This photo on Facebook started a friendship!
This was taken at a community vigil here in town, after a tragic shooting. There was a large crowd, a true cross-section of the community. My friend Pastor Kenda spoke, and as she was about to lead us in prayer, said, "Go ahead, hug or take the arm of the person next to you! It's ok, we are here to be together!" We did. The next day a photographer posted many pictures she had taken at the event on Facebook; and someone tagged me in one, between an African-American woman and a Latino man. It's a powerful photo.
Later the photographer, Viviana and I exchanged messages. We hit it off and met for coffee. We've become friends. I sat for her 'Everyday People" project and she took some great shots of me, including the one used for my 'google profile'.
this link will take you right to my pic, scroll up and down to see others.
Recently Viviana offered a "Best Friends" photo shoot option, which my longtime friend Sandy & I did. It was fun, and naturally we started laughing. We made Viviana laugh too, at one point she was having trouble holding her camera from laughing so hard with us!
Thank you, Viviana! You are a blessing to me and to so many. You're incredibly talented and using your gifts to help people find beauty in life and to find their own beauty and joy. May God bless you always!