In need of calm and serenity, who isn’t?

What a stunning sunrise, don’t you agree? This sunrise photo was taken last month in Waynesville, NC. So breathtaking and peaceful. I just look at this image and I think about the good time we had getting up and heading out only to run into friends along the way. Pretty cool. We all enjoyed a beautiful sunrise together. Very grateful for our time at such a beautiful location.

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The Loss of a Legend…

It’s never easy to lose someone who is so wonderful. A person who contributed so much to this world, made it better in every way. Penny had a gift with her words, and with her humor. I am so thankful she shared some of her stories with us. Go hug your favorite people right now, let them know how much they matter. Because time is not guaranteed and it is fleeting. I sadly share this news with you…

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Starry, Starry Night…

View from Annie’s Room at The Swag

Do you have Labor Day off today? If so, woohoo! If not, celebrate it on your next day off! We don’t have big plans, hanging around the house – haven’t even thought about what to make today… we’ll see what sounds good and work from there! #stressfree Sometimes, it’s worth it to get up early (work or no work), as proven in this incredible nighttime photo in North Carolina.

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The Beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains!

Waynesville, NC

I forget what the name of this very cool looking plant… To go from an elevation of around 9′ above sea level to over 5,000′ was amazing – the temperatures were magnificent. We were able to build a fire each morning and evening. We had a balcony off of our room that offered exquisite views. Everything was perfect. I took this photo while out on a hike with a group…

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Exhibit at the Page Gallery | Awash!

Blue Zone by Jessica Lee Ives 36×48 Oil | Image via The Page Gallery

GOING ON NOW… Would you like to see some gorgeous paintings by some fabulous artists in a super cool town in Maine? Well, if you’re in the area (or would like to be) – be sure to stop in and say hello during the AWASH EXHIBITION, which opened July 21 and runs through August 13, 2022!

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Rockport, Maine!

Rockport, Maine

Rockport is a quintessential, 4th of July, all-American, town in Maine. It’s American as apple pie (at least to me, a visitor). Just look at this idyllic setting. What’s not to adore? Of course, this photo was taken (many years ago) during the nicest time of year (September). Not too many people, which is nice – and perfect weather (thankful).

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Laura B. “Outgoing”

“Outgoing” on the Laura B. | Monhegan, Maine

Monhegan Island is an amazing place to visit. 99% of us arrive via one of the local boat lines. We’ve always used (and loved) Monhegan Boat Lines. Nice people, clean, safe, etc. They make it an adventure (and sometimes it’s a bit more of an adventure than anticipated due to high seas). #bringthegingins This is a photo from years gone by… friends of ours departing the island (hence the name “Outgoing”).

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Monhegan-Manana Sunset

View from Monhegan to Manana – Maine

Reminiscing my way through photos after several years of not going anywhere, like many of you. 🦠Look at this sky! This wasn’t even the most dramatic part of this particular sunset. Yet, it’s still so stunning. This photo was taken (in 2014) from Monhegan Island looking towards Manana (another island). Some people cross over to Manana (via boat) to hike around for a bit. I’ve been in a boat around the islands, they’re magnificent. You feel so small when you’re in a boat – the island rises up strong and proud.

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The Magic of Cathedral Woods – Monhegan, Maine

Cathedral Woods – Monhegan, Maine (photo from the archives 2008)

I wish we were here. But we’re not. I was looking through photos from years gone by – and this appeared. Those of you who have been to Monhegan know what a magical place this is. Cathedral Woods is so quiet and cool, even on a warm day. The feeling underneath your feet is so cool, I don’t know how to describe it. The trails are clean and clear – the air is fresh as can be, and when you reach a certain point you can hear the ocean – encouraging you to continue on.

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The Art of Monhegan…

Currently the Monhegan Museum of Art & History | Monhegan, Maine

Monhegan, Maine. A place of utter peace and tranquility. The most gorgeous views you could possibly imagine… History, everywhere you look. If you’re familiar with paintings from Monhegan, you will likely have seen a painting or two of the old lighthouse keeper’s house and outbuilding – what is now the Monhegan Museum of Art & History. If this is a photo, you can only imagine the stunning paintings. Vibrant blue skies, stark white with red roof. Just beautiful!

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Oh! How I wish we were here…

Fred | Monhegan, Maine

Everyone likes to be in their “happy place” – this is ours. Clearly, you can see the joy that we finally made it to the island (old photo, we will not make it there in 2021) – this is one magical place that has a strong magnetic pull for so many of us. Monhegan is a special place in so many ways, but mainly it’s the friendships we’ve made throughout the years.

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Throwback photo: Port Clyde, Maine

Port Clyde, Maine

Maine is a drop dead gorgeous place to visit. It’s also like a double edged sword. You go, you enjoy, you are overtaken by the beauty, the clean air, the quiet, and then… you don’t want to go home. There are some of you out there who have had this exact reaction. I’ve loved pretty much everywhere I’ve gone to visit. But I have never felt the pull that I felt like I did when I was in Maine.

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