Pocket of joy: Red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder

My “pocket of joy” today was the red-bellied woodpecker at the bird feeder. I don’t feed the birds in the summer or early autumn because bears get into the bird seed and tear up the feeders. We had a warm autumn, and people kept reporting bear sightings, so I only recently set up my feeders….

Pocket of Joy: The view from my porch in the golden hour

“Grief makes you feel like you’re going crazy,” or so says the author of a blog post on the website whatsyourgrief.com. And the added stress of helping care for an elderly parent, mixed with grief over losing one’s spouse, can amplify the craziness. So I need my “pockets of joy,” like this soft-focus view from…