That word, along with its various and sundry meanings, has been on my mind.  When beginning to create this month’s blog, it seemed appropriate to think about it even more, since February 29, 2016 is a leap year.  We’ve been given a little more time.

I never fully understood the importance of a leap year, nor even knew where it originated from, but today as I watched the morning news, a journalist spoke to a scientist, who then explained that it was actually given consideration by some insightful individuals back in

46 BC – a long, long time ago.

Interesting.  Time.  A precious commodity that even the wealthiest person on this earth cannot purchase. “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what matters.”  Very true, very wise words.  “You cannot wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump.”  Also a wise reflection in the use of time.  And then there is this; “Some talk to you in their free time and some free their time to talk to you.”  I like this one in particular today, because I did not wait for the perfect time – I jumped – and reached out to a man I did not know, in a country I’ve never been to, and he reached back.  He shared something with me I will always treasure.  His time.

The man I speak of is Lignum Draco.  He is a photographer who lives in Australia.  To my delight he not only reached back when I wrote to him and shared how much I enjoyed one of his photographs, but has accepted my invitation to be my guest on this blog.

Mr. Draco has no idea just how much his art has helped me, encouraged me and put a fire under me to stop procrastinating and get to work on my book!  The bones are all written down.  The chapters in order, the rewrites on course.  There is no time to waste, I need to keep working, focusing, creating – and his photograph helped me do just that.  I now have a self-imposed deadline.  I have put myself first, learned to say no, and give my work the priority it deserves.  For this I am very thankful I met Mr. Draco at this time – timing is everything they say – whoever they are.  They were right this time.


I’m a street photographer based in Sydney, Australia. In my spare time I like to wander around and photograph people. Mostly up close, capturing that fleeting instance of people’s lives that they may not even be aware of. A moment that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Last year while walking through a pedestrian mall, I noticed an interesting sign on the side of a building site. It was an excerpt from Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. The book is a memoir of Haig’s emergence from chronic depression and anxiety which afflicted him from the age of 24. But more than being a simple memoir, the book is about making the most of your time. In it he offers advice to others going through a similar struggle.

Lignum Draco photo                                                   Photo by Lignum Draco. All rights reserved.

Standing there, it was as if I were the only one to notice the sign. The world continued to move at full pace around me. I adjusted the parameters of my camera for a slow exposure, steadied myself, and took the photo. I wanted to convey a sense of time passing against the backdrop of the sign. Time — both fleeting and infinite at once.


I invite you to take some time to explore more of Lignum Draco’s photography and thoughts about “nothing in particular”, but everything refreshing!  Taken from a very unique point of view – his camera lens. http:// lignumdraco.wordpress.com Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera  Now, go make the most of your time.


About Patty Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would walk Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, ride horses, reading comic books and played with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Queens. When rent climbed higher than her salary she working for a defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was fondly "held hostage by two year olds!" Writing every day for in a notebook for each child to keep communication open and flowing to the families. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with sever carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her passion for words. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. As well as participating in the Learning to See poetry programs offered at the local library. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Presently living in Westchester New York Patricia lives with her husband of 29 years, two daughters – both attending college and grad school and a dear college friend – all under the roof of a little cape cod. Its snug – but the laughter and support is rich and full! Patricia is working on her first novel with her editor, with hopes and dreams and fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2015. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Perhaps it will help you find your brave, and if writing is in your soul - to join her. Share your stories and maybe together we will unravel some of the complexities of this life. To heal, hope and learn what we can from one another, in the time we have. To listen and hear one another's stories. Breathe Deep, Think Peace Patty
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2 Responses to Time

  1. Ari says:

    Very moving

  2. doreenb8 says:

    I just love that photo and the saying. Perfect! I am off to check out Lignum’s website!

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