a Photographic Journey by Meryl


I’m a photographer and journalist who’s been taking pictures and writing for over 30 years.  The day after my birthday in 2012, I realized that I’ve been in recovery for almost as long—recovery from anxiety and depression, both symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
While I exhibit my photographs and have published many articles, I’ve been longing for a personal project that combines both talents–and most importantly, one that speaks from my heart and soul.
That blistery day in March, I realized that my never-ending need to express myself through images and words was all part and parcel of my ongoing recovery.  That without those abilities which I’ve honed and depended on through the years, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
Therefore, with the hope of reaching out and helping others,  I decided to create a personal blog sharing my experience, strength and hope.

©Meryl Spiegel 2012–All rights reserved–No reproduction without permission.

52 responses

  1. Steven

    It looks great so far. Good luck!!!

    March 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    • Lynda

      Enjoy your ongoing awakening Through pictures and words and I will look forward to watching it unfold

      March 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      • Thank you Lynda, I’m happy you’re with me…

        April 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Thanks Steven, your support means so much…

      April 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

  2. Beautiful beginnings here. Love your format and your theme is especially meaningful. I think you will be able to touch many lives through this blog. Best of Luck!

    March 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • Thank you Robyn, your journey was my inspiration to put myself out there in a more personal way…it takes courage but reaching out can only help as I’ve learned so well….

      April 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

  3. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you found some of the images soothing and peaceful. Though I am a long way from your literary prowess, I can copy n paste pretty good..lololol, so I will leave you with some Edgar Allen Poe- Go not softly into that good night. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
    And the author escapes me right now, but I always tell my soldiers “there are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
    Kindest regards and best wishes for much continued success!

    April 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

    • recoverythrumylens

      I’m so pleased that you found me! I just traveled to South Carolina a few months ago…yes, your landscapes
      are lovely…and I admire your portraiture as well…and can relate to the switch from film to digital…the landscapes I’ve posted so far were taken on film with my medium format camera…you might also like my other blog…Learning to See…www.merylspiegel.blogspot.com….looking forward to seeing more of your work! Meryl

      April 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

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  5. Hey Meryl,
    Just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the following 6 awards.

    The Versatile Blogger
    Very Inspiring Blogger
    Blog On Fire
    Beautiful Blogger
    Reader Appreciation
    7×7 Link Award

    No pressure at all – and sorry if there is overlap with any you may already have received, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog! Just go to this link on my site Awards Awards Awards… « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS. to see your nomination and also to get an idea of how I handled posting so many awards, and nominating 10 new bloggers all at once! What a project:) Congratulations ~ Robyn Lee

    April 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    • Thank you, thank you Robyn….I’m so flattered and grateful to you!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

  6. Dear Meryl, what a place of beauty, art and inspiration this is! Your beautifully crafted words and superb photography make this a place I want to linger and stay and explore. Thank you for sharing the beauty that comes from a deep place inside you. Warmest wishes and hugs from Finland, Sharon

    April 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

    • Wow…thank you, Sharon all the way from Finland…it’s so wonderful to connect with a kindred spirit…it seems we have much in common and I look forward to exchanging images and thoughts with you…

      April 24, 2012 at 8:54 am

  7. Dave

    Your photographs are beautiful.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  8. I was going through your pictures and I realised I liked all of them :). They are wonderful shots! And it is good to meet people who share the same interest in photography. All the best to you!

    May 16, 2012 at 5:16 am

    • What a wonderful compliment…thank you…I will take a look at your work as well!

      May 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

  9. Hi there: I have nominated you for both the One Lovely Blog Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award – see details here: http://strassenfotojournal.com/2012/06/19/various-blogger-awards
    Greetings, Cornelia

    June 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  10. Your blog site is exceptional. I find that as I am searching out for new blogging acquaintances for my own self enrichment occasionally I come across a special one, like yours. Both your photographs and your words are poetry to my eyes. Thank you for sharing yourself with others.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    • Thank you Penny! What a wonderful compliment and thank you for becoming a follower. My hope is to help others and your comment is very gratifying.
      I look forward to your feedback. Nice to meet you!

      July 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      • You’re welcome. Nice to meet you also!

