After "my" war, I realized that I need to continue doing news. In 2008 I developed "The Crossing Borders Project" That provides cameras to those who have little or no voice in the mainstream media. We are currently preparing the Haiti Project, where we will distribute cameras to locals who have a story they want to share. Please visit the Crossing Borders website, and help us with this cause.
Request for Participation
1) The Crossing Borders Project is looking for participants in the Middle East areas. If interested, please email or leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you.
2) I am looking for bloggers to come together to generate a LARGE voice on American topics to help wake up our country and solve our problems.
The "Crossing Borders Project" just finished the Florence, Italy project with American and Italian University students. Finished with Refugees and Palestinian Voices from the West Bank. The videos are posted on the CB website and on You Tube.
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
~ Harold Whitman (Is a fictional name....no one know's who really said this)
This quote sometimes is confused with Howard Thurman Whitman (1899 - April 10, 1981) was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Theology and the chapels at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 20 books, and in 1944 helped found the first racially integrated, multicultural church in the United States.
However...Howard Thurman Whitman did say this,"In the conflicts between man and man, between group and group, between nation and nation, the loneliness of the seeker for community is sometimes unendurable. The radical tension between good and evil, as man sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste. Always he must know that the contradictions of life are not final or ultimate; he must distinguish between failure and a many-sided awareness so that he will not mistake conformity for harmony, uniformity for synthesis. He will know that for all men to be alike is the death of life in man, and yet perceive harmony that transcends all diversities and in which diversity finds its richness and significance." From The Search For Common Ground; An Inquiry Into The Basis Of Man's Experience Of Community.
When the days are tough, and bitterness flares up into your heart...
know that it is the bitterness that can tell you that you need to soften your heart!
If we did not have tears, then we would not know laughter.
If we did not have bouts of bitterness, then we would not know sweetness.
We can use our lifes lessons to help us grow.
We can learn to embrace bitterness to make us stronger.
Patience is bitter, but it bears sweet fruit.
Turkish proverb Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
William Author Ward
It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.
Robert G. Menzines
Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
What is an ex- war photojournalist supposed to do after they are finished reporting on the wars? The media has changed, newspapers are closing and do not replace their photographers. If a photojournalist has a news job, they hold on to it with dear life and most of the time reporting on the things that our corrupt media will let us report on. They are paid by the big buck corporations, as is our government.
Times are changing. I still have the "need" to be involved in what is going on in our world with the conflicts, politics and news it is in my blood. I write about these things now as are so many others. I see injustice, corruption, senseless killings, changes in the U.S. laws and civil rights, corrupt foreign policies, censorship, attacks on journalists and whistle blowers and watch the arrests of photographers and journalists. I see fear in most of my fellow citizens eyes, the failing economy, failing health system, failing and unsafe food system and a threat to the very soil from pesticides and GMO's.
I see corporate pay-offs, CEO's hopping from one company to another receiving an enormous pay while taking more away from the already poor. I see only service jobs available with misleading employment numbers and delusion the American public.
I see propaganda likened to the days of Fascism increasing each day. What gets me, is that people are buying it. In the end, I started photography tours...with private and group instructions any takers?
For almost 9 years I covered the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians living, breathing the situation and smelling the olive trees. I moved to Florence, Italy, among more olive trees and continue to work on photography workshops, consulting and photography. My life is in a continual learning phase, at this time, I am trying to sharpen my documentary skills, do Italian weddings, Shoot in Food and Fashion!