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Published author and photographer of a tribute to the resiliency and beauty of the human spirit.

Background Information

Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing was conceived quite by accident. How that happened is a lovely story. It was the marrying of my two passions - writing in my journal with my non-dominant hand, trying to manage my emotions, my feelings, and photographing wrought-iron gates. 

I have literally hundreds of slide images of gates, and I was planning to sell, or show, a collection of framed photographs to galleries, so was in the process of titling them. One morning, I wrote in my journal the most amazing words that described a gate I had just titled a week or so earlier. I was flabbergasted! The words gave voice to the photo far beyond the visual element. 

This prompted a search of all my journals, as I looked for words and phrases about such things as positive and negative feelings, ways to treat ourselves and others with more loving-kindness, and principles of living. I found prose that matched with three-quarters of the gate photographs that now appear in the book. 

That tells you the story of how the book originated. It does not tell you of the woman I was and the woman I have become. It does not tell you of my anguish, my joy, my triumphs, my selbacks. It does not tell of my journey. It is that journey that is reflected in my book.

My introduction goes into more detail about my mental and emotional status after the loss of an unrequited love for whom I had left my marriage. I was devastated and became a mess - drinking and crying for two months, unable to care for myself; I had lost touch with reality.

The experience changed the course of my life, diverting it to emotional awareness, healing, and growth. It even included sobriety. That experience has been at the base, the foundation of my healing. It is this and similar events that have taught me to look at each experience, especially when unpleasant emotionally, as being brought to me for the purpose of healing old emotional wounds. This seems to be the case as I have aged. My book is the accounting of how that healing took place.

Birth Place
Upper Darby, PA USA

Nominated in Inspirational category for Dan Poytner's Global EBook Awards in 2011
Winner, First Place, Best Fine-Art Photography Book in 2011 by the Bay Area Independent Publisher's Association
Winner, First Place, Poetry, D-It-Yourself 2011 Book Festival
Chosen as one of the Top 12 Holiday Book Picks by in 2010 and 2011
Winner, Honorable Mention, Spirituality, New York 2010 Book Festival
Winner, Honorable Mention, Photography/Art, San Francisco 2010 Book Festival

Additional Information

Mike Farrell says of my book, "This is a lovely celebration of those who have been on the journey, and an invitation to those for whom the journey awaits." Oriah Mountain Dremaer says, "This is a book of visual poetry filled with the wisdom of being truly human."

Contact Information
Gate Lady Publishing
530C Alameda Del Prado, #158 
Novato CA 94949   USA
Contact Author: Carolyn CJ Jones
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Opening the Gates of the Heart
My website is how I convey my passion to you. It is where you hear the words and see the photos that bring peace to your soul. It is where we can connect, as you read my blog, for example. Take a slide show through my Photo Gallery page. Listen to my tale and hear my pain before my emotional healing, and my bliss after healing occurred. Join me and learn why I live every day with joy in my life.

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