A Morning glory grows in Nederland 

When winter was still going strong, I dreamed of spring and summer. I dreamed of flowers, herbs and fresh vegetables. It’s a leap of faith planting seeds inside in order to have plants in the ground 2 months later. I’m not known for a green thumb but my extreme optimism makes up for it. Plus, I have an excellent gardener for a partner. Today our first flower bloomed from the seeds we planted.                                               It took me back to a beloved book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Below is a quote from that book that I believe is an inspiring life philosophy.

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”  — Betty Smith

Taking the long way around 

There is a beautiful song by the Dixie Chicks “Taking the Long Way Around” that is about not following the proscribed path. It’s a wonderful song about following your dreams and living life your own way. My own life does not match the lyrics of the song. I settled down and and “moved into the zip code where my parents lived.” This weekend I revisited that song as I found myself unable to drive home the usual way because of a road blockage. My “long way around” was the literal drive up the canyon and around. I wasn’t thrilled to have to drive 25 miles instead of 7 home but the silver lining is enjoying this song again! The video even has photos that look like our Canyon.

Viewing the full moon 

I am in awe of nature and our planet’s relationship to the moon. I was lucky enough to photograph the full moon from 5000 miles away from home in May. While the photos appear similar, the experience is different.

There is so much beauty in the full moon. Watching it rise, change colors, sometimes wearing a glowing aura, sometimes viewing it between the trees or perched next to Jupiter it’s both a new experience and a comforting reminder of the month before.

Taking the time to view it, record it and share it has given me renewed appreciation.