Sunday, August 28, 2011


 feeling a bit blank these days...
perhaps the seeds of creativity need some empty space to grow? 

so i'll just find a spot to vegetate for a bit, shall i?
and be back soon...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

don't be afraid, only believe...

Do not fear, for I am with you...

Isaiah 41:10

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

a morning prayer

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.

Psalm 90:14-15

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

on being an intermittent carnivore

yesterday i ate a hamburger
and i did not die.

i ate french fries, too,
with ketchup.

last week my nutrition took
a distinctly liquid form —

and the week before that —
and the month before that.

is this a metaphor for life?
i don't know.

i just know that sometimes,
we get to live life
the way it was meant to be

and sometimes,
life sucks.

and i'm trying to be grateful
for the hamburgers along the way...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

web-footed tourists

everyone flocked 
to the beaches,
lining up to find 
their spot on the sand,
wading just 
to the water's edge
to dip hot sandy feet 
in the cool foam
and eye their neighbor's

(photo credit goes to my husband, i think - we kept passing the camera back and forth on this day)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

balancing act

do you ever feel like
you're standing on one skinny little leg
trying to balance 
the weight of the world?

(click on the photo to enlarge)

Monday, August 8, 2011

watching peace fall

i walk in the grace 
of a soft summer rain.
there is no pain in this moment.
the dog walks before me, 
shunning my umbrella —
water drips gently from its edges
as the ibis shine white 
against the greyness of the day.
mama duck swims with her brood 
splashing out suddenly,
like children playing water games —
the old heron stands sentinel,
watching peace 

(linking to the dVerse poetry community)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

home again home again - can i go back yet?


 one last look from the deck... 

and a good-night moon.

(sigh... i hate coming back to reality...)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

royal terns

This trio cracks me up. 

The terns were quite unperturbed by my presence, and posed tranquilly for the camera. 
(Don't they look like jaunty old men with receding hairlines?)

The little guy is a juvenile (I think.) He stayed right by his elder the whole time - 
maybe he's not a teenager, yet? 

(Addendum: I now think the smaller bird is a Sandwich Tern. They nest with Royal Terns in Florida. I've been watching these birds every time I go to the beach, and I realized pretty quickly that the smaller terns were not juvenile Royals, but it's taken me a long time to figure out exactly what they are! And I'm still not 100% certain. I can't believe how difficult tern identification is!)

(You know the drill. Click here if you want to learn more.) 

Friday, August 5, 2011

yesterday i lost my glasses in the ocean :(

they were prescription progressives, with made-to-order clip on sunglasses that gave them a john lennon-esque air, and i'd loved the frames so much that i had the lenses re-made for them just a few months ago, even though they were three years old. 

my family and i spent the better part of the day hunting for them with goggles and our feet on the ocean floor, all to no avail. it's amazing how bereft i felt at what was really a small loss, in the whole scheme of things. but they were my all-time favorite glasses and they don't make them anymore and i did feel sad.

then the sun and sky gave me this:

and this

 and this. 
and isn't that the way of things? 
in this world there is loss. 
there are troubles. 
and there is, still, glory.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

american oystercatchers

they've been gossiping together all morning...

(click here to learn more about the american oystercatcher)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

rain through the windows

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. 
— John Updike

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

gone AWOL

doing some shore-walking

and some boat watching

bird-watching, too

catching early morning shadows

 splashing in the surf with friends

and of course, watching the sun go down

(thank you for your lovely comments on my last two posts. i've been shamelessly ignoring you all in favor of sand, sun and surf. but i'll be back to catch up real soon, i promise.)