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Some readers have noticed it has been quite some time since my last post, and since the website was last updated.  While I’d like to say I was away on some exotic photo shoot or relaxing at an art retreat, the truth is I have been struggling with a severe bout of depression.

When my grandfather passed away a little over 2 years ago, I was able to repress the grief for some time, but then finally the realization came– he is gone.

As a small child, I sat on his lap during church services, drawing on the church bulletin.  He is one of the biggest reasons I eventually chose to study and create art, because those early memories are among the best I have.  Since his passing, most attempts to paint or draw have only reminded me of how much I miss him.  I was on the brink of throwing in the towel, tossing out the art supplies, burning whatever paintings remain, and closing the website, not because I do not want to continue this line of work, but simply because at times it just felt like too much to take on in the midst of depression.

However, my supporters, friends, and clients have been determined to drag me out of my mental muck, and for that I am thankful.  From the friend who reminded me that the portrait of his dog still means so much to him even after more than a decade, to the stranger who ordered some of my ornaments on Zazzle knowing her loved ones will have and cherish them even after she is gone (hopefully many, many years from now), to the customers who ordered lucky clovers to give a boost to their own friends– all of you have helped me to realize… it is not really about me.  It is about leaving the world in better condition than it was in when I arrived, and how my work makes others think and feel.  In other words…  It is about all of you!

So for now, I am putting away my self-pity to make room for more new art & photography, more new additions to the Zazzle store, more auction listings, more 4 leaf clovers, and eventually more “Nonprofit of the Month” posts.  And, the main website should be updated soon, so be sure to check out http://soulbearing.com for the latest art & photography releases and lucky clovers, and for links to order prints of my work from Zazzle.

And, because all of you allow and encourage me to keep doing what I do, you have my eternal gratitude.

Thank You.


“The mission of Transitions Family Violence Services is to build safe and healthy families on the Virginia Peninsula. The agency assists adult and child victims through the provision of shelter, counseling and advocacy services. We work to increase awareness of domestic violence and provide opportunities for community members to participate in our mission.”

 

It is sad to have to say that domestic violence is still so widespread.  But groups like Transitions Family Violence Services are working to change that, through victim support, advocacy, and raising awareness.  So, for the month of November, a percentage of my eBay auctions will be donated to this nonprofit group.

 

If you would like more information or wish to contribute to them directly, please visit their website.

 

real four leaf clover necklace pendant

real four leaf clover necklace pendant, $21


Usually, the nonprofits featured here are smaller and closer to home. However, 4-H is a fabulous organization performing many valuable services, and this Bristow chapter is not so far away. So, for the month of October, at least 10% of my eBay auctions will be donated to Nokesville 4-H Club.  (And, it is highly appriopriate since the 4-H logo is a 4-leaf clover, and that happens to be one of the things regularly offered via soulbearing.com and my eBay auctions.)

Nokesville 4-H Club is “a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Our club focuses on self-development with leadership skills, community service projects, and environmental awareness.”

For more information about 4-H or to contribute to them directly, visit their website.

For lucky 4 leaf clovers and original fine art paintings and prints, visit soulbearing.com or my eBay auctions.

Framed Four Leaf & 5 Leaf Clovers

Framed Four Leaf & 5 Leaf Clovers


I know, I know. CBF was featured on this blog just a couple of months ago, and I normally choose a new nonprofit at the start of each month. However, there were no new eBay listings at the start of the month, and since new listings were posted in mid-month, I decided to re-feature one of my fave local nonprofits.

CBF is “a member-supported non-profit organization committed to saving the Chesapeake Bay through restoration activities, environmental advocacy, award-winning education programs, and litigation.”

So, for the remainder of the month, Chesapeake Bay Foundation will receive 10% of my eBay auctions. If you’d like to make a direct contribution to CBF, please visit their website.

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers on eBay

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers on eBay


framed real 4 leaf clovers

framed real 4 leaf clovers

For the month of August, a portion of my eBay auctions will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance do not pay. St. Jude freely shares research findings with doctors and scientists around the world.

For more information about St. Jude’s, or to make a direct donation, visit their website.

 


For the month of July, a percentage of my ebay auctions will be donated to Teens With a Purpose.

