“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”― Marianne Williamson
“Through the eyes of a child you will see the world just as it ought to be.”
Journey of parenthood, street photography in Tokyo, Japan © Jojie Alcantara
Today, I remember the goodness of your heart, your presence that I missed so much, and I don’t know whether to greet you with a Happy Birthday or Happy Valentines’ Day.
Portraits of Hope: Catching Moments of Inspiration and Courage from Kids of Hope
A photo exhibit by Rhonson Ng and Jojie Alcantara
in celebration of World Cancer Day 2015 and International Childhood Cancer Day, from February 4-15, 2015.
KIDS OF HOPE A photo exhibit by Jojie Alcantara (with guest photographers) For the benefit of House of Hope, Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc. http://www.kidsofhope.org/ To be announced soon. * * * *
This Badjao baby caught my eye as I walked carefully on wooden planks stretched across the waters within a cluster of houses built tightly and interconnected by footpaths. The family welcomed me into their community, even though I was a stranger in their eyes, just passing by to document their unique way of life. I took note of their smiling faces, houses on stilts, and their floating boats as vehicles.
If you want to practice portraiture, the best start is on babies.
“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”― Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm
The Girl I Used to Be Author Unknown She came tonight as I sat alone, the girl I used to be, And she gazed at me with her earnest eyes, and questioned reproachfully, Have you forgotten the many plans, and hopes I had for you? The great career, the splendid fame, all the wonderful things to do?
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For nearly thirty years, ArLynn Presser avoided leaving her neighborhood in Winnetka, Illinois, as she would experience debilitating anxiety and panic attacks when visiting public places and interacting with people outside her home. But once she turned fifty, the romance writer decided that she was tired of living in isolation, and ready to face her greatest fear. On December 31, 2010 she started a blog at ArLynnPresser.WordPress.com and wrote in her first post, “My New Year’s resolution is to meet every Facebook friend I have.” And so she spent 2011 visiting friends all over the world (and meeting some for the very first time). Her son Joseph accompanied her on the journey, recording video clips for ArLynn to share on her blog, which she’s been updating regularly since announcing her resolution on New Year’s Eve 2011. By the end of the year she had been to 13 different countries and met with 292 of the 325 friends she had as of January 1, 2011. “Without WordPress.com, this project…
“No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” ~ Emma Goldman, author This image won in two competitions, the other one on Pbase’ Show and Tell Competition with the title, Shy. She is just one of those children who stole my heart while I was staying in the little town of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. View more of my photos of the children of Cagwait.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Children of Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe in the highlands of Tibolo Village in Sta. Cruz. They are friendly, cheerful and a curious lot. This image finished finalist among 12700 entries in the December 2011 monthly photo contest of Betterphoto.com. © Jojie Alcantara
“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better”. ~Pauline R. Kezer
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child”. ~Sophia Loren Visit my gallery, “Fine Art of Motherhood”, a selection of my fine art photography in honor of the joy and unfathomable essence of being a mother.
Today’s Parenting Tip: Treat a difficult child the way you would your boss at work. Praise his achievements, ignore his tantrums and resist the urge to sit him down and explain to him how his brain is not yet fully developed. ~ Robert Brault