“Does the walker choose the path
or the path the walker?” ~~Garth Nix
“Pursue some path,
however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with
love and reverence.” ~~Henry David Thoreau
“One God, many faces.
One family, many races.
One truth, many paths.
One heart, many complexions.
One light, many reflections.
One world, many imperfections.
We are all one,
Sometimes the common and ordinary visuals around us can be extraordinary to behold. The featured photograph for this post is a pool of water in Glacier National Park. The rock-boulders below were found in Missoula, Montana. Choose to really look around your world and enjoy the shapes and textures of your home, your town – the earth, life and living.
Stained glass can be an interesting photography exploration. Elements of design can be captured with a brilliant dynamic range of color. There is something truly holy and magnificent about stained glass windows.
“People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
Here we have a wildflower called “beargrass” which was located in Glacier National Park in Montana. Sometimes good composition is best conveyed with a series of images as this “trio” suggests balance and depth of field for the viewer.
It is time for high school graduation ceremonies and I wanted to take time to acknowledge my former high school students who remained as middle school advisors for community service this year. When I retired from teaching last year, I was unsure if my middle school community service program would continue. However, my high school juniors decided to dedicate their senior year to working with a “new” teacher to assist her throughout the school year. To me, this was amazing and I am honored and humbled by their acts of kindness and dedication to service. So, I wanted to use this public forum to share my respect, honor and love for each of “my” high school students.
So, to all of you, this is my graduation speech for you…
I wish you the best in all your future endeavors and please know that you will always have a special place in my heart. You are my personal heroes and a constant reminder to me of the far-reaching effects of compassion. I am so clear now that the people you serve receive your love and you are empowered by the experience of making a difference in our world with your actions. Ultimately, just as powerful, are the observers of your service. We, who look at your actions for the good with awe at your incredible aliveness, are blessed a hundred-fold observing your actions of love. We become inspired. We become hopeful. We become whole with humanity. You change our actions for the good by being role models for us.
I have always called you the peacemakers of the world as you are our future leaders. It was all of you who inspired the name of my inspirational art photography endeavor – PeacemakersArt.com. So, to each of you, I send you my love forever and my admiration for your integrity to “be” the change in the world that will bring peace.
With special love,