MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment


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HEALING PHOTO ART

Scientific studies indicate that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation. Perceptions of the world are immediately changed from darkness and despair to hope and jubilation.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an organization founded by Elaine Poggi. I recently had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her via the Internet during my research of children’s hospitals to whom I was seeking to donate some of my nature art. I e-mailed her, and right away, she responded back. Well, to give you the short version, I am now one of the Foundation’s contributing photographers!!! 🙂 Below is a picture of my “Regal Camellia” which has been added to their website. This image is also available on various products in my VIDA, Fine Art America, Pixels, and Zazzle online stores.

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Please visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about its founder Ms. Poggi and her extremely worthy cause. You can also show support for her organization through Amazon when you make purchases. If you buy items on amazon.com, please consider using smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0720368 which is the same as Amazon, except that it donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals! Just click on the link and choose the Foundation. Then shop always from smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The Foundation is receiving more than $200.00 a year from Amazon, and if more people do this, they will be able to fund a whole photo project in a hospital very soon. Please help spread the word about this among your friends and family.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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CARING FOR OUR ELDERLY

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The 2010 census indicates that the over-65 population has grown faster than the total U.S. population. All over the world, the elderly are dying because of neglect, and many die alone and anonymous. No wonder caring for the needs of the elderly has become one of today’s greatest concerns!

In my short story, ONE OF A KIND, Paula cares for her elderly Aunt Eevie. In today’s society, more and more children have the responsibility of being caregivers for sick and elderly parents, but it doesn’t stop there. Nowadays, it’s common for more than one generation to have to care for various generations of elderly relatives.

God provides a law as to how we are to treat the elderly. Proverbs 16:31 and 23:22 help us to appreciate that they are to be held in high esteem. My siblings and I are caregivers for our mother, and there are also times when her grandchildren have to pitch in and help. Although we have our ups and downs, I consider it an honor and a privilege to help care for Mama in her waning years. If it were not for her, I would not be here. However much time we have left together, I want it to be the best for her that it can possibly be. Even though she’s not physically or mentally as strong as she used to be, she still has a very strong spirit and unwavering faith. And I’m not saying that I’m all that, but it’s because of her that I am the person I am today. She set the example. So anything that I do for her is nothing she hasn’t done for me.

Whether we’re able to care for our elderly loved ones ourselves or we need someone to help us, we should do the very best for them that we can. If we live long enough, we’ll be in their position one day. Will we want to be neglected?

From my heart to yours,
Maxine
http://www.maxinebillings.com