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Ellen M. DuBois resides in Massachusetts with her fiance and Cooper the rescue dog. She is the author of several books and has been a contributing author in several books including "More God Allows U-Turns", "Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders - Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News","Sisters" (Blue Mountain Arts gift book), "Romancing the Soul", and "Soul Matters For Teens". Her poem "I Whispered a Prayer or Two" was published as an Inspirational greeting card by Blue Mountain Arts.

She is the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and hosts the support site She is also the author of Jackie's Heart, romantic suspense.

In addition to writing, Ellen is a piano teacher, an avid, amateur photographer and creator/designer of Hope Angel Bracelets.

The Swans Came Back

by Ellen DuBois on 02/24/21

Every morning I am blessed to look out onto the beautiful pond in our back yard. Opening the large, light sage drapes always brings with it a sense of wonder. It's like opening the curtains to a grand stage. What will I see today?  Ducks? The owl I only got to see once? Blue Heron? Will the pond be frozen? Is the ice starting to melt? Are there deer across the way enjoying a quiet breakfast? 

This small act has become part of my morning ritual and I love it. Everything I see both amazes and calms me. Being closer to nature makes me feel closer to God. I think it's because I see the beauty in His creations- from the tiniest hummingbird to a family of deer and beyond.

Swans seem almost magical to me. They're so beautiful...magnificant. Seeing them creates a feeling that reaches right into my soul. I don't see them every year, but every year I hope to. 

They are back. Although the pictures I took didn't get in quite close enough, I am happy to have gotten any pictures at all. They are from above the pond, off the bedroom balcony. I had to run upstairs to get my camera and figured I'd take some pictures before they found another place to grace. It was a cloudy, cold morning and the brilliant white feathers of the swans stood out against the gray, icy backdrop. Next time, I'll go outside and hopefully get some better pictures.

I love that swans mate for life. That really speaks to me.

How about you?

I took these pictures with my NikonD5200, 300 mm lense. I dream of getting a 600 mm lense someday. I'll be able to get in so close!

Have a blessed day. Stay safe and I hope my pictures somehow add something positive to your day.


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I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting, a support site for women and their families who have miscarried.

I'm published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (a Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns.

I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond. Music is another passion of mine and I'm blessed to share the gift of music. I'm also a shudder bug like my mother was. I love taking pictures. 

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Welcome to my author & photography page.

I live in MA with her fiance and rescue dog, Cooper. I teach piano to over 30 students and am the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery. I also run a miscarriage support site. When I'm not teaching, I'm often making inspirational bracelets or outdoors taking pictures. A creative soul with a rescue dog.

I also welcome you to visit my author page on Amazon, Ellen M. DuBois, on by clicking here.

Thank you, be well and God Bless! Ellen

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