Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice

May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within… – Irish blessing Light Today is the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. In many ways this day is a pause, a time to look toward lighter days, to begin anew, to put those things which weigh us down behind.Continue reading “Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice”

5 Favorite Quotes on Keeping Our Faces Toward the Light

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my motto for the year, following Whitman’s quote. I love summer, the sunshine and flowers, the time outdoors (I’m writing this outside), and the chance to soak up freshContinue reading “5 Favorite Quotes on Keeping Our Faces Toward the Light”

What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s events, first by the news story coming out of Stanford aboutContinue reading “What Only Light Can Do”

Watching for the Light

“The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems to us that the darkness is impenetrable.” – Eberhard Arnold There is something about this time of year in the depths of December when the winter solstice weighs on the Northern Hemisphere. My friend Lindsey Mead writes extensively about theContinue reading “Watching for the Light”

Light in Hard Times

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. – Albert Schweitzer   This past week has been a tough one for the world. The events in Paris, France, specifically, are shocking and raise questions–everything from whyContinue reading “Light in Hard Times”

The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light

“Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same, Year after year, through all the silent night Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame, Shine on that inextinguishable light!” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Lighthouse”   I have always loved lighthouses. I’ve photographed lighthouses lining Lake Michigan and Erie, the coast of Maine and the Eastern seaboard, the lights in California,Continue reading “The Lighthouse: Portland Head Light”

On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross   I haven’t always loved flowers, or maybe I have … but I remember vividly the dayContinue reading “On Light, Darkness, and Garden Beauty”

Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

Photography: The Magic of Shooting in Low Light

This is the second in a series of posts about photography. Click here to read the first. I love visiting the ocean, and having time on the beach. To me, there is something about the rhythmic crashing of waves, the wide feeling of timelessness, and the gentle scrubbing of the saltwater and sugary sand toContinue reading “Photography: The Magic of Shooting in Low Light”