I hope your Christmas was wonderful. You may still be visiting family, or still cleaning up Christmas bows and boxes, or dealing with post-Christmas blues, or maybe you’re traveling home today. Wherever today finds you, I hope it’s a golden day for you.
The light this time of year seems especially magical, and I love to take in winter’s golden sunsets, just like yesterday’s:
Today’s post revisits the color gold: golden stars, gold haloes, gifts of gold. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Merry Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying time with your family and friends, as well as taking time to ponder the great gift of Christ’s birth and promise of His return. Continue reading →
When I was in my twenties, my mom took me with her to Hawaii. Before that trip, I had never heard of the green flash at sunset, not even in my college meteorology class. Then again, my professor was most interested in avalanches, and so maybe the green flash didn’t figure into his lecture notes.
I didn’t see the green flash on that trip with my mother—though we watched many sunsets hoping to see it—and I tucked the idea of the green flash into one of the corners of my mind. From time to time in the intervening years I would wonder: Is the green flash a real thing? Is it a myth? I didn’t know.
Fast forward to the beginning of this month, when my husband and I stood on a mountainside in Kauai looking west.
When we first got out of the car, we realized we had a bit of time before the sun would “hit” the ocean. Should we wait? Continue reading →
As I write this, California’s Central Valley is facing yet another day of brutal, record-breaking heat. I can hardly believe that just two weekends ago, I was standing at the foot of snow-covered Mt. Hood.
Staring up at Mt. Hood
If I could teleport myself there now, I would lie in the snow and make snow angels. Continue reading →
I’ve never tried NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but this year, I’ve gotten excited about a writing project and am going to try my hand at some fiction for a change. Whether it ends up being a novella or a novel remains to be seen, but I’m looking forward to a bit of a break from the project I had been working on. (Those of you anticipating that project, don’t fret. I’ll pick it back up in December, and I’m hoping it will be with a renewed heart for it.)
Given that I’ll focus on the novel writing, this month’s posts will be short (unless you consider that a picture is worth a thousand words). Each week, I’ll share a few photos I’ve taken during the week—each one a favorite because of the image itself, the place I took it, or the emotion it evokes.
Fall here is beautiful in its own way, not in a familiar North Carolina way, but in a way that catches my breath nonetheless.
The salmon are beginning their run, and happy fisher people (mostly fishermen) are daily swarming the river, giddy with the prospect of catching a big fish. A happy man popped up from the riverbank just this morning, a large, pink fish swinging from his side.
Why do you think they fish all together instead of spreading out?
Rain came back in a big way, too, over the weekend. More than two inches over four days. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Continue reading →