Friday, May 20, 2016

Ghostly Photos

Photos of mass grave of Captain Lathrop and his men slain in 1673

Have you ever taken a photo and found something unexpected in it?  Was what you saw something you could explain away, like dust on the lens, rain drops, humidity, smoke?

Teal Gray, Tui Snider and I just had a great conversation about spirits and spirit energy on Teal Gray Worldwide! Part of our conversation was about the two pictures above, but we also shared experiences with the unexplained and discussed two pictures that Tui had captured on two different occasions. 

One thought that we shared is how easy it is to dismiss things like the photos above.  However, when "you eliminate the impossible (as Sherlock Holmes would say) whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" So it is!

On a serious note, I have always believed in spirit energy (ghosts).  In my life, I have had too many unexplained events not to believe. I also know that many people do not believe. I respect that.  I have learned that many people are disturbed by the thought that spirits exist in this world. But, as I have written before, I find great comfort in it.

If you want to know more about our conversation, please visit BlogTalkRadio.  Thank you Teal and Tui for a lovely and insightful conversation.  I hope we can do this again soon!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Combining Passions

I love to write and have done so professionally and academically for years.  But, not everyone knows that I also am a photographer. Back when my daughters were young, I worked for the York County Coast Star in Maine, covering local events as well as providing the photos to go along with what I wrote.

Recently, I have combined my two loves - poetry and photography - and have created memes for my Facebook pages.  What a delight to marry these two art forms into something that others can see instantly and enjoy!

The idea of marrying passions isn't new.  When I decided to finish my bachelor's degree several years ago, I enrolled in the University Without Walls (UWW) at UMass Amherst.  In the process of creating a portfolio of the work I had done, my professor pointed out that I had three different, yet overlapping, interests - writing, spirituality and health. Eventually, after spending almost a year honing my portfolio and culling through all the evidence of work accomplished, I had come up with my major - Creative Writing for Spiritual Health. (UWW gives students the opportunity to gain credit for life experience in order to complete their degrees.)

Since then, I have found that I am constantly combining passions to create, usually for the health of others, but also for my own health.  Writing is especially powerful when you are writing about what you love, be it people, places or things. Combine writing with art of any form and you have a magic combination!

May you find that which brings you great joy. May you be able to incorporate it into the fabric of your life.  Blessings!!