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For angels and survivors. I ask that you not look away. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Love spoken here.

I get chills as I invoke the help of the angels I have known. This blog is for you. This blog is also for the survivors. This blog is for all the unsung heros…the siblings. This blog is for moms and dads. This blog is for the friends. This blog is for all whose lives…

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  • Jill KratishSeptember 30, 2018 - 11:32 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful images and stories!  Light and love to all of you! ReplyCancel

  • LenaSeptember 30, 2018 - 11:48 am

    My god woman you are incredible!!! I am in awe of what you do and so happy to now call you a friend.  I do not know how you find the strength to do this but I thank the universe that gave you this gift.. one of noblest constitution and grace. You go woman….
    PS: secretly very jealous of your unbelievable heart and visionReplyCancel

  • wendiSeptember 30, 2018 - 11:55 am

    Each one of these beautiful children touched my heart. Your photos capture the essence of the humanity and love that exists that lives on and is eternal. May your work awaken compassion and solutions inside of us. Thank you for the reminder. These children and all children belong to ALL of us. ReplyCancel

  • Dara BushmanSeptember 30, 2018 - 12:00 pm

    Each picture is compelling, breath-taking, and pure heartfelt beauty radiates outward. Thank you for sharing your gift to capture such radiance. ReplyCancel

  • EricSeptember 30, 2018 - 1:30 pm

    God bless you for taking the time and sharing your love. ReplyCancel

  • BethSeptember 30, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    So enjoyed and appreciated the words and images. Touched my heart as always!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda KrausSeptember 30, 2018 - 4:25 pm

    Yes I made it to the compelling end. God bless the children and God bless you Lisa for giving attention in a great way. You are an Angel in all you do. I love your work and I love you with all my heart. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer bluthSeptember 30, 2018 - 5:27 pm

    Powerful and poetic.  Such joy and pain.  Your images ..their lives..blessings to all. ReplyCancel

  • Karen L.September 30, 2018 - 11:10 pm

    Fabulous work!  Should be a gallery showing.ReplyCancel

  • DenaSeptember 30, 2018 - 11:42 pm

    Another amazing blog Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • FritziOctober 1, 2018 - 4:26 am

    You speak and the words are so wildly vivid and touching and filled with  love for the most  challenging human condition, cancer.  And through your eyes, your camera, you tell the picture without words. Together you take us on a journey Lisa. To the hard truth, to the gut- wrenching losses. You are full of vision and heart and I thank you for doing such Angelic work Lisa. ReplyCancel

  • Lee GordonOctober 2, 2018 - 12:23 pm

    Extraordinary kids, extraordinary images, you are an extraordinary human being!ReplyCancel

  • Lee GordonOctober 2, 2018 - 12:32 pm

    Extraordinary kids, extraordinary images – you are an extraordinary human being and photographer/storytellerReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiOctober 2, 2018 - 12:53 pm

    So many of these children you have captured are a part of the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation’s heart.  We have worked together years bringing to light cancer warriors who shine bright.  You are a special giving soul Lisa.  Your gift will forever preserve important moments in the lives of these children and the history of JJCCF. Thank you, Sandra MuvdiReplyCancel

  • TamaraOctober 4, 2018 - 12:40 pm

    I have no words to express how I’m feeling…. Beautiful job,  beautiful pictures,  beautiful  soules, ….thank you, you are incredible,  we love you Lisa… Tamara,  Rolando,  Licy y Roly ReplyCancel

Bali – Not the yoga, retreats or fabulous beaches – it’s the peeps

“Put your ass where your heart wants to be” – Steven Pressfield – The War of Art Although it takes me forever to create these posts, this is where my heart wants to be. My ass doesn’t always follow orders. It’s a challenge but here I am. Writing, blogging, Instagram postings have big learning curves. …

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  • GigiAugust 19, 2018 - 8:22 pm

    Beautiful Lisa, you have a gift in many areas.  May the universe continue to bless you and the work you do.  Love you, Gigi. ??????ReplyCancel

  • Jeryl MadfisAugust 19, 2018 - 8:55 pm

    Lisa this is beautiful and you tryly are as amazing as the pictures and stories you post. . ReplyCancel

  • DonnaAugust 19, 2018 - 10:40 pm

    Beautiful ❤ReplyCancel

  • Valerie ViglioneAugust 19, 2018 - 11:40 pm

    Beautiful. My pal Pauline moved to Green School and KUl Kul Farm 4 years ago. I love knowing that you were there to witness the kindness of the future.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:03 pm

      I met her, she gave me the tour of the school. She lives in a beautiful place and appears to have a blessed life! Thank god for planet savers.ReplyCancel

