I am pleased to welcome you to the Winter Spirit Blog. This is a place where you can share your comments about my new book entitled Winter Spirit, Using Winter’s Beauty and Power to Inspire and Heal.
Winter Spirit is a collection of photographs and poems honoring the beauty and power of the winter season. It is the first in a series of four books by me, capturing the beauty and power of the four seasons as seasons of the year and seasons of our lives.
Winter Spirit was created for two audiences: the general reader wishing to deepen his or her appreciation for winter as a season of the year; and the reader with a special interest in photography and poetry as creative tools promoting inspiration, insight, wellness, and healing. Chapter VI will be of special interest to this second audience.
The book’s photographs show off nature’s winter artwork in Northeast Ohio, capturing the spirit of the season in places such as The Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Metroparks, Mayfield Village, Gates Mills Village, rural Geauga County, Lake Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Downtown Cleveland, Shaker Lakes Nature Area, and along the shores of Lake Erie.
Many of the poems in this book relate directly to the photographs, while others speak to the symbolism of winter, and what it represents to the human experience in psychological and spiritual terms. The book combines Don Iannone’s own poetry and the poems of several famous early poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, James Kavanaugh, William Shakespeare, Wallace Stevens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Thomas, and W. B. Yeats.
Winter Spirit has been an artistic and learning journey. Hopefully this book adds to your appreciation for the winter season, and that its images and poems touch you deeply.
Click on this link to listen to my Winter Spirit interview with Zara Larsen from FM 104.1 in Tucson, Arizona.
Thank you Zara!
“The warmth, humor, and beauty of Don Iannone’s photography captures the true spirit of the winter season. I loved how this book combined stirring peaks of action, such as snowboarders and skiers frozen in mid-leap, with quiet, snow-blanketed moments of tranquility. The diverse subject matter ranges from rural to urban scenes; from humans enjoying the season, to birds and animals struggling to find nourishment. Photographers will be stirred and motivated by Don’s work and see winter as the challenging pictorial opportunity that it is. In his collection of inspiring words and images, Don has concocted a treat for the eye and mind.” ~David D. Busch, leading photojournalist, fashion and portrait photographer, and award-winning author of more than 120 books on photography
“Don Iannone’s Winter Spirit is full of eloquent poetry and lovely photographs that capture the essence of winter in Northeast Ohio. The quiet beauty of woodlands and wetlands, rivers and streams, backyard wildlife, downtown Cleveland during a snowfall, and people enjoying winter outdoors, are showcased with images and words that invigorate the heart and elevate the spirit”. ~Ian Adams, leading environmental photographer who has published 17 photographic books.
“To hi ga lo hi sdi go la” in Cherokee, or in English “To make it through the winter healthy.” The winter pictures and poems in this book truly capture the essence of winter for Cherokees, which is a time for cleanliness, stillness, rest and preparation for the upcoming harvest season.” ~Melissa Gower, Director, Cherokee Nation Health Services Group in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
“Winter Spirit is an apt title since the words and images accomplish just that, and in a beautiful fashion. Northeast Ohio is lucky to have photographers and poets like Don Iannone, who can not only capture the beauty of the region in images, but also portray his thoughts and feelings in his poetry. Don’s love of winter and Northeast Ohio are evident throughout the book.” ~Brian Parsons, Director of Conservation at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio, which is one of Northeast Ohio’s most treasured natural resources.
“Don Iannone’s Winter Spirit offers a powerful healing metaphor for inspiration and insight through his beautiful written word and remarkable photography. Winter Spirit is a valuable tool and therapeutic resource combining poetry and art to facilitate opportunities for self-awareness and growth within healthcare, hospice, coaching and mental health settings. I recommend Winter Spirit as an excellent addition and asset to promote poetry and photography for helping others seeking a creative intervention for inner reflection and restoration.” ~Gretchen Miller, Director of the Art and Poetry Program at PLAN of Northeast Ohio, which provides home-based mental health services to patients.
Click on this link to watch my presentation about Winter Spirit at the Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute on February 17, 2010. Note: The video file is 125 MB.
You will love my partner, the 100-year old Shirley Buck Welton.
In a nutshell, I created Winter Spirit because I believe that photography and poetry are powerful creative tools that promote inspiration, insight and healing in people. Each season of the year offers us something special. Winter offers us a wonderful opportunity for reflection, rejuvenation, gathering wisdom, and healing. Finally, in using my poetry and photography in working with hospice and mental health patients, I discovered that people respond very positively to both, especially when used in combination, which is what Winter Spirit does.
Stay tuned for more about my reasons for creating Winter Spirit. Please join me this Saturday, March 6th between Noon and 2 p.m. EDT on www.1041thetruth.com/ or 104.1 FM in Tucson, Arizona. My newly released book, Winter Spirit, will be featured in a 30 minute live segment within the popular talk radio and web stream show “Circles of Change with Dr. Zara Larsen: Where Your Path is Created by Walking On It.” Dr. Larsen has hosted over 170 diverse guests in two years, opening positive conversations on career fulfillment and organizational change. From pragmatic advice to unconventional wisdom, inspiration for all of us to help others.
Feel free to real time call in questions to (520) 751-1041, (877) 544-2580 toll free or email email@example.com . If you miss the show, the complimentary podcast will be posted at http://www.thelarsengroup.com/ 2010 Season within the Featured Guest library by Wednesday, March 10th.
You can also “opt in” via mobile phone to receive the podcast links and future show announcements by sending the simple text message of drzara (no spaces) to box 69852.
Hope you can join us!
You can preview several pages of Winter Spirit by clicking on this link.