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Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan – Facebook has been good to me

Fatuma – Facebook has been good to me.   I read a post that appeared on my Facebook feed regarding the first Immigration ban in the US. There was something about the honesty and compassion in that post that moved me to write a comment. This person expressed fear without anger and spoke of gratitude…

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  • sleinaJanuary 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm

    A beautiful story.Thank you Lisa for introduicng  Fatuma  to us… ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJanuary 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

      Thanks Selina, feeling weepy. I appreciate your support. And yes, she’s amazing.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyJanuary 17, 2018 - 4:48 pm

    It’s easy to sit back in life and avoid confronting that which needs to be addressed for the betterment of humanity.  It’s easier still to embrace the platitudes that you’re fed culturally, kudos to you Fatuma and Lisa (and anyone else doing the same) for choosing to take the path of courage, for deciding to use your time, talents and energy making the world a better place.  Thank you for not ignoring what should not be ignored!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJanuary 17, 2018 - 7:06 pm

      Tiff, Thanks. We can touch lives on every level, sometimes just starts with a smile. Some things a whole lot harder.ReplyCancel

  • Janet V WardJanuary 17, 2018 - 4:49 pm


  • Sandra MuvdiJanuary 18, 2018 - 6:25 pm

    Lisa, I loved reading about this courageous women. Thank you for sharing Fatuma’s story and photos.  We are indeed all part of the same human family and each human being is equal.  If only everyone would think this way peace would prevail. ReplyCancel

Megan Bryant

Everything is relative…I count my blessings…big time. This has been a wild ride in Florida. I was preparing and using all my life skills to accept that I might lose my home and belongings as we were in line for a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. Fortunately, only cat 1 wind gusts…so far no power…

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  • Jennifer GraceSeptember 14, 2017 - 7:58 pm

    Red Tree image is stunning.  Another Blog well done…ReplyCancel

  • michael cohenSeptember 14, 2017 - 8:13 pm

    Lisa Nalven… outstanding!ReplyCancel

  • tony powersSeptember 14, 2017 - 8:47 pm

    so very worthwhile Lisa. continue…ReplyCancel

  • Lynn VictorSeptember 15, 2017 - 12:14 pm

    Love the one with the eye…I see soft, strong, mysterious, exposed, confusing, yet obvious and American. Keep working on your story Mia. ReplyCancel

  • DenaSeptember 15, 2017 - 12:47 pm

    Streisand said, The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize the less I know.  No doubt this helped Megan, but her story, told by you, touches me deeply!  Keep it up Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • DianeSeptember 15, 2017 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful Lisa.! We are all like snowflakes.  Each one is different and beautiful.  ReplyCancel

  • Debbie SternSeptember 23, 2017 - 8:41 pm

    Beautiful work Lisa – you bring out the best in everyone you touch!ReplyCancel

  • Frannie YoungOctober 28, 2017 - 11:19 pm

    The honesty touches my soul so deeply.  Admitting to fear while still believing in who she is trying to be….  Kudos to this young, brave women and old soul.  Your photography tells her story like the music to her words….   you are amazing!  Thank you both for sharing. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Lyndon HartstillDecember 24, 2017 - 1:38 am

    Hey Lisa,

    Just read your tribute to your dear Mum.Lovely, always remembered over the miles.Keep up the good work and remind Sis about ” beer, bum & baccy ” ;)LyndonReplyCancel

Nicole Zimmerman

In October of 2015 I was at MD Anderson in Houston helping my brother Eric navigate his cancer treatment. Bob, a friend who worked at the hospital happened to tell me that a patient, Nicole Zimmerman, would be getting married that Sunday.  Nicole had just learned that her cancer was raging and she would need…

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  • Kathy NalvenSeptember 2, 2017 - 11:45 am

    A beautiful journeyReplyCancel

  • Jennifer GraceSeptember 3, 2017 - 12:10 pm

    Beautifully written and shot with compassion. You captured their essence… Can’t wait for the next one!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:07 pm

      Thanks Jen…For being there and all your support. Thanks for my power posse.


