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“I especially want to thank you for the beautiful card and reflections. It was easy to lose myself in the beauty of the rose.... Healing Petals are truly a gift to all who need comfort and healing or just something beautiful to find God. ”
The founder of Healing Petals Photography is a woman of many talents: writer, editor, speaker, teacher, strategist and visionary thinker. Now she’s adding “acclaimed visual artist” to the list.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee and a former high school English teacher, Elizabeth came to Los Angeles in 1970 to work as a professional writer and photographer in an educational film production company.
After receiving her MA in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, she devoted the bulk of her career for the next 30 years to founding a series of non-profit organizations that pioneered the evolution of media literacy education in the United States.
As founder of Media&Values magazine (1977) and then the Center for Media Literacy (1989), she was instrumental in creating frameworks for analysis of media issues from a justice perspective, developed the first media literacy curriculum materials for use in US schools, and pioneered training workshops, summer institutes and professional development opportunities for teachers.
In 2006, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Cable in the Clasroom and in 2009, she received the Meritorious Service Award for a lifetime of leadership by the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
Her first lifetime, that is.
Surviving a battle with breast cancer in 2004 and a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, she has returned to her first passion – photography -- linking it with her long time exploration, as a Roman Catholic sister, of feminist theology, Buddhist philosophy and wholistic spirituality. She has belonged to the progressive Iowa-based Congregation of the Humility of Mary since college.
Having known first hand the effects of pain and illness on the everyday ability to just function, her goal is to bring affordable beauty to those in pain, explore alternative ways of prayer and reflection and inspire new ways to connect with the Divine.
Her unique photographs are also beginning to be installed in hospitals, care centers and doctor's offices and are available for personal use through gift shops, religious book stores and spiritual centers of all faiths.
Elizabeth Thoman, CHM