Images come in all forms. That’s what I’ve learned over the past couple of days. There’s the image of the well-put-together woman on the bus ride home tonight who seemed so out of place. I wish I could have snuck a photo of her. And there’s the snapshots of daily life that surprise us. That’s what I can share today. I have no photograph, but the image will stay with me for a long time.

I was in the middle of a session today when there was a knock on the door. A co-worker of mine peeked through and said, “I know you’re busy, but they really wanted to see you….” I got up, opened the door, and saw a pair of familiar faces. There was the face of pride, disdain, and confusion that I’d treated a few months ago as a patient. Next to that was the face of uncertainty in a spouse. Except now, all I saw were the faces of acceptance and change and growth. A former patient and spouse had come in for a check up and took the time to say hello. Not only that, they took the time to seek me out and give me gifts.

The first gift they gave was a copy of a book I used to read to the patient during our sessions together. It was one of our successes. It engaged this person, calmed this person down, and somehow touched this person beyond words. It was a mystery to me; one I willingly accepted and tried to maximize during our short time together. The other gift they gave was one of gratitude and acknowledgement. How wonderful it was to see the transition. And so, even though I have no photo to share today, there is a lasting image that brings me much joy and satisfaction. Life is funny that way.

Buddha! I found six Buddha’s in my neighborhood that are part of the Ten Thousand Ripples project, promoting peace. I’d seen a couple of them as I walked around the neighborhood last week. Today I was armed with my camera and I found even more. What a splendid surprise to come across this symbol of peace in such unexpected places!

Lawrence

Broadway

Broadway

Sheridan

Sheridan

And, yes, I know I skipped Day 6. Enjoy the extra photos today.

“Let’s go on a road trip!” That’s how I greeted Mr. Disney after he spent a long day at work and I spent a long day at home doing absolutely nothing. Lucky for me, he loves me and responded something like, “OK, where?” I’d done some research about the Michigan coast just on the other side of the lake. There are several small towns, full of vacation homes and antique stores. It seemed like the perfect day-long adventure. We could get out on the open road, explore, and look around for some new-to-us furniture.

New Buffalo, MI

New Buffalo, MI

Our first stop was the beach at New Buffalo. We watched the sun play on the lake, we let Sookie run free, and we stretched our legs after an hour or so of driving. Then we meandered up the road to explore the other towns; Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer. We got lost inside the biggest antique stores I’ve ever seen…. they were endless! We walked out empty-handed; the pieces we liked were way beyond our budget.

And then we saw a sign for the Lake Michigan Wine Trail. Perfect! Who knew grapes grew in Michigan? We ended up at the Lemon Creek Winery for a taste. It was a great way to finish off our tour of the other side of the lake. We wandered around the farm a bit and then packed up the car for the drive home. A great road trip day!

Play!

Play!

Sunrise on Lake Michigan

Sunrise on Lake Michigan

What is it about the sun that is so inspiring? It paints the sky, it warms our skin, it provides energy. Whenever Sookie and I are out in the early morning and are rewarded with a beautiful sunrise, I am thankful. I love that I live near a huge body of water; one that reflects the light. I love that I have seen countless sunrises and sunsets, and they still inspire awe.

The sunrise this morning was cold. The wind was wicked at the end of the harbor. Ice is starting to form on the surface of the lake. There was one other person out at the edge of the lake taking photos. We smiled, said, “good morning,” and then went back to our reverie with the sun.

It’s only day 3 of my quest to take a photo a day and I’m already struggling! Part of the struggle came from staying inside and unpacking more stuff in the new house. Part of it came from the realization that even my family doesn’t want to see a nature photo every day.

Ladder back chair

Ladder back chair

I took my camera to the dog park this afternoon and attempted to get a decent photo of Sookie playing with the neighborhood dogs. That didn’t work. Instead I got mediocre¬† shots of tails and fur and blurs of movement. I’ll have to practice that before I share any.

Inspiration finally came as I was walking from the kitchen to the living room. And it’s so simple. We have an old ladder-back chair that Mr. Disney inherited in one of his moves. It’s simple. It’s functional. And right now, it is art in our new home. When the time comes, it will be a welcome seat for a guest at our table. For now, it makes me smile as I walk from one end of the new house to the other.

Aragon Ballroom

The sun was just starting to peek over the tops of the buildings this morning as Sookie and I walked the neighborhood. I was struck by the transition from drab to technicolor as Mother Nature transformed the historic Aragon Ballroom. The theater hosts rock shows these days, but back when it opened in the 1920s, it was the place to dance the night away. I can only imagine the grandeur.

Hello? Is anyone there?

I was talking to a friend the other day who said he’s not going to stop doing anything this year… instead, he’s actively choosing what to do. The notion resonated with me and percolated for a few days. The result? I’ve decided to share an image a day for a month.

I know it’s not a new concept. So many amazing photographers have tackled the challenge with grace. My goal is simply to capture something in my world that makes me smile or ponder or stop to say, “wow!”

Sookie and I enjoyed a brisk  walk this morning and came upon the changing landscape at the lake. The ice sculptures beckoned me and the freezing lake kept me at bay. This is day 1.

Jan 1