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 


spider web

he headed back to the hospital to see his friend and i did laundry and took a long walk. i think i got the better deal. 

it's like riding a bike i told him, when he was worried about me driving the dog to the vet. afterwards we walked the Wilderness trail, came home and i cut back the hydrangea so much it probably won't bloom next year. 

i sent him a text; "remember how each new school year i bought some new clothes and how i have not had to do that for three years? well, today i kinda made up for that." i stopped on my way home to see if the salmon where home yet; they weren't. 


i got to the top and suddenly realized i had taken them one right after the other, not one at a time. my new hip is awesome. 


i took him out a chocolate milkshake and we sat and played a game on the iPad. the tooth fairy pays big when you have to have a tooth extracted. 

carving pumpkins

we need lots of newspaper they said when we walked in the door. 

fall color

somehow we never made it to the movie, but there was a delicious new soup from the crockpot and pumpkin bars to eat during the game. 

“One way to tell if you're really comfortable with a person is if you can be quiet together sometimes and not feel awkward. If you don't feel obligated to say something brilliant or funny or surprising or cool. You can just be together. You can just be.” 

~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alice on Her Way