Hi, I’m Louella Lester and I like to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Now, even though I’m lying down in the photo above, it doesn’t mean I’m resting (maybe you can tell by the look on my face)—I still have lots of ideas running through my head.
When not lying down I can be found at a writing group meeting, participating in a workshop, taking an online class, listening or actually reading at a journal launch, sharing a new piece at an open-mic, or just reading a book. I might be wandering about or riding my bicycle, and then stopping to take an eclectic variety of photos with my inexpensive little camera (which I can easily slip into my pocket or dangle from my wrist). Sometimes I’m meditating or practicing tai chi to centre and calm myself (hoping to stay in the moment, with varying degrees of success).
So, as you have probably already guessed, I’m a writer (poetry, creative nonfiction & fiction) and an amateur photographer. When I put my camera or my pen (actually it’s usually a keyboard, but pen sounds more catchy) between me and the world, I learn so much and can start to see the extraordinary (the striking, the unique) in the ordinary (the everyday, the common-place) that I mentioned in the opening sentence. I even wrote about this for CBC News Manitoba Online. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/seeing-things-commentary-louella-lester-1.3436261
My writing has appeared in places like, Prairie Fire, Lemon Hound, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Antigonish Review, CBC News Manitoba Online, and in the anthology Gush: menstrual manifestos for our times.
My photos have been gifted to family and friends on calendars or cards or just to hang on the wall, a few people have used them in their projects, and I’ve posted many on social media.
So, why a blog? Well, when I retired after years of teaching teenagers (and yes, you gotta have a sense of humour), I knew I wanted to enjoy retirement. I had written for years and sought to learn more. I had studied photography in high school and now digital made it easy to get back to the camera. Writing and photography have brought meaning and joy to my life. I want to share what I am learning about finding your eye and your ideas (not the technical skills stuff). Writing, photos, and ideas are meant to be shared. I want to hear about your thoughts and ideas, too.
A blog is a great way to share. For years I’ve wanted to start one, but never got to it. Well, now I have and it’s right here. I hope you will join me.