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Welcome to my author & photography page. "I write, teach piano, take lots of pictures and make jewelry. A creative soul with a rescue dog."

My name is Ellen DuBois, and I've been writing since I can remember. I began writing poetry as a child and as I got older, my poems, stories, lyrics, etc., grew with me. Whenever I had to sort out my feelings, I turned to writing - and still do. Whether pen and paper, my old Smith-Corona typewriter I got for my high school graduation or my computer, writing has been a constant, faithful companion.

So has the hobby of taking pictures. I find photography to be an incredibly relaxing, spiritual experience. So, I've incorporated my picture taking into my blog. It's a part of me and what I see that I'd like to share with you.

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

Thank you, be well and God Bless! Ellen

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Tiny Orange Flower

by Ellen DuBois on 04/02/19



This beautiful, tiny, orange flower is from a house plant given to me by one of my piano students. At the time, she was graduating high school and heading off for college. I loved this plant and the heartfelt note she wrote.

When the little flowers were gone, I decided to snip off the dead ones, not knowing if they'd come back. To my delight, they did.

When I had to move my music studio, I brought the little plant home with me and cut it back again.

The vibrant, orange flower is a result of the cutting back, and there are many more ready to blossom.

Thanks for stopping by! - Ellen

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Nikon D5 at Samy's Camera

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon

A little about the person behind the camera: My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 

Ol' Blue Eye

by Ellen DuBois on 03/31/19



As you might have gathered from previous posts, I love taking pictures of my rescue dog, Cooper. After a long day, (I was out early on this Sunday morning), it felt great to get home and see my little buddy.

Cooper loves seeing me, too. He's not really fond of having his picture taken. In order to get a good shot of him, I usually have to be kind of sneaky about it! :)

This was in the side yard. The ground is covered with pine needles, pine cones and leaves that fell long after the fall clean up. It's a candid moment and his blue eye is so vibrant against the earthy tones. 

Oh...I just love him. 


*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

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Nikon D5 at Samy's Camera

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon

A little about the person behind the camera: My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 

Bird and Blue

by Ellen DuBois on 03/26/19



I love taking pictures of birds in trees. They're a challenge because they move so quickly, but when you get the shot, it's so exciting!

I call this picture Bird and Blue. I used my 200mm lens, Nikon D5200 camera. I'm an amateur photographer and find such joy in taking pictures. I gravitate towards nature shots and sometimes older buildings. When Christmas time comes, I enjoy taking pictures of the lights. It can be a challenge, but I learn as I go and it's about the journey, too.

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Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera w/ 2 lens kit

Nikon D5 at Samy's Camera

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon

Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 

A little about author Ellen M. DuBois

by Ellen DuBois on 03/22/19


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", a book about miscarriage, grief, healing and recovery and hosts the support site MiscarriageHelp. 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.

Websites Ellen DuBois has been published on include:

Inspirational writing on SkyWriting.Net, Spiritual Sisters of the Internet Cafe, She Loves God(http://shelovesgod.com), Spirithunter.org, Coffee Shop, Pondering Moments admirable poets section, The Poets Porch, Angel Rays Greeting Cards, Christian Poets Corner, Anthologies On Line and her own sites, Writings of the Heart and God's Rainbow of Promises





She is very proud of her parent's CD "It's About Piano, It's About Time- Originals and Standards to Inspire Romance and Peace. By Al and (the late) Marlane DuBois. Available on CD, Download, and per track.
Sit back and relax to the piano stylings of Al DuBois playing some of the most well-known, favorite standards of our time combined with his masterful renditions of hits from the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel & more. Marlane DuBois' original, reflective, meditative and stunning piano pieces, fully orchestrated, will add peace and tranquility to your life, creating and inspiring an atmosphere of serenity, well-being & musical pleasure. Click here to hear samples of this delightful collection of piano music and/or to purchase "It's About Piano, It's About Time!"

The Swan was Worth It

by Ellen DuBois on 03/09/19



We've had some snow in Massachusetts. The last storm was a wet, heavy snow and it froze into a thick layer of ice. 


However, with the warmer temps over the past couple of days, some melting has begun. It's a bit easier to walk through and shovel the spots I missed.

