under the spell



“Wasn’t there a spell for making yourself happy? Somebody must have invented one. How could he have missed it? Why didn’t they teach it? Was it in the library, a flying book fluttering just out of reach, beating its wings against some high window?”
~ Lev Grossman

I came across some old cookbooks in the library the other day.


And I found some happiness in the process of bread making.

“Bread baking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.”

~ M.F.K. Fisher

I believe that to be true.
Just the kneading alone is a wonderful stress reliever.

A spell of happiness

Mozart reviews the recipe

Have you fallen under any spells of happiness lately?

happy gatherings

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“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.”
~ Paulo Coelho

Have a wonderful adventure-filled weekend, friends.

this one


“I guess I’m just feeling Septemberish,” sighed Chester. “It’s getting towards autumn now. And it’s so pretty up in Connecticut. All the trees change color. The days get very clear―with a little smoke on the horizon from burning leaves. Pumpkins begin to come out.”

~ George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square

the painter

artist hand

artist at work

the artist

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
~Henry Ward Beecher

I recently had the opportunity to photograph this wonderful young artist
It was an amazing experience to watch him work
and it got me thinking about painters
and photographers
we both love the light
and seek to capture it
but the painter has to be so much more patient I think
as he has to actually create that light on canvas
long hours of work
and painstaking detail
for often days, weeks, months, at a time

…I guess that’s why I’m a photographer…

Dustin is a local artist and many of his paintings are displayed at The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA and various other locations
To see more of his incredible work, you may visit him HERE.

as May ends…

pink rain

cherry blossom snow



Blossoms are scattered by the wind
and the wind cares nothing,
but the blossoms of the heart
no wind can touch.

~Yoshida Kenko