If only they knew

I’m perched on the rail in the balcony overlooking the auditorium floor looking for the perfect shot when our eyes meet. His are furrowed and full of anger. He sees the camera and in my mind I see his disgust, because he feels violated. I don’t know this to be a fact, but the mannerisms – scowling, heading shaking. If he were a character in my novel he would be shouting expletives. My look is one of intrigue, interest, wonder and love.

You see I love each of these people and I pray for their safety. I am also well aware that I and many others are blessed, yet we are probably a few paychecks shy of similar circumstances.

As I capture pictureS it is not to exploit but to chronicle and put a face to a crisis this nation tends to ignore. I pass vacant structures regularly and dream of owning and rehabbing them so that no one has to call the streets of Cleveland their home.

I applaud the organizers of the Homeless Stand Down for bringing all of these providers to the community often forgotten. From food to medical care it is offered today.

Many I encounter wear the badge of anger yet many wear the light of the Lord because despite their circumstances they smile with Thanksgiving.

I pray today and everyday for an end to homelessness and I thank God for the opportunity to share a smile and an afternoon with my fellow citizens.

Biking is therapeutic!

A selfie of Slow Roll Cleveland and my bike buddy and sister Sharyn (in the striped shirt).

A  few years ago I started biking for the first time since high school – a good twenty plus years ago. At the time I just knew it would be fun! I had no idea it would be good therapy. Until today it was fun, and a great way to get in shape.

Tonight after a grueling day I participated in the weekly Slow Roll Cleveland. The rides are an opportunity to promote safe biking and to increase awareness in the concept of a shared road – auto and bike traffic.

Today’s Roll was in my general neighborhood and served as a true stress reliever complete with beautiful views of Lake Erie.

A selfie as I ride along Lake Erie at Euclid Beach Park.

So if you’re looking to relieve some stress join Slow Roll Cleveland. For details check out their Facebook page. If you’re not in Cleveland, don’t fret there’s probably a chapter in your city.

Happy Earth Day – have you been kind to Mother Earth?

These lamb are grazing just minutes from downtown Cleveland as part of an Urban Shepherds project.
These lamb are grazing just minutes from downtown Cleveland as part of an Urban Shepherds project.

Today we acknowledge Earth Day in an attempt to bring awareness to the many things that humans do to pollute and defame our land. I am a culprit, but I am working to be a better steward of our world. What are you doing?

The Urban Shepherds project is definitely working to do their part. To learn more about their work visit their website by clicking on the name. Even if they weren’t making the world a little better, they definitely bring joy to me! Each spring I anxiously look to my right each day as I come to work to see if the sheep have returned.

I don’t long to live on a farm or anything, I just really enjoy that little touch of country in the city and having the ability to watch them up close.

~Until we meet again!