  • Linda NadlerAugust 20, 2018 - 12:14 am

    We know how beautiful Bali is a “destination” vacation.  These photos and your descriptions added a level of beauty unbeknown to me….and perhaps to others.  By far Lisa, this is your BEST photo-blog to date!  The photos are AMAZING!  And your words….equally so.  Keep on truckin’ my friend….what you share, moves me. 
    Thank you. ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:06 pm

      Thanks Linda. Yes, I got to see Bali in a very authentic way. Although it was a brief stay I really got a good feel for the place. It’s a beautiful and very interesting place. I hope to go back for sure. It was made all the amazing to be with the Solemen Foundation and Scholars for Sustenance. I really need to be around good-deed-doers!ReplyCancel

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    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:09 pm

      Thank you Tim, Sue or one of you guys. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog. :-)))) I hope you and your beautiful family are well and happy!ReplyCancel

  • Dr. TomAugust 20, 2018 - 1:21 am

    Nice job Lisa! It looks like you had fun and enjoyed your improving photography skills!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:10 pm

      Thanks Tom. Yes, I am learning lots of stuff. Loving my life. :-)))ReplyCancel

  • Jane DagmiAugust 20, 2018 - 1:31 am

    Wow. Outstanding. Moving. I am always brought to tears when those with disadvantages are so thankful and filled with smiles.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:13 pm

      Thanks Jane. Yes, it’s quite amazing how one survives because what else can one do. It surely keeps me grateful every day! I will say that the people I met in Bali were remarkable, so appreciative and that man Wayan was just so warm and lovely.ReplyCancel

  • SarabethAugust 20, 2018 - 1:37 am

    Beautiful ReplyCancel

  • tomasAugust 20, 2018 - 8:18 am

    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your experience. What you wrote about the patients with their most serious circumstances and problems shows that we fortunate people who are relatively healthy and have our normal BS problems should thank our lucky stars regarding how fortunate we really are. What a display of humanity, kindness and generosity  Much love tomasReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:17 pm

      Yes, it keeps me on my toes and not to complain (at least not too much) and be grateful every day. No matter what, Gratitude for what we have, have had and even just clean water! The basics that we take for granted.
      We have been so fortunate! xoReplyCancel

  • AndiAugust 20, 2018 - 11:58 am

    Of course I watched all of it.  Dont thank me…I THANK YOU!  Magnificent work.  Bless you?ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:18 pm

      Ah…Andi! Thanks. I still appreciate when someone takes the time. Grateful. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Michele JAugust 20, 2018 - 12:27 pm

    Beautiful & important work… Shooting and sharing . Thank you Lisa! ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:21 pm

      Michele, your appreciation, will always have a special place in my heart. I met you doing what I love and I hope we meet again. Sending you oodles of heart. :-)) xoxooxReplyCancel

  • Jack SternAugust 20, 2018 - 12:59 pm

    Unbelievable photos and  heartwarming narration.  You are amazing Lisa and the work you are doing is also amazing.  Love you.  
    Cousins Jack and LoraReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:22 pm

      Thank you, my cousins. I’m glad you don’t hate me as I owe you!!! LOL I love what I do and I’m lucky I get to share. xoxoxo Love you too.ReplyCancel

  • ellen shermanAugust 20, 2018 - 5:05 pm

    How to comment when there is so much beauty, graciousness, sweetness being shared? Once again, Lisa, you have brought your unique eye and soul to an experience that could have easily been the “same old/same old”….never is anything the ” same” when you see it!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:25 pm

      Thanks Ellen, my writing mentor. Thanks for all your support and reassurance! Hard to keep commenting other than to say…THANKS!ReplyCancel

  • Dena NathansonAugust 20, 2018 - 10:27 pm

    Your stories with pictures are extremely honest, inspirational and heart warming!  Your freedom awakens a part of me that sleeps.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:26 pm

      Awe that so sweet. Take pictures Dena…wake up that creative genius in yourself…whatever you love to do! xoxoReplyCancel

  • LeeAugust 20, 2018 - 10:55 pm

    Lisa – you are absolutely amazing!  Once again, I get to live and feel your written words and love every image you make!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenAugust 20, 2018 - 11:28 pm

      My first photographer mentor friend in Florida, I so appreciate your support and love for all these years. xoxoxo!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer bluthAugust 22, 2018 - 3:07 am

    You’ve shared such a beautiful experience with all of us. Thank you for this journey.  I would love to learn more about the Soleman group.  Love you,  JenniferReplyCancel

  • jennifer bluthAugust 22, 2018 - 3:09 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us.  Id like to learn more about Soleman.  Love you,  JenniferReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenSeptember 23, 2018 - 3:57 pm

      Hey Jennifer, Sorry I took so long to respond. I’ll email you…they are amazing.

