A middle-aged woman with a lot to say! Good or bad, you decide. I grew up in Louisiana and moved to Kentucky during my teen years.  After that, I lived all over the place, having relocated quite frequently.  Along the way I had three phenomenal children, and now they have added three glorious grandchildren to the mix.  Richard, my husband, is my confidant, friend, cheerleader and wonderful partner.  I am truly blessed.  My many jobs through the years included United Methodist Minister, director of a women‘s center, and now a licensed professional counselor — psychotherapist.   When I left the ministry, surrendered my credentials, and became Jewish by choice, I found that spiritual matters mattered to me as much as ever.  I am still learning and growing spiritually and have never lost the desire to pass my thimble-full of knowledge on to others, as my mentors have passed on to me.  May you find nuggets of wisdom, encouragement, insight, humor and learning from these reflections.

Although this blog started out as a place to write my reflections on life and living inspired, it didn’t take long until it became a photo-blog. During much of the time I have blogged, I was also attending graduate school so time was at a premium. By the time I completed academic writing, handing in papers, doing research, etc. ad nauseum, there was little left in me to write regular reflections. Photography however, helped me keep my sanity. It is a wonderful hobby; the most mindful thing I do. It became my outlet. Now that I am working full-time in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, photography continues to offer an escape to a more peaceful, natural, soul-enriching world.

I hope you will feel free to comment on postings that move you in some way. All I ask is that should you disagree with whatever is printed here, you do so respectfully, and with civility.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your visit. 🙂




40 thoughts on “About

  1. A beautiful blog! One that I will share with my mom, whose passion is bird watching and taking photos of birds. I wish I could have bird-feeders in my yard, but unfortunately they too often feed the racoons and rats!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Terri. I am sorry to hear that you can’t bird feeders. Birds bring such pleasure. But hope these photos spread a little enjoyment in your direction. Regards to your Mom! I hope she stops by, too. Blessings to you both.

    1. Floatingwiththebreeze, thank you so much for the recognition and fun questions! I will have to wait a bit before I respond due to demands of school and other obligations at the moment, but I hope to pick it up in the not-too-distant future. Have a great day, and again, thanks for the nod. 🙂

  2. Hi, there. I just discovered your blog through floatingwiththebreeze, and after a quick look, I’m happily clicking on the ‘follow’ button. I like what I see so far! 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you like my blog and I look forward to seeing more of you. Have a glorious day!
      BTW, I stopped by your blog, too, and was just as impressed. 🙂

    1. Thanks Denise. I’m happy that you stopped by. I’m off to check out your blog, too. With a name like yours it MUST be excellent! Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. 😀 Have a great day.

    1. It is good to see you my friend! Thanks for stopping by. And if truth be told, I’m not sure I’ll be able to completely stop facebook…it’s how I keep up with my kids….but I have cut WAY back. Have a wonderful 2013. 🙂

    1. Oh petrel41, I am so sorry that I overlooked this. Thank you so much for the award. What a nice recognition. I so appreciate it, but for now I can’t participate. I am so busy with my studies that I’ve had to step away from blogging for a while. After I graduate (expected December, 2013) I’ll pick up where I left off and jump back into the blogging mode. Thank you again, and please forgive my tardiness in responding to your kind gesture. I appreciate it.

  3. hello Cecelia,
    just wanted to say hi and thank you for your earlier visit. i’m having internet problems at the moment so photos are not opening up for me. sorry to read about your accident but hope 2014 will find you all healed and ready to tackle all the adventures. take care and Happy New Year. ☺

  4. Hi,

    I just found your blog and would like to invite you to provide a guest post on our site, Retirement And Good Living.

    We launched our retirement site at http://retirementandgoodliving.com which provides information on a variety of topics including life, humor, health, retirement locations, finances, hobbies, travel, volunteering, part time work and much more to boomers, recent retirees and others thinking about or planning for retirement.

    Currently the blog section of our site is comprised entirely of posts by guests on a variety of topics. To date nearly 150 guests from around the globe provided posts to our blog.

    Please send me an email if interested and I will forward additional information.

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  5. I just read your About. We have a lot in common except I was never a Methodist Minister nor am I Jewish but have great Jewish friends, however, I was the Administrator of a Women’s Clinic and A Mental Health Counselor in Substance Abuse.
    I finished the Ph.D.., however, I am not sure how much it means to me now. I never applied for a license because I could not determine how I could charge people for what it seems they already knew…conflict, indeed, on my part!
    Love your blog.

    1. Wow, we do have a lot in common. Although I never pushed a PhD. Thought seriously about it when I was younger but life happened and I never did. Now it seems superfluous. As to charging for my services, I am paid by the hour at a non-profit. I work with low income folks so charging a fee is never on my radar. Glad you like the blog. I enjoy your’s, too. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi Max. Yes, I had a setback but hoping to get back to blogging come the new year. Pneumonia, Asthma, hospital, etc. since spring 2016. Learning to live with changes in lifestyle. BUT I’ve taken up Qigong in an effort to get health back in balance. Just happened to stop by today to see if anyone had been here in the past months. Thanks for checking in. Not sure what challenge I’ll take on in the new year, or frequency of posting that I will commit to. However I will be back in some fashion. See you in 2017! (Again, thanks for checking on me.)

  6. Hi Cecelia,

    My name is Anne Arntson and I’m the Editorial Production Assistant for HouseLogic. I wanted to reach out to you about this deer image from your New Home, New Friends post:

    It’s a great image, and we’d love to ask your permission to use it on our site. We provide an image credit and a credit link, so we’re happy to attribute the image back to you. Can you please send me an email? I’d love to explain more about it.

    Thank you,
    Anne Arntson

    1. Anne, I hope you see this. First, thank you so much for being considerate enough to ask permission. Yes, by all means feel free to use the image, and thanks for citing the source. Second, I’m interested in knowing how you found this image. (I’m glad you liked it!).

      Looking forward to hearing from you. BTW, when I clicked on the link all I got was code. Not sure where this is going.


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