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 

real time || week 30 and a bit of 31

“Taking in the good, whenever and wherever we find it, gives us new eyes for seeing and living.” 
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

the week is full gardening, catching up with friends, a trip to the vet,
watering and anticipation. . .  
it dawns on me one day, hands reaching for weeds, sweat dripping from my nose,
that i have been drawn into a place of peace; a place of real happiness and awakening, 
not settling on this new stage of life, but embracing it. . . 

“The interesting and challenging thing about this moment is that we know the old forms aren’t working. But we can’t yet see what the new forms will be. We are making them up in “real time”; we’re even reimagining time.” 
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise Deluxe: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

i am sick of politics, fearful of the news and shocked by the messy state
of our world, yet so very hopeful and full of gratitude. 
i find understanding, compassion, order and surprise,
where i least expect it, and savor every moment possible. 
i feel nourished and curious. 

“To be alive is by definition messy, always leaning towards disorder and surprise."
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

we plan a trip, up to see the kids on the weekend, the new homeowners.
their excitement and love, comes through their voices over the phone lines,
even the text messages. i see clearly that they are very much aware of the
the world around them, yet full of hope, eagerness, promise and plans for the future, 
and it is so contagious and i feel alive. 

“Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a habit that becomes spiritual muscle memory.” 
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and the Art of Living

three things ::
no, he is not taking Basil back, but Basil feels right at home and will visit often
they have a huge pear tree in their back yard, full of perfect pears and send us home with a bag full
i see so clearly how life moves forward and how important it is to love with our whole hearts 

i learn so much every single day from being a mother.
it is a journey that just keeps on teaching . . . 
today it is about stepping back some and watching the magic unfold,
noticing all that hard work paying off, detaching a bit and yet holding on
tenderly with trust and openheartedness and love. 

“The thing about the raw materials of the life of the spirit is that they are always changing. What you see in the past is dependent on what you are able to see now. "
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

i am thrilled and honored to be asked to do an interview with Beth and Lindsay over on their blob hello there, friend. if you have not visited and made their daily exchanges on life and gratitude part of your day, you are missing out on some nourishing words. i hope you will stop by and take a peek. 
monday i will be taking over their IG feed! please stop in and say hi! 

“The mystery and art of living are as grand as the sweep of a lifetime and the lifetime of a species. And they are as close as beginning, quietly, to mine whatever grace and beauty, whatever healing and attentiveness, are possible in this moment and the next and the next one after that.” 
― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

how was your week? 

ps: thank you so much for stopping by

what is || week 31

porch life || weeks 28 & 29