Give me a hand…

“Give me a hand”: some applause please.  Or “give me a hand”: I need some help. Actually, I’d like both; this is an invitation to give me a helping hand so we can all share some applause. Today is the launch of the Hands Project.  It is something that has been bubbling away on the back-burner for several years and its time has finally arrived.

In Novedevichy Cemetery, Moscow

In Novedevichy Cemetery, Moscow

The Hands Project (or Give me a hand…) is a new weekly feature event for which I am inviting collaboration.  We are all familiar with the saying, “The eyes are the window of the soul”, and most of us would probably agree that a searching gaze into a person’s eyes provides insight beyond words. But how many of us have considered a person’s hands as an equally strong indication of their character?  Of hands as narrators?  Of hands as evidence of a life, and a way of life? I have a million ideas about how hands are used (and misused) but believe the result will be richer if a group of us pool our individual vision.  There is so much creativity out there that nobody needs to be led by the nose. Contributers would retain copyright over their submissions, and somehow share in either the glory or the profit (or both) of a published collection of our best works.  I envisage a coffee-table style hard-cover book, because despite the incredible capability of the internet and the hours I spend at the computer, I still really love books.  High quality glossy paper with beautiful pictures and words… Well, it doesn’t hurt to dream 🙂 Here are the rules for “Give me a hand”

  1. Every Tuesday I will publish a HANDS image.
  2. In the comments section, please write a caption for my image and add a link to your site.
  3. On your site, post your own HANDs image, with or without a caption and link it back to me at
  4. Encourage your readers to write their own captions to your image in the comments section of your post.
  5. Don’t forget to make a category for Give me a hand  and tag your post Hands Project.

I hope you share my excitement about the Hands Project.  I am really looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this theme. (Also, if you have any advice about how to improve the style of this feature, please let me know in Comments or Contact.  I am still very much a Babe in the Blogging Woods). Sandy

7 thoughts on “Give me a hand…

  1. My impression of your photo involved Russia, even before I saw your note. Perhaps is was the cold gray statues which I associate with the Cold War. A vision of DR. ZHIVAGO — of Yuri and Lara — came to mind, and I was able to find this quote from the end of the novel, when Lara accidentally stumbles upon Yuri’s funeral:
    “Farewell, my great one, my own, farewell, my pride, farewell, my swift, deep, dear river, how I loved your daylong splashing, how I loved to plunge into your cold waves.”
    Perhaps the rain in your photo is actually Yuri’s fluid, poetic soul, and Lara’s tears of grief.

  2. What a poetic interpretation! And how could it be anything else! Dr. Zhivago is one of my all-time favourite films, the Omar Sharif and Julie Christie version – definitely a ear-jerker. I am not going to spoil your beautiful vision with a more prosaic account of my cemetery visits. And you are leading me back to the book, which I haven’t read for years. Thank you so much for enriching my photo!

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