A Winter Welcome

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Birch Grove in Snow, January 2012

Dark days, short days, days of bundling up against the shiver of winds insistent on creeping down our necks and curling up our sleeves. Time to tuck the last of the bulbs into the ground, light the fire and welcome the festive season – the season of joy, of sparkling lights, of reflecting on the year almost past and, most of all, the season for expressing the love and gratitude in our hearts for those who have touched us with theirs.

In recent years, I’ve made peace with winter. With its inevitability, its inconveniences and discomforts, its melancholy moods and especially with the reasons we must have winter, and endings, at all. So I’ll embrace the respite and the chance for renewal and rebirth. As we embark along winter’s path this year, having you share the journey makes it memorable, indeed. Thank you for being here.

forest in winter

birch trees in snow

much love,


p. s. These images were taken in January in the Stevens Pass in Washington State. The first one we decided to use as our Christmas card this year. All are available here.

p. p. s. The holiday download will be posted soon! Very much looking forward to visiting you and seeing your holiday preparations.

Venice: Images and Reflections

Venice ItalyHello everyone and thank you for all your wonderful comments on Venice Week!

For the final installment, I’ve brought you a special treat.

Many of you know that my husband David is a marvelous photographer (and the unwavering champion of my creative endeavors). For several months, he has been working on a new project which has now been released: Venice, Images and Reflections, a spectacular 240-page, multi-media travel e-book featuring five videos and 300 of his gorgeous photographs of Venice. I asked him if I could share a few images and the intro video from the book with you here:

The book is filled with amazing panoramas, unusual details, and classic but unique views of Venice.

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Lion of Venice

Many days during our trip, we set off in different directions, so D’s photographs cover areas I didn’t even visit. And he gained access to photograph many seldom seen interiors:

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Hotel Danieli interior, Venice, Italy

Included are chapters focusing on gondolas and gondoliers, including wonderful scenes of “off duty” gondoliers, and Venetian residents going about their daily lives. My favorite chapter is devoted entirely to D’s photographs of the ever-changing, impressionistic and enchanting reflections to be found throughout the city:

Venice reflections

Venice reflections

reflections of laundry in Venice Italy

If Venice has captivated you, but a trip to the city is not in your near future, this book will transport you there.

It is available in an iBooks version for the iPad, ePub version for other readers and in a printed version.

– You can download a very generous sample and also purchase the iBooks version for iPad here.

– You can purchase the ePub (for Kindle, Nook, desktop computer, laptop, etc.) version here.

– A preview of the first 37 pages and the hard copy are available here.

Thank you again for joining us and allowing us to bring our unforgettable trip to Venice to you.

Wishing you a week filled with love, beauty and fulfillment.

much love,


(If you missed my earlier Venice posts you can find them here, here, here and here.)

Venice: The Grand Canal

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The Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge

Angel carving, Rialto Bridge

Blue sky and clouds, Grand Canal from the Accademia Bridge

Palazzi, Grand Canal

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Grand Canal from the Ponte degli Scalzi

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Gondolier on the Grand Canal

In 1495, the French Ambassador to Venice called the Grand Canal “the most beautiful street in the world.” Beautiful, unique and mesmerizing to this day.

Have a beautiful weekend, dear friends. I will be back on Sunday with the wrap up to Venice Week and a very special surprise.

much love,


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