Sunday, January 2, 2011

How To Start A Joyous New Year

First we gave thanks
for friends and family, near and far--people like you

Then we gave thanks for each other;
for love and friendship, inspiration, laughter.

We gave thanks for our home and our food.

New Year's Day Dinner:
Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Quinoa Apple Currant Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry Walnut Bread.

And later I gave thanks
for a message I received from a friend like you:

"Happy New Year, Bruce!
Now more than ever the world needs you to continue creating beauty..and celebrate Life!"

For him and for you,
here is a favorite landscape from this past year:

Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.
How do you celebrate life? Give thanks?
I would love to hear from you!

If you want distinctive nature, documentary or portrait photography--photography with soul that inspires you to live a more artful and beautiful life, please contact me.


  1. You guys are amazing.
    And I totally agree with your friend - we need your creative genius more than anything this year!
    Thank you.

    More than once in the past year, your photos have transported me away from a place where stress was coloring my world. Thank you.

  2. Stunning photograph! the landscape is breathtaking and the way you shot it, it looks almost 3D!

  3. Loved the series of photographs, and the last one is gorgeous. Lovely to look at.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

  4. You two are lucky to have each other! Happy Near Year and thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

    Debbie Goldberg

  5. What a lovely post, Bruce. As I think I have said before, you have such a gifted eye for capturing the beauty around us that so many of us might miss otherwise. And what a unique and special way to celebrate life by being able to share what you see and what you celebrate with others through your photos! I try to celebrate life by enjoying the people I love and having beauty around me as much as possible; I especially love celebrating with music that makes me want to sing and dance!

  6. Love your attitude of gratitude Bruce. I personally keep a gratitude journal and am always inspired by new and beautiful things to be grateful for in our world. And yes, keep up with the sharing of Little Bits of Beauty™...they always inspire and inform!
    Happy New Year to you and Susan

  7. This was such a beautiful offering. I can really feel your gratitude radiate out of these photos. And how do I express gratitude? Whenever I meditate, I finish by putting my hands on my heart and saying thank you for everything in my life I am grateful for.

  8. Beautiful photographs. I try to be grateful on a daily basis. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts

    Julie Labes the...Fierce over 50 feels much younger, point and click junkie, loves to travel, does not use a jogging stroller, and before you ask, this is NOT my granddaughter..Woman

  9. What a great post Bruce, great idea!

    I try very hard to thank my hubby for the little, everyday things he does, the ones we usually take for granted.

    Lisa Vitale

  10. that landscape photo is breathtaking!!!

    happy new year to you - you look so blessed and happy.

    p.s. mmmm cranberry walnut bread

  11. Love that last photo - amazing! I try to show gratitude for life every day - which reminds me, I haven't done my Grateful Ten on Facebook for a while. Thanks for the reminder.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears For Freedom

  12. How inspiring!!! And thanks for the recipe link (when I saw the food photo I was hoping for the bread recipe!!)
    Yvonne Hall

  13. This is so lovely Bruce!
    drool worthy as well!!

  14. Beautiful photos and a delightful glimpse into your home and life, I almost feel like I was right in your living room. Like you, I believe a life worth living, is worth living well, with all the senses. What a thrill to know you Bruce. Happy New Year.

    Home Makeover Mixtress

  15. Beautiful, simple but very meaningful post. Happy new year 2011 to you.
    Loved the first two pictures :-)


  16. Beautiful photos! I find that food is difficult to photograph, but you've made it look yummy!

    Happy New Year!


  17. Hi Bruce,
    Thank you for this wonderful post -- a simple, strong message, in a few words and a few pictures.

  18. You know, if you look closely enough, you can see the clouds move across the sky and the shadows across the ground. You can also taste the goodness in that bread. Yummmm to life!

    Candace Davenport ~ Little Books with a Big Message

  19. Beautiful post...thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. I love the landscape...I can feel the clouds moving across the picture.

    Darcie Newton