I met this 69 year old woman while working with All Hands Volunteers helping to clear debris from her home in Gatlinburg Tennessee which had been destroyed by the wildfire last November. I found the teapot she is holding while sifting through the ashes of her home looking for any objects that might be salvageable. She told me that she gave it to her mother as a gift when she was eight years old. She was so appreciative and thankful that we found this little teapot. That I was able to salvage such a precious memory for her makes all of the hardship of disaster relief work worth it all. I will treasure my conversation with her for a long, long time.
the last roses usually bloom at the end of October or the beginning of November where I live. Because of an extraordinarily warm summer this beauty began to bloom at the end of November, a month later than usual. I took it inside before the first frost so that it could bloom fully and remind me during cold December days of late spring when the first roses bloom
The American Cancer Fund is dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with Cancer by organizing and clarifying information. Each December it hosts a 5k run with Santa, called Run Santa Run. I had the privilege of photographing the run this year.
My granddaughters actually