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Finding Balance

19 Nov
Wild and Free

Wild and Free

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

That quote by Thoreau really struck me.  It was an eloquent reminder to be a “smart shopper” and to invest in the things that matter.  Sometimes, taking a break to appreciate the beautiful chaos of nature is the most therapeutic thing we can do.  Find time for the things that make you happy. Appreciate, be grateful, smile, laugh and love. ❤


As you all know, I’m running a fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. (50% of profits from sales through December 15, go here: www.zazzle.com/skalahan) Turns out, zazzle is also running a deal through 11/21 (sorry, I know, not much notice)…use the code HOLIDAYCOUNT for up to 60% off! And I’m pretty sure it is on the production end, not mine, so the donation to the Filipinos will be the same!

It’s Been a Wild Ride, Sandy

1 Nov
The Quiet Before the Storm

The Quiet Before the Storm

As a wee lass growing up in New England, I always counted myself lucky in the weather department.  New England skies are known to change quickly, but the circumstances were rarely extreme.

Earthquakes? Nope.
Tornados? Never.
Hurricanes? Unheard of….

While I still feel fortunate to have avoided the major devastation of Tornado Alley, Katrina and the fault lines in California, it would seem that us New Englanders will have to start developing a thicker skin.  In the last three years, we have had tornados rip through the states leaving hallways of destruction that still haven’t been repaired, earth shakes, record snowfall with a side of power outages and most recently, coastal towns in ruin due to Sandy.

Although I don’t live on the coast, I actually had reason to visit the shore a few times over the last few weeks (weddings and lighthouses are a magical photo-combination!) and wanted to share a few snaps of the Atlantic’s calmer side.

Rendezvous at the Cape

Rendezvous at the Cape


For those of you who are able to do so, the Red Cross is looking for donations to help the people affected by Sandy.  Also, as a bonus, I found a great list of donation safety tips online here.Stay safe, stay positive.



PS – Tomorrow Will from WhereToWillie and I will be announcing the November Photo Challenge!  Put your “be creative” pants on and join us! 🙂