I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Baker.  

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 


“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” ~ Erma Bombeck 

there were times her dreams were trapped behind glass windows

conversations in her head placing limits on her aspirations, her hopes

so afraid of failure or disapproval

or maybe the real truth was she felt unworthy

there were always others to think of, take care of 

and worry about

and her mother had taught her well 

but lately she has opened the windows and let life inside

lately she has stepped boldly outside the windows 

she is often lured back to peek inside

her hands cupped around her eyes

pressed tightly around the smooth glass

there she can see a hint of what was

restlessness, overthinking , self limitations

some of it necessity for sure

some of it just old habits, old expectations

but lately she has felt a shift in the season

inside of her and outside the windows 

the glass stands illuminated and blazing with the promise of a new boldness

she wonders how it will all play out

aware that it has always been just her who kept the latch so tightly closed

she bends over and swings the windows open

every single one of them 

and smiles . . . 

understanding that there still might be time



thanks so much for stopping by today. . .