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Patricia M. in Northern CA
Name Patricia M. in Northern CA
Joined 226 days ago
Hobbies Fine and performing arts, fine art photography, animals, travel, reading, cooking, human rights, education, helping women with self-esteem issues, music, and politics.
About Me When I was just 16 years old, I decided to become a professional fine art photographer. I followed my dream through education (BFA in photography), Worked in many jobs as a photographer, teacher of photography, scientific & medical photographer, and started my own fine art photography business: Creativreimage. I have always been interested in issues of self esteem and body image and this was/is reflected in my work. My work has been published, exhibited, & collected worldwide. i have worked on two films for Canada concerning body image. and been a presented at national eating disorder conferences. Photography has been my profession and my passion. I am interested in showing the beauty and vitality of people who are not usually considered in many societies as powerful. My themes have included aging & vitality, disability & sexuality, gender. I am interested in creating a new visual language concerning body image and self-esteem. My fight is against the medical/diet industry which makes billions of dollars a year on keeping people (particularly women) insecure about their bodies, beauty, and self-worth. I have been photographing for many decades.
Patricia M. in Northern CA
It's a 12 Days Bonus Day!
208 days ago

Just wanted to "high five you", Ellen! You are the cat's meow! Although I am not a big television watcher, I am finding myself settling into a comfy chair and watching your show as often as I can.Your show comes on at 4pm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Your show (and you) are by turns: hilarious, amusing, heartfull, zesty, human and humane, exciting and surprising, refreshing, uplifting, smart, topical, educational, lovingly snarky, eye-opening, and even political. Your openness has turned alot of folk's heads around concerning the LGBT community. As for me, a straight woman, I have always felt that EVERYONE deserved to be treated respectfully with regard to their orientation AND everyone deserves to be loved. I congratulate you on all your thoughtful and empowering acts of kindness aand strength. Congratulations for being funny and political at the same time. I am thinking about adopting a cat or dog too. Thanks for doing what you do..you GO girl!

Patricia M. in Northern CA
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226 days ago

Hello Ellen, I became physically disabled in 1987 due to illness. I was in my 30's. For the longest time I have wanted a cat friend for my little apartment. I live in a low income complex for disabled people and pets are allowed here. I love animals but what has stopped me is the costs involved with having a pet (or the pet having me).i have always taken pet ownership very seriously..like having a child that never grows up. A pet like a child is in my care for all of its' life...love, shelter, food, toys, medical care..EVERYTHING! committing to a pet is a serious and wonderful lifelong responsibility. Unfortunately, due to being disabled I live on a low fixed income that cannot support owning and caring for a pet too. This has been very painful for me to accept. I appealed to my. local Humane Society for help but they don't help people (in particular, low income seniors) who don't ALREADY own a pet. One last point, since I became disabled, I have become more and more socially isolated and a loving pet would be so wonderful in my life!
Have very rarely done this but I am hoping you could help me with the financial aid to own a kitty of my own. Ofcourse, my kitty would be one I would get from a shelter as they need forever homes acutely. By the way, I do give a small donation to a great organization, Fix Our Ferals, in Berkeley, CA each year. Anyway, I am rambling so best to sign off. I realize you've heard this a million. times but You are THE BEST and have done so much. for animals and humans..keep up the great work!