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 

happiness || week 44

happiness || week 44

“We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.”
~ George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

it dawns on me midweek how easy it is for me to write about pain. 
words swirl inside my head about fighting off darkness, 
the sensation of how it feels how it resinates and disturbs my life. 

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” 
~ Stephan King, Shawshank Redemption

one morning, i wake to an email from my sister. 
her honest words echo inside my heart so vividly, i can actually feel
my heart pound. 

"You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
 ~ W Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

three things || 
dogs make friends easily
dogs like to play, but hold on to their identity
dogs know when to rest

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.”
~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick

i sit for a few days with the words from my sister; 
allowing them to mingle with other thoughts inside my soul. 
there is no one simple answer. 
the choice is mine.
it is not too late. . .  

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want”
~ Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

i am heading to a close by island to meet with woman friends
for a few days. . . the dog is staying home with him. 
there will be wine and beach fires, good food and friendship, 
and happiness. . . 

“I hope, or I could not live.”
~ HG Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere." 
~ Jane Austin, Mansfield Park

how was your week?

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