But I suppose there's a lot to see everywhere, if only you keep your eyes open. -Norton Juster I saw some interesting oil stains in the parking lot again today... or perhaps they saw me?
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir
Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man. Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see. - Charles Lindbergh
And so a new journey begins.... As I quoted on the last day of my Project 365, ‘every ending should be followed by a great new beginning’, and with that in mind I’ve decided to start a new blog, which will be directly tied to my photography business, Studio B Photography. On my new... Continue Reading →
It's been a few weeks since my 2013 Project 365 came to an end. The first few days of this new year I would occasionally find myself in a panic thinking I'd forgotten to get my 'picture of the day'. After all, it was hard to undo a daily habit that had been engraved into... Continue Reading →
Every end should be followed by great new beginning. - Aditia Rinaldi FOCUS: The End Well, this is it. Day 365. Time to put my camera down and walk away from this project. But my journey does not end here, In many ways, it is just beginning... ... Continue Reading →
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ernest Hemingway FOCUS: Life Unscripted The sun is setting on my Project 365. Only one day left in this yearlong journey...
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine" FOCUS: Winter White, Blue, Black & Grey. These are the colors of a winter's day.
A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it. -Susan Sontag FOCUS: Life Unscripted Last night my family sat around for hours pouring over old family photographs that date back over a 100 years. All of the people in the photographs were from my mother-in-law's family,... Continue Reading →
We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau FOCUS: Life Unscripted I love the week between Christmas and New Years. Kids are out of school, families are visiting from out of town, and most people either take the week off from work or are... Continue Reading →
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. ~Sylvia Plath FOCUS: Holiday 'Twas the day after Christmas, and Santa was taking it easy...
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly." - Andy Rooney FOCUS: Holiday Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; Naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. ...Truly I say to... Continue Reading →
It's the Day Before the Night Before Christmas, and I'm busy, busy, busy being good! - The Caroleers FOCUS: Holiday I am posting today's photo with a wry smile on my face. You see, there is a 'lively' debate in my family about exactly which date on the calendar the 1960's holiday classic... Continue Reading →
...being sick feels like you're wearing someone else's glasses. - Megan Boyle FOCUS: Life Unscripted Well the virus I've been battling for the past week finally caught up with me and I was down and out with a fever today. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is reported to have said 'Give me a... Continue Reading →
The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, ...like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory. - Gary Zukav FOCUS: Winter Solstice This morning when we awoke everything was quiet,... Continue Reading →
I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus, underneath the mistletoe last night.... FOCUS: Life Unscripted Twenty-two years ago today, I married the love of my life. Happy Anniversary to my one-and-only!!
Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts... FOCUS: Holiday Decorating Christmas cookies is a big deal in our house. We typically bake dozens of sugar cookies and invite friends over for a festive cookie decorating party. We take our cookie art very seriously as we pass around the icing and... Continue Reading →
Like many women my age, I'm 28 years old... - Mary Schmich FOCUS: Life Unscripted Happy Birthday to... Me! 🙂
Strings of streetlights, even stoplights blink a bright red and green... In the air there's a feeling of Christmas. - Silver Bells, Bing Crosby FOCUS: Holiday I'm still feeling under the weather, so I didn't want to venture far from home for today's photo. Fortunately, our street is full of festive outdoor lighting, so... Continue Reading →
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. - Henry David Thoreau FOCUS: Life Unscripted I've been in bed sick all day, which is odd for me because I am rarely sick - and I mean rarely. The last time I remember being sick was four years ago. So, I suppose it was about time. If... Continue Reading →
What child is this, who, laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, the son of Mary. FOCUS: Holiday My husband and I... Continue Reading →
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. - Francis P. Church FOCUS: Holiday I spent most of the day Christmas shopping, and I must say that my spirit was only half into it. The tragic events of yesterday had taken their toll on my Christmas spirit, and I was wandering around the mall feeling... Continue Reading →
Here is the world. It is not a safe place, but however frightening and bewildering life may become, we can survive our fears and make peace with the world. -Terry Tempest Williams FOCUS: Life UnscriptedThere was another school shooting today. This time in my own state. This time close to home. This time it happened... Continue Reading →
"My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still." -- Charlton Heston FOCUS: Holiday We have a little library of Christmas books at our house. During the month of December they sit in a basket by the fireplace just waiting... Continue Reading →
To you and all your family, your neighbors and your friends May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends May peace and love surround you at Christmas time and all the whole year through May your life be filled with sunshine, may your every wish come true May you find the... Continue Reading →
Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight? - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer FOCUS: Holiday With the sun so low in the sky this time of year, the shadows are amazing, deep and long. Gazing at your larger-than-life silhouette on the ground, you can't help but feel majestic... and... Continue Reading →
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. - Dr.... Continue Reading →
She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue: sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so. - Malinda Lo, 'Huntress' FOCUS: Still Life Colorado has been in a deep freeze with temperatures well below freezing for... Continue Reading →
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy. FOCUS: Life Unscripted For so many years my father was the 'historian' of the family, documenting our lives through photography and movies. He even had an impromptu dark room set... Continue Reading →
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." - Norman Vincent Peale FOCUS: Holiday I had this grand idea of using the spherical shape of a holiday ornament to convey a sense of 'Christmas Around the World'. Only one problem - it's impossible to photograph a... Continue Reading →
Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree... - The Christmas Waltz FOCUS: HolidayOld Man Winter has been making a bold statement the past few days. The low last night was -15 degrees fahrenheit, and the high today only 10 degrees (that's -26 and -10 degrees to you metric minded followers). Brrrrrrrrrrr. When... Continue Reading →
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... FOCUS: Holiday A cold arctic front moved in last night bringing with it bitter cold temperatures and snow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...
"Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family." ~ Charles Schulz FOCUS: Holiday Every single ornament on our Christmas tree has a story behind it and I absolutely cherish them all. A few of the ornaments on our tree date back to my husband's and my childhoods. ... Continue Reading →
The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale...” - Vera Nazarian FOCUS: Holiday I must admit that I'm a sucker for nutcrackers, although I'm not exactly sure why. To be honest, I find them rather freakish looking as they stand... Continue Reading →
“Tonight the sun has died like an Emperor ... great scarlet arcs of silk ... saffron ... green ... crimson ... and the blaze of Venus to remind one of the absolute and the infinite ... and along the lower rim of beauty lay the hard harsh line of the hills ...” - John Coldstream,... Continue Reading →
“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.” - A.A. Milne FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks I have saved the best for last... Today I am so incredibly thankful for the three most important people in my life: my husband, my daughter... Continue Reading →
Thanksgiving is the winding up of autumn. The leaves are off the trees, except here and there on a beech or an oak; there is nothing left on the boughs but a few nuts and empty birds' nests. The earth looks desolate, and it will be a comfort to have the snow on the ground,... Continue Reading →
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that... Continue Reading →
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below He saw everything as far as you can see - "Rocky Mountain High", John Denver FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today I am thankful to live in Colorado. What a wonderful place to call home. ... Continue Reading →
The only thing more important than your to-do list is your to-be list. The only thing more important than your to-be list is to be. - Alan Cohen FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks It is my nature to be very organized and I thrive on the sense of accomplishment I get from ticking items... Continue Reading →
As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the... Continue Reading →
“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet. "Even longer," Pooh answered. FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks My friends are some of the dearest and most important people in my life. Each and every one of them is intricately woven into the fabric of my soul and is an essential part of who... Continue Reading →
Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers... the mind can never break off from the journey. -- Author Unknown FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today I am thankful for vacations. Who doesn't love a vacation? Whether we escape to a distant... Continue Reading →
Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas, and often meet to gossip or share ideas. On the other hand, we bossed ourselves around, set impossible goals, and demanded longer hours than office jobs usually... Continue Reading →
Seasons are changing, and waves are crashing, all for us. - "Guardian Angel", The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks After a warm and sunny start to the week, we awoke to snow and cold this morning. How amazing it is to fall asleep with the world looking a certain way, only... Continue Reading →
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. -The Bhagavad Gita FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today I am thankful for my yoga practice. I was initially attracted to yoga for the physical benefits - strength, flexibility, detoxification - but it has been the emotional and spiritual benefits of... Continue Reading →
Lose your mind and come to your senses. - Fredrick S. Perls FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today, I am thankful for my 5 senses. As humans we spend so much time caught up in our thoughts and emotions that we often forget to stay in tune with our most primal human qualities. Our... Continue Reading →
Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. -Elizabeth Stone FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks On this day nineteen years ago, my daughter was born and my life changed forever in the most wonderful of ways. ... Continue Reading →
If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” -Lewis Carroll FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks As I mentioned in yesterday's... Continue Reading →