Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



When people get a close-up look at you and the character you display, what will they see?




I truly hope so!  It’s what is on the inside of a person that counts and can last for a lifetime, leaving a wonderful legacy that others can follow.


If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another; if I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty, and thus bless my brother, if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear, I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.

If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty; if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and beauty; if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near, I shall not then have lived in vain while here.

If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness; if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness; if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived and loved in vain.

If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest, though I may never share its beauty, I shall yet be truly blest — though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave, I shall not have lived in vain while here.


Illustrations Unlimited – James S. Hewett, Editor

Please visit other entries on Jakesprinter’s site Sunday Post: Close-up, I’m sure you will enjoy them.



29 Responses to “SUNDAY POST: CLOSE-UP”

  1. Lovely cloes-ups, Francine.

  2. Thanks, Francine, for your inspiring post!
    🙂 Kathy

  3. Good to think about Francine. Thanks for the question. You bring a lot of light to us all!
    Shine on.

  4. Lovely photos and thank you for the poem, its new to me.

  5. such a rich and beautiful entry francine, like you dear!

  6. Full of encouragement and inspiration, I really love your post Francine thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Lovely post and pictures! 🙂 I thought you might be interested in a photo contest and I have nominated you for participating… here’s the link

  8. Beautiful, inspiring, encouraging, and comforting … Thank you, Francine!

  9. Well, Francine, you know which photo of these two beautiful shots I like best. That rose is spectacular and I can only imagine what its bush looks like.

  10. Beautiful images Francine…love the candle. Great words to accompany them as well

  11. Beautiful post Francine!

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  13. Beautiful entry! Thanks for sharing…

  14. I hope that’s what people see in me. I know that’s what they see in you…and your kindness!

  15. Such beautiful thoughts, Francine. You are living by them.

  16. Glorious photo’s and touching words.
    Well done …. Blessings

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