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As the winter holidays approach most are jubilant and look forward to time with family and friends, festive events and celebration.

For others, this is a trying time. In the USA we are bombarded with BUY BUY BUY SPEND SPEND SPEND – YOU CAN’T BE HAPPY UNLESS YOU GIVE US YOUR MONEY! YOU NEED OUR STUFF!!!

For those who live on a budget, paycheck to paycheck and just struggle to survive this isn’t necessarily a joyful time. Some can look past the materialistic onslaught and find peace in their beliefs or just ignore it all.

Some can not, many suffer and feel inadequate that they can not do as others, that their children or family or even friends will not have the gifts that their peers enjoy or they can’t live the exotic life they see on tv or in magazines. This can lead to seasonal depression, or worse.

Be aware, notice your surroundings, notice the reactions of the people around you, be courteous and understanding of those that may not be as fortunate as you may be. Help if you can. Be human, look past predigests or religious differences.

If you are experiencing the pressure and stress of this time, I encourage you to take a step backwards, take a deep breath, talk to someone you trust, realize that there is so much in life that is more important. Don’t let the season get to you down, your self-worth and health is worth so much more.

Take a deep breath, and smile if you can.


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I began my photography career in high school, 39 years later it's still what defines me more than anything else. I've had other jobs and many hobbies but just never was able to stay away from behind the lens.

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