Photography and Haiku

During a recent spring visit to the Avery Island Jungle Gardens with my wife and friends, we stepped inside a circular cluster of bamboo. My perception of the ‘roof’ above and the swaying bamboo was worthy of a pause and reflection. …AG

“…One good thing about writing haiku is that often you are filled with wonder at the world and the things in it, seeing things you’ve never seen before, though you may have looked at them many times, and feeling things you’ve never felt before.”

This, of course, is exactly what happens to those dedicated to photography, especially of nature and landscapes. The these two art forms go hand in hand in appreciation of serendipity and alma natura (Mother Nature) in my wandering walkabouts.

Art is Prayer

The journey to the Light is often difficult and filled with dangers of evil, distraction and stress that try to lead us astray. The true peace, happiness, and inner stillness we search for can only be achieved through gift of faith and prayer to our loving God. But the Arts can also help cut through the deafening noise of the world to that place of love, joy, and quiet we seek. Only then can we really hear His words, “Be still and know that I am God.”

“Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, in the eye of the storm… Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” ….Saul Bellow 1966

Finding Peace and Freedom

 Seven days since my wife and I left home on our RV trip, searching for allusive personal peace, quiet and freedom which we hope to find together.Yes, we know that God used us for his purposes over the last few years and molded us into who we are today. And we have been blessed to love and care for family and others in great need with no regrets. Now, in our mid-70s, we are able to pursue our dreams of travel and quiet peace.

Our situation is much like facing the first days of ‘retirement’, a chasm we didn’t expect. It seemed so easy but, in reality, very difficult to change our paradigm of life. The perspective we have been accustomed to for decades of life and marriage no longer applies. Now God said, “Be still and know that I am God!”

So, encumbered by aging bodies, chronic pains, and limitations only older folks can understand, we smile today at each other and follow His guiding hand as we journey into the unknown future. Each day is a new adventure.

Seasonal Depression is Real

Loneliness is a very real feeling for the elderly

Strange, but I find it difficult to consider myself and my wife as ‘seniors’ yet. I know we fit the mold as we are in our mid 70s, but with a 97 years old dad in assisted living nearby, it often seems we are not quite there yet.

Watching my dad come to grips with his situation after a very active life and understanding the loneliness he often feels in the isolation of his assisted living facility (his choice to be there…), I try to give him the feelings of love and relevance he needs.

Now, during the Holiday Season, elderly depression is a very real thing. If you have elderly family members or friends, perhaps the attached article may give you some insight into their plight.

Depression Pays Holiday Visit to Seniors: What a Family Caregiver Can Do