Family Photo Friday!

Today’s “Family Photo Friday” is definitely different from the usual. In the past, I think the most you’ve seen of me has been my jeans and shoes. That is because “My Life With Gracie” is supposed to be about Gracie and my other chickens, not about me.

This photo is what you might call an “author photo,” like one you might see on the back cover of a book. It just seemed like the thing to do since this website is now a year old.

Some of the books I’ve read about being an author and being published have said you need to use an author photo somewhere in your book because your readers will want to know how you look. It’s supposed to make readers feel more connected to you.

As you may be able to tell, I didn’t feel quite comfortable with the whole idea, and so two of my “writing muses” have joined me in this photo. I did have a more serious looking photo that I was considering as a possibility, but this is the one Gracie chose. (She is making sure that I don’t look too serious by tickling my cheek.)

She thought it might be best to have a photo taken right in our own backyard under the camellias because it is a special place…

…where chickens dance ballet and dream of flying to the moon and back…

…where we can think deeper thoughts than what we may be accustomed to thinking about life and love and what it all means…

…where we can innocently hope and believe it will all make sense one day, and even if it doesn’t, we still have love for each other, and that is more than enough.

People are not so different from chickens or each other really. We are all here for one purpose…to give. The only difference might be in what we choose to give. We choose to give love from our hearts.

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Family Photo Friday!

 

This is one of my favorite photos of Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, and Pearl when they were all still pullets (female chickens before they have laid their first egg). After their first egg they can officially be called hens. It’s a big event!

That’s modest Gracie with her back to the camera. Bessie is looking up inquisitively to see if the strange box called a camera may present any possible danger. Blanche and Pearl are doing what they do best —- hunting for food! They look a little like eagles, don’t they? Perhaps that’s what they imagine themselves to be when hunting!

This was before Amelia and Emily came to live with us as refugees. This was before their first winter with snow. This was before life started moving much too fast. We had time back then to examine things carefully and to savor our time together.

Time feels as if it is rushing by all too quickly. We have seen so much and done so much, but there hardly seems to be time to record and share it all.

In less than two weeks, on August 1st, we will be celebrating one year of stories and illustrations through “My Life With Gracie.” That is amazing! Amazing!

I would like to think of a really great gift to give all of you, our friends and readers around the world! Hmm…must consult with Gracie, she always has good ideas!

Each post shares a glimpse into my journey as a writer and illustrator. Every “Like,” “Follow,” and “Comment” is truly appreciated!