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Living Between Life and Death: A Tribute to Uncle Hal

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Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. -Brené Brown

Today I gave a message at the Eugene Mennonite Church and below here is the take away.

I would like each of you to consider if you only had 6 days left on Earth, like Uncle Hal had from the day he admitted on hospice – are you living the life you want to be living? Do those you love and cherish know how you define a good death -for an instance do you want to die at home, amongst family or friends? And, are you in pain? How are you sharing your pain with others? Please do not suffer alone.
I leave you with this…
Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.

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Joined By the Love of Photography

Last month I got this grand idea to interview another photographer.  I’ve been working on another project recently that’s resulted in some interviews that were posted in blogs.  At the same time I’ve been reflecting on my favorite part of hospice social work; which led me to think about what I love in life.  Let’s just say I’m a story searcher.  I love the unfolding of a person’s life story, the unveiling of the journey.

Chloe Sutcliffe was the first subscriber to my photoblog that I did not know personally and the first person I thought of when I was thinking about who I’d like to interview.  After being introduced to her photoblog I quickly learned that she lives in Australia and she started her photoblog in January 2009 (while mine began in March 2011), and she has a pup named Bruza.

Chloe Sutcliffe Photography: How I “met” Chloe

Over time I’ve “watched” and learned.  Here’s a small list of things I’ve noted over the last year and a half:

  • She’s purchased her first home (I was just about her age when I purchased my 1st home)
  • Chloe is almost 10 years younger than me
  • We both love dogs
  • She’s been struggling with Endometriosis & shares bits of this in her photoblog
  • Chloe has started and finished an Alphabetography series and has began and another (which she refers to below)
  • She loves little camera charms 
  • We both love the ocean
Interview with Chloe
How old were you when you first picked up a camera?
I remember at a very young age holding my parents’ Minolta & capturing photos on film; that camera is now a part of my analogue collection.
What was your first camera?
My first camera for photography was a compact point & shoot style Nikon.
When were your first aware of your intrigue for photography?
I became more aware of my love for photography around my late teens.
What do you love taking pictures of? 
I’ve always liked landscapes & macro/minimal shots.

My 1st Camera Jewel: Inspired by Chloe’s collection of camera charms & her enjoyment of macro shots

Describe being behind the camera lens: what does it mean to you; how does it make you feel; has this changed over time?
I love being able to capture a moment, it doesn’t matter if it’s something simple like a sunset or something more sentimental like a family gathering, I often get excited like a little girl when I see the in-camera result.
Describe any special photography projects you are particularly proud of.

I’m coming to the end of my 52 week black and white project, which I have very much enjoyed.

Zen: Inspired by Chloe’s Black & White project & her love of Bruza

When you are looking at other photographer’s photos, what draws you in/catches your eye?
I always manage to find one particular concept of the photo that catches my eye instantly & then it all unfolds before me, like watching a movie, every photo is different & it’s always something different that I like.
How has photography added to your life?
It’s allowed me to “see” the world for it’s true beauty & also to remember to keep life simple, to capture and treasure the small things.
How has photography challenged you?
It’s constantly pushes me to be better at taking photos, to get out and explore more, push my boundaries.
How would you like to improve as a photographer?
I’d like to be able to get it right first time, as in, my settings – usually there is something not quite right when I take a photo & I have to adjust either my shutter or aperture.
Do you have any dreams when it comes to goals you have for your photography talents; or projects you hope to see come to life?
I would love my little etsy store to be successful.  
If you could go anywhere in the world and time and money were not constraints, where would you go to take photos?
I would go everywhere.. literally. 
Lastly, describe a little bit about yourself – if I were to meet you today – what would you be inclined to tell me or want me to know about you?
Straight up if we met, you would think I was a little bit shy because I am when meeting new people.
But after a while you would realise I’m fun, quirky & often say the silliest of things.