Friday, July 21, 2006

I am thrilled to share with you the amazing news that out of the thousands of feature stories produced for news broadcast each year, the piece on Soulumination that aired last year on the Today show has been nominated for an Emmy in the "Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Broadcast." The awards night for the news Emmys will be in New York on September 25. It will not be me buying a dress for the event, as the award of course is for the team who put the story together, but I have asked our producer to share all the night's details including her dress selection. This nomination truly shows that the stories of these children touch people and are opening hearts to the realities of infant and child illness and death. I thank and honor each family that shared their struggles and opened their hearts for this news story. I am so grateful to Robin, our producer, Ann Curry for her amazing ability to connect to the work with grace and understanding, to Matt Lauer for his words at the end of the airing that sustain me when it all seems so hard, to the local and NY sound and cameramen for their expertise. So if that sounds like an acceptance speech, maybe it is as the rewards of this work come not in any award but in just meeting amazing families and the truly honorable way each news person both locally and nationally has handled this sensitive subject.

Today I share with you the photos of my new friend Jessica and her lovely mom and sister. She is the skateboarder who is battling a rare cancer with amazing faith and a truly sparkling spirit. I think her radiance just shines onto the film and I am so delighted to share this family with all of you. Her complete bio will be on our new gallery soon. As you can see in the shot of Jessica and me, she bewitched me in one hour's time.

With this weeks great weather comes the start of my busiest season of the year, which means I will be seeing so many of my long term 'subjects,' which is always such a pleasure. We are currently on hold with the Husky project, just waiting for final approval from the head coach. Once we are set we will have a way for you to order on line with all proceeds going to our foundation.

I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of my own life and the way to embrace life and now loss so often with this project. I realize that our society tells us to live fully in the moment, then shrinks back when the moments are painful, as when I received the email this week that my new teenage friend Stephanie is now an only child. If I am to live fully, I want to move through all parts of my life with respect and with grace. I found these words in my "Offerings" book: "Ours is a society of denial that conditions us to protect ourselves from any direct difficulty and discomfort. We expend enomous energy denying our insecurity, fighting pain, death, and loss, and hiding from the basic truths of the natural world and of our own nature." Jack Kornfield. Through my new friendships and through the work of Soulumination I realize that to honor each life and to do the best photography possible, it is important to let each story unfold and let its effect come into my life without denying the sorrow, but also realizing that my path is set to move with the stream of humanity that so steadily flows through my life and to not deny any part of that experiance. In love and peace, Lynette