Contemplative Photography & Reflections

The List That Became a Book

All of a sudden, it feels like summer here on the river! My walks have been so dreamy lately, with cottonwood seeds drifting through the air and landing on the ground in a sprawling, fluffy blanket. The black locust trees lining our back yard are in full bloom with fragrant, white flowers that perfume the air with their heavenly scent. And the fireflies have returned!

All this signals the end of another school year, so congratulations to my teacher and student friends! My son has been home from college for a few weeks, and we are preparing for some friends’ graduation parties next week. It’s exciting because my very first class of students graduates from high school this year. They were first graders when I was student teaching, and I can’t believe they are graduating!

Speaking of graduation season, I am excited to tell you about an extra special project I created just in time! It is a handcrafted book, 50 By 50, that contains 50 nuggets of wisdom I acquired by age 50 – but wish I had found sooner!

After publishing my list of “50 Things I’ve Learned by Age 50” as a blog post during the winter, someone approached me about turning the list into a poster for her teenage daughter, and it got the wheels turning in my head because it seemed like a perfect book project to dive into. So I revisited my original list, tweaked it a bit, typeset it, and turned it into a unique, handcrafted gift book. Each book is different because I painted the cover papers myself and sewed different kinds of bindings to make it one-of-a-kind. It is perfect for grads and anyone seeking insight and guidance along life’s path. I put my heart and soul into it and am really pleased with how it turned out.

The book began as a letter to my one-year-old granddaughter, which I’d been meaning to write since before she was born. Sometimes I’d sit down and begin to write, but I didn’t get very far. There was so much I wanted to say! It finally came together when I was on a spiritual retreat prior to my 50th birthday earlier this year. The book is full of advice and seeds of wisdom I’d like to plant in my granddaughter and wish I had back when I was in my twenties and trying to figure out which direction to go. Above all, it is a message of love and self-worth.

This little book is infused with so much positive energy! In addition to authoring the words when I was in a very peaceful, expansive state of mind, I painted the cover papers and sewed the text blocks and decorative stitching on the outside. Each handmade book is unique, and it’s available for purchase through my Etsy shop.

I just wanted to let you know in case you’d like a copy for yourself or someone special! I’d love to send one or more your way!


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The photographs in this blog (except for those attributed to other owners) and in my Flickr photostream are available for purchase as prints or cards through my Etsy shop by selecting a “custom print” in whatever size you prefer and indicating either the name of the print or the blog post and order in which it appears.

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