Posts Tagged ‘depression

31
Jan
16

Solitude and tides….

 

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17
Jan
16

Caregiver Depression…

Some reports estimate that over 75% of elders with dementia are cared for in home usually by spouses and family members. Further, over a third of those caregivers will succumb to pronounced depression, exhaustion and anger. While the focus is on the elder with dementia and the sadness, frustration and realities this causes you, be mindful that the one spending all day, all night caring for that loved one….another loved one…may be suffering on many levels and keeps it from you with that stoic or smiling persona. Have a plan of care and support for the ‘patient’ and the caregiver. Somber times, harsh realities, not time to turn away. 

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30
Jan
15

Ah, maybe tomorrow…..

life is persistent

always decisions await

don’t procrastinate

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29
Dec
14

Human Grit by Dorothea Lange

I photograph to capture ‘beauty’, to grab moments that suggest or are spiritual. Images that lift the soul, ease the mind, put me at peace if even for a bit. I go to great lengths to keep people and signs/objects of people out of my images. Rarely, do I snap images of urban, rural settings with people in them. So, yesterday while perusing Shorpy, I came upon an image by Dorothea Lange that grabbed me….

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I delved further into her body of work, recognizing some and coming away with a most powerful sense of awe. Dorothea (Dorothy Lange) is probably known to most of you that are avid photographers and have a greater sense of history than I. So powerful, to me, are the images that I envisioned my Father, who was one of 11 kids and was basically put out to find work in the hills of McDowell County West Virginia at 12 years of age in the 1930’s…Shorpy has always resonated with me for this reason, and now the works of Dorothea Lange do also. Dorothea Lange’s life, beyond the powerfully creative side, was one of sacrifice, compromise, angst and self doubts. Sounds like a woman’s tale to me.

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“I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.” Dorothy Lange, 1960

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21
Sep
14

Look into her eyes….don’t turn away

TRICH JOURNAL BY BECKIE O

16
Aug
14

Alone

‘I’m right here. Can you see me? I once was something stronger, part of something bigger. Now, I sit alone. Surrounded by others, all believing we are alone. Thanks for looking, for wondering what was.’ SwittersB

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30
Jul
14

Clarity in the end…………

“There is greater clarity in the still waters of sadness, something not found in the babbling brooks of more sought after emotions.” Shaun Hicks

We run from the darkness. Once immersed in the dark hole of depression, we crawl, walk, run to never grace that dark doorstep again. Dare we look back, once safely sane, healed and gather the lessons and share them in love of others? I think so. Love is more powerful in the end. Fragile though we be, there is strength in having endured that cold place of despair.

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