  • Sandra MuvdiAugust 22, 2018 - 1:37 pm

    Incredible experience you had Lisa.  It is an eye opening experience to see reality; the other side of the coin which tourists rarely see.  My favorite photo is the beach ritual with the high surf.  It looks surreal the head pieces with the huge waves as a back drop.  Great cover photo!  Enjoyed reading the story behind the faces. smReplyCancel

Haiti – Kids, Life and Hope

These are images of humans in Haiti. I visited two orphanages, one in San Repos and one in St. Marc. Scott Bonnell of HopetoHaiti created these safe havens. His goal was to help one child at a time. The foundation provides food, shelter, education, safety and hope to orphans in Haiti. Scott is hands-on and…

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  • Nancey RosensweigJuly 8, 2018 - 11:27 am

    Phenomenal photos, Lisa…….you should meet my good friend Martine Jean Baptiste, who started

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:47 pm

      Thanks Nancey. I checked out her site. I would love to meet her. Maybe when we finally see it other we can make it a threesome…or not. I hope I get to see you in the flesh before another 40 years. xoReplyCancel

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  • Dena NathansonJuly 8, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    I’d never get there on my own, so thank you for a trip to Haiti thru your Fabulous photos!    Black and white with color is so cool!  I love your mission to get a print to each of your subjects.  I look forward to our next adventure.  Love you and your generous heart Lisa!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:46 pm

      Thanks Dena. You are always welcome on my journeys! I’ll be your surrogate. LOLReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:24 am

      THanks Dena. You will be traveling with me again soon!!!

  • Rose medranoJuly 8, 2018 - 2:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos, they touch my heart.ReplyCancel

  • GigiJuly 8, 2018 - 2:32 pm

    Wow Lisa, what a beautiful story and collective of pictures you captured?  Love you girl…..hugsReplyCancel

  • GigiJuly 8, 2018 - 2:34 pm

    I’ve visited Haiti 4 times but have not had the privilege you’ve had.  Gigi GravesReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:44 pm

      We’ll just have to go back together. We can dance and find some service too!ReplyCancel

  • EllenJuly 8, 2018 - 2:51 pm

    This is my most favorite of all your blogs.wonderful, fabulous, sharing your heart and your talent..love ❤️ ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:23 am

      Thanks Ellen. As Feathers alumni we know well the joy and heart in Haiti.
      Happy to be able to share.

  • Lisa KaufmannJuly 9, 2018 - 3:11 am

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse of the heart and soul of the Haitian people. The joy in the faces of the children you were shooting made me smile! I am sure they will never forget your love and kindness! ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:21 am

      Thanks Lisa. Happy to make you smile!
      That’s makes me smile. My work makes me snails. ???ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiJuly 9, 2018 - 1:06 pm

    Lisa, what an amazing experience to travel to Haiti and see with your own eyes the reality of many children living in absolute poverty.  The photos reveal your great talent as you make them feel at ease in front of the camera’s eye. My favorite photo is with the kids in action dancing.  Sending each their photo will be treasured.  You would LOVE going on Semester at Sea as a Lifelong Learner!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:18 am

      Thanks Sandra. I’m sure I would love that… my husband not so much! Lol
      I will continue to do my thing. I’ve got lots more to share. Can’t wait to start our project. I Will post in September my cancer kids. And I will show the joy even when things are bad.
      When I come back let’s make that date. Off to Bali tomorrow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea ColtonJuly 9, 2018 - 3:37 pm

    These photos are incredible. I was mesmerized. Amazing work and an amazing subject.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:20 am

      Thanks Andrea. Long time no see! Congrats on your retirement.
      I’m lucky to do what I do. Love to the family.

  • FritziJuly 9, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    Lisa, I’m so moved by your wholistic approach to sharing the human collective with us. Your photos are stunning, heartbreaking, educational and so professional. Your words and intentions are just a gift, Spiritual layers blended with history/herstory. You are more than fulfilling your commitment to Spirit/the Holy Mystery by using your gifts and talents in such a philonthropic way. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Cousins Jack and LoraJuly 9, 2018 - 7:01 pm

    Amazing photography and commentary Lisa.   The work you do makes our hearts feel good.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenJuly 10, 2018 - 10:13 am

      Thanks Jack. I was just looking at you again… tapping. Sorry I’m so slow. It took me two years to post Haiti. Hopefully less than that! Lol xoReplyCancel

  • Jennifer GraceJuly 10, 2018 - 5:27 am

    This post is by far my fav so far…these pictures are so compelling..you are such a gifted artist and incredible human being. ReplyCancel

Mila – My American Bully who fell from Heaven

Apparently, it takes famous people committing suicide, children being murdered, and people from the mainstream population overdosing from opioids, for us to wake up. This sounds like I’m going to get political, I’m not. I am grateful that we are talking more. This site is about empathy, acceptance, and love. My goal is for you…

