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Photo  “Macro 15,” Gallery/Macro Photography Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♡

I have loved snapping photos, as most of us do, all my life.  When I was a little girl, I was given a Kodak Pocket Instamatic.  It was tiny and came with little decorative stickers. I loved that little camera. I used it so much the trigger mechanism broke. I sent it to the company and said I would pay whatever it cost to fix it.  I sent them all the money I had at the time (one dollar and some coins).  I even wrote a contract and signed it promising to pay the rest over the course of my life.  They sent me back a brand new camera.  There was no note in the package, so I can only hope their accountants won’t discover the error 40 years later and decide it’s time I paid this bill.

In high school, I joined a photography club.  I think it turned out to be me (a freshman) and three sophomore boys.  To raise money for our club, I came up with the idea of “putting a hit” on a subject.   Say you wanted a candid shot of the cute high school quarterback.  You filled out a contract, and one of our “shooters” would do the rest.  I was a big fan of spy novels and action movies, so it seemed like a great idea — at the time.  It was successful, too, until the principal got wind of it.

When I began to follow Richard’s blog, I noticed he was posting assignments from photography school.  When I hear the words “Photography School” I feel the way I imagine Harry felt when he heard “Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.”  I wrote Richard a note asking a lot of questions about how to improve my own photography.  He wrote back generously and at length with some great advice.  I was touched and very grateful.

Not so long ago, Richard did a series of photos of the homeless people he met in London.   “Homeless People Are Only Invisible If We Choose to Ignore Them.” I felt intimately connected to every single soul because of the compassionate and respectful way Richard treated his subjects.  He took the time to ask questions and get permission to take the photos.  He learned a little about their lives.

I hope you will visit Richard’s wonderful blog, Photo Sociology.  It is not just about photography, but about the life of a transparent, brave and beautiful soul whom I am happy and proud to know.

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Gems 4.147

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Photo by Orlando, Heidelberg, Pixabay

 

Special thanks to John Olander, one of our favorite featured artists, for sharing this wonderful song.  I love the guitar rift intro especially and Eric Bibb’s smooth jazz voice. Thank you dear Johnny O.

Special thanks also to Richard Keys Photo Sociology, for offering his beautiful photos to be used any time we like for our daily quotes.  You’ll be seeing some of Richard’s photos next week.  Thanks so much Richard!

In the meantime, if you know any homeless artists who would like their poems, photos or art featured on under1000skies as well as our accounts on TwitterPinterestInstagramG+ and through our email list, please pass on our information. Thank you!

Have a great weekend.

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Gems 4.144

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Photo “Butterfly, Insect Macro” by Ronny Overhate, Pixabay

 

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Photo by Alex Sidlinskiy, Pixabay

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Photo “Lake Constance” by Lars Nissen, Pixabay

Years ago I started mailing out graphics I made twice a day to friends. I called it “Rx-for-Healing.  It began after I heard Dr. Northrup’s interview in the movie Hungry for Change.  I wrote extensively about how doing this twice-daily exercise changed my life.  I went from being my worst enemy to — if not yet my best friend, definitely a good friend to myself.

When I started Rx-for-Healing in 2012, I also made it my lifetime goal to create at least 10,000 uplifting messages of beauty during my lifetime.  Since then I’ve created around 3,000 or so.  Rx-for-Healing is all about opposites.  If I felt a strong negative emotion, I looked for its opposite.  Then I looked for quotes about that positive word and read those quotes until I felt better.  It worked really well.  Then I created the graphics which make up most of the ones found on my Pinterest boards, Great Advice from Wise PeopleCreated with Love and my 365-Grateful boards.

When I began under1000skies four years ago, I wanted to use the creative works of homeless artists exclusively.   It soon became very apparent that most homeless creative folks have a lot more going on than supplying this site with photos and poetry.   It was a privilege to receive the beauty when they could share it, given the chaos and difficulty of their lives.

So, on the days in between, I continued to add to this lifetime goal by combining inspiring quotes with beautiful photos from friends, from free sources, or from my own photos and art.

One of the ways I find quotes is to read the news, then summarize the prevailing emotion for the day.  Then I try to find an opposite word and quotes about that which will help heal hearts.  Today’s news had a lot about hate it in.  Among the antonyms for hate is the word “respect.” I found this quote by Don Miguel Ruiz about respect to be perfect for today.

My lifetime goal is ongoing because, as my personal site tagline says, “I feel the world and want to help heal the world.”  I know peace on earth begins with me.  I hope my journey to healing has inspired you and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

With love and respect,

Niki Flow

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4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
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Today my husband and I celebrate 19 years together. I wanted a quote that described the love I have felt all these years for and from this exceptional man, my best friend.  The word that came to mind was “devotion” which is how I found this quote.

Photo “Orange Rose Blossom” by Sushuti, Pixabay

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Have a great weekend.

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