Stress Less – 10/17/23

Photo by Steve Caputo, Light of Day Galleries

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Stress Less – Cancer puts tremendous strain on the system all by itself, and chemo and radiation treatments impose an additional tax on the body in order to effectively attack the disease. Since we are creatures of free will, our mind is capable of adding to that stress, if we let it. But so much of that mental stress is worry about things over which we have no control, and the energy spent on that could and should otherwise be directed toward visualizing a return to health.

That I am sick is a given. The results of the latest test are going to be what they are, and we will know when we know. Why should I worry about the things I cannot impact? The impact I CAN have on my outcome is based on my mustering strength of body, mind and spirit. We continue our (almost) daily walks to maintain strength of body. To strengthen my mind, I reject the option to stress about things out of my control. I’ve learned to give those concerns up to God, who strengthens my spirit. Letting go is not easy, but trusting in the peace of God frees me to devote my energy toward healing and living a more positive and productive life with whatever time I am gifted.

My treatment yesterday went well, and I expect to experience side effects over the coming days. Though they are cumulative in their effect over multiple sessions, they do seem to diminish over time away from treatment. Day by day.

Thank you for the enormous gift of your love and support. Please share that love with all those in this fight, especially those enduring greater suffering.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Treatment Day – It’s Not a Sprint – 10/16/23

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Treatment Day – It’s Not a Sprint- Today marks the fifth of what is expected to be ten treatments, the halfway point of this part of the journey. Generally I am feeling good, with most of the “other than normal” sensations seeming to be caused by the treatments.

Treatment days are the mile markers in what has become clear to me is a marathon, and not a sprint. Speaking of that, the NYC Marathon is coming up next month. The marathon has become a global event, with over 50,000 runners from all over the world participating. For so many, it is a bucket list item to participate and finish. It is not about finishing first (only one person can do that), it is about setting and achieving personal goals. If you have not witnessed it on TV or otherwise, the event is an awe-inspiring spectacle of the human spirit, with a sea of humanity pouring across the Verrazzano Bridge at the start of the race.

My son-in-law is training for the NYC Marathon. I am inspired everyday by his effort and dedication to preparing for the event. As race day approaches, we’ve often spoken about what’s required for each of us to accomplish our goals. Determination is essential to staying focused through the long haul of training/treatments. Distractions (music, change of scenery) can help make the physical strain of the task more palatable. And certainly for both of us, the end results are worth the effort required to achieve them. We do what we’re doing to get healthy, and stay healthy. We’ve both agreed that the common denominators for us are a strong positive mental attitude and a support system of family and friends that strengthen and encourage us.

Believe in what you can achieve.

Prayers of strength and love to all those running this marathon.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Sun-Day Reflection – 10/15/23

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Sun-day Reflection – Our souls are like windows. They have the ability to reflect light, and to let light in.

I’ve been asked how I came upon the name “Light of Day” for my gallery and the photographic work that I do. When I boiled it down to the least common denominator of the images, regardless of their genre, the one constant is that the subjects all reflect the light of day. In fact, everything we see around us, we see because of the light that is reflected off of it. Photography by its definition is “drawing with light” reflected off of the object, or the person in front of the lens.

The one true source of our light is the sun, and all that is on earth absorbs and reflects the light of that sun. Likewise, a loving God is our source of light, and we are all absorbers and reflectors of that light. So, why this talk about light reflected and absorbed? Because I have been overwhelmed by the responses I have received since I started relating my story. I am grateful to every single person who has taken a moment to respond to these posts in one way or another. Thank you for this gift. Each one of you is reflecting the light that is the goodness in this world. In each of you, I see the face of God reflected.

Along with all of the love and support you’ve shared, your contributions to the American Cancer Society to date are more than double our initial goal, and for that, all those of us in the fight with this disease are immensely grateful.

Everything we have is a gift from above. The only gifts we have to give are the gifts we’ve received.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Fatigue – 10/14/23

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Fatigue is tiring.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Heroes Among Us: “Hey, I Know That Guy…”

Photos of firemen responding to September 11th

Heroes Among Us. You may recall that we hosted a show of previously unshared works by Photojournalist Peter Foley. Soon after it opened, Firefly Steve Walker came in and saw his neighbor.

“What a story,” said Steve, when he told me, “9/11, yeah, but not for why you think. This guy’s a regular hero. You’ve got to meet him.”
 
I am so glad I did. His wife, too.
 
More soon…
 

Peter Foley’s website is here. You may find Synchronicity’s own tribute to 9/11 here.

A Matter of Taste – 10/13/23

Photographs by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

A Matter of Taste – I am so grateful that the side effects I’ve experienced from my treatments have been tolerable. Premedications have been effective in warding off nausea. For me one of the more pronounced effects has been a diminished sense of taste. The best way I can depict it is in these two images. One is robust with color and dazzling to the eyes, while the other is monotoned, almost shades of grey. Now, if I can appreciate black and white photography, can I come to appreciate a muted palette?
 
For all those suffering harsher effects and greater pain, the support and prayers of this group are with you.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Presence of Mind – 10/12/23

Photo in the Berkshires provided by Steve Caputo

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Presence of Mind – Whether you’re in this battle or not, we’ve all received the advice to make the most of every minute. We know it, we say it, we try to do it, we don’t always succeed…, but every reminder puts us back on track and isn’t that the point? If you get knocked down, you get back up again.

This is an image of last night’s sunset in the Berkshires. Being an off week for treatment, we’ve tried to take advantage with some midweek travel, and with the leaves turning, this seemed a good choice. It’s impossible to overstate the joy of witnessing a spectacle of nature such as this in person.

Try to be present, and make the most of every minute and you will be rewarded with a lifetime rich with experience and memories.

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Story Slam at The Firefly!!!

Flyer for Story Slam. Details below.

Story Slam at The Firefly! "I Had a Hunch..."

Inspired by The Moth radio hour, Elizabeth Alexander has been organizing storytelling events in Northport Village and the surrounding area, In this, she is creating opportunities for the community to connect and be inspired.

They’ve been fantastic. What a way to get to know our neighbors! We’re thrilled to host the next one at The Firefly! 

Moth-style storytelling is a genre of personal narrative stories about an experience that took place in the storyteller’s life. Stories are crafted, planned- and told, not read-before a live audience. It’s a wonderful  art form that allows folks to connect with community at a very human level. 

Join us: Saturday, October 21st from 7:15-11pm. 
The theme: “I Had a Hunch….” 
Proceeds will benefit: Students for 60,000 and The Firefly Artists.
Get your tickets here Storytellers still wanted! Learn more here. 
Moth-style details.

Science. Believe it. – 10/11/23

Photo of old pharmaceutical bottles and other artifacts by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Photograph by Firefly Steve Caputo, Light of Day Gallery

Science. Believe it. – Cancer treatment has its own language. There is a mountain of information to digest and a spectrum of treatment regimens, depending on the specific diagnosis. The good news in all of that is the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals treating me are zeroed in on a specific course of action to attack my cancer.
If I’m destined to be a part of this wretched club, I’m grateful to be here now than at any time prior. I am in awe of the science and medical advances that have led to today’s treatments. Overall cancer mortality continues to decline, with a 33% decrease since 1991, according to the American Cancer Society. Though the goal of eradicating the disease still lies before us, strides continue to be made each day. “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.”

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I’m taking a photo a day to help the American Cancer Society fight for a world without cancer. Like so many, I have known family and friends who’ve battled the disease, including some who continue to fight. This year, I find myself personally impacted, and it occurs to me that this platform offers a way to channel my passion for photography to help relay a personal journey that may resonate with others. Please consider making a donation because every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!