On Boxing Day: Find Respite (and movie-makers) at Rock City

When you get together with one of your best friends on Boxing Day — and your idea of a good time is NOT heading to the mall — it’s best to head outdoors.  For us, that meant Rock City on Mt. Diablo (in Danville, CA): a place where wind and sky meet rock and earth,…

The Light We Find In Our Stories

As the days got longer this year, I found it darker than usual. It’s been a rather dark time — and in the darkness, there is an abundance of quiet — so much quiet that I haven’t been able to find the words to blog. Don’t worry — nothing in particular has been wrong —…

Merry Everything that’s Holy

Originally posted on Barbara Ganias Comstock:
After the long, hard slog of autumn, it’s the morning of Christmas Eve.  I am a swirl of thoughts and emotions as I face my fears and count my blessings.  My older daughter is home from college, having survived her first semester with many triumphs, and my younger one…

The Season of Unpixelated Wonder

Have you ever been so caught up in a moment of wonder, so captured by something, that the world stands still? For me, those moments are usually highly visual moments — which means that a whole lot of feelings are woven in and through an image captured only by my mind’s shutter. Those are probably…

Wordpress Delivered My First Gift of Christmas

After Thanksgiving, I went into a bit of hibernation. Work and responsibilities at home don’t stop when I need downtime, so I’ve backed off in other areas where I have more control — which is why I’ve been a bit quiet for a week. My poor little blog hasn’t gotten much attention at all. But…

The Day After . . .

It’s actually “the day after the day after” because we had two Thanksgivings:  one where we brought a honey-baked ham and all the fixings to my elderly inlaws (because ham was much easier to transport than turkey) and then the other, yesterday, when we roasted a turkey and made Greek stuffing for the teenagers who…

Happy Thanksgiving to my blogging world

So many things to be thankful for!  I’ve tried to spend the last month being really aware of the things I’m grateful for, but here are a few more, just for today: *So grateful to have my girls both home, making a mess out of the house.  Someday, there will be no one left to…

November Days of Gratitude: The Camera in My Pocket

My Visual Evolution Images used to rattle around in my brain. I’d take great pains to collect them like seashells or pebbles from the beach, clenched fingers holding tight, spilling some here or there, trying to remember and savor all I’d seen. Back then, a bulky camera would weigh down my shoulders; few images would…

November Days of Gratitude: A blogging commitment

I just noticed that my little blog has 100 followers.  100!  I know . . . some of you are thinking, seriously? She’s excited about 100 followers? I remember when I taught first grade we would count the days until the 100th day of school.  It was a big deal for a big number.  100…

November Days of Gratitude: oh, Life’s lemons!

Life is so Yin and Yang . . . you’d think at my age, that wouldn’t come as a surprise or even a complaint.  I know in my heart that in order to truly see the brightness, we also have to spend a little time in the Upside Down (Stranger Things anyone?).  So much as…