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 

unconditional love || a dog post

“As a wise Pug once said, all you need is love, kibble and a de-worming tablet every three to six months.” 
― Gemma Correll, A Pug's Guide to Dating

the pugs were in the house over the weekend,
and they brought their friend Bella with them. 
Basil was beside himself, and did not get much sleep.
you see he worries and frets a bit, 
when there are pugs in the house.

Dogs really are perfect soldiers. They are brave and smart; they can smell through walls, see in the dark, and eat Army rations without complaint.
—Susan Orlean

i love dogs, i grew up with dogs. we have always had a dog. 
however it might surprise you to know that i was not always
a dog person, but rather spent the first 40 or so years of my life
a cat lover. 

“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” 
― Elizabeth Peters, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog

today, i can take or leave cats. 
i don't dislike them and will pet one and hold one, if i come across
one that is friendly. but i am not sure i would own a cat again, 
after sharing our home with Basil. 
he has ruined me for cats. 

i caught this dog swimming in Lake Union
she was having the time of her life and it made me wish
Basil liked to swim, because it seems so free
and playful and fun. . . 
but he has other qualities that more than make up for his lack
of swimming love. 

and i remember how wet dogs smell, 
and i think about my new car,
and i decide wading is also a good way to cool off. 

the pugs are not very good at posing, 
not even for snacks. 
but when i do happen to catch one of them
not in motion, they melt my heart. 

The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.
—Margot Kaufman

so does this guy. . .  

so tell me, are you a dog or cat person? 

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.
—Gilda Radner

right here || week 22

crucial moments || week 21