MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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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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WHEN A SPOUSE HAS SPECIAL NEEDS

Image“I, _____, take you, _____, to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” 

 

In my novel, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, newlyweds Catina and Darryl are confronted with one of the greatest challenges they will ever face as a couple.

Marriage is challenging enough as it is, but when one mate becomes critically ill, the stress for both spouses can bring on a whole number of other difficulties.  Sadly, some marriages don’t survive the stress.  Even though only one mate is sick, both are deeply affected, although in very different ways.  When God established the family arrangement, He said that the man and the woman would become one flesh.  So what does this mean for the couple in this situation?

Most people love being independent, and there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that.  All of us, if it’s within our power and ability, should strive to take care of ourselves.  But wouldn’t you agree that no matter who we are, at some point in our lives, we are going to need someone (whether or not we want to admit it)?  This is when interdependence comes into play.  Sometimes we have to depend on others to help us.  And if it is a legitimate need, there is nothing wrong with that.  But if we are used to doing most things for ourselves, that might be a hard pill to swallow.

It may also be hard for one or both mates to keep a positive outlook.  Dwelling too much on the past and how good or different things used to be can weaken our resolve to make the best of the situation we’ve been dealt.  It’s okay to have your pity party every now and then if you need to, but try not to stay at the party too long (because if you do, you’ll miss out on all the other wonderful things life has to offer).  Try to find delight in even the smallest of things and strive to continue raising each other up.  Even in such a trying situation, happiness is still possible.  And if the joy seems to be lost, do everything within your power to find it.

Maxine

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