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365 Days of Gratitude: By The Sea, By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea

365 Days of Gratitude.

One Polaroid Sun 660.

A stash of Impossible instant film taking residence in our refrigerator door.

We live in a cynical world. (“A cynical world,” reiterates one of my favorite movie heros.) And I am Queen of the Cynics.

I am quick: to judge, to doubt, and lately to lose my temper.

I am a woman in need. A mama in need of a break. A wife in need of a good night’s sleep and a warm embrace. A gym rat in desperate need of a treadmill. A creative spirit in need of a room of my own.

I am on a quest to follow my bliss, one instant film image at a time.

I have been on this kind of journey before. I have come to learn it is a journey without a final destination.

I am grateful for YOU, dear reader. Thank you for helping me to share my gifts and my world.

With gratiude:

Day 10/August 10

…for long-lasting friendships. We spend a week on Cape Cod in this beautiful home, owned and offered up by Nevin’s college roommate.

A House on the Cape


Day 11/August 11

…for Embley’s joie-de-vivre. I wish I could bottle it up. It would be a most satisfying elixir.

(Note: the following image is copyright Nevin Patton, 2013. )

365 Days of Gratitude - Mother and Daughter


Day 12/August 12

…for the chance to get away and relax.

365 Days of Gratitude - The Getaway


Day 13/August 13

…for serenity.

365 Days of Gratitude - Serenity


Day 14/August 14

…for good friends and neighbors.

365 Days of Gratitude - Friends


Day 15/August 15

…for the little things.

365 Days of Gratitude - A Vase of Fresh Wild Flowers


Day 16/August 16

…for home sweet home.

As much as I love getting away from it all, when it all comes down to it, I love living here. The watertowers that perch atop the buildings of New York are one of my favorite details about this singular city.

365 Days of Gratitude - A Watertower in New York City


Day 17/August 17

…that we live a stone’s throw from Times Square. You wander through the place, perpetually gobsmacked by the whole experience. It is an enchanting thing to be a hometown tourist.

365 Days of Gratitude - Times Square


Day 18/August 18

…for appreciative clients. These are my friends Jesse and Melinda and their two tykes. They are moving from our beloved Brooklyn to one of those magical places where people have yards. We do photo shoot in Brooklyn Bridge Park to commemorate their time here as a young family.

365 Days of Gratitude - Charming Family


Day 19/August 19

…for second chances.  We attempted to go to the Guggenheim on a Thursday morning before our trip to Cape Cod.  Turns out the Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays.  Our second attempt this summer is a success – and the James Turrell installation, Aten Reign, which reconfigures the Guggenheim’s famous rotunda, is enchanting and serene.

365 Days of Gratitude - Tickets to the Guggenheim


Day 20/August 20

…for Coney Island. Now and forever.

365 Days of Gratitude - Looking up at the Wonder Wheel


Day 21/August 21

…for the Park Slope Food Coop. For the community it affords, for the well-sourced nutrition it provides.

365 Days of Gratitude: Radishes

“If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” ~ Joseph Campbell

And how is YOUR heart, soul, and spirit today?

Rena PattonSeptember 2, 2013 - 12:25 am

Astounding every time! That shot of Coney Island is fresh, eye-opening. and those children. . . . ah, beautiful. What an eye, what a gift you have. . .. keep shooting. . . love, Honey

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