practicing my practice

I went on a day retreat recently.  I was there to hear Dr. James Finely speak.  For six years, Thomas Merton was Finely’s mentor and spiritual director.  Me, being a huge Thomas Merton fan, was intrigued to hear from someone who not only knew Merton but studied under him for so many years.  Little did I…

enough

The first time I do anything, I am a bundle of nerves.  I like knowing exactly what to expect and how it will look and feel.  When I had the opportunity to show my work in a gallery for the first time, all my nerves got together and decided to throw a party.   After…

messy and loving it

I started a 365 project this year.  I love looking into my big, beautiful kitchen sink.  I decided to take a picture of it one morning , and half kidding, told my husband I was going to do it everyday for a year.  He double dog dared me.  I am a sucker for double dog…

the ugly side of grace

Grace is a miracle.  Poems have been written about its beauty.  Songs have been sung declaring its praise. Stories have been told explaining its power.  And in each of these, there is first something horribly wrong and ugly that is in need of grace’s gentle touch. Just over eight years ago, I had the worst…

finding shelter

I have never been one to fast for lent. I did watch my Grandmother and Grandfather practice lent. They would cut out sweets for forty days. My darling Grandfather would slowly change it to all sweets that weren’t chocolate. Then finally, all sweets that weren’t chocolate and ice cream.   And while fasting something for…

new

My word for 2014 is BECOME.  When making a list of what I want to become in 2014, closer to my Creator and grounded in truth topped my list.  I started pondering how I could make that happen.  Then I remembered how I became a better photographer.  I surrounded myself with photographers that were better than…