Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude

Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude

by Kim Weiss

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ISBN-13: 9780757318085
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 579,836
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Kim Weiss has been a publicist in the book industry for many years and coaches other writers aspiring to be bestselling authors. Her love of nature and the arts began when she was just a little girl and bloomed into the writer and photographer she is today. From her 14th floor terrace she witnesses the beauty of nature and captures it through the lens of her camera. As a storyteller, Kim has contributed to the hugely popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Ultimate Bird Lover with "America's Vet" Marty Becker. You can also find Kim's stories and photos in Arielle Ford's acclaimed book Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul. When she's not working with authors, Kim is studying opera, playing guitar, being entertained by her birds and cats, or taking photos from her terrace at sunrise and sunset.

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Introduction

I'm very fortunate. Living in coastal South Florida, I wake up most days and see the beautiful blue sea from my terrace. If I'm early enough, I get to witness the spectacle of the sunrise with its splashing colors and twinkling light. The same is true for the majestic sunsets I watch over to the west, as the sun slips slowly away, taking the day with it. Sometimes it feels like the sun is performing its magic just for me, sending me a message about life—a reminder that each day is unique and special.

This collection started simply. Gazing from my balcony upon Mother Nature's magnificence in a state of awe, I'd grab my camera to get 'the shot' and then share my photos by email to a small group of family and friends. Then I graduated to a regular display on Facebook where, pretty quickly, my friends responded. One person remarked that the photos were like morning meditations for her, and several suggested that I turn them into a book. Without provocation, my boyfriend, John, began adding captions in the form of haikus. With corresponding words, the idea for something more permanent started to gel.

This little book was sewn together with a thread of awe coated in gratitude. Corny as that may sound, the emotions I felt—and feel—every day surprise even me. Add some beautiful words to the images, and voila, you have Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude. Friends, colleagues, mentors, and people I've admired have generously contributed their literary impressions elicited from my sunrise and sunset photos. What I've collected from these talented people take the form of poems, affirmations, meditations, and thoughtful reflections.

I invite you to page through at your own pace and take in the vibrancy of both the pictures and the words, in any order that you like. Make it a weekly practice or devour them all at once. Nature gives me a gift every day and I share this with you.

Enjoy!
Kim
P.S. Since so many have given to me in the process of putting together this book, I am donating a portion of my proceeds to a wonderful organization, AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), one that's dear to HCI.

When I was a little girl my mother and I would play a game.
Watching a sunrise or sunset, we'd decide which famous painter had painted the sky that day. Sometimes it was Monet. Or VanGogh. Or Fragonard. Or Magritte. Sometimes it was Jackson Pollack. Or Picasso. But always it was a masterpiece that deserved attention and appreciation. To this day, I play the game and am forever grateful to her for finding such an inspired way to teach a child about beauty and art. Try it, the next time you see a glorious sky . . . there's a painter up there who you'll make smile when you guess right.
-—M.J. Rose

One of my most cherished memories is of fishing on Needle Lake at the Bradshaw Ranch. Needle Lake was special because it faced the west and was boundaried by thick trees. You could literally watch the sun disappear on the horizon during the last thirty minutes of its cycle. Whether I caught fish or not, the highlight of my fishing experience was watching the sun slowly disappear on the horizon. It often sent chills down my spine and I'd always think of a stanza from one of Matthew Arnold's poems:
Calm Soul of all things! make it mine
To feel, amid the city's jar,
That there abides a peace of thine,
Man did not make, and can not mar.
—Dr. John Bradshaw, Sr.

If I hold my hands up like this, I can cup the sun in
them just before it falls down behind the earth's edge.
Now I have a goblet of golden fire. What shall I do with it?
A moment.
A lifetime.
It's all the same.
The unbearable short sweetness of life
Makes me want to be a miserly, reckless spender of joy.
Like the sun does with its light.
An obsessive profligate,
Never wasting a second's chance to love and live with abandon.
—Jacob Nordby

©2014 Photography by Kim Weiss. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Corduroy7 More than 1 year ago
This book took me back in time to a special remembrance. As graduating seniors in high school, each girl received a gift from a local furniture store of a small, cedar “hope chest”. The guys also received a gift but to be honest I don’t remember what the gift was. The miniature “hope chest” was approximately 8 ¾” x 4 ¾” x 3 ¼”. I didn’t know what to put inside this distinctive gift upon receipt but as I started my discovery of quotations or poems that moved me in some unique way, I started copying each one on its own 3” x 5” index card and tucking them inside my “hope chest”. When I needed inspiration, motivation, or to pick up my spirits, I would sit in a quiet place, open my “hope chest”, read and reflect. Opening “Sunrise Sunset 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude” for the first time was even more captivating to me than opening the treasures of quotations that I collected so many years ago in my hope chest. First, the book shares an extraordinary collection of vibrant color photographs of sunrises and sunsets taken from the author’s balcony at her home in coastal South Florida. Please read more about this precious little book in the photographer’s own words…“Friends, colleagues, mentors, and people I’ve (the photographer) admired have generously contributed their literary impressions elicited from my (her) sunrise and sunset photos. What I’ve (she has) collected from these talented people take the form of poems, affirmations, meditations, and thoughtful reflections.” From the moment the book is opened you can tell that you are holding a rare gem in your hands that was compiled as a “labor of love” by all who contributed to the offering. The addition of the photographer’s “Acknowledgements” and “Introduction” lead you into the treasury of photographs and thoughtful writings. At the end of the book, the photographer shares “Contributor Bios” in a succinct but thoughtful and meaningful style. Each component of the book adds to the special beauty of the entire presentation. This book is timeless not only as it will not be affected by time itself for the ageless presentation but will always be meaningful to all who discover and explore the pages as it transcends all generations in allure and offers universal appeal across all cultures. One can turn the pages in reflection for 5 minutes or 5 hours but it is definitely a book that will be opened again and again. As friends depart and find it difficult to bid each other adieu one often references to the other the reminder that when we look to the sky we share the same world. This book can be the opening of dialogue to share our welcome, our hopes, our inspirations, our dreams, our encouragement, and our wishes. I can envision so many opportunities to share this exquisite book from availability… On a coffee table for browsing by family members and any guests to one’s home, On a nightstand in one’s guest room for the guest that wants to rest but cannot sleep due to time zone differentials, As a welcome to the guest in a bed & breakfast, In an art class as a muse for palettes from watercolors to oil painting, In a writing class for stimulus from high school to community college to graduate school, Tucking it in the bag of a college freshman who will live away from home for the first time in their lives to discover your best wishes for each new day, To open dialogue with a teenager that may think you don’t understand the wealth of emotions they’re experiencing due to starting a new school year or perhaps at a new school, To bring caring and encouragement to a friend who is grieving, To being the hope to a loved one that is undergoing the hours of chemo treatment, Or, the comfort for the individual that is waiting through the long hours of surgery on their loved one. The list of possibilities is only as limited as each individual’s imagination. Let it soar! I wasn’t even finished turning the pages of the book when I knew that I would be ordering multiple copies to give to family and friends. Let the sharing begin with me. I was lucky enough to receive a pre-publication copy of this title as an “Early Reviewer” from Library Thing.