Still, it's a harrowing walk to the pond out back. But, when I saw the swan on the pond, I couldn't help myself. I grabbed my camera, hoping he'd stay put until I was close enough to get some pictures.

The sun's golden flecks of light reflected off the water. It was magical. A few more steps, (the snow was going down my boots), and I'd clear the branches blocking my view of the beautiful swan.

I got my pictures, and didn't even feel the icy snow melting in my boots. I was so captivated. 

The swan was worth it.
*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Red Visitor

by Ellen DuBois on 03/03/19



We're in between snow storms here in Massachusetts. It's Sunday, and the day started early. On the road by about 8:10 a.m., I drove to my father's house, which is about 10 minutes away. My Dad, sister and I got into her car and headed for church, (about a half-hour drive), where he played beautiful music for a small, wonderful and very endearing congregation.

When we got back to Avon, I had to cut my visit short and head back to Easton so I could open my music studio for our cello teacher by 1:00. I made it with with a few minutes to spare. While there, I emptied another bin of music, (we just moved into a new location). Even though it was the last thing my body wanted me to do, emptying one more bin gave me a sense of accomplishment.

When I finally got home, I brought in groceries, took the dog out, then the trash, unloaded some random items from my car, (20 lbs. of birdseed being one of them), and was finally was able to slow down.

Ahhh. 

Soon, the sunlight against the snow from yesterday caught my eye. My boots were still on...why not go out and take a few pictures? Unable to resist, I trudged through the snow and got some pretty shots of the pond out back, a tree dusted with white, shadows on glistening snow and an icicle melting. I wanted so badly to get some pictures of a cardinal, but wasn't having any luck.

When I got the the steps leading up to the deck, a brilliant spot of red caught my eye. Would it fly away before I got a shot? Yes.

Instead of giving up, I stood on the steps for a minute or two, telling myself to be patient.

It was worth the wait.

*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

The Well at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

by Ellen DuBois on 02/27/19



When my fiance and I visited Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, a couple of years ago, I was completely taken by its beauty. Rolling hills of green, the smell of hay, farm animals simply resting in the shade and the laid back "vibe" were all beautiful. The people who worked the farm, 19th century style including their clothing, farm equipment, tools and more, were incredibly interesting to watch and had a calming effect on me. I felt more rooted to the earth. For a small-town girl, I was a city slicker in comparison.


"Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, is a non-profit, living history museum preserving 19th century Pennsylvania German agricultural heritage. Period dressed interpreters portray descendants of Johann Depper, re-enacting daily life on the farm." - Source http://quietvalley.org/

I took picture after picture. Old barn doors steeped in history; meadows, herb gardens, and the well you see pictured above. The natural lighting was perfect. It was a beautiful, sunny day. I relished the light, shadows and soft hues as my fiance and I walked a slow pace, taking it all in.  

There was also a craft fair taking place at the farm which put me in an even more "heavenly state". I felt the textures of hand made sweaters and bags, captured brilliant colors of textiles, glass and so much more.

It was an amazing trip and one I would do again.

*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

The Hooded Merganser

by Ellen DuBois on 02/18/19



I've enjoyed looking out at the pond in my back yard for twenty-three years. There's always something new and the view changes by the moment. 


Seasons paint the landscape with different colors, textures, hues. The sun's direction casts the lighting. If it's cloudy, the shades of gray differ.

And then there are days like yesterday. I spotted a duck, had my camera and took a picture. I knew, even from a distance, there was something different about the little creature. Upon closer review, I realized I'd never seen that kind of duck before.

I posted the picture and a question to a group on Facebook and got the answer. I'd just seen a Hooded Merganser.

Very pretty duck, and equally cute!


*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Waiting In Line

by Ellen DuBois on 02/16/19



I took this picture while the birds were in a feeding frenzy. I noticed a couple of feathered friends waiting on the railing of the deck, patiently. There is a natural order to things, I thought. Even birds have to wait in line.


Pretty profound, I thought.

Thanks for stopping by! Ellen
*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

The White-Breasted Finch

by Ellen DuBois on 02/11/19


Hide and Seek


I guess I love taking pictures of birds! The White-Breasted Finch is so pretty and you'll find it upside-down at your feeder, in a tree. I learned this while trying to find out what kind of bird it is. I had a feeling it was a finch, but thanks to Massachusettes Audubon, I was able to track this pretty bird's name down.

