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 Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 



pain is a superpower,

it cracks me open, unraveling my very essence.

i spend years deep inside of it, fighting it while groping for light, for answers

lost in a hue of darkness.

i do my best to fake it, and life becomes laborious and forced.

behind closed doors i search and search for the why? because if i can find the cause,

the why will follow and i can forgive and move forward.

and it will never happen again. . .  

i reach a crossroad and decide that happily ever after is a place for the apathetic, 

those who stockpile their emotions and pain safe inside a vault, cracking it open

only to let something unsettling inside, ending up with stacks and stacks

of darkness melding together, cracked and unlovable.

it is a flat attempt at life. . . 

today i don’t abort pain, or exclude it from my day to day

but rather, i allow it inside knowing i am strong enough to handle it

 i discover that donning that superpower cape intensifies every aspect of life. . .  

colors are brighter, senses heighten, days lengthen and love deepens

and every day is a gift. life is no longer flat, and among the darkness i find shadows

full of beauty and love.  



an invitation

an invitation