        July 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

  11. Hello Meryl, What a beautiful blog you have, which speaks so deeply of your heart, and thus, inspires me and awakens things within me, and I see this is true for others. It is always amazing to me, how when we face ourselves what beautiful art, writing, creations, etc. come forth within us and from us. I found your blog from Robyn’s writings in Through the Healing Lens. And I look forward to experiencing your journey here. Blessings of healing, love and light to you each and every day, Erin, Bella Bleue

    July 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    • What a wonderful comment to come home to tonight….thanks for visiting and becoming a follower….yes, although it’s quite a challenge, it’s been rewarding releasing my journey out into the world in this way…I look forward to your feedback as I continue and hope you find some inspiration here…

      July 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  12. Hi Meryl,
    Love your pictures and thank you for following my blog! Looking forward to reading more of yours! 🙂

    July 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    • Thanks Elisa, I’m looking forward to learning more about feng sui!

      July 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  13. Maria

    I was visiting A Charmed Yogi and read your comment..naturally I had to stop by here and say Hello. I can already tell you have a real love and softness inside of you. What an amazing thing it must be to express yourself, your voice, through the power of your own words and through your artwork. Beautiful! I have to seek further inside to see what else I can find 🙂

    August 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    • Such kind words, Maria…yes, I’m so grateful to be able to share and hope you found more you can relate to and enjoy here. Thanks for visiting!

      August 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

  14. Hi Meryl,
    I’ve seen your comments on Christina and Robyns sites, and though I would come over for a look..
    I will come back again when I have more time, but I like what I have seen so far, and would like to see more.
    Your pics in the Phantom series are very good 🙂
    See you again soon
    Love n hugs

    August 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    • Thank you Seadog….I appreciate you comment and look forward to hearing more
      from you!

      August 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  15. Hi Meryl,
    I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award! Congrats!

    August 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    • Thanks so much Elisa! I was nominated for this one not too long ago and just posted it a few weeks ago, so not quite sure how to handle that…nevertheless, it’s always so flattering to be nominated!

      August 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      • oh really?? Ha ha oh well! 😉 It’s all good, enjoy it! 🙂

        August 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  16. Yes all good….it’s nice to be “lovely,” 🙂

    August 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  17. Hey Meryl, just did a post based on a comment you made on my blog a while back…about using photography to volunteer. Thought you might be interested. http://www.volunteerfringe.com

    August 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

  18. Manu Kurup

    I liked your photographs, It was a treat to go through them. I’m following you and will be looking towards enjoying your future posts. 🙂

    September 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    • Thanks so much…such a nice compliment…am a bit under the weather but hope to post again soon…

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  19. Your story is very interesting… I am sure that you could tell, better, you could picture a great story about what happened to you…
    I would buy it.
    As a matter of fact what I wouldn’t do for you? 🙂

    September 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

  20. Amazing…been thinking about finally doing that just in the past few months…perhaps I have the courage now…and who are you? Do you live in Italy? Tell me more…

    September 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

  21. Hi Meryl. As always when I come to visit a blog I like to read the ABOUT first, just to get a feel of who authored and what the blog is about. You have picked a great medium for healing and from what I have seen so far I am impressed with what you have accomplished. I shall LIKE your ABOUT page and I am going to FOLLOW. It looks like I have a treat in store when I visit your posts. Take care. Ralph x

    September 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • Nice to meet you Ralph and thanks for the thoughtful comment. I hope you enjoy what’s to come and look forward to hearing more from you! Meryl

      September 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  22. Hi Meryl,
    I’ve nominated you for this award! http://elisacashiola.com/2012/09/24/gratitude/

    September 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  23. You Speak My Language!!!
    I’m so happy I found your blog! 😉
    Whoop Whoop!!

    September 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

    • Great to hear that! I look forward to hearing more from you….Meryl

      September 29, 2012 at 4:06 am

  24. Dearest Meryl, so touched by your heart, healing and wisdom. My life as well, deeply altered by PTSD as one like you would only understand. I honor your work and offer my love and support, Linda

    September 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

    • Linda, how wonderful to wake up and find your comment…yes, PTSD has limited me but I feel so fortunate to have found the courage and strength to express myself here..and happy to meet another survivor! Thank you for your support! Xomeryl

      September 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

  25. WM

    Hi, I am Wanda from Poland. I like your blog a lot. Best wishes from Europe.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    • Thank you Wanda! I’m pleased you enjoyed it and happy to meet you!

      November 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

  26. Pictures and words are so healing. They have been a big part of my healing as well.
    Blessings to you –

    July 9, 2013 at 6:48 am

    • Thank you Laurie! I just saw this….welcome!

      July 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

      • Thank you. I enjoyed looking around. Love the pictures and words. So healing.

        July 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

      • Thank you. I enjoyed looking around. Love the pictures and words. So healing.

        July 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

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