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Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Livonne 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. Livonne 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: “Survival was more than the preservation of life. It was tenacity in the face of ruin, an unbroken resolve in the midst of defeat, a glimmer of hope in the maelstrom….. and peace despite the wreckage…..Jocelyn Murray.”

Find more from Livonne at her Facebook page and blog.



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7 comments on “Maelstrom

  1. Sonyo Estavillo
    April 7, 2017

    Wow, such an incredible story of love and surviving loss. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maureenjenner
    April 10, 2017

    It is the ability of developing a limpet-like tenacity to hold on when all seems lost that will eventually sustain and save you.

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    • Livonne
      April 10, 2017

      thank you Maureen. I think having my sons helped.. My love for them helped me to hold on when I thought I couldn’t.. 🙂


  3. Sarah W.
    May 7, 2017

    Hope is what keeps me going…


  4. Eduardo Mendoza
    May 13, 2017

    Such an awesome quote and image, Its so inspiring!! I hope it will keep me going through this times when I know I don’t have anyone really near me. No love going, no love coming. Keep well!!


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