Had the pleasure and honor to attend the Kids Peace Foster Care and Family Services 2019 Fundraiser cruise aboard the Rip Van Winkle in Kingston, NY. My dear friend and neighbor, Beverly Johnson, was recognized as having done a fantastic job in selling tickets for the fundraiser. Beverly is a foster parent. She’s an amazing foster mom. Richard and I will begin foster parent training in the coming months…Yes, you read that right….Stay tuned. #gratitude
Birthdays are not a given…I am so enjoying my garden this year…Gratitude.
Richard and I have experienced a tectonic shift in our lives. There was the life before our house fire on November 10, 2017. The fire wiped away what once was...as it purged a significant part of what was our home. Subsequently, we have relocated to a rental property that we own in, Beacon, NY. As our house in Shawangunk needs serious renovations. Still, we are grateful for God's grace, as we are reminded of what is real and what is most valuable in this world.
This Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year Day, I provided companionship and family support at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, where I am a certified hospice volunteer. I've been sitting quietly with precious souls who are transitioning from this world. It is an honor to hold their hand, read, talk and to pray for them and their families. In those moments time ceases to exist, as I am experiences what is deeply human, yet super natural: our breath. We are breathing life and death in every inhalation and exhalation...And at any moment, our breath could stop...Peace.
I am so grateful for what this volunteer opportunity has brought to my life. It is a tremendous honor to serve this way. It certainly helps to keep my own life and sense of loss in perspective.
I've also joined the new cohort of volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh. I will work a weekly 2 hour shift delivering meals to elders. I will write more about that experience in the coming days.
For now, I'm getting ready to leave for hospice.
Happy Blessed New Year!
I drove many miles completely out of my way to shoot this tree. It changes so much daily. I was lucky to catch it in full flame, the other day. Today, there are washes of pink mixed with deep Burgundy...This old piece of glass is bringing me so much joy. Loving my vintage Nikon lens! I can hardly contain myself. #gratitude
Snow days are an excellent opportunity to recalibrate and center oneself. Gratitude.
On my way to work it out in the gym before sequestering myself inside my studio....
Opening day is finally here. I am overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from family and friends and the OOB artists during the long journey toward creating this exhibition. With deep gratitude, I am happy to share the Out of Bounds exhibition catalogue with you!
You can download the Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition catalogue for free at organicartfarm.com
©Photographs by Shelita Birchett Benash, 2014.
"When we lose someone we love, we should remember …matter cannot be destroyed--it can become energy. And energy can become matter, but it cannot be destroyed; she has just taken on another form. That form may be a cloud, or a child or the breeze. We can see our loved one in everything." Thich Nhat Hanh.
The sunrise grabbed me from my bed. I looked toward the heavens through my camera lens with gratitude for capturing the moment. And later on this day, Donna McElroy, my dearest friend of over 30 years was taken off life support after battling Gammadelta T-Cell lymphoma for 18 months. I see Donna in this sunrise. I believe her spirit called me outside that early morning on January 4, 2014.