Paying it forward…

Dec. 1st was pay it forward day,  Of course I just came upon this news today…  but everyday you should try to do something to pay it forward.  If you believe in Christmas, Hanukkah what better time to give from the heart.  You don’t need religion – just spirit.  There are so many causes from the Salvation Army buckets on the streets to the homeless you may pass to your local food bank or charity.  Any small gesture can bring a smile to strangers.

When I worked at Toys’R”Us Corporate, the marketing dept. would have bake sales, tricky trays and some very creative ways of raising money for the USMC’s  Toys for Tots drive. (aside from the corporate donations) this department would raise over a thousand dollars.  It was a way to put us all in the holiday spirit in the midst of the daily craziness of work.  There is no difference in giving and receiving  – it is the same path – one that flows 2 ways.  When you give, you receive.  People give what they can, a smile or compliment can brighten a stranger’s day and knowing that a kind word or cup of coffee paid forward always makes one feel good about themselves too.

Jene and I have joined the band of photographers – Friends of Friends Photography Auction – Dec 7th, NYC – that donate prints for auction that benefits the Angkor Hospital for Children.  Kenro Izu has been giving since the 90’s when he witnessed a child die because of the lack of medical care in Siem Reap.   He decided he had to do something and during our visit to Siem Reap in 2008, Jene Youtt and I knew we had to do something also.  That’s where we learned of Kenro’s work and knew that through our art, we too could help.  Beside donating signed limited edition prints for auction, 15% of my profit from the sale of work from my series “Cambodia – Past and Present Tense” will go to AHC through the Friends Without A Border foundation.

Purchasing directly from me, eliminates the gallery commission and therefore I can offer the print for less.  These are approx. 13 x 19″ signed prints, matted to 20 x 24″ – ready for framing.  All are limited editions.

Hallowed Passage

Students of Serenity

Dawn at Angkor Wat

Student Monk at Angkor Wat temple

barbed wire - PS 21

Stairwell to hell

victims of Khmer Rouge


One dollar, one dollar

Tonle Sap Lake - boat people

A grain of rice

off duty - ride home

Mother & child - victims

Art is a part of heart.


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