Parrot Tulips, APDA and Asking – Picture to Ponder – v.6 – issue 13

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 31, 2010

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that Parkinson’s is the debilitating disease that my beloved husband Sam battled for many years.  Thus I am committed to supporting research and awareness of PD.

In line with this, each year for the past four, I’ve acknowledged American Parkinson’s Disease Association’s April Annual Walk Month by featuring tulip photos in at least one issue of Picture to Ponder. (See APDA Walk Story below for more information and the “why” of tulips.)

If you are celebrating Passover, Easter or life itself, a most joyous holiday to you.

Today’s Photos


Parrot tulip opening up

Parrot Tulips in different stages of opening – The sensory experiences are so strong from these two images that I invite you to simply be with them, without further descriptive words from me.

Story of Today’s Photos
I was thrilled with how these photographs turned out and simply wanted to take some time to luxuriate in them. Then so you could see more of the Parrot Tulip photos and others, last year, I uploaded them onto my Flickr pages. See TULIPS set

Almost immediately I received an email inviting me to add each of them to the Parrot Tulips Group on FlickR. I went to the group and was in awe of many of the photos. I had never before paid attention to the beauty of this particular variety of tulips, though I’ve photographed them in the past. It makes me happy to share them with you.

Self-Reflecting Queries
(Note – This is a repeat of the Queries from last year.  Internal conversations do seem to linger at times.)

Part of putting together today’s issue of Picture to Ponder had me looking at my own issues around money, asking for it for my services and asking for it for someone else, or for a charity to which I’m committed in supporting (see APDA Story below). I would assume that there are many of you out there who have neither of these issues around “asking” or “inviting” and that there are those who do.

As I write, I’m reminded that the same emotional issues are not even always about money. I’m recalling times that I did not invite someone to do attend a party I might be giving, go with me someplace, or into a myriad of other situations.

I make the prejudgment that they would not be interested in my invitation, so I don’t put myself out, take a chance on a refusal. The bottom line result is that ultimately neither of us benefit as I stay stuck in my “fear of rejection.”

I invite you to look and see if you find yourself anywhere in the above scenario. If so, I invite you to take one small action forward in possibly a new direction. To do this, what might you have to give up?

Keep in mind, the action may be something as simple, or perhaps for you not so simple, as saying “Hi” to, or smiling at, a stranger.

I also invite all of you to take a few moments to acknowledge yourselves for strides you’ve taken in your life where none of the above fits for you, or where once some of it did and you’ve moved past those strangleholds.

For what accomplishments can you, or will you choose to, acknowledge yourself today?

As always, when you’re finished, I invite you to share your experience with today’s photos and writing in the comments section below.
The APDA and Walk Story –
The TULIP, a pink-edged one, is the symbol used for Parkinson’s Disease and April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Thus in March/April, though not always the “correct” tulip, I have featured two to four photos in Picture to Ponder and created special Tulips pages with more, since 2006.

Starting with TULIPS 2006 you can follow links to the issue that year. Links for Tulips 2007 and 2008 can be found at the bottom of that page.

PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disease experienced by man, Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. See Overview in the Pharmaceutical Journal for some detailed information. For those who like videos, check out VIDEO, for a short one with good information from a Georgia APDA chapter.

Each year, the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) holds fund-raising walks throughout the United States. All MONEYS raised goes to RESEARCH for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Given, as mentioned above, that my beloved husband Sam (see Remembering Sam), despite the Parkinson’s Disease with which he was afflicted, was an integral part of how I initially approached Picture to Ponder, I have been moved to support APDA walks here and on the above-mentioned pages. I appreciate your understanding.

Sam was the original photographer in the family (see B&W photos) and also a large part of who I am as a photographer. Thus I feel comfortable in sharing this with you in Picture to Ponder. I do remain active in support groups, and will continue to acknowledge April and and the importance of the walks.

I am also inviting you, if you are so moved, to support research for Stamping out Parkinson’s Disease by contributing to one of the walks. For those in South Florida, the Walk this year will take place in Lake Ida Park in Delray Beach on Saturday, April 10th. Registration starts at 9:15 AM, the walk at 11 AM. For more information and scheduled walk locations in your area, if you are in the United States, scroll down the APDA national site.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, 100% going to research, go directly to the South Florida “Make a Donation” page. Simply type “WALK” in the “Person’s Name” space, and/or in the “Special Instructions” box, before your final payment submission. Or, certainly, if you do wish to donate, feel free to make a donation to your local chapter, if that be your preference.

Programs I recommend:
For Bloggers and those interested in blogging –
Starting Monday, April 5th, Bea Field’s has a 3-week jump start program for people who are newbies interested in learning to blog. Then her 12-week Blogging Maniac Program starts again on April 26th.

I have participated twice in Bea’s courses, always picking up something new. There is no one on the Internet whose work I’ve experienced who delivers as much content as she does for such a minimal investment.

If you have any interest in learning more about blogging and/or integrating it with other Social Media, I strongly recommend that you check out what’s available in the program. Simply click on Blogging Maniac and when you get to the page scroll down the page, near the end to get the info links to both courses.

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amer donnelly March 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Hi Sheila,
Thank=you for sharing so richly with your readers, gazers, and ponderers. Your tribute to Sam is beautiful and very inspiring. I’m sure you were his “gem” and continue on reflecting him into the world.
Holiday joy and peace to you,
Amer D


Sheila Finkelstein March 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Thank you so much, Amer. I very much appreciate your following links in today’s Picture to Ponder and your acknowledgment of both me and Sam.

Yes, I do believe, from his writing to and treating of me, that Sam saw me as his “gem”…. very perceptive of you. I was truly blessed to have had that kind of love.

Have you followed any of the sporadic writing I’ve done on about him and our relationship?

Thanks also for the holiday greetings. Back at you. Sending love and appreciation.


amer donnelly April 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I’ve read a few of your posts and hope to return to do a little more reading there and perhaps some writing as well. Thanks for the link again. ~Amer


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