  • LindaSeptember 3, 2017 - 12:23 pm

    Lisa…..your “work” is beautiful.  Behind your camera are eyes that see right into the soul….and with a click, it’s captured.   I love this blog – the first of many more to follow!!!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:08 pm

      Linda my jibe at 75 friend. You’ll be up there soon enough. Thanks and love. 


  • Anne ReinsteinSeptember 3, 2017 - 1:00 pm

    Beautiful story ❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Cindy ChamblessSeptember 3, 2017 - 1:23 pm

    Thank you for including me in your blog. Thank you for sharing your talent and enriching the lives of so many people going through tough times. You are a blessing and a gift in and of yourself, and a very beautiful soul Lisa Nalven. ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:09 pm

      Thanks Cindy. I really appreciate your support. Much LOVE. ReplyCancel

  • DianeSeptember 3, 2017 - 1:32 pm

    What a beautiful story of a life that touched so many and will be remembered and experienced on so many levels.Thank you Lisa! ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:10 pm

      Hey Di…xoxo Thanks!!! We’ll be ready your blog soon. 


  • Nancey RosensweigSeptember 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm

    So amazing, Lisa.  What a beautiful story.  That family will be eternally grateful to you for the photos and the memories.  Dancer and photographer extraordinaire.
    Nancey RosensweigReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:11 pm

      Thanks Nancey…Sorry I missed you in NY. I appreciate the kudos…I’m a lucky person to be graced with my life. I hope we can connect sooner than later. Has it been 40 years?

  • Verne VaronaSeptember 3, 2017 - 3:07 pm

    Lovely! You rock, Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • FritziSeptember 3, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Lisa, this is such a beautiful beginning to a blog that will represent what the Human Spirit is always capable of. The Blessing of giving with a open heart has always been your calling. I’m glad that you are sharing your gifts and talents to reach more people. Your work is truly ‘a gift that keeps giving’. Thank you for your generous Spirit. When your incredible photography has such meaningful stories behind it…you are creating more than just a visual collection of moments.  You are offering a Spiritual context to the art of giving. ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:13 pm

      Fritzi…you have always had such a way with words…your comment is inspiring. This is my calling for sure and I’m all in. xoxoxo Thanks for your years of love and freindship. 


  • Joanne T TronconiSeptember 3, 2017 - 4:45 pm

    Lisa your passion for humanity is overwhelming.  Thank you for captioning the most beautiful incite into our own very unique lives.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:15 pm

      Joanne…I can’t WAIT to do yours! I know the title will be “A House Filled with LOVE”.  That’s the words that stuck with me when driving home. Thank YOU for saying yes and appreciating what I am trying to do. ReplyCancel

  • tony powersSeptember 3, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    what a wonderful endeavor Lisa. Brava. xoReplyCancel

  • Robert KatzSeptember 3, 2017 - 5:17 pm

    You are a beautiful personReplyCancel

  • Michael CohenSeptember 3, 2017 - 6:15 pm

    Beautiful! You keep dong you and perhaps the world, at least your chosen few, will live brightly through your lens and your heart. I love you.ReplyCancel

  • Dena NathansonSeptember 3, 2017 - 8:51 pm

    This is so emotional and heart wrenching.  Just another way you inspire me to be proactively kind and giving like you and Marian.  Instead of your experience ending when you hand the photos to their subjects, you have stories that keep on giving!  Enjoy the journey dear friend!  I know I will.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:18 pm

      Thanks Dena…I’ll keep it up! I know I’ll keep on shooting because this is what I am meant to do. I love sharing my work…it’s a dharma thing for sure. xoxoxo


  • ellen shermanSeptember 4, 2017 - 1:00 am

    Such a beautiful story and how blessed you all were to have your paths cross. Keep up the art and work that brings so much to so many. Your talent is a gift and it’s wonderful to see how you are using it.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 12:19 pm

