Project 365, 2007: March Retrospective


Project 365, 2007: March Mosaic, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

March 2007 won't be a month I'll ever forget, as it's the month my mother died. It's been a month of deep sadness, of intense introspection, of keen observation. It seems I had much to do. All these things to do, however, were not external events, but mostly internal actions: thinking, deciding, remembering, considering, forgiving, accepting, rejecting, planning, praying, crying, standing, standing strong. Through all this introspection and soul work, I've been (possibly) more creative than I've been in quite some time. Many of the images this month depict life, death, birth, newness, energy, growth, of beauty in very unexpected places. There are images of things that brought me peace and comfort, and near the end of the month, I could see a little of my humor return. The photographs depict my grief and my (early) recovery.

It's confirming to see these images and know all the emotions that went on around them. It's pleasing to recognize, too, that each image-- while representing the significant events of the month (and in many ways, my life)-- also represented each of the 31 days of March. I took pictures each day, and I was able to focus my perspective on the world outside myself. My limiting my sight to what I could see in the camera's viewfinder, I could settle and calm myself. I didn't feel quite so overwhelmed. I'm reminded of the famous Anne Lamott line from Bird by Bird about using a one-inch frame to focus writing. Instead of writing in generalities, she states, the frame forces you to focus writing on a small part of the text. The more focused writing is more compelling and interesting. I think it's true in photography, too.

By taking photos each day, I see my skill level rise. Of course, this is true of anything that I'd make the time to do each day, but it's another reminder to write each day, to photograph each day, to think, laugh, cry, forgive, accept, remember each day. Each day.

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90/365: Ball!


Ball!, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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89/365: Blogging at the 'bucks


Blogging at the 'bucks, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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88/365: Beyonce and the Academy: Making Copies


Beyonce and the Academy: Making Copies, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

The copy machine doesn't know if you are a diva: it breaks for everyone. Check Flickr for a few more pics: "Beyonce and the Academy." My other blog contains some contextualizing information for the new series (coming later tonight).

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87/365: Buttons o' Bruce


Buttons o' Bruce, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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86/365: If One Duck is Good, then Two are Better


If One Duck is Good, then Two are Better, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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85/365: The Flowers Keep Coming


Chrysanthemum Petals (The Flowers Keep Coming), originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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84/365: My Life Isn't All Tiaras and Tea Parties


My Life Isn't All Tiaras and Parties, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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83/365: Soccer Competitors


Soccer Competitors, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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82/365: Parker (at 3 days old)


Parker, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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81/365: Along theCountry Road: Wildflowers


Along the Country Road: Wildflowers, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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80/365: Lily


Lily, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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79/365: Starbucks Still Life (Found Art)


Starbucks Still Life, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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78/365: Building's Windows


Building's Windows, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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77/365: Woman at Water Gardens


Woman at Water Gardens, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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76/365: My Mother's Painting


My Mother's Painting, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

My mother began teaching herself to paint in 1977. She painted this scene in 1990. To offer some scale, this painting is about 4' square. This was hers; now it's mine. (Mollie Rodgers Queen: August 8, 1939 -- March 6, 2007)

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75/365: Tattoos on the Korean Clerk's Hands


Tattoos on the Korean Clerk's Hands, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

The store clerk told me all about her tattoos. She's had them seven years, and she puts lotion on them everyday. She has also had them (re)inked so the color won't fade. I admire her.

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74/365: Two Windows


Two Windows, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

When I was 12, my family and I lived in a house on Wheeler Ave. I found that house today-- abandoned and very very old, lived in by many people. I walked through the house, remembering who I was as a young girl, my family at the time and who we were together. These days-- today-- I strive to remember the good. These two windows were in a room I shared with my younger sister. I think that truck was there before, too. . . a very long time ago. (More Wheeler Ave. photos are on Flickr.)

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73/365: Texas Sunset and Baseball Fence


Texas Sunset and Baseball Fence, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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72/365: Teaching Her to Knit


Teaching Her to Knit, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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71/365: Imprints


Imprints, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Others have come before us; others will follow us. Evidence abounds.

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70/365: Courage and Grace: Holding Hands in Texas


Courage and Grace: Holding Hands in Texas, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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69/365 (b): Growing Gummy Bears


Growing Gummy Bears, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Even before they are ripe for the picking, these gummy bears are anatomically correct . . . especially the green ones.

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69/365 (a): Gummy Bear Bush


Gummy Bear Bush, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Poor Gummy Bears. In New York, they freeze to death. In Delaware, they fall to their demise, then the remaining gummies perform in a conga line as some sort of celebration/grief. In Georgia, well, they become part of multigummyism. At least their end is quick (microwaves are quick, right?). In some place I don't know and in Oaklandia and in the "Land of Trees," the poor Gummies are stretched and prodded and squished and pricked with sharp objects. Ok, in Boston, they get to read, and some pose as art, but still.

Gummy Bears should just stay in Texas where they thrive. Here, they even grow on trees.

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68/365: Life and Death


Life and Death, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Things are never as dark as they seem.

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67/365: Water and Sunlight: Elements of Healing


Water and Sunlight, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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66/365: It's Buried Deep Inside


It's Buried Deep Inside, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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65/365: The Top of the Fountain


The Top of the Fountain, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

This is Tuesday's picture, but I took it today. The picture says a lot.

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64/365: It's tightly wound


It's tightly wound, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

This is Monday's picture, although I took it today. The picture says a lot.

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63/365: Wet Ducks at Night


Wet Ducks, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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62/365: Chain-link Fence


Chain-link Fence, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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61/365: Isaiah 41:10


Isaiah 41:10, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Tonight we agreed to a DNR for our mother. While I am, legally, my mother's next of kin and the one who authorizes medical procedures for her, my sisters and I made the DNR decision together. Afterwards, they each went home to husbands who could comfort them and tell them the decision was an appropriate one . . . that they should not feel guilty as the decision was based on reason and fact, not emotion. I very rarely think about being remarried, connected in that way. Until tonight.

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60/365: Plant in Sun (backlit)


Plant and Sun, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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