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 

this is where i am

"Honey, Maggie Jones said. Victoria. Listen to me. You're here now. This is where you are." 
~ Kent Haruf, Plainsong 

                                                                                                                                                                  [ harts pass ]        

                                                                                                                                                                 [ harts pass ]        

I wake up most mornings and lie in bed for a time, taking in the quiet and thinking about my day.  I wake up with gratitude and excitement and long list in my head of things I will get done. I work hard to stay present in each moment and mentally check things off my list.  But somehow, as the minutes and hours click by, I often lose sight of those goals and I find myself just folding into the moment. And most days, I am okay with this. 

                                                                                                                                                               [ rosy paintbush ]

                                                                                                                                                              [ rosy paintbush ]

                                                                                                                                                             [ tall silvercrown ] 

                                                                                                                                                            [ tall silvercrown ] 

Lately, during  those quiet morning moments, my thoughts often drift to this space and the fact that I miss writing, as mundane as it is at times. It is funny; this blog can sit dormant for a week or so because I am busy or have nothing to say, and I am okay, because I know when the time is right I can come back. But somehow, knowing it was enabled, messed with my brain and bothered me a great deal. 

So I am back, back writing in this space. Writing when the mood hits me; no pressure, no expectations. 

For now, this is where I am. 

thanks for your understanding
and  your patiences with this old lady, 


i should have planted tomatoes

a break