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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?
BOTHER!! I WROTE THIS POST YESTERDAY AND THEN COULD NOT GO IN AND EDIT IT AT ALL...SO HERE IT IS AGAIN Yesterday I got distracted...by the garden...I was on my way to the pool for warm water exercises and just stopped for a second to look at the cutest little white flower in the front garden. It was all soft and furry and fuzzy and I wanted to capture it for the Garden album. I tried and nothing I could do could get a clear picture of her. All I heard was "I WANT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PICTURE TOO!!" It her neighbor the bright orange marigold and she was talking to me loud and clear. WHAT??? OK...here you are...a together portrait. It's a lovely combination - bright - vivid - warmth - exuberance and soft, gentle, peaceful. As the day went on, I ketp thinking about those two flowers and their differences and realized that they had chosen to be together in the garden and share in my visions. OK. As usual, I reflect on that for more meaning and relate it to a message for my life!! Here is my very early morning take. It's about me - the issue I often write about - self acceptance and belonging. It's not just about me but probably resonates with most of you too - truth??? There's an old issue that keeps surfacing - wonder howmany of us have the same experience - over and over again until we 'get it right?" This is who I am - or who I think I am. This is how the world sees me - or how I think the world sees me. Then there is yet another reality. There is another way to see myself and to understand how the world truly sees me. The amazing thing is that the other way is much the more positive wayand in my subconscious that give messages of 'not so good' yet I hear loud and clear, "When can we get together?" "I need my Martie time" "You know so many people" "You have so much to share" "Your work is so creative and beautiful" "You are talented" I continue to look over my shoulder and wonder who these people are talking about? I need to come to the realization that she is NOT over my shoulder but within. Am I the cute frilly white flower or am I the marigold. Do I need to compare? Or do I need to choose which one I am cause I am NOT one or the another but both are a part of me!! Does it really make a difference? NOT AT ALL...the challenge is to know that within lies the pot of gold - not over the next hill or in make self look "better'in relation to others. Within is the pot of gold and the rainbow - the gentle spirit that is full of zest and life and love.
Now consider the hydrangea - we could think it strange that there are both purple and pink flowers on the plant and no blue! For a few years, this plant gave us nothing but green leaves. Bill was about ready to take it out and I begged for another year. Now, she produces and is prolific and gorgeous. Another lesson huh? Mom always called me a late bloomer - is the hydrangea too a representation of something within me? Maybe so. So I am multifaceted and brightly colored and gorgeous like the hydrangea. These are all BE STILL moments and on reflection, there are sooooooooooo many lessons that come from the flowers and other plants in our garden. How to really recognize,learn and pay attention to that?!? Simple, just stop and PAY ATTENTION!! (NOTE: for those of you who read the original - these words were just blank white lines...now they are real) Now it is time to go and settle in and read The Element by Ken Robinson - friend Bob just sent me "IT" and a laundry list of possibilities as I discover my Element and begin to manifest it. Hey - think about it - aren't I already engaged in the process with this blog and facebook page. Fancy that!!
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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