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About Doreen

Doreen Birdsell was born in Hollywood, Florida, and raised in Queens, New York.  Since 1980, she has been a highly acclaimed photographer and founder of Doreen Birdsell Studios, of  New York City, Westport, Connecticut, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Doreen and her life partner Lisa, chaperoned four Youth Mission Trips with the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, Connecticut, and produced a video to promote future mission trips to underserved areas in the U.S.

In addition, from 2005, Doreen has been the owner/partner of the Inn at Cook Street, Provincetown, MA, an award-winning bed and breakfast inn.

Last but not least, Doreen is a survivor of sexual abuse suffered as a child, and of drug and alcohol abuse as a young adult. She credits her recovery and success to the grace of her Higher Power, the wisdom of 12-step programs, and individual therapy. A committed Christian and outspoken leader, Doreen is a living testimony to persistence, hard work and faith. These characteristics helped bring her to the finish line in four New York City marathons.





Reminiscent of Anne Lamott, Doreen’s voice is raw, yet compassionate – gritty, yet imbued with gratitude. As a spokesperson for her journey, Doreen is a passionate speaker and mentor, guiding others to healing and sobriety by her inspired example.

This letter was framed by my sister, Donna, and presented to me as her gift. Little did either one of us know that it would be the last time we would celebrate my birthday together.  Nine months later, at age 58, she suffered a fatal heart attack. 

"May you be blessed with serenity of calm waters soothing your soul.

There are many gifts OUR FATHER has given you; such as the GIFT OF SERENITY.

You freely give this gift to others as GOD has given to you to ease their troubled minds and hearts.  You give with scriptures, your experience and your time. So many times I do remember that gleam in your eyes which reflects the JOY IN YOUR SPIRIT.  I can’t count the times you have lifted me up with JOY AND SPIRIT; when I was down and out and didn’t believe that I was loved by anyone especially GOD.  I am so thankful for this and so grateful that we have been reunited as sisters in the flesh and spirit.  You are so BEAUTIFUL!  I love you and cherish you my SISTER.

FEBRUARY 4, 2007