First Footprints in the Snow (a fresh way to start your day)

Lucy woke out of the deepest sleep you can imagine with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name. C.S Lewis The snowflakes started falling lightly at around 6 pm and fell all through the night. I woke up early to a full foot of snow, a white downy duvet thrown across the Beaver State. Snowfall in Portland is usually slight and short-lived, but this Christmas blanket had settled in for a long winter's nap. The world out our window was all dressed in marshmallowy white. I stepped into the backyard Continue Reading

Chasing the Milky Way: Waiting in the Darkness for Light

We drove through the lava fields at twilight, rugged, broken and black as coal. I had been sick for weeks. I needed to be tucked into bed early like a child, but my husband Mike, had been planning to photograph the Milky Way for months and this night was an open window to catch it over the Cascades. This night, we hoped to see the Milky Way clear and bright. So we took off to outrun the setting sun with camera, tripod, two college girls and one down duvet. At the Dee Wright Observatory in the Willamette National Forest we Continue Reading

Keep a Thankful Heart - The Soul of Thanksgiving

We strive for gratitude and try not to be such babies. Anne Lamott Thanksgiving is one week from today. Now don't panic. You are going to give yourself grace. Whether you are the host or a guest, you can simplify my favorite holiday and savor the chance to gather your people around the table and give thanks. Read on dear friend. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the swirling smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pecans and apples. It the holiday just about being together, gathering for a meal around the table and saying what you're grateful Continue Reading