For many, a picture may have more meaning than a thousand words, as the saying goes, but a picture cannot provide the nuance contained in those thousand words. For example, the photograph here shows a woman in the process of painting a mural on a large surface. But it does not tell you who she is, why she is painting it, what the mural means, or where the mural can be seen. Only words can do that.

“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes
of other people, and open us to the claims of others.”

– Peter Forbes, photographer and author

The true story of every person in this world is not the story you see,
the external story. The true story of each person
is the journey of his or her heart.
— John Eldredge

How can I help you?

Sheila Mullane Estrada
Phone: 727-480-6748
Email: gemcom@gate.net

Sheila Mullane Estrada’s journalism career began as a reporter for the Holyoke (Massachusetts) Transcript, and continued as an investigative reporter for the Sarasota Herald Tribune,  the Lakeland Ledger, and the Evening Independent in Florida. She has earned a number of journalism awards, including the National Newspaper Association’s National Award for a Community Service Investigative Series, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for a Public Service Investigative Series, and an Award of Excellence from the FTP-NEA of Florida. Sheila is now a freelance journalist, graphic designer, and web developer, with her journalism work appearing in the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Newspapers, The Legal Examiner, The Bull & Bear Financial Report, The Monetary Digest, The Resource Investor, and Gold Stock News. Her public relations and creative services clients include Save The Children, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Lumos, the Hepatitis Foundation International, Springfield College, and St. Petersburg College.

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