Winter’s End

Happy spring!

It might sound strange since there’s still snow on the ground and a chill in the air, but today is the first day of spring. The birds chirping, the sun staying out longer, the grass pushing through the melting snow, the animals becoming more active are all signs of winter’s end. So as the winter season fades to spring, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos from the end of winter.

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Winter On The Lake

Round Lake, NY

Granger Smith

Granger Smith – Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY


Upstate New York

Stone Tunnel

Upstate New York

The Two of Us

Upstate New York


Saratoga Springs, NY

Chelsea Sulkey Band

Chelsea Sulkey Band – Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY

Colony House

Colony House – Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY


Twenty Seconds

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
— Benjamin Mee, We Bought A Zoo

I’m well aware most people consider this to be a children’s movie, but I think there’s some solid lessons we can all take away from it. For instance, the above quote is a lesson in itself.

With a show of hands, lets answer a couple questions. How many of you have wanted to do something and haven’t? How many of you have wanted to talk to someone and shied away? I’m sure there’s a lot of hands in the air right now. My hand is up too. The thing is…we’ve all been there.

Lately I’ve been giving this some thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that there might be something to this whole twenty second thing. Maybe it’s like jumping into a cold pool. We can’t just dip our toes in and climb in inch by inch as each part of our body gets use to the temperature. No, it leaves too much time for us to chance our minds. So maybe we have to jump in wholeheartedly. Maybe we just have to take the plunge.

I’ve thought about the last three months in relation to the above quote and realized how I’ve surprised myself. I’ve looked back on some other aspects of my life and noticed some great things came out of taking a chance, a twenty second chance. Sometimes those seconds are used to encourage ourselves to go for it (whatever “it” might be) while other times those precious seconds are used for the beginning of a conversation (whatever that conversation might be). I think those twenty seconds act like a jump-start — afterward our words and actions seem to come somewhat easily.

Of course we might fell anxious or nervous, but that’s natural. Taking a chance on something we want (like our dreams) or talking to someone (a boss for a raise, an employer at a job interview, a friend about problem or a person we find attractive, just to name a few) is better than hiding in a metaphorical hole with regrets, wondering, ‘what if.’

Some wonderful lessons can come from the simplest places, such as a children’s movie, and I think there’s truth in the above quote. All it takes is twenty seconds. “And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

Follow Your Dreams

We all have dreams.


There’s going to be days where people tell you you’re not good enough. There’s going to be days where you are your worse critic. There’s going to be days where you feel like giving up and quitting.

And those are the days you must fight through.

There’s going to be days where people lift you up. There’s going to be days where you fill yourself with positivity. There’s going to be days where you feel like you’re on top of the world.

And those are the days to remember (as much as the bad ones).

No one ever said there wouldn’t be bad days (or good ones). No one ever said it would happen quickly. No one ever said chasing down your dreams would be easy.

Like anything in life, there’s a balance. We can learn as much from the bad days as the good ones. We can learn from the people around us. We can learn from ourselves. It’s a process of learning and growing, failures and victories, but when you reach your goal you’ll value it that much more because of all the work, time, effort, you put in.

So don’t give up on your dreams. Continue to grow and learn and chase down your dreams. Keep pushing toward them because the things is — you’re capable of anything you set your mind to.

The Reunion (A 500 Word Story)

He checked his watch as clouds floated across the late afternoon sky. The window framed his body and the harbor in front of him. He frowned as he stared at the watch-face, time ticking away, yet what else was there but time. And pain.

After a moment he looked down at the small harbor. The dock stretched parallel along the edge of town. At one point it broke off as a walkway out to sea. Perhaps a pathway home?

He waited like a good soldier at his post, watching the dock and the boats as they gently rocked. The sound of his watch grew louder, then transitioned into the sound of high-heels against the linoleum floor. His thoughts dispersed as he looked around the empty building — nothing. He returned his attention to the sea, concentrating on the slowly moving water.

In his mind he screamed her name.

