“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


year 5 begins

this is the painting that started it all.   

emma tree turns 4 today
and i head into year 5 without a clue.
i carry a map with roads to be drawn as i find them,
pencils, crayons, stardust;
my heart-the-compass always, as i've said before, pointing true north.
i have learned to embrace the unknown places,
learned that stumbling down the steepest of hills is not the end.
you just start from there and count the new flowers you find,
learned that what i believed in the beginning still holds true:
magic is falling everywhere around you.
hold out your hand and catch it.


thank you to all of y'all who are still here,
still visiting, still putting up with me.
i won't attempt to find words to tell you how much you mean to me -
there are none.
y'all have changed my life.
i bow to you.


this morning is warmth and loud fast winds and a robin outside the door.
birdsong, flying leaves.
yellow forsythia abloom at the foot of the driveway.
pink blossoms on tulip trees dropping to the ground.
the wind is cleaning house.



  1. Happy 4th Birthday! I am always so glad to be here, to absorb the beauty that you toss out into the wind.

    And I just laughed at that last line...in my post today talked about mother nature washing everything clean... north, south, same page...


  2. I'm extremely grateful to have 'met' you both (D and Kelly) here online. As I immerse more deeply into the creative wonders of those I admire, the Artist within me feels safer and safer to emerge as well. I thank you for consistently making me a better person, whether you knew you were doing so or not ...

  3. ..what Sally said..ditto. while you both write, i will follow. your words make my day better, even in your sadness. definitely in your joys.
    in my fondest... Tilda

  4. congratulations on your wonderful blog - I'm a follower, though I don't comment, I'm a huge fan. Thank you for your wonderful words and willingness to share them :)

  5. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing 4 years of beautiful words and images so delightful they are beyond words. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Sending hugs and celebration from my heart to yours. Marilyn

  6. congratulations.
    i do so enjoy your blog: i am inspired by your words and your photos.

  7. happy blog birthday! it has been a blessing and a joy to read here over the years, and I thank you.

  8. What a beautiful beginning.
    Thank you for sharing what you do.

  9. I feel so lucky that I found you and your magical blog during these first four years. You bring such joy to my days, D. My blog's third birthday is in two days. How cool that we share this week! Congratulations on four remarkable years. xoxo Gigi

  10. so much magic and serendipity in your beautiful works. Congratulations on the anniversary!

  11. happiest of blog birthdays!!

    i've only just wandered in....but the magic rains down here in torrents...

  12. it's a beautiful legacy you're building,
    with your pencils, crayons and stardust:)
    I'm grateful for the peaceful-rest-easy-ness here,
    like a colorful quilt thrown under a tall tree
    where I can lay quiet, look up and listen to the leaves
    whisper their magic and mystery.
    grinning and grateful over here,

  13. i find beauty here, both in your images and in your words, but especially in your heart.

  14. My, how many lives you have touched in just four years; mine certainly; changed by your unique voice and vision. Keep moving in magic this year.

  15. Happy blogiversary, friend. I am so glad we are on this journey together.

  16. you are needed...too few with such words in our world...

  17. such a special place to land .. honored to have found this space .. love from down the road~

  18. Happy 4th birthday. I enjoy your blog very much - your insights and sensitivity always make me look at my own life in a fresh way. Thank you very much!

  19. Happy belated 4th... I haven't even paid much attention to how long I have been blogging, but I think we started blogging around the same time. So, perhaps I owe my own blog birthday wishes! So neglectful I am.


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