A Hiatus…and Hostas

Lucy ran out of the empty room into the passage and found the other three. “It’s all right,” she repeated, “I’ve come back.” “What on earth are you talking about, Lucy?” asked Susan “Why,” said Lucy in amazement, “haven’t you all been wondering where I was?” In one of my favorite scenes from the Lion,…

Daily Glimpses

So, um, things have been rather quiet around here lately. However, it’s not because I’ve stopped taking photos or looking for the beautiful and true. It’s just that in this season Instagram’s platform has been a bit more conducive to consistently capturing and sharing glimpses of such moments in my life. Like this blog, there’s not…

Shaping Words

Words that describe and define my thoughts often do not come easily. Or rather, the desire for precision and eloquence in my writing has often tripped up fluency. This struggle for expression ebbs and flows with the influences of seasons I find myself in, and now it’s at full flow. Since Rowan’s birth, bringing form and…

Remembering the first snow

A week ago I woke up to a surprising fact: the weatherman’s dire prediction for multiple inches of snow by morning had actually come true. Normally the first good snow of the year reawakens a childish giddiness in me, but a first snow midway through November did not bode well with me after last winter,…

Travel Recap: Toledo (Part 2)

Toledo seems to be full of buildings dedicated to worship.  Apart from the main cathedral, there are quite a few churches (some still worshipped in, others more like museums), and a synagogue. Toledo’s cathedral was beautiful, but oh so chilly to walk through first thing on a January morning. Later, on a tour up to…

Light and Shadow

What is it about trees collected one place (be they a grove, thicket, or proper forest) that whispers to us of faery: of enchantments made and broken, of battles to set good over evil, of wonders that defy our understanding? When I find myself surrounded by trees, I am reminded of how small we humans…

Chicago Weekend Roadtrip

Long weekends seem to be made for road trips, adding that one extra day which is so frequently wished for during normal two-day weekends.  A few weeks ago, a midterm break provided just that opportunity, and coincided with my sister-in-law’s visit from the far away land state of Texas. Thanks to the hospitality of a…