Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for reading my little story.
I hope the next few weeks find your hearts filled with peace, laughter,
 and love.
See you next year!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Stone and Glass

I love stone walls, bright colors,
and antique wood.
Snow blowing and beautiful faces.
Christmas is the perfect season for all of them.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Long Night Moon

The last moon of 2013.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Deer

As long as we've lived in Warren County the deer have
been plentiful.
We've had more than our share of "run-ins" with them,
We've marveled at their natural beauty.
Their coats and colors change with the seasons.
They sneak up quietly in the early morning
as the sun breaks through,
and then again in the early evening.
Lately though, I've been noticing their social behavior.
I think these photos show their tender communications
with each other.
They stomp their feet, they grind their food,
they trample each other's backs, they sniff each other,
they share common bedding,
they dig through the snow,
and it looks as though they know how to talk
to each other
without saying a word.
They continue to amaze me.
I'm happy they come around and peek into our front door,
and then around to our rear deck,
with a peak into our home.
Their ears perk up and their eyes shine bright.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter On Her Way

No sun outlasts its sunset,
but will rise again
and bring the dawn.

Monday, December 2, 2013


She has a way about her....

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Time

A little bouquet to celebrate you!
Happy Thanksgiving with Love.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Thanks to the butterflies, the flowers they love,
and my ability to enjoy them!

Monday, November 25, 2013


They hold, they work, they love, they create.

Friday, November 22, 2013


The birthday celebrations for November have now passed.
They snuck up quietly and passed quickly!
My heart is swollen with gratitude for my family
and friends that helped to fill my heart with joy!
With Thanksgiving around the corner,
I hope people worldwide have the Love in their hearts
that I have in mine.
The photo above was taken of a very special card!
Thank you, thank you!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


I ask people why they have
deer heads on their walls.
Because they're such beautiful animals,
they say.
I think my Mother is attractive.
I'll keep her in photographs!
~Ellen De Generes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

To my Mom

Thank you, Mom.
You gave me life.
You gave me dreams.
You gave me Love.

Friday, November 15, 2013


"The heat circulates outward,
but the fire is within."
Have a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Meadow Lake

My morning ritual starts with a walk.
Aside from the noise of pick up trucks,
and an occasional crow or two,
it's pretty quiet.
I'm surprised that so many people
in my little town
drive noisy pick up trucks.
But. It's OK.
My destination is quiet, and peaceful.
Light filled, and memory filled.
And usually, a Blue Heron.
And wildflowers.
And grapes.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sugar and Spice

And 30!
Happy Birthday, Tiffany!
Your smile says it all!

Monday, November 11, 2013

MOMA and a Surprise!

So our little rolling stone has gone back home.
It was a whirlwind of a weekend for her.
And for us.
Her poet husband created the greatest card
and surrounded her with the greatest Love.
A huge surprise!
We joined them at MOMA,
followed by a fun lunch,
and created a memory we'll all keep close to our hearts
for a very long time.
Thanks, Matt!

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Surprise!

Surprises make our hearts happy!
A good surprise, that is.
Here's to happy surprises!
And Love.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Climb Every Mountain....

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy,
 while cares will drop off
like autumn leaves,
As age comes on,
 one source of enjoyment after another is closed,
but nature's sources never fail."
~John Muir~

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pumpkin Beer

A novel idea. Pumpkin Beer.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Choose to be optimistic.
It feels better.
~Dalai Lama~

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Good Bye, October!

Thanks for being a bit sweeter than you were last year.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent,
their songs never cease.
~John Muir~
Tree Peony; taken in NJ

Thursday, October 24, 2013


I love October.
I miss May.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Naturalist's View

"The more clearly we can focus our attention
on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction."
~Rachel Carson

Monday, October 21, 2013

Peace. Love. Beer.

A tourist!

