painted in possibility….

I’ve chased the light each evening this September
down winding roads,  across fields and ditches,
plunging through brush to find sky enough,   horizon enough,
to stand in that last lingering splash of kiss
before the sun dives down to wake the other side.

I feel hungry for it,
that mystic moment,
that parting flash of smile,
because for that one sweet spot in time,  life feels slow and soft and mellow
instead of how of often seems,


and I join the sky in celebration,
a burst of thanks for the wine and cream
and bristle and blush and gravel of the day,
the all of it weaved together beautiful from parts and pieces
that were ordinary and sobering and glorious and blistering.


I see it,  whispered clear in color and light,
this hope in a love that doesn’t leave or go cold,
doesn’t quit on the day before it’s finished and done
and it fills my cup
till some  fear gets rinsed out
and some ache gets healed up
and the broken heartstrings of the day get re-strung
and tuned to possibility again.

For that one golden moment,  everything seems
glazed in possibility
and that is reason enough.

“Far too many people die with a heart that’s gone flat with indifference,
and it surely must be a terrible way to go.
Life will offer amazing opportunities,
but we’ve got to be wide awake to recognize them.”
-Beth Hoffman
from “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt”


  1. Julia Bourque on September 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful Jennifer. I did just that today and worked in my son’s yard, helping him to tidy some unkept gardens and before I used up the last ray of sun, the moon was up to greet me, those two good sky friends. It felt good to bid them good night.

    Have a great week. Good night my friend.

  2. Nancy on September 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    You are so right…that moment of the last speck of light is so beautiful and one know that when it breaks the dawn it will bring more adventures…..You are a jewel…

  3. Elephant's Child on September 16, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Dawn and dusk are both precious moments in my day. Beautiful, inspirational and soothing moments in my day.
    In case my email didn’t reach you – at the end of last week your BEAUTIFUL cards arrived – and made my heart sing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. rachel awes on September 16, 2013 at 5:34 am

    amen to love not leaving or going cold.
    a big embrace to your heart, sweet friend XOX

  5. JBR on September 16, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Simply awesome and lovely Jen. Hugs to you my friend.

  6. jeanie on September 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Love, love, LOVE “Saving CeeCee Hunnicutt” — one of my favorite books of all time. And yes, that September light is something special. I’m noticing the days are really seeming shorter now, the nights colder, the light with that early autumn glow. Sigh. Not ready yat.

    On another note, a special envelope arrived for me last week — on retirement day, no less! Its contents filled me with total joy! I’ll be sending you a note soon — but wanted to say thank you here and now! Merci beaucoup!

  7. Wanda on September 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Love all the ways you have managed to capture the beautiful glimpses of the light.

  8. Barbara on September 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    These are all glorious photos, especially the last one. Love how you cheer us all on to savor every drop of life!

  9. Lynn on September 17, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Ah light chasing. A beautiful adventure indeed.
    Love the bokeh bubble surrounding the horse!

  10. Bren on September 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Such vivid word pictures,
    ‘glazed in possibility’
    ‘broken heartstrings of the day get restrung’

  11. kathryn on September 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    beautiful words and photos! i love sunsets too…i don’t chase them but i try to stop and notice, in my hurried life, the gorgeous sunsets in front of my home!!

  12. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on September 18, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Capturing the light! What a beautiful metaphor for life. We are all light chasers and you for one are victorious, Jennifer. Thank you for taking us with you xo

  13. Michele Bergh on September 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I love these bursts of light and the vision of you chasing it 🙂

  14. Susan on September 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I sure love possiblity and I love all these glorious colors!

  15. Suzanne McRae on September 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The mystic experience you have shared with us all this month and those stunning photos Jennifer, have simply filled my soul with joy and light. I loved how you have captured the light in each of your photos and the magic that too often remains unseen in our busy world. What a glorious gift to give yourself (and all of us)… more nurturing for your soul no doubt. Simply beautiful. You are such an inspiration. xo

  16. Maryse on September 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Glorious pictures and words. Paying attention, letting ourselves be filled with awe, and giving thanks. Lovely.

  17. Lindsay on September 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I feel like I took a rainbow shower reading this! Very resonating words… they remind me of the warmth of Autumn.

    Love how those flowers seem to eat sun rays. 🙂

    Always wonder where you get all those lovely quotes. Do you have a collection or maybe you read a… lot? 🙂

    With love,

  18. Kimber Britner on September 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! I appreciate your beautiful gift!

  19. Maggie Mallard on September 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Your words are such an inspiration to all of us. I thank God often for bringing you into my world. I love your beautiful pictures too.
    Last April you did a post of some wonderful branches you painted. I have had them in my mind since then and I finally painted me some. Of course their not as pretty as yours but I love mine and hope to do some more. I showed them on my post tonight and mentioned your lovely site.
    Love ya

  20. Lee Ann on September 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Each morning during the 3 days I go to work, there is a corner about 15 minutes from my home that is a special spot for me on my drive. It’s right there that the sun seems to peek from behind the landscape and clouds. It’s my reminder each morning that God is my light and He is following me as I go about my work day. Its always a” I’m really with you God moment” that brings a smile and joy to my heart. Sometimes, I have arrived at that point after being a bit impatient with the slow driver in front of me that i cannot get around. ha ha …

    That last photo you took of the light showing down on the horse was beautiful Jennifer! Looks kind of angelic.

    Here is to being awake for all of those new and awesome opportunities!!!
    Lee Ann

  21. Donna on September 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Lovely Jennifer…I too am chasing the sun this month.

  22. Donna on September 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Lovely Jennifer…I too am chasing the sun this month.

  23. Relyn on September 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I have the most perfect picture of you chasing after light. You are in adorable yoga pants and funky purple sneakers, and you go sprinting toward the perfect spot as you ready your camera to capture just the perfect shot.

    Probably, you are more peaceful than that. Almost definitely you are. Still, I love my mental image.

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