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"Friendship Is A Sheltering Tree"

OK, what do I say here. This is tough. I'm not going to be around much since I'll be starting this new job on Monday. As wonderful as it is to finally have work after such a long drought, I am going to miss the time I've been able to share my thoughts, feelings, panicky outbursts, joys, humor, life and art with you all here terribly. I'll still post when I have the chance of course, but I doubt there'll be much opportunity to leave those in-depth commentaries where word matches image so uniquely. That does pain me greatly, since I know how much it's been appreciated by everyone. I will comment and make my presence known on your photo pages and groups whenever I can, as much as possible, so please don't think I have forgotten you. God, how could I possibly after all we've been through together? Oh, brother, OK...

 

I just need to say this.....I doubt any of you will ever truly know just how much you've helped me to grow as a photographer, but even moreso, as a person. Your suggestions and critiques, your love and compassion, your generosity and consideration, have all been a boon to my spirit for these past 11 months. You have shown me it's OK to express myself openly and honestly, to admit to being flawed, to try new things regarding my work, and to stand tall in the face of adversity. I have said many times that photography has been my salvation - from depression and anxiety, from self-pity and creative malaise. It's pulled me up from the depths and helped me to breathe again. And when I felt like I was sinking under the weight of the world, I reached out a hand and someone HERE grabbed it, and lifted me back above the darkness. How can one adequately thank another for that kind of devotion? I cannot even begin to come close. All I can hope is that you can FEEL the fervent thumping of my heart, and know it's because of you.

 

As I've written before, this online community in particular flourishes because we're all truly connected in our words and deeds. Each of us counts on the other for inspiration and encouragement. And when it comes to simply wanting an "escape," we can rely on our neighbors in Flickrland to offer a shoulder to cry on, a joke to lighten our spirits, or a picture that will leave our jaws hanging with a beauty we'd never expect to witness in our bleakest of hours. What a wonderful gift to be blessed with in life!

 

So, THANK YOU - humbly and deeply and completely - for every small and enormous thing. If I could wrap my arms around the world, I would embrace you all. Know that down every challenging path, in every worrisome moment, in every beautiful and wondrous instance, that you walk beside me. You are my family. You are my friends. Walter Winchell said "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." Thank you for walking in to MY LIFE.

 

I love you, each and every one......

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If you can, please make a contribution towards the disaster relief

efforts in New Orleans by donating to the American Red Cross.

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As a way of returning the extraordinary generosity and support you

have all shown me in this great community, whenever I upload a new

pic or series of shots this year, I'll provide a link to another flickr

photog whose work, personality, or spirit I feel you should discover.

 

Visit and introduce yourself. Make a friend. Share the love.

 

Open your eyes to Deena_Rooney today.

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Taken on September 17, 2005