I “met” Debbie online years ago when I first started my blog. I bought some of her notecards with her photos on them. Her name has surfaced again and again throughout the years and when Jon started his Open Group on facebook Debbie and her work became regulars. It was Debbie’s short story (which made me cry when I read it) that won the Open Group Short Story Contest. And after reading it, I felt like I knew a Debbie a little better.
Then she came to visit the farm while in the area taking a Photo Workshop. And was I surprised. Between Debbie’s emails and knowing that she was a retired librarian, (based on my experience with Librarians) I had an idea that she was, well, a bit stiff, (although her short story was a clue to the real Debbie) . But when we finally met in person, she was nothing like I expected. Fun and easy going, glowing with pride in her work and her love of life. A force of light which I then saw in her photos. Technically precise, they are full of color and life. She’s been taking photos since she’s a teenager but since 2005 she’s become more serious about it. When Jon suggested inviting her to show her work at the Open House I agreed that it would be wonderful to have her photos in my School House Gallery.