saw this at the Rt. 13 Flea Market in DE recently, I knew this was a SYNCHRONICITY and a message to share with my friends all over the world! Take it to heart and ENJOY!!
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