Helena Clare Pittman


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December 2020 photo writing prompt (white taper candle burning in front of its window reflection)


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The centuries-old practice of placing candles in windows has served many purposes, from signaling to those seeking shelter or refuge that they are welcome to reminding us that we have what we need to survive the winter...

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