My Chosen Word for 2016


Happiest of New Years to you, my friend! I don’t know about you but I have a positive feeling about 2016. For me, 2015 felt heavy. So much sadness everywhere. And I don’t know why but I’m feeling a shift. A lightening. Maybe this is just within myself as opposed to the whole world, but […]

My Secret Place: Do You Have One Too?

Carrie Minns Photography

Hello my lovely friend, Around five years ago, a new family moved to our neighborhood during the winter. Our winter that year was mild. Only a couple days of snow and below average rain fall as opposed to the usual three straight months of rain. When we were first introduced, I remember her telling me […]

The Answer to a Question I Want You to Know

golden retriever coworder

Hello beautiful friend, I had a different post lined up for today, but then I ran into a longtime friend a few days ago and something she asked made me realize that I needed to share the answer with not only her, but you as well. She asked me if I was still doing my […]

What Kind of Scarecrow Maker are You?

Cover Outtake x1

Back in my party days—no, not the days of me in the middle of the dance floor bringing down the house—but that time period of about five years when my two eldest were in the early years of their life and there were parties happening every week: kitchen gadget parties, jewelry making parties, wine tasting […]

Finding Strength for 2015

Coffee and a Pink Scarf

Most of you know that the past few years have been challenging for me. The whole process of trying to make sense of my mom’s illness—one that eventually took her life—and then maneuvering through the emotional aftermath as we all try to manage our lives without her has been exhausting. I’ve felt as though someone […]

My New Year’s Wish for You…and No, it Doesn’t Involve Happiness or Rainbows

NYC x1

I seem to derive a certain amount of pleasure from doing things the hard way. “Glutton for punishment,” my hubs likes to say. We went east to celebrate the holidays with my hubby’s family: Christmas in Connecticut and the days leading up to the New Year in New York City. I lugged my Canon camera […]

The Photographer’s Daughter Finally has her Photographs

Hanna - Steel Bridge x1

Well, hello there. I sure have missed checking in with you. Thank you for still stopping by here and reading my musings. The past few months have been a whirlwind of photographic activity, which I wrote about in my last post over a month ago. Goodness. One tidbit I did not mention then was that […]

A Visual Explanation for My Disappearance


Remember this summer when I was laying out all of my goals and desires to you through regular weekly posts? When I announced my goal of publishing my book? When I confessed my desire to be laser focused on that goal? And then I disappeared? Well, I forgot to mention that there is a clause […]

When All Else Fails, Put Them to Work

Blueberry Hand Pies

When I decided to undertake publishing a book, I made my best guess on how long certain aspects of the project would take. Some parts of the project are moving along as I predicted — knowing my work habits and my propensity to kick into high gear as deadlines approach. Other parts of the project, […]

My 2014 Goal Drawn from My Childhood Loves

Chester Blackberry Picking

As my high school graduation date neared, the more I was asked by adults, “What are you going to study in college? What are you going to major in? What do you want to be?” I had no idea, but replied with statements such as, “I’m majoring in Telecommunications and Film. I plan to study […]

What Can You Do to Feel Lighter?

Peaches, Basil and Baby Greens

Sometimes because of my father’s military orders, and other times, just for kicks, my parents moved us at least every three years. The benefit of this peculiar habit was that we had no clutter, no closets full of unused “stuff’, and no junk piles since we sorted and purged every 1-3 years The first 10 […]

Bored to Death


I had a post lined up for last week. And this week. Posts I thought you’d enjoy. About spending long summer afternoons considering your life’s desires. Prepping yourself for the new beginning that September brings. And then, a child shot and killed another child in a high school locker room thirty minutes from my house. […]

Why I’ve Moved to the Back of the Line

A rose so lovely

Every year, our school carnival rolls around a few weeks before school is out. And every year, I dread it. Now, if I were still a kiddo, I would count it among the highlights of my year. What is not to love? Besides a gazillion other small people running around having fun, you have cotton […]

La Pomme is Graduating

Camellia blossoms

Last fall, La Pomme de Portland quietly turned 4 years old while I was cherishing final bits of time with my mom. I’ve spent as much time coddling and growing La Pomme de Portland as I did earning my college degree. And yet, I have learned much more about what makes me tick and fills […]

Those Knuckleheads Really Were Paying Attention


There is no way to be a perfect parent, but there are a lot of ways to be a good one. Steve Martin, Cheaper By the Dozen   I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t say to my kids, “Look, I’ve never done this before. I’m doin’ the best that I can.” […]

No Words

Me and Mom

Yes, there are actual words to account for my absence here in this space over the past six months or so. And words to account for why over the past year, I haven’t been posting in any regular fashion. Strings of words even. Sentences such as… The whole thing started almost three years ago when […]

Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

Green Smoothies for Spring Cleaning

I’m in the thick of “spring cleaning.” My “cleaning” is different than the one you may be envisioning. No, I’m not beating my rugs with a broom, or dusting my refrigerator coils. What I’m doing is giving the insides of this ole body some TLC now that the hibernating months are over. Each spring, I […]

The Wonders of a Little Jar of Coconut Oil

A cup of green tea with a spoonful of coconut oil

On Tuesday of last week, I was hunkered down in the usual afternoon routine and failed to take my 7-year-old to his after-school excursion to the Audubon Society with some of his best buddies. On Wednesday, a door in the life of my children closed. I upset someone who is affected by that door closing […]

A Late Winter’s Screensaver for You

Don’t ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  -Howard Thurman A new screensaver/desktop photo for you, my friends. Thought it might lend a bit of calm and clarity to start the week. Use the […]

Just Do What??

As part of my goal to say YES this year, I have developed a fleet of YES phrases. At the top of the list is, yes, I will MOVE every single day. Notice that I didn’t say EXERCISE every single day. No, the word exercise doesn’t work for me. Exercise implies color coordinated athletic wear […]

A New Year, A New Word…Never Mind that it’s Mid-February

  Photographing Truffle Country Yes, I’ve been quiet for awhile. How to explain it? Every year around October 15th, I feel as though someone tosses me in the washer on the spin cycle and leaves me there, spinning faster and faster, until about January 5th. Abruptly, the washer stops, the door opens, and I’m tossed […]

I Was Caught. My “Simplify the Holidays” Secret is Out.

Two days before Thanksgiving, I’m standing in the check out line of one of my favorite grocery stores thinking, “I sure hope no one sees me here.” I’m about halfway finished unloading my cart and mid-way through a turn from the cart back to the conveyor belt, when I catch the eye of this darling […]

What We Pass Along

I remember Mr. Burke’s small, perfectly formed, all-caps script he used to write the date and reminders above each song. I remember that he was rather tall without much hair and that he lived with his mother. And I remember, that in the din of the small lamp in our living room, he taught me […]

My Summer Office

Summer Office

I realize this seems a bit…hmm, strange…but when I was a child I liked to weed. Actually, I relished it. The same was true for deadheading my grandmother’s azalea bushes. Sure, the 25 cents an hour she paid me to do it was nice, but that wasn’t my sole motivation. I treasured the rhythmic motion […]