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                                                  “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.

                                      Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.

                                     Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

                                                                      —Howard Thurman



Danny Gregory posted the quote above at the end of one of his recent blogs, about being an artist. 10 minutes ago, after reading it, I filled this little feeder with bread, peanutbutter and seeds, and photographed it hanging from the Elm tree we planted in our back yard. Two minutes ago I received a phonecall that an old childhood friend, who had been bravely battling cancer, quietly passed away in the night. What makes me feel alive are connections…Quiet Sunday mornings, like this one, after a very condensed busy week, allow me to read Danny's blog, where he makes thought-provoking comments on being an artist, and the Howard Thurman quote which inspires me to think about who I am and why certain images call to me to be photographed, and in these still & easy moments, like now, where I can sit and listen, I am suddenly in the best place I could be for a very sad phone call. Coming alive is about connections. Letting go is only physical…the meaningful connections remain forever strong inside of all of us.