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 2017 


mu shu jordan

basil was beside himself when we got home from the store and his dad was in the driveway. it is good to have him home for a few days; his laughter filling the house. i made mu shu pork for dinner and they both agreed it was better than take out. 

out to eat

we were going to cook at home, but are still should not use much water so he opted for Thai food. 

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they tell me by tomorrow, after i give them $4,000, we will have clean pipes and running water. 


grandma do you want to see my costume? he and his friends carved their big pumpkins and loved the winner boats I brought for dinner. 


i find it hard to wrap my head around more than one thing at a time lately.  i packed for the beach today but didn't make the pumpkin bread i planned to take. instead i took the dog for a walk by the river. 


i just kept looking around and smiling, a bit speechless. 


nine of us gathered. nine of us together for two sleeps. cooking, laughing, walking, crying, all talking at once, other times all quiet. my heart is full.