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Welcome to the Winter Spirit Blog

Dear Reader,

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.

Best Wishes,

Don Iannone