...to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free....

02 February, 2011

starting out: knowing next to nothing about how!

I want to create a space here for my photos, some of my thoughts and some questions that come up along the way. I want it to be funny sometimes, but not always.  I want to please myself  by creating a space for my writing and adventures with my camera. 

Maybe this space will please you, too.

As I move into the next phase of my life--taking some things with me, leaving some behind-- I realize I’m bringing myself and the sum of my experiences along.  And that is comforting.  I don’t know much about so many things--(for instance how to  keep a blog) but I have reached a point in my life where I have some real confidence in the things I have learned and made a part of me. This confidence allows me to approach the unknown with a sense of adventure, and a willingness to risk.  (So what if I don’t know what I am doing here?  I’ll probably figure out a few things along the way....)

I’m 65.  I’ve lived in the same small town in coastal Maine since 1972--raised two kids here, made good friends, become a part of an interesting community in a very special part of the country.  I appreciate the relative simplicity of the life I have here, and the beauty that surrounds me.

 For over 40 years  I’ve been married to my partner in life, the father of my kids, my colleague in work and play.  A little over 10 years ago, my husband began to experience a series of health problems which have altered his/our life, our relationship, and significantly changed our hopes and plans for retirement.  The result of his health situation has been a need to get really good at acceptance and adaptation.  (Some days are better than others in that regard.)    

I have made my living as a counselor for the last 40-plus years.  Blessed by the trust that people have placed in me, I have learned so much from their stories and their courage in facing the challenges of life.  In facing my own challenges, I feel enriched by what others have taught me about adaptation, resilience, the blessings of time and the beauty of now. 

My intention is to use these ingredients as I go forward from here.


  1. Wanted to stop by and welcome you to the blogging world. Cheers!
    The only advice I can give is to write what you know, use your best grammar, and get out there and exercise. That last one will come in handy because the more you blog, the more people you will meet, and the more time you will spend sitting at your computer!

  2. Welcome. I well remember my first experiences blogging. It was a lonely place for a while, with nothing but my own voice to keep me company. *smile* I've since discovered an amazing, rock solid community of bloggers, many of whom I've never met, yet consider true friends. I've learned so much about computer programs and photography largely through practice and the generous sharing of information by many of these talented individuals in what I affectionately refer to as Bloggerland. Hang on, you're in for a great ride!