Joan Showers Serenity Project

Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us.
— Dag Hammarskjold

December 2018

The on-line Thesaurus doesn’t offer many synonyms for Serenity.  Maybe, because it’s so hard to obtain that the words need to be selective and carefully chosen.  I believe most photographers reach a state of serenity or peace when we are behind a camera.   At this time of year, which often feels anything but serene, the chance to stay inside and play with lenses is one of my favorite pastimes.

I’m not a big fan of winter.  I’d rather skip the season and go right into spring.  I want to stay indoors and stay warm.  Winter makes me think of indoor games and other hobbies like knitting that keep me from venturing out. 

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round . . . So let us welcome peaceful evening in. ~ William Cowper

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I pulled out some games of my dad’s and thought I’d relearn them.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever played Backgammon, but my dad and I used to play cribbage

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Knitting is a hobby I took up many years ago, but put aside when photography took up so much of my time.  I love seeing how a piece of yarn makes something to wear or gift.  It brings me a feeling of tranquility to concentrate on a knit and purl.

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We place a happy life in a tranquility of mind.
— Cicero

Finally in the season of giving when we gather with our family, I wish you all the best and a reminder to take deep breaths when someone says something he or she shouldn’t after having had too many toddies.

Please visit my friend Nadeen Flynn on her Serenity Blog. She is a very talented photographer living in California.