How Do You Make Sense Of the World?

Slowing Down, Featured

 

In a time of such divisiveness, how we stay connected, where we choose to put our attention becomes increasingly important. For me, I will treat every human being I meet with dignity, stay connected to people that don’t spew hate and volunteer with organizations that are important to me.

I have a new-found resolve to do public relations for important and meaningful projects: whether it is championing human rights, beating back global warming, working actively with land trusts, quashing bigotry, supporting our new-found relationship with Cuba (I’ve visited three times), celebrating equality and more. I have a few amazing projects on tap, and you will see me using my skill set for change.

I’m inspired by women like Ilhan Omar, a former refugee, a Muslim, a mom of three and now, the first Somali-American legislator in the United States. Yes, she won in Minnesota! I’m inspired by the work Champion Women does for Title IX and gender equity; Vote Run Lead, supports aspirations of women who want to transform our country through leadership; Treehouse Shakers, creates original plays that encourage multi-generational audiences to experience a connection to community; and Aspetuck Land Trust, with the mission to preserve and conserve open space.

For me, when I am alone, I use photography to make sense of the world, find meaning in small moments and plan my next steps. Photography as a medium connects me to my environment as well as to other people. Below are nine photographs with small captions that capture my feelings I have today. I would love to hear what you are doing.

If you’re wondering what to do next, be sure to read the viral “Morning After To-Do List” by Michael Moore. Regardless of what you think of him, his piece in July precisely predicted what happened Tuesday, November 8.

 

 

Family dinners and connection

Family dinners and connection

 

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Take time to process and share ideas

 

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Riding the breeze

 

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Love

 

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Connect with those who do do do

 

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Keep moving

 

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Support the non profits I love, donate to cause that need help

 

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Support women and girls and do not hide

 

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Sunset beauty just because

 

 

Many of the photographs you see in my blog posts are for sale in my online store. You might just be looking for some color or black and white images for your walls. Or think about gift giving. I take such special care in this creation, delivered in a lovely box .

All photographs are taken by me, unless I have noted otherwise in the caption. I use my Canon 5D III and the iPhone 6+.

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  • Dotti C. Rinehart

    Beautifully said, Nancy! It was such a shocker, I still can’t process it all. I’ve been limiting my news exposure to keep my sanity. I did read Michael Moore’s column and totally agree with both of you. I don’t believe alienating our friends who voted differently than us is the right thing to do but I do believe it’s time to be more vocal when we see or hear people doing and saying hurtful things to and about the “other”. We are all one humanity.

    • Hi Dotti, thank you for commenting. I’m the blogger who uses more photos than words, but had to get this out and show folks they can do something no matter their leanings. I’ll keep watching your words and photos.

  • PBSisabargain

    Nancy, your words are so inspirational! Will have to share and reread later. The photographs are very moving!

    • Thank you KC! Suddenly the pink photo with all the women in front lined up means something new to me. I’m trying to do my part. Please let me know how things are going in Cuba, I know some feel rug yanked out from under them.

      • PBSisabargain

        Have to get on track with Cuba, but still reeling from the rug being yanked out from under our feet!

  • Laura McFarland-Taylor

    Love, love, love this! So glad to know you <3

    • OH THANK YOU Laura! I’m glad to know you! I just had to write this so I can declare to myself what I’m going to do to make a difference in my piece of the world. I made calls for Hillary too. My part. Know you are doing the same over there in Chicago.

  • Adrianne Ryan

    Beautifully said, Nancy . You are capturing the thoughts many others in this time of change , regrowth and re-commitment . It will be interesting to see what emerges after the fire .

    • Adrianne, thank you so much! Photography grounds me, whether I am taking the photos or editing them. You know that. Let’s go make some photographs soon.

  • Hi Nancy! Your swirling flag photo caught my eye! Thanks for this post – love it. We are all still processing…

    • Mary Mary Mary! I see your face always on Facebook so fun to see you here. Thanks, let’s be in touch.

  • Penelope

    Timing is impeccable.
    It may be time to move forward.
    Your pictures are perfect cause it truly is the little
    things that are offering up Hope.
    Loving these blogs.

    • Penelope, thank you so much for kind words, and you are so right, time to move forward a bit.

  • How right you are, Nancy. I selected those photos because each brings me to a kind place, balanced and grounded.

  • David Brant

    Great post! Echoes my feelings exactly. Thank u!

  • Karen Nedler Quinn

    These are just gorgeous! I love the vivid colors in each photograph. The family dinner is my favorite.