Saturday, January 2, 2016

Something Abides

There is a challenge for me as I travel many of the same roads over and over again, to discover something new, or more accurately to recognize the significance of these places.

Neglected and abandoned yet powerful in their ability to share their story, these are the places where life is lived out. And I picture a grandfather sitting in the sun room reading the paper, a mother waiting on the front porch for the school bus to bring her children home, a father rocking on the back porch as evening sets in watching the moths flutter around the light, grandmother in the kitchen making pot roast, and children playing underfoot everywhere.

Even as families come and go, something stays. Left behind there is a sweet reverence for the suffering of life, such that even in emptiness there are blessings.








11 comments:

  1. I am like those judges on America's Got Talent as it gets to the end of the competitions the judges say they feel they have said all there is about this person or that and their talent. That is how I feel with I visit your blog. You are so real in your words and they flow off the page along with your photography. Such a talent you are Donna. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  2. At first glimpse, the pictures make me sad for what was and is no more but you look beyond the surface to focus on the good of "what was". I agree with Barbara, you have such a talent....

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  3. I love coming to visit you! Even if I don't always comment. Sometimes I'm reading on my treadmill and it makes it hard to comment and despite good intentions, I don't get back. Today I did. Love these photos and your thoughts as well as that very thought-provoking quote. Happy New Year!

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  4. Some see destruction I see life. Beautiful writing and photos. I always enjoy your Blog.

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  5. Oh gosh! How fortunate you are to have these abandoned places near you. Like you...I find so much meaning in these kinds of places...whether it's an old church, a business or a home. So many stories...all we need is our imagination. You captured the spirit...beautiful!!

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  6. What a beautiful series of pictures Donna! Like you I love to take pictures of old abandoned houses and farms... I've found some of them in the countryside where one of my sisters lives... we can feel that this emptied house is still filled with the spirit of the people who have lived here and seem to have left quite recently and quite abruptly, leaving on the place objects and pieces of furniture... and as you did, Donna, we can imagine who lived there and what sort of life they lived... Like Nancy though, I can't but feel sad when I see an abandoned house because if the people had to leave in such a hurry, no doubt it was for sad reasons...

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  7. I would love that place. That gas pump divine!

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  8. You trespassed! I'm so proud of you! And look what gorgeous shots you got. I love the light fixture plate on the wall the most. Did the house invite you inside? Did it tell you some of its story? We see the pictures, but only you had the experience.

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  9. Raw and inspiring, my friend! I love the stories you tell and invoke, with or without words.

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  10. I can not even express the beauty you lead me though in words and photos. Thank you for that. Takes me back to a time I did the same..exact same thing and I miss it. Thankful for you and your wonderful post as well your visit today.

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  11. You really do have one of the best blogs that I'm aware of. Your view of the world and then your own surroundings give new meaning to opening up our eyes. Your words flow and tell the story with every posting you do, always with compassion for what is and what was. You have a gift and you share it, time and time again.

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