MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & 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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I watched part of a very interesting program yesterday on the PBA television channel featuring Dr. Ben Carson where he spoke on the subject of brain health. One of the things he mentioned that caught my attention was that our willpower is stronger when we understand the consequences and effects of our bad actions or conduct.

It’s been said by some that our willpower is very much like a muscle. The more we use or exercise it, the stronger it becomes. On the other hand, if we rarely use it, it will grow weak.

MUSCLES (Exercise)

In my book IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, Darryl loses his willpower to go on after he becomes physically disabled. He has to make some very important decisions in his life–ones that not only affect him but also his wife and child. Everyday we are faced with decisions–some big, some small–but no matter what the scope, at some point in time, we must make them. What, though, determines how we make our decisions?


It’s not always easy to make wise decisions and carry them out. However, it is a process that can be learned which brings us back to exercising or training our senses or perceptive powers to not only discern both right and wrong but also to actually carry out what we should. (Hebrews 5:13 & 14) In doing so, we continually exercise our muscle of willpower, thereby making it stronger and firmer yet flexible to the proper degree when circumstances allow.


HAPPY READING! And as always, this is from my heart to yours,