TWP’s mission is “to provide young people with a platform to empower their peers to use their voices, their energy, and their abilities to demonstrate the power to effect personal change, improve the lives of others, and foster a more knowledgeable community that is more invested in both themselves and each other using the arts and through peer-led programs and events. Emphasize education on and prevention of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Provide a nonjudgmental, safe, environment for self expression for all young people.”

(Wow!!)

For more information about TWP, or to make a direct contribution to TWP, visit their website.

 

Real 4 Leaf Clover Pendant with Necklace and Gift Box

Real 4 Leaf Clover Pendant with Necklace and Gift Box


When determining how advanced a society is, we often think of things like technology and architecture.  Perhaps we should also measure cultures’ advancement by how we treat the least fortunate and most helpless among us.

Having encountered and even adopted several stray and abandoned pets over the years, I think it is reasonable to say that these are often among the saddest and most helpless of creatures.  But, given so much as half a chance, many of them thrive.

Like this one…

When this stray hound wandered through the yard late one New Year’s night, he was so thin it was heartbreaking.  I immediately gave him food, and realized not only was he nearly starved, he was also blind.  My own dog did not get along with other dogs, so I couldn’t keep the stray; fortunately, an aunt with a soft spot for animals adopted the blind hound, naming him “Magoo”. 

He was so weak, it was days before he made a sound, and we weren’t sure he would survive.  But within a few weeks, he was gaining weight, howling at visitors, and finding his way around the house and yard.  He even managed to swipe a loaf of bread off the kitchen counter once. 

By the time he passed away about a year ago, he was fat and happy, having lived his remaining few years in a home where he was loved.

Not all such stories have a happy ending.  Fortunately, there are groups and individuals working to change that. 

For the month of June, 10% of my eBay auctions will be donated to the Chesapeake Humane Society.  The Chesapeake Humane Society “works to promote the welfare of companion animals in the community through programs and strategies aimed at improving responsible pet ownership and reducing the pet population.”

And, they do everything they can to find good homes for stray and abandoned pets.  So buy cool stuff and support a worthy cause (or visit their site and adopt a pet!).

3-Lot Framed Four Leaf Clovers

3-Lot Framed Four Leaf Clovers


One of the reasons I enjoy selecting a new nonprofit each month is that I sometimes find people helping others in unusual ways.

This time, I had the pleasure of finding this gem.

CRTRC “is an equestrian center located in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is a non-profit organization offering equestrian activities for children and adults with, but not limited to, a variety of physical, mental, and behavioral challenges. These challenges include autism, cerebral palsy, sensory deficits, and seizure disorders.”

Ten percent of my May eBay auctions will be donated to this worthy cause. If you’d like to help them directly or would like to know more about CRTRC, please visit their website. To view all auctions supporting CRTRC, click here.

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

Framed 4 Leaf Clovers


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a little farther away than the nonprofits I usually select. But, the bay itself is nearby, and the health of the bay impacts so many.

So, Chesapeake Bay Foundation will receive 10% of auction proceeds this month, with much gratitude for the valuable services its members perform.

Current listings include framed four-leaf clovers in quantities of 6 and 12.   And, there is still a little time left to bid on the last of March’s listings, with 10% being donated to a local volunteer emergency rescue squad.

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers

6-Lot Framed 4 Leaf Clovers


For a few years, I have been using the “Giving Works” program on eBay to contribute a percentage of auction proceeds to local nonprofit groups.  I don’t typically publicize it well enough, though.  I’m sort of bashful that way.  But then, people who would support a cause may not always hear about it. 

So, from now on, I will try to announce changes in advance.

Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad has been this month’s chosen recipient.  This month’s total donation hasn’t been tallied yet, but so far it is up to about $15, which is $15 more than at the start.  There is one more week left of March, then a new local group will be selected.  Meanwhile, there is still time to support the volunteer rescue squad, feed an artist, and get great stuff

If you already have enough stuff, remember, you don’t have to purchase anything to make a direct donation to the volunteer rescue squad!  Just click the “Donate Now” tab from the above link.  Or, if you sell on eBay, consider donating that way.

(You could also give large piles of money to the artist just because I’m so darned nice, but there is currently no tax deduction for that.)

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