Monday, June 24, 2019

A Picture Worth How Many Words?? by Pat Simmons

It’s an old saying, but  true. I enjoy taking pictures with family and friends at events or on trips. In this one, an author friend’s daughter captured me in a lively discussion with K.M. Jackson at a book conference last month.
The expressions on our faces, including the bewildered look on my husband’s face are priceless. Do you talk using your hands? Does your body language say it all? You don’t have to be an author to build a story around these two photos.
In the first one, I’m frowning and wagging that dreaded finger while K.M. is smiling with her cute dimple. My husband is caught in the middle and looks like he is refereeing.
In the second photo, we’re posing as if we kissed, made up and are one big happy family. For the record, we’ve always been friends and there was no argument, but a discussion about the book industry.
Well, I guess that would be enough to make someone frown.
Have you ever taken a photo where you had to explain what is happening in it?
Have a happy summer and take plenty of great photos.


Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Check out her summer reads at


  1. What a fun post, Pat! Photos - including the silly ones - are among my most treasured possessions. :)

    1. I agree. K.M. and I will always have something to talk about

  2. What an interesting question—have you ever taken a photo where you had to explain what is happening in it? Thanks for sharing, Pat.

  3. I frequently use my hands while talking. I wish I was a picture taker. I rarely remember to capture those moments.

  4. Yes, that's a really good question. I'd have to go back through photos to find out. I always use my hands when talking. I've been guilty of knocking over drinks while talking with my hands.

  5. Love this, Pat! And so true. I always use my hands when I'm talking--in fact--my entire family does.