Sunday, December 13, 2015

Entertainer of the Spirit

"The storyteller of our time, as in any other time, 
must be an entertainer of the spirit 
in the full sense of the word, 
not just a preacher of social and political ideals."
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

In our personal sanctuary, we plant our dreams and grow our miracles. We touch the sun. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

For Now

"You don't write only for now."
~ Flannery O'Connor

Waiting. Watching. Thinking.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


"The world does not require so much to be informed as reminded."
~ Hannah More

I still have lots of time before Christmas, but I also have lots to do and a friendly reminder is always nice, especially while watching the sun...

Monday, December 7, 2015

See the Music

"See the music, hear the dance."
~ George Balanchine

Watching Venus dance with the crescent moon.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Hear Heartfulness

"In Asian languages, 
the word for mind and word for heart are the same. 
So when we hear the word mindfulness, 
we have to inwardly also hear heartfulness 
in order to grasp it even as a concept, 
and especially as a way of being."
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

The air is cool this morning, but the sky is clear and beautiful. The sunrise reminds me that no matter what challenges or sadness enter my life, I will open my heart, hold on to the beauty, and share this moment. Gratitude is the light.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Difference of Opinion

"Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, 
and enquiry to truth."
Thomas Jefferson

Let's discuss our differences and find our truth...

The air is cold this morning. Dots of ice glistens on the deck glass table. Visibility toward Asheville is clear. Not a cloud in the sky.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Day By Day

"I am always waiting to finish the next thing.
Absurd, I know. I go day by day."
~ Carmen Herrera

After a memorable three-day stay celebrating Kayla's birthday in Alpharetta, Georgia, I checked out of the Fairfield Inn, walked a bit, and watched the empowering sun rise through this patch of tall trees.

A few moments of warmth. I then was ready for the drive home to Asheville.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Captured For Eternity

"A photograph can be an instant of life 
captured for eternity that will never 
cease looking back at you."

♥ My Society6 Art Gallery \(‾◡◝ )/ 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cool and Composed

Swannanoa River Greenway
"Let your soul stand cool and composed 
before a million universes."

Two happy friends exploring a million universes: Walking in the cool morning sunrise with Kolo enjoying the gifts of this new day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mindfulness Is the Miracle

"Mindfulness is the miracle 
by which we master 
and restore ourselves."

Doesn't take long for the dawn sky to glow and transform to gold. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Invest Yourself

"Invest yourself in everything you do. 
There's fun in being serious."

Still overcast this morning after days and days of rain. Yesterday Asheville had a record 2.23 inches of rainfall. Yes, I miss the sunrise. But because of the rain, the light is vibrant and the colors glow.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Every True Friend

"Every true friend is a glimpse of God."
~ Lucy Larcom

The rain and cloudy skies continue. But for a moment, I could glimpse the sun and the light made the sky so holy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Be True to Your Work

"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."
~ Henry David Thoreau

Walking the mountain ridge with my camera this morning and my neighbor just asked, "Did you get your perfect shot?"
I said, "Everywhere I look is one." He nodded in agreement. ☀

Monday, August 31, 2015

Golden Progress

"The heavenly-harness'd team 
Begins his golden progress in the east."
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry IV

Some mornings, it is all bending light.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Making Peace

"Never, never let the sun go down 
without making peace
Never, never, never!"
~ Pope Francis

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Physics of Vulnerability

"If we are brave enough often enough, 
we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability."
~ Brené Brown

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hidden in the Heart

"A seed hidden in the heart 
of an apple is an orchard invisible."
~ Welsh Proverb

I feel the disconnect
but have no words
to bridge the chasm.

So I will wait for time
to build what we need.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Free Love

"Free love? 
Is there any other kind of love?"
~ Walt Whitman

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Believe In The Light

“You can overcome whatever is going on around you if you believe in the light that lives within you.” 
~ Justine Edward

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Breath of Kindness

"A friend is one to whom one may pour ou
all the contents of one's heart
chaff and grain together, 
knowing that gentle hands 
will take and sift it
keep what's worth keeping, 
and with a breath of kindness
blow the rest away."

This month makes 10 years that I have been watching the sunrise off my back deck and sharing the photographs I capture with you.

It is astonishing that 10 years have past so quickly. Where did the time go? It just evaporated like dew on the front grass.

Reviewing my archive makes me happy and I invite you to do so. I feel so grateful and lucky to be here and have this to share and can write this from my heart. And I am smiling because no two sunrises are alike and life is so good.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Gift to the Next Generation

"If I were given the opportunity 
to present a gift to the next generation, 
it would be the ability for each individual 
to learn to laugh at himself." 
~ Charles M. Schulz

When I rush, I make mistakes. I get careless, I miss things. Basically, I reveal my human-ness.

When I blunder, I envision my parents in heaven shaking their heads. I hear my mom scold, "Didn't we tell you to always do your best?"

Yes, Mom, you did. 

Now that I am older, I realize my parents were not telling me that mistakes were bad, they were just trying to teach me that if you do things with care, you are less likely to make mistakes. As usual, they were just trying to make life easier and protect me.

Besides, I agree with Gretchen Rubin who said people "don't notice your mistakes as much as you think." My husband Steven seems to echo this thought. He played bass and sang with a local garage band and said if you're performing live, "When you hit a clam, just keep playing."

Keep going. Don't let mistakes stop you.

So this morning, while photographing the sunrise, I missed a shot and my parents and their lessons on mistakes came to mind. My heart said to the sky, "I don't like to make mistakes, but they do help me to do things better next time."

As I write this, I am looking at the sky's colors. The sunlight on my face sure feels like my mom's laughter. The wind is my Dad's smile.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Corresponding Advantage

"To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage."
~ W. Clement Stone

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Life Is Worth Living

"Laughter is wine for the soul-- 
laughter soft, or loud and deep, 
tinged through with seriousness-- 
the hilarious declaration made 
by man that life is worth living.” 
~ Seán O'Casey

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Confession

"A guilty conscience needs to confess. 
A work of art is a confession."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Creative Urge

"The creative urge is the demon 
that will not accept anything second rate."
~ Agnes de Mille