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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?
Bill and I have lived together in Pitman for close to 40 years. For lots of them, I have lamented that I had no friends to hang out with, do things spontaneously or just sit and have a cup of tea. Well - that has changed - and changed - and changed. A long time ago I met a woman at the Mullica Hill Friends School - we talked some but our children were different ages, so we just talked when we saw one another. Then a few years ago, I started seeing her in K-Mart and the grocery store. One day I went to Restore - the Habitat for Humanity store and there she was. We traded stories and memories and phone numbers too and now I have the buddy I have searched for - and she has been here for a long time - just like me - well maybe not as many years as I have but awhile. We do crafts, go to yoga class, laugh and talk and share feelings and it is wonderful . Now that I am open to it all - gosh - so many more of these friends are around town and in my life - just had to open up and be more free and fun to receive - notice - pay attention - you get the idea!! Isn't life just fun?!?!? Every day in every way.
Stay tuned - No - your eyes are not playing tricks on you - these are zinnias from the same garden - the dahlia picture is still in my camera and not close by. I can still tell you the story about the flower garden. A few days ago, I had to go to a local bank to get some money for some things I had bought for our Farm Market. Right where I parked was an incredibly full garden - amazing colors and flowers crowded beautifully into a person's front yard!! Yes, I took some beautiful pictures. Today Bill and I were out for a bit of an adventure and I just had to take him by the garden. A woman came out the back door and was watching us watch her house. She came forward when I called out how much I appreciated her beautiful garden. Her name is Ruby - from Hawaii - a native of the Phillipines - a retired architecht and a member of the Pitman Garden Club. We talked about gardening, the Farm Market and the garden club. She loves what she is doing - has even landscaped the auto service place next door. What a wonder she is to her neighborhood and our town! Thanks Ruby!! I asked her to come by the Farm Market on Saturday and I would have one of my cards with her dahlia. Later you will see how spectacular it is!!
There is a lot of catching up to do with the words on the blog! Life has been FULL to say the least and well, it's fun to be 'retired' - to have no responsibility but to self and those close to me - to live life to the fullest - to have dreams - to pay attention to the synchronicities - and to be FREE to FLY!! On that note, it's so totally cool that Bill and I share views of the world. Some days we just take off to see what we can see. The interesting factoid is that we often see the world from different perspectives - and for that I am grateful - it's an eyeopener. It makes me humble to realize that each of us is a unique individual and that it is all OK!!
Months ago, I got a friend request and a message from someone on Facebook who said she was our son, Jon's babysitter - oh 36 years ago!?! There is so much spam and phony messages that I was hesitant to accept the request. She wrote back with some more details and said that she even had a picture of the little guy with the almost white hair from those days. When she could find it again, she would share it. So we became Facebook friends and then she moved from Arizona back to Pitman. A week ago, she came to the Uptown Pitman Farm Market -and...well, meet Margie Nelson and welcome back to Pitman!!
By the way - those are my Photography Greeting cards for sale at the Market!! I have prints too!!
Photoschmoozer - me - loves to talk to anyone - pay attention to the synchronicities of life - and make new friends! Meet Wendy Betz - here she is dressed to perform at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman with her band - Wendy Betz and the Riseing. Yes, like you, I questioned the spelling of the word - why the 'e'?? She made me notice that it got my attention as it does many others. People remember them in a different way. We casually met before this event as we listened to music on open mic nights, gradually got to talk more and now have become members in our ever evolving "Pitman family". It's focued around music, the Uptown Pitman Farm Market and now acupuncture, nutrition and alternative healing. Just one more lesson of paying attention to the synchronicities and living life! One never knows what lessons and adventure are just around the bend!!!
There is a story to everything. My friends say I am a storyteller and that is the truth! Every experience is a wonderful story in the book of life! Now on lovely evening, Bill and I like to go out and find settings to watch and photograph the sunset. Tonight, we decided on Wigging Park in Camden, NJ, just across the river fro Philadelphia - see the skyline?? Little did we know that there would be a baseball game at Campbell field AND a concert right in the same area. Parking?!? Well, I stopped to ask a policeman what we could do. He directed us to talk to the guys at the parking lot and say we were just there for the sunset/photo ops. We did...no luck. I had turned around and as I was driving, the lights were flashing in my rear view mirror. The policeman was taking care of us. He told the security guy to let us park right there on the street and that he was to watch our car! Two hours later, after the sun had set in it often beautiful way, we headed back to the car - and it patiently waited for us!
This sailboat - on first glance looking like a big Chinese junk, was coming up the river. We kept taking pictures of it on its journey and this is the one I have chosen to share. Just a group of people out for a sail on a lovely late summer's evening. Not bad huh to see the beautiful buildings of the city behind them!!
Here is our Number one produce vendor, Richie Green with his number one son and fantastic helper, Aaron. Every week Richie brings us local produce from area farms so that we can truly eat locally!!
Wendy Betz can belt out a song with her group Wendy Betz and the Riseing BUT she also makes amazing jewelry with lots of precious stones set in pretty perfect silver settings!! She's definitely an asset to the Uptown Pitman Farm market with her energy, enthusiasm and fine craft!
Yet another craft of a totally different type!! Conni~Joi Waters is a talented young woman who comes to the Market to share her skills with massage therapy and reflexology - see how she is dancing with life as she totally imerses herself in what she loves - what has a passion and purpose to her! I can report that JoAnne totally enjoyed this session!!
My buddy - my husband of almost 40 years - and a wonderfully patient and persistent guy. Bill has a great quality of just sitting and watching and noticing. That is the perfect 'being still' way of being as we head out on our sunset adventures.
Some of our favorite times...and activities - heading to the Delaware River to watch the sun go down! When we get to Riverwinds in West Deptford, NJ, we are never alone. They have made a beautiful park, and close to sunset the benches are filled with people - often couples - and people with their dogs - waiting to catch glimpses of the beauty that Mother Nature offers us! Tonight was no exception This couple sat and sat and sat for the longest time. They never talked - they just watched - and I respected their privacy by not going and chatting them up!! Fancy that!!
There were so many opportunities tonight to catch the sun in each of its moments of setting - this one was awesome as it was just about at the horizon. Maybe it's not technically the 'perfect' picture, but it is perfect in so many ways - and totally awesome in the colors shared!!
A favorite site to share is not only the sun as it is setting, but the light it shines on the water! This couldn't be more perfect in my eyes.
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?!?
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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