MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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Just had to share this heartwarming post by Author J. Hale Turner. ❤

Dear Friends, I felt compelled to share this momentous occasion to all of you. Christ asked us to remember him on this official of His death, Nisan 14, which falls on April 11 after sundown. A sacrifice of love for all of us, and will be celebrated worldwide. No collections. Just enjoy this special moment. […]

via Invitation: An Annual Momentous Occasion — J. Hale Turner, Author

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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.


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, please consider using 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 instead of 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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A beautiful photo book of various, colorful flowers from my gallery that I designed on Shutterfly and ordered recently. It went to someone whom I felt would appreciate the beauty of the flowers and expressions as much as I do. 🙂
From my heart   to yours !
Maxine 🙂




Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior toward another person that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Also, in our age of modern technology, it also includes cyberbullying.

Sadly, children can be the victims of bullies, the ones doing the bullying, or witnesses of this hurtful behavior. I personally know what it’s like to be bullied because as a young child, I was a victim.

A very dear friend of mine, children’s author Annette Bentley Smith, has just recently released her anti-bullying book. Although it is a children’s book, it is also geared toward families, which is so important because children who are victims of this horrific behavior need all the support they can get but especially from their families.


To purchase your Kindle edition and/or paperback copy of Ms. Smith’s new release or any of her other books, please click here to visit her Mrs. Annie’s Books Facebook page.

Also, to read up on bullying and how you can prevent it and respond to it, click here to visit the official site of the Stop Bullying website page.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours <3!

Maxine 🙂




“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)


Our bodies are indeed wonderfully made by our awesome Creator!  From the time we are born until the time we die, our bodies allow us to enjoy life in various aspects.  We are so uniquely made that our body has the ability to heal itself automatically.  Sadly though, it deteriorates over time.  When this happens, it not only affects us but also our loved ones who care deeply for us.  But how can we know when something inside us is not quite right?  Well, we get signals of various sorts that are out of the ordinary for us.  This is how we know that we may have a problem that we need to give attention to.  So does our body talk?  What do you think?

In doing my research for this post, I came across a very thought-provoking article entitled Listen to Your Body Talk.”  I’ve been having some health issues of my own lately, and this article really caught my attention because I am one of those people who pays attention to what my body is telling me.  However, since I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort, I sometimes ignore what it’s saying.

For instance, I recently wrote a post about the numbness and tingling I am experiencing in my left hand and fingers.  For years, I have had a feeling of numbness in my left pinkie, but because it was not giving me any serious trouble, I continued to ignore it.  Especially when I would first wake up from sleeping, the sensation was more evident, and I often wondered to myself why this was so.  But again, I ignored it until a little over a month ago when I woke up one morning, and the numbness was more evident and also included my ring finger and the whole pinkie-side of my hand.

Thinking it was just a bad case of carpal tunnel, I bought a compression and support glove.  When that did not help, I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor who advised me that I had hit my elbow and injured the nerve that goes to my hand.  He then instructed me to wear an elbow pad and that if it had not improved in three weeks that surgery would probably be necessary.  The hand and upper extremity surgeon told me that this is something that has been going on for a while and has progressively gotten worse.  At the same time, I am also experiencing full-body physical and muscle weakness of which my doctor has not yet been able to ascertain the cause.  So I have been going through test after test and still have two more to be performed after my upcoming surgery for the injured nerve in my arm.

The reason I was inspired to write this post is because I have been experiencing some of my symptoms for a while.  And because I have been ignoring one of them for years, I now need surgery to correct it.  And even though I still don’t know what is causing all of my other symptoms, one thing I do know is that they are not in my head.  They are real.  This is my body, and the only other person who knows exactly what I’m feeling is God–but even He knows my body better than me.  After all, He is my Creator, the one who so wonderfully made me and every other human on this planet.  So my advice to you is (as the Body Talk article points out), listen to your body talk, and then, respect what it is telling you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


(Photo of Woman-Courtesy of Clip Art)