Moon, Light and Shadow




The Stars Are Aligned

Alignment of Saturn, the Moon and Mars. August 3rd 2014.

The alignment of Saturn, the Moon and Mars. August 3rd 2014.

I am marveling at the Universe at the moment, on account of two things: watching Finnigan’s documentary about Stephen Hawking and having this view from my porch tonight. 🙂


The Lady At The Lighthouse

The Lady at The LighthousePhoto of me taken (and titled) by Kavita Ganness, one of my Cropper Sisters, on the last day of our Creative Workshop. We were at the Toco Lighthouse, squeezing in one more adventure before it was time to head back to “reality” and our old lives.

Weekend Getaway

Grand RiviereWhere I will be for the next three days: In a gorgeous cabin on the north coast of Trinidad surrounded by friends, birds, flowers, trees, peace and quiet. The Caribbean Sea is a two minute walk away and best of all, we are still in the leatherback turtle nesting season. 🙂

Camera: Check!    Notepad: Check!   Paint & Canvas: Check! Check!


Colours In Your Mind

“If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one,
you may see at times
a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours
suspended in the darkness;
then if you squeeze your eyes tighter,
the pool begins to take shape,
and the colours become so vivid
that with another squeeze
they must go on fire.” 

The Phoenix Gate

I spoon another mouthful of strawberries, whipped cream and sorbet into my mouth, listening to Adele’s voice as I would to the voice of an old dear friend. The guy at the counter is asking for rainbow sprinkles and I smile to myself thinking of the little things that make us happy, the little things that comfort us by reminding us of another time.

I signed on to my blog half an hour ago determined to start writing immediately before I got distracted by reading what my friends in the bloggosphere have written. I formed these friendships over the seven years I’ve been blogging. Some of you have become dear friends and some of you have disappeared, as bloggers tend to do when life throws life at them. My own blog has transformed herself twice since 2007 and here I am again, at the crossroads. The difference today is that Moon, Light and Shadow will remain what she is: a beautiful and important part of me; a testament of sorts to everything I love and everything I am.

Life continuously evolves and new roads are meant to be explored wholly and completely. To do anything else would be to be so much less. But to understand where I have come from and to connect with and cherish all that I have become along the way is a gift which both moves and frightens me. I am in awe of it and humbled to think it belongs to me.

I’m standing at the Gate with my loved ones beside me, my memories safely in my back pocket and a real future is finally in front of me. I am in love with my life. Thank you all for being a part of it.

Philosophy In Art

During my Introductory Painting class today we worked on our thumbnail sketches for our very first original compositions. Using what I’d learned about perspective, the rule of thirds, and leading the eye, I put pencil to paper to layout my seascape. By my third sketch I saw more or less what I had in my mind but something was just a little off. I studied all the details closely but couldn’t figure out what to do. As I studied my sketch, my teacher glanced at my work and suggested I move the two small rocks by a fraction of an inch. It worked! All the elements magically seemed more in harmony with each other. Delighted I remarked to my fellow tablemates that we were learning about Life in class today: Sometimes, instead of studying all the elements too closely, if we step back and change one seemingly small detail, everything else will fall into place.

I Am The Story In Between The Lines

I am the story in between the lines
old journals and snapshots
decades of words and images
poetry and imagination
strung together by feeling and circumstance
inked in joy and pain
emblazoned on a page for all time.

“I want to live in between the lines, where the depth is.”

I Only Wish You Love

There you go again,
chasing down that road.
I’ve held your hand
and watched you do this,
time and time before.
Now this time has come,
and you can walk alone.
I won’t right you when you stumble
Nor catch you when you fall.
I won’t kiss or hug away the hurt
from bumps or bruises.
This time, on my own and from afar,
 I’ll celebrate your joys
and mourn for you your losses.
Fare thee well, my friend,
as every time before,
I only wish you love.


I do not Define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared in my path.
I define myself by the Courage I’ve found to forge new roads.
I do not define myself by how many disappointments I’ve faced.
I define myself by the Forgiveness and the Faith I have found to begin again.
I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted.
I define myself by how much I have Loved, and been willing to Love again.
I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down.
I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet.
I am not my Pain.
I am not my Past.
I am that which has emerged from the Fire. ♥
~ Author Unknown

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