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  • TiffanyJune 17, 2018 - 12:42 pm

    Great share Lisa and some of the most fun shots for sure!  Love a good “dog saved me” tale, intensely relatable!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeJune 17, 2018 - 12:49 pm

    Love and Love and Love.  That is what I see, hear and feel.  A person who has found a reason and purpose and a sense of love in his own circle of life.  Beautiful and real.  ReplyCancel

  • Nadia WeissJune 17, 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Absolutely tear jerking and heartfelt. I’m so very happy for him and him dog Mila and also him wife. Night terrors are the worst not to mention C-P.T.S.T
    I pray he continues to heal. 
    Thank you as usual for the beautiful people and their stories.ReplyCancel

  • lisa sergioJune 17, 2018 - 2:37 pm

    Lisa!!   wow, incredible story with exceptionally incredible photos!  <3ReplyCancel

  • lesgel42@aol.comJune 17, 2018 - 3:39 pm

    Lisa! I love what you are doing with this blog… there is definitely a book there!  I was impressed when you were telling me about this endeavor, and even more so now,, as I see it! This is you!… but you know that…! Can’t wait to see more… way to go… truly an inspired work❤️ Xox ReplyCancel

  • Lee GordonJune 17, 2018 - 5:10 pm

    Lisa – you are an extraordinary human being, fantastic photographer and incredibly empathetic storyteller!ReplyCancel

  • LyndonJune 17, 2018 - 7:15 pm

    Once again Lisa, a real person is able to relate their story and express their feelings.
    Perhaps it is time to consider a book, these people deserve to be able to tell their stories to the widest audience.
    BTW, our canine (and feline) friends can read our minds!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina MuirJune 17, 2018 - 8:27 pm

    Lisa, One amazing story. Yes dogs make the best companions for PTSD recovery assistance. Keep up your amazing missionReplyCancel

    • Linda KrausJune 19, 2018 - 2:58 pm

      Wonderful story. Thanks for the telling. Everything is possible. ReplyCancel

  • DonnaJune 19, 2018 - 8:43 pm

    Love this story…ReplyCancel

  • Sandra MuvdiJune 27, 2018 - 10:06 pm

    It was interesting getting to know Gun and the two loves in his life. Great shots with Mila!ReplyCancel

Robert, A Spiritual Trock

Dance performances can be boring. Not so when one watches the Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo. The company is comprised of dancers who happen to be all men. They perform the classics. They dance in toe shoes, tutus and tiaras. While the dancing is beautifully executed, they don’t take themselves too seriously. The ballets are…

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  • Donna WMay 27, 2018 - 1:04 pm

    Love, Love, LOVE this story! Beautiful and powerful photos. So happy they found one another ?ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenMay 27, 2018 - 2:06 pm

      Yes, this is a love story. It started out as a dancer profile and became a love story. :-))) Thanks. LReplyCancel

  • NadiaMay 27, 2018 - 1:18 pm

    OMG! I LOVE THEIR STORY! Thank you for bringing to light how beautifully designed and uniquely inclined these men are. ReplyCancel

  • inaMay 27, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    Loved this story. Very happy for them and pray for continued heath for ElmazReplyCancel

  • MichaelMay 27, 2018 - 2:40 pm

    Brilliant photographs! Great story…ReplyCancel

  • RobertMay 27, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    So beautifully done! Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful venture.❤️ReplyCancel

    • Lisa NalvenMay 27, 2018 - 3:05 pm

      Thank you and Elmaz for trusting me. Who knew this would be as much a love story as your dance journey. I’m very grateful for having met you.ReplyCancel

  • denaMay 27, 2018 - 4:36 pm

    These blogs are amazing and enlightening. Your love of people is contagious!  Keep it up, Lisa!ReplyCancel

  • ellenMay 27, 2018 - 8:14 pm

    As always, full of personality, beauty and a real sense of the human behind the pictures. Thank you Lisa..ReplyCancel

  • EllenMay 28, 2018 - 2:49 am

    My fabulous friend Lisa……❤️❤️❤️??????ReplyCancel

  • lisa sergioMay 28, 2018 - 2:22 pm

    love this story, and LOVE the photos….amazing…both…  ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyMay 28, 2018 - 8:38 pm

    Hard to pass up a great love story, that part is without question amazing (coupled with what they’ve both overcome).  It is also hard to overlook that your insight into shooting dancers is unparalleled.  Makes me wanna blow the dust of a tutu!  Well done, everyone!!!ReplyCancel

  • linda krausMay 29, 2018 - 3:12 pm

    Beautiful and inspirational. Love and love and love. ReplyCancel