The Mystery of it All

This Northern Life often brings me full circle. When it happens, I just have to stop and take notice.

Love Where You Live

Photo: Our wild raspberries are coming in! The blackberries have flowered and the blueberry bush seems to be thriving. A good year for the garden! Yay!   I have been thinking a lot about what to write today. July 4th is a bittersweet time for any American who knows her history. This year is especially…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Beauty

Photo: Some friends of mine brought in roses in exchange for kinklings last week and today they are all fully opened and the smell is intoxicating. I had to get at them with my macro lens and spend a little time learning how to manually set my camera. I’m fairly pleased with the result of…

Saying Goodbye, Walking Away

Photo: I can’t even believe that picture. I can’t even believe it!! Yes, I did take that picture. With my phone. Yes, that phone! The phone that usually takes blurry pictures!! This is one of those drop-the-mic kind of moments. How the hell will I ever take a better picture than this!? Also, big props to Marney Mae…

Thoughts on a Monday

Photo: The ruins of an old lime quarry in the woods of Massachusetts. Silent, lonely, a strong visual of our lasting impression on this world, yet a whisper of how the Earth finds a way to heal and reclaim. It’s also a thought out in the open for anyone who wants it: what’s immediate now…

[Quiet Thoughts] Bystander to Misery

Photo: We had to get flu shots yesterday, and since I was in the area, I decided to pick up The Husband from work. “I need another hour,” he told me. So I had to scramble. Thank goodness I found an empty ball field and a parking spot… and there were 3 quarters miraculously in…

The Eternal Flames We Tend

Photo: Saturday morning PJ party. French toast on the griddle, coffee brewing, bacon sizzling… these are the sweet moments in the early Autumn sunshine. There was a death in the family last week, Dear Reader. A Great Aunt, who I met only a few times in my life, but who loved my mother and sent…

I'm Grateful for Their Labor

Photo: An old found photo of my maternal grandmother has found a place of my desk along with my other talismans of inspiration. At first, I didn’t like having her stare at me as I looked at twitter instead of writing. Now I can’t imagine a better place for her (and, yeah, when I’m not…

[Quiet Thoughts] What Their Child Means to Me

Photo: A simple basket weave stitch blanket for a new child in the world. The best part about learning how to knit and sew is that I can make things for my favorite people instead of buying cheap crap at a store.   A child was born in Baltimore last Sunday morning. A little boy,…

What? It's Wednesday? Since When?

Photo: I was parent-helper in Minor’s class today, and they are preparing for the big auction that is next weekend. A teacher painted the kid’s feet with blue paint and had them stomp around on a poster, making a fun and interesting design. I’m sure that it will go for a high price. Anyway, watching…