 Beer enthusiast!
 Amy Helm

Peace Bell

 The hills at Woodstock
Last weekend we took a ride.
There was a craft beer festival
at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
A beautiful, sunny Autumn day
was the backdrop for craft beer, music, and memories.
It was the  original site of Woodstock that now houses the Center.
Beautiful grounds, architecture, landscape, and sculptures
capture the Love and Happiness that musicians
and concert goers from the world over spilled over
onto these holy grounds more than 40 years ago.
Levon Helm's daughter Amy entertained the audience
with her touring band.
We couldn't help but feel nostalgic
thinking back on our teenage years!
Some of the musicians that played at the concerts
have passed,
but their music lives on and on.
The craft brewers were in full force,
and I can attest that the craft beer industry
is in full swing!
A great time was had by all.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Messages from Water

"Love tends to be a more active energy, the act of giving oneself unconditionally.  By contrast, gratitude is a more passive energy, a feeling that results from having been given something, knowing that you have been given the gift of life and reaching out to receive it joyously with both hands.  What the world needs now is gratitude.  We must begin by learning what it means to have enough... to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature, and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. Do we really know how wonderful it is to be able to breathe a big breathe of clean air?  If you open your eyes you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves your gratitude.  When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you yourself will be a shining crystal of light."



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pine Trees

"Between every two pines
is a doorway to a new world."
~John Muir

Monday, October 14, 2013

Carrot Soup with Friends

I love Fridays.
I love Friday luncheons with friends.
I've written before about Rich and Priscilla,
clients turned friends.
We met up again last Friday,
luckily we parted ways before Saturday!
They've been married for 53 years!
I learned the latest accomplishments
of their heart-throb Grandchildren.
We caught up on the latest happenings
in town and in house.
We share special memories and we continue
to create new.
We also shared a knock out crispy eggplant sandwich
created by chef Roger,
served by the lovely Nancy.
We enjoyed a delicious carrot soup.
I'm going to try and re-create it!
I'll probably fail.
I'm just plain happy to have had the opportunity
to meet,
and to Love
my dear friends,
"The Fieldhouse's".
Long live their Love.
And long live "The County Seat".

Monday, October 7, 2013


All good things must come to an end.
Good bye, zinnias!
You were delightful this Summer.

Friday, October 4, 2013



"Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand
everything better."
~Albert Einstein
Have a fine weekend.

Monday, September 30, 2013


Every moment
possesses its own kind
of magic.
~Autumn Doughton

Friday, September 27, 2013


No more sunflowers.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Today would have been the birthday
of a very special lady.
A woman that I met many, many years ago
who became my Mother-In-Law.
These photos are for her.
I still do and forever will love you, Rosie.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Happy Anniversary, Nance and Brad!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ferns In the Garden

“... the world can give you these glimpses as well as fairy tales can--the smell of rain, the dazzle of sun on white clapboard with the shadows of ferns and wash on the line, the wildness of a winter storm when in the house the flame of a candle doesn't even flicker.” 
~Fred Bruechner   
Love and Happiness

Thursday, September 19, 2013


It's hard to forget pain,
but it's even harder to remember
We have no scar to show
for happiness.
We learn so little from Peace.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Late Summer

A dreamy little dahlia to close the final days of a sweet, but way too short summer.
With love and hugs.
PS...A new link, dead center at the bottom of my page
allows you to follow my photo journey on Instagram!
I hope you jump on the Instagram's awesome!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Seaside Heights, NJ

I usually don't think about this town so much,
but I can't help but feel the pain.
Of fire.
This is a photo I took last Fall, 
when hurricane Sandy met the roller coaster.
After a year of rebuilding, Seaside Heights 
has yet another major challenge.
They've seen fire and and they've seen rain.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Where there is Love
there is Light.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Seamus Heaney

"If you know a bit
about the universe
It's because you've taken it in
Like that.
Looked as hard
As you look into yourself,
Into the rat hole,
through the vetch and dock
that mantled it.
Because you've laid your cheek
Against the rush clump
And known soft stone to break
On the quarry floor."
~from "A Herbal"
Seamus Heaney- may he rest in peace.