Monday, August 30, 2010

Gettin' Creative 2 and 3/365

Here are my pictures for days 2 and 3 of the 365 project. I can already tell it's going to be a challenge to remember to take a photo each day - but I'll keep trying!

2/365 This was taken in my room at Star Island - one of 9 islands off the coast of NH. The warm wind was coming from the west and created a beautiful flowing image.

3/365 This is a "before" picture in our back yard. I just borrowed a rototiller from a friend in hopes of starting a small flower garden. It's been on my wish list for quite a while, so it's nice to finally be making some progress! This will be a good source of photos for the next 365 days!!

365 Days

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gettin' creative (1/365)

I've added a couple of links to my blog - You Capture and 365 - both opportunities to explore photography. So...not only am I hoping write more, but I'm adding picture taking to the mix too. We'll see how long they both last!! With You Capture, we're given a word each week and are asked to take a picture inspired by that word and share it through your blog and on the You Capture site. And with 365 we're challenged to picture every day for 365 days.
Here's my picture from yesterday - day #1 of 365 (thus the 1/365 in the title)

This is a picture taken on Star Island - one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of NH. I was there for a retreat for church. Each evening, there is a chapel service - these candles are carried up the hill to the 210 year old chapel. Watching the chapel fill with these glowing lights is one of my favorite things. I worked on Star Island from 1984-1990 and one of my side jobs was to prepare the candles for the service and hand them to people as they silently go to the chapel.

365 Days

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I haven't written much yet because I've been pondering why I want to share my thoughts online, and do I really want to. I don't consider myself much of a writer but I've been inspired by a friend who started a blog in the Spring.
I originally had the idea as a way of documenting my journey and goal of hiking all of the 4,000 footers in the White Mountains of NH - there are 48 of them and I've done 5 so far. I love reading hiking books, hiking blogs and have followed several folks on as they make their way on the Appalachian Trail. So I guess I've wanted to be one of those who writes about hiking adventures and here's my chance. And it's a way to share my unique perspective of doing this as a formerly morbidly obese person. I had weight loss surgery in December 2006 and have lost 1/2 of my weight. Here's a "before" picture followed by an "after" picture:

I hope to share some of that journey as I share my hiking journey - the ups and downs of both.
And the "rev" part? In June of 2006 I was ordained as an interfaith minister which has been a journey of its own and seems like more fodder for writing.
So there's a bit about why I'm here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Catch a Shooting Star

The Perseid Meteor Showers were this past week. Friday night Bobbi and I turned out all the lights in the house and went out to the hammock to take a look. We laid there on the damp hammock, a couple of bugs buzzing around and let our eyes adjust to the night sky. There was still a bit of light in the west even though it was 9pm. We watched and watched - trying to see the whole sky so we didn't miss anything. Then 1 bright meteor came shooting across leaving a long trail - right above us and we both saw it. What a treat! We each saw one other one but not as brilliant. Apparently to really get a good show we should have gotten up right before dawn - not our cup of tea.
Bobbi sang "Catch a Falling Star" (Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day...) and reminded me of the time we visited my father and step mother in Missouri many years ago. We were sitting in their back yard under a clear sky then as well. My father started singing Catch a Falling Star and we joined him - creating a lovely moment. My father passed away in June of 2005 - we weren't particularly close, but we had our times of trying to connect, and this was one that came naturally and one that I'm very grateful for.

Friday, August 13, 2010

First post

So - I've had this blog set up for a few weeks - been waiting to have something brilliant to say and it hasn't happened yet. So here's my first post. It's done. I can now move on to what comes next from this.