Sunday, June 30, 2013

Blog One Year Anniversary

One year ago, when I decided to move from my small town of Homer, Alaska to the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York, I thought I might publish a few stories and images on a blog.

Well, 377 posts of musings, rantings, blatherings and  blubberings on adventures, fears, lessons learned and to be learned, successes, challenges, friendships, hopes and more later, not to mention thousands of photographs, here I am... 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lucious Lupine

In late June, the lupine flower takes over fields, sidewalks and gardens.

Homer's Eveline State Park: A Walk on the Wildflower Side

A scenic, twenty minute drive from my home takes me further out east end road, passing amazing views of glaciers and the Kenai mountains, and leading to Eveline State Park, a local gem that even many locals don't know about or make the effort to explore because of its distance from town.

In the winter, this area offers miles of fabulous cross country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmachining.

But for today and through the fall, acre upon acre of brightly-colored wildflowers burst through the tall, green grasses, including pushki, devil's club, chocolate lily, stargazer, wild geranium, lupine, fireweed, indian paintbrush and Alaska's state flower, the forget-me-not.

From the tantalizing splashes of color that dot the horizon, to the echoing, haunting calls of the robin, sandhill crane, raven, snipe and other woodland birds, Eveline State Park is a feast for the senses and a delightful place to spend an hour or an afternoon, walking the trails, cloaked in silence.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Edmonton Memories

Today is Summer Solstice and I celebrate by heading back to Alaska.  My time in Alberta, visiting friends and family has been wonderful...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Wedding

Congratulations to my little brother Jonathan and his new bride Janelle.

Pre-wedding list, rehearsal and the big day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Goodbye New York City!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe this day is here already. After spending the first part of the week in the sweltering heat, and feeling sad, angry and on edge, a sense of peace and calm finally washed over me yesterday morning while I said goodbye to one of my favorite beaches.

Now, the rain is pouring down, leaving puddles on the streets and the sidewalks.  With a front row seat to the parade of colorful umbrellas waltzing past my window, I enjoy my breakfast of a coffee and bagel from the corner deli, and I browse The New York Times, feeding, feasting, soaking up "my city".

Just now, a small bird hopped along the length of windowsill, peering in momentarily while pecking at the glass.

I am eight days behind in posting my 10 Days Mission images and look forward to catching up in reverse order when I'm at the airport and eager to hold on to this experience.

My time here has been amazing.  I am not the same person that I was when I arrived on September 15th last year.  I have much to write and to share on my thoughts and my feelings, but for now, I will try to close the zipper on my stuffed-to-the-gills suitcase as I venture with my bags through the house, down the stairs, out the front door, off the stoop, down the sidewalk, across the street, down two more flights of stairs, swipe my metro card for the final time, down another set of stairs, and await the F train to Penn Station, where I'll take the air train to Newark.

Writing this now, I can feel my chest tightening as tears run down my cheeks and on to my lap.  How do I say goodbye to a city whose people have touched my heart so deeply, whose sights have moved my spirit in such profound ways, whose energy has inspired boundless creativity in me, and who welcomed me so graciously and so easily?

It was just under nine months ago that I first walked through the doors of my little room, feeling myself a stranger here, and wondering if and how I would: make friends, not feel alone, cope with the noise and the crowds, find peaceful places to rest my soul, leap out of my comfort zone, and mostly, feel connected and at home.

I could not have imagined all of the uplifting, awakening, inspiring and fun times I've had.  Thank you to my spectacular boyfriend Taz for his caring, his understanding, his visits and his support in so many ways, to my family for their winter visit which allowed me to show off my 'hood, to my friends at home for their care packages, phone calls, letters and emails that nurtured me, and, of course, thank you, thank you, thank you to the New Yorkers who were once strangers, but who are now friends, for their openness and their sharing, their laughter, tears and hugs, and for their generosity of spirit and time. Your friendship has been the greatest blessing of all, and I look forward to continuing our connection across the miles.

If home is where the heart is, then New York City has become as much of a home for me as Homer, Alaska!  How great is that?  I'll miss you New York City!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mission Interrupted

My ability to maintain daily blog posts has been interrupted by, well, life.  As I wrap up my New York City adventure, I realized that I can update my blog OR I can freely enjoy 24 hours of every day that I have left here.  Guess which I'm choosing.

I will update this blog once I return to Alaska and catch my breath.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1 Day: Mission - Friendships

The amazing people I've bumped in to along the way who have become friends has been the best part of my New York City experience.

Thank you to each and every one of you who touched my life by simply being you!  Your friendship, caring, openness and creativity has knocked my socks off and inspired me.

As I head home to Alaska, memories of our time together fills my heart.

To Rebecca, Haran, Ai, Nancy, Jamee, Pnina, Sandrina, Betsy, Jared, Jacob, Rashelle, Poorhan and Davika, Andy, Dwight,  The Deli Family, Cedric and Francois - I miss you already!