Fresh Food


White-breasted Nuthatch "Many Massachusetts birds cling and crawl on the trunks of trees, but only the curious little nuthatches descend trees head-first. The name “nuthatch” comes from the way these birds deal with tough seeds. A nuthatch will wedge the seed into a bark crevice or branch crotch and use their chisel-like bill to “hatchet” the “nut” open."- Mass Audubon

Thanks for stopping by! Ellen
*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Way Up High

by Ellen DuBois on 02/09/19



The bird feeders were running low so I filled them. (I use black oil sunflower seeds, which the squirrels like, too.)  I was hoping the cardinals would let me grab a photo of them, but they were elusive. I'm sure I'll see them later.

The birds typically wait until I'm in the house to eat after I've filled their feeders. Today, they were flying around me a bit. I've also noticed that the ten minutes or so it used to take them to even get near a bird feeder after I've filled it has lessened to only a few minutes- sometimes less.

I think they're getting used to me. 

It's very windy today, but the sun is out and it's not snowing. (We've been really lucky this year in terms of snow in Massachusetts. Way below average so far.) 
I decided to stand out on the deck for as long as the strong winds would allow so I could watch the birds and try to get a few good pictures.

I got some great ones of birds at the feeder and some mallards on the pond, but I love this picture (above) of a Tufted Titmouse high up in the branches. It came out so clear and the vibrant, blue sky as a backdrop can't be beat!

Someday, I'd like to get a 600 mm lens. This was taken with my 200 mm. I can only imagine how much more I could capture with a stronger lens. It's exciting just thinking about it! 

I had a busy morning. But, there's something about watching the birds and filling the feeders that grounds me. I feel calm, centered, whole. I just love it...and it doesn't cost anything to enjoy the beauty of nature!

Now for that stronger lens...

Thanks for stopping by! Ellen
*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

My Dog Brings out the Zen in Me

by Ellen DuBois on 02/09/19



I love taking pictures of my rescue dog, Cooper, along with many other things. But, speaking of dogs, I've come to realize how much they have to teach us. We often hear from dog owners of the unconditional love from our beloved pets, and I can vouch for that. 


What I've also learned is how Cooper has helped me to see and appreciate the beautiful, simple and quite profound things in life. 

My dog has taught me that play time is necessary, even after a long day. When I get home, Cooper doesn't know that I just want to plunk down on the couch. What he wants is some play time with his ball! (His favorite!) So, I oblige and before I know it, I'm laughing at his silly antics and engaging in a game of ball chasing and laughter. My dog shows me that no matter what, play time is essential to balancing out life. Playing with Cooper helps me let go of my troubles, get out of my own head and enjoy the moment.

When I take my dog out, I see beautiful moments that are so pure, (and cute), that I have to take a picture. This further brings me out of my own head and keeps me present- in the moment. 

When I'm playing, taking pictures of or snuggling with my dog, I forget about the phone call where I was on hold for a half-hour, or worrying about, well, anything. None of it really matters because worrying never did anybody any good.

When I'm watching TV and Cooper snuggles up to me, I feel the love and trust my little guy has in me. It calms me and makes me smile- from the inside out.

It's very zen like. There's a natural order, an awareness that takes place when I allow myself to just "be" with my dog. 

My dog bring out the zen in me.

That's one of a million reasons I love Cooper so much, and all the other dogs I've had in my life before him. 

*Photo was taken with my NikonD5200 camera.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

February Thaw...Temporarily

by Ellen DuBois on 02/06/19



February thaw. With extreme cold followed by equally extreme warmth here in Massachusetts, the ice melted quickly. The natural light caught my eye so I grabbed my camera.

This was taken from the balcony off my bedroom in Easton, Massachussetts. I never tire of the view!

I use a NikonD5200 and love it. My next goal is to get a 600 mm lens. I know I'll be able to capture so much more- especially the wildlife, (birds mostly), I love to photograph.

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Photo: Heavy Branches

by Ellen DuBois on 01/18/19



I remember taking this picture. I wondered how much the trees could take. The snow was wet and very heavy- the kind that breaks branches, brings down power lines and doesn't spare your back when shoveling. 


But...

The scene in my own back yard captivated me and when you love taking pictures, you love it when your camera is with you. You never know when you'll get that "perfect shot".

I'm glad I did on this gray, snowy day. This picture is worth a thousand words- or more.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you like my pictures, please follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Cardinals on a Rainy Day

by Ellen DuBois on 01/05/19





It's a rainy day here in Massachusetts. Very raw outside, which doesn't do much for my sinus infection. Today is a better day than yesterday, which was spent in bed drifting in and out of sleep.


The birds were very busy both at the feeder and on the deck. For some reason, the pictures I took of both the male and female cardinals came out better when they were standing on the deck. The male is such a beauty with his vibrant, red feathers. Whenever I see him, I can't help but stare in awe. God's creations are magnificent. 

A female cardinal, although not nearly as vibrant, is beautiful in her own way. I love how the picture I took captures her beauty. There are variegated shades throughout her feathers. I think her profile is quite pretty, for lack of a better word. 

Taking the time to look at the world around me and capture it with my camera is extremely calming. When I look at my pictures, there's usually one or two that really captivate me. These are two of those pictures.

I have a NikonD5200 and love it. Even though I've had it for several years, there's still so much to learn. I love that, too!

Have a blessed day and remember...look up from your phones now and then. You might be amazed at what you see!

Ellen

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

On the Fence

by Ellen DuBois on 12/22/18



I recently captured this image of a bird sitting on the railing of our deck. I was waiting for him to go to the feeder, but was pleasantly surprised at this picture. I entitled it "On the Fence". The lighting is natural and the silhouette of the bird is beautiful. Nature always inspires and amazes me. It's my favorite subject to photograph. My camera is a Nikon D5200 and taking pictures is one of my most relaxing hobbies. You don't have to be a professional photographer to enjoy taking pictures. Just look at me! Thanks for visiting.



 

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

If I had a Wish This Christmas #griefsupport #miscarriagesupport #griefpoem

by Ellen DuBois on 12/10/18



If I had a wish

I knew would come true-

I'd ask to visit Heaven

so I could see you.

You're loved beyond measure,

you're missed

so many ways.

I send you my love

this Christmas-

and every day.

- Ellen M. DuBois

#griefsupport #miscarriagesupport #griefpoem #missyouatChristmas



Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Bad Book Reviews Are One Thing. Malicious Ones are Another. #standupforyourself

by Ellen DuBois on 12/07/18



This is what I wrote today in response to a pretty malicious review about my first book Jackie's Heart, (2003, republished in 2012). I know. What took you so long, Ellen?  Or, you may be wondering, Why'd you even bother? I understand both perspectives. I mean, the review was posted in 2012. 

Here's what I (finally)  posted on Amazon in response to the review:

"While I understand you didn't like my book, (that's putting it mildly), was it really necessary to advise people to: 'Save your self and your time and run from this thing called a book'? While I certainly understand that not all books are enjoyed by everyone, I find being inappropriately mean to be highly unnecessary. It's taken me years to post something about your review, (of my very first book), but I finally decided to say something. It's not because I can't handle a bad review, but a malicious one is simply not tolerable."


Back in 2003 when I wrote and published Jackie's Heart, I was under a 7 year contract with Publish America. (Ouch!)  Remember, this was back in 2003. A couple of years after my contract ended, I moved my book to Createspace as an ebook. 

I digress. Back then, it felt great to finish my book. To take something from start to completion was, (and still is), a big deal. Additionally, I learned a few things, (emphasis on the word few), about the (then) very new world of online publishing. I'm still learning as that world continues to evolve.

Being an author, I had to develop a thick skin. Almost my entire life, whether through writing, singing, playing the piano, teaching piano or even making jewelry, I've put myself "out there" and subsequently, open for critisism. It's all part of it- part of me.

However, the one review that got under my skin and lived there for years, has been responded to...by me. 

Why?

I realized that the one star review was not simply a "bad review" but a malicious one. I can handle bad reviews. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But when a review gets nasty and malicious, I believe the line has been crossed. 

I don't think my response is going to make a difference to anyone but me, and that's okay.  I feel free, empowered even, because I opened my mouth and responded. Finally the words are off my chest! I can LET IT GO. 

I still agree that this person had every right to dislike my book and post a review saying so. To me, he or she crossed the line between writing a bad review and a malicious one, i.e. Zero Star, Yuck!!!, Run!, Save yourself and your time and run from this thing called a book.  (I think you get the picture.) 

I've always stood up for people who have experienced an injustice. 

That includes me.

Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting!

Ellen

#standupforyourself




Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 


Disclosure: I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

#imwithrudolph

by Ellen DuBois on 12/05/18



I can only speak for myself and I'm going to!

#rudolphtherednosereindeer was a special part of my childhood. I, along with millions of other kids, (I know I said I was only speaking for myself), looked forward to watching Rudolph save the day with GREAT anticipation. Not ONCE did I feel Santa was a bully for not recognizing Rudolph's red nose and how it could help "soon enough". That was part of the story- the very reason I  thought, "Come on Santa! Rudolph IS your answer! He'll get your sleigh through the foggy night!" It's called a PLOT and if Santa realized right away that Rudolph's nose was the answer, we'd have a twenty-second story! I never thought becoming a dentist was a bad thing. I admired Hermey the Elf for sticking to his guns and daring to be different. Not once did I feel the little guy was "creepy" or was "dentist shaming". I didn't even know what "shaming" was! I always felt sad for the misfit toys and was DELIGHTED when they were celebrated for their differences, rescued and went on to live happy lives. Many people are coming to this show's defense, and it does my heart good. Many are tearing it apart and I find it to be a sad reflection of where society is and is heading. Must we overthink, overanalyze and overdramatize everything? Does society have to dig, find and over exploit perceived messages of ill will in everything instead of good will? Maybe THAT'S part of the problem. I wish all the energy spent analyzing and tearing apart Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, (a children's TV show), was spent on things like, oh, I don't know, feeding the hungry? Maybe giving of your time to help those in need?

Rant over. Almost. Please look at some of the new shows on TV kids are watching and at the video games kids are playing TODAY. Many are violent, combative and sexy. THAT'S okay? That's what our culture is "accepting"? I'm with Rudolph. Yeah, #imwithrudolph

Hi. My name is Ellen DuBois. I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 



I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you.

Streets, Houses, Ocean, Horizon

by Ellen DuBois on 11/27/18




I've always been fascinated by how the world looks when I'm flying. My fiance's been a pilot for many years and when I first started flying with him, I was a nervous wreck! I quikly found a way to reduce my anxiety: Taking pictures. 

Most of our flights were pretty short. Still, when you suffer from anxiety, even a ten minute flight can set you into a panic. Although I'm much better when flying now, for years it was an effort to keep it together.

Taking pictures while flying quickly turned into something I looked forward to. I saw the world and all its beauty from a completely different vantage point. Houses, streets, buildings, cars, people- all looked so small. The land so clearly divided by colors, textures, roads- like a patchwork quilt. At night, both the earth and sky glisten with lights. It's amazing.

I took this picture on a short flight to Martha's Vineyard (I think) and I love how the streets, houses, ocean and horizon look. I used my NikonD5200.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you want to see more of my photos, please follow me on Instagram at photosbyellendubois  
https://www.instagram.com/photosbyellendubois/

I'm Ellen DuBois, I'm an affiliate so I have to let you know if you click on a link and purchase something from my site, I get a small commission at no cost to you. I'm also the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, 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. 





I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery

Jackie's Heart

Published by: Blue Mountain Arts: "I Whispered a Prayer or Two" as an inspirational greeting card and included in their gift book, "Sisters"; contributing author in More God Allows U-Turns (Barbour Publishing/Promise Press); Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders, Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News (Hunterhouse Publishing) and Soul Matters for Teens (Thomas Nelson Inc.).

Ellen lives inn Massachusetts with her fiance and rescue dog, Cooper.

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"It's About Piano, It's About Time- Originals and Standards to Inspire Romance and Peace. By Al and Marlane DuBois. Available on CD, Download, and per track.
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