1. Lighthouses. And ice halos.
My dream house has been a lighthouse for as long as I can remember. I think I must have been a contented lighthouse keeper in a past life. I love the power of the ocean and I love the power of storms. If I could live inside the two together, I don’t think I would mind a bit being awake at all hours.
|Alki Point Lighthouse, West Seattle.|
Ice halos are formed around the Sun or the Moon when ice crystals in the upper atmosphere reflect and refract light. They signal storms nearby. My shot of the Alki Point lighthouse inside an ice halo is one of my favorite pictures.
Ferns are cool. Beyond groovy-cool. Ferns are the kind of cool that comes from being on Earth for more than 350 million years, even before the dinosaurs, and from covering the forest floor deep under the canopy, lush and secret and timeless. A fiddlehead is a new shoot, unfurling on its way to becoming a fern. Fiddleheads have that whole divine proportion thing going on. They’re also a highly seasonal delicacy, delicious sauteed in butter. They grow wild in the Puget Sound area and I would love to forage for my own.
|When you graduate summa cum laude, you stand where you want to.|
Even more special than most sons are, because I never thought to have children at all. His name (his real one) means “gift of God” and he has been. Monster is cool, funny, wicked smart, handsome, accomplished. I raised him to know that real men love their mothers and he never went through any stage of refusing to let me hug him in public. He needs to get his grad student butt up to U-Dub so I can stop missing him so much.
4. Wine. Because, wine.
|Arista Wine Cellars, Edmonds, WA.|
5. Being silly.
People who let themselves be silly and goof off live 15% longer and are 75% less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and toenail fungus. Okay, I made that up, but I’m pretty sure indulging your inner child is nothing but good for you. And people who put Bugles on their fingers are less likely to gain unwanted weight because they are as apt to play with their food as to eat it. Okay, fine. I made that up too.