      Thanks my pal Ellen. Thanks for your help and making me feel that I could actually write. When you told me that you heard my voice…that’s what I needed to hear. xoxox


  • Jayne MillsSeptember 4, 2017 - 4:32 pm

    Lisa, I just heard a reporter talking about Hurricane Harvey say that the worst of Mother Nature brings out the best in human nature. You are an ongoing rare example of the best of human nature. Your capacity to give so selflessly is an inspiration to all of us who know and love you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. Love the blog!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 4:58 pm

      Jayne…so many thanks. And guess what…I heard that comment and thought I want to use that…beautifully expressed. Thanks again for all your support and jump in when you’re ready.ReplyCancel

  • Jack SternSeptember 4, 2017 - 5:28 pm

    You are an amazing person Lisa.  Proud to be your cousin.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen DunnSeptember 4, 2017 - 7:17 pm

    You did a beautiful job telling Nicole’s story. I was so touched!  The family will now have a wonderful memory because of your dedication. ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 11:45 pm

      Thanks Ellen…I love what I do…it’s my passion.
      It’s like you and the animal pics…it’s what it’s all about.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn VictorSeptember 4, 2017 - 10:33 pm

    You have such a God given talent! A blog is the perfect way to share your gift with so many people! I’m a big fan! ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 11:46 pm

      Thanks Lynn, I’ll have to put up Haiti one of these days. I will talk with Scott one of these days. I’d like to get some words from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • MazzaSeptember 4, 2017 - 11:25 pm

    I’m a fan and a follower of yours for many many years and forever ! What a beautiful story I know that you bring so much joy to theese people!  Im excited about your Blog~ 
    *life is to be seen threw a photographers eyes*~Micki Mazza
    Especially yours! Bravo my friend !!!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 4, 2017 - 11:47 pm

      Thanks Micki, It’s been a long time coming…and I’m here now.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynSeptember 5, 2017 - 4:01 am

    Your soul is Simply beautiful and it touches all who you come in contact with! Love!ReplyCancel

  • Julia HartstillSeptember 5, 2017 - 8:23 am

    There is always a story behind every picture & stories should be told, preserved and passed on. It’s how humanity survives. Life is about survivers, we need survivers and life stories, they add to life’s tapestry and are fabulous. This is another beautiful example for both the photographer and the photographed – thank you. ♡ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiSeptember 5, 2017 - 12:36 pm




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    Lisa, I love
    the news piece that captured the special person you are.  You are blessed with priceless giving
    experience which fill you with inner enrichment. …and to each individual you photograph
    and their loved ones, you provide treasures by capturing moments in time forever
    preserved. You have
    touched my life.  I thank you for making
    my world a better place.  Sandra Muvdi


  • EricaSeptember 5, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    You are AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jemima McPhersonSeptember 7, 2017 - 7:08 pm

    I love the blog post so much Lisa ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Nadia WeissSeptember 9, 2017 - 8:07 am

    It’s my birthday today and hurricane Irma is approaching.

    I was just able to watch the video associated with the story you had written.Saying I’m touched doesn’t begin to describe in anyway how overwhelmingly beautiful this is.I look forward to more of life’s moments shared with you through the lens of your camera.Thank you for taking the time to remind us in one way or another, that no matter where we are or where we are from; “life happens”.Thank you for being who you are and also for being in my life.ReplyCancel

  • Suzy GoodelmanSeptember 14, 2017 - 12:11 pm

    Simply exquisite, Lisa. xoReplyCancel

  • Tom LatrielleSeptember 15, 2017 - 11:08 am

    I have always known you are anamazing person Lisa. This story just verifies it. It’s an honor to have you as a friend!ReplyCancel

  • KevinSeptember 15, 2017 - 3:19 pm

    Beautiful pics and story Lisa – your heart is a giant muscle of love!!  KevinReplyCancel

  • Frannie YoungOctober 28, 2017 - 11:33 pm

    You have such a wonderful way of seeing such beauty….and sharing it!  How blessed to be able to be a part of this day.  Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel