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Days of Wine and Roses

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. She was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time and at a loss as to what the future held for her. She returned to college three years ago to study photography to complement the blog she writes about her life. When she was very young, she escaped the trauma of her childhood by retreating to fantasy. The Magic Faraway Tree was her main escape. She now finds that same sense of peace by creating fantasy pieces and enjoys not only storytelling with words but also with pictures.

About this photo: “Days of Wine and Roses – They are not long, the days of wine and roses.  Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while then closes…. Ernest Dowson”

Find more from Livonne at her Facebook page and blog.



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6 comments on “Days of Wine and Roses

  1. frankaz2000
    September 22, 2016

    Livonne great colors and contrast!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mish
    September 22, 2016


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  3. autisticaplanet
    September 23, 2016

    Beautiful edit. I saw a movie by the same title.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Jaeda DeWalt
    September 23, 2016

    A beautifully enchanting creation, Livonne. You have survived so much pain and tragedy. It is so inspirational that you can find and create solace in your imagination and share the beauty of that imagination with others.

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  5. cazdawnie
    September 24, 2016

    Exquisite. You tell the stories of those who do not know they have a voice. I love you for that.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Livonne
    September 25, 2016

    Thank you all so much. If it wasn’t for finding peace in creating, I don’t know where I’d be. Your kindness is so appreciated 😀


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