Friday, May 28, 2010

Photo Playdates

Don't you love surprises? I do, and recently I received a wonderful surprise from a group of fellow photographers who live on the West Coast. On the first day of spring Louie, Gwen, Michele and Suze crawled the Fremont Sunday Market with their cameras and then Louie created a book for each participant (plus an extra one for me!) of their favorite photographs from the outing. It was an unexpected surprise to be included, and it really made me wish I had been there.

And then this week I received yet another surprise from a photo crawl by photographers Gwen, Dawn, Paula and Jan. They explored Pike Place in Seattle. Gwen mailed me my very own copy of the photo journal she created out of their photographs from the outing! You are all making me wish I lived nearer to you. Thank you so much for including me vicariously in your outings! It is such a great idea to get together with your cameras and encourage and support each other. You all inspired me to get in touch with my friend Marie and arrange a photo play date with her at the end of June on my way through New York to my Jean Houston Mystery School workshop in Garrison, NY.

Thank you for sharing your photo crawl with me and making an extra copy of your books for me!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Creating Universal Peace

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
Mother Teresa

I was fortunate enough to spend an hour in the presence of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace at the Lien Hoa Temple in Charlotte, NC., listening to the monks chanting and visualizing peace in our world.

The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for everyone, irrespective of their religion, to take a moment to reflect upon peace; peace for the world; peace in their relationships; peace for their families and friends; peace at work; peace in their mind.

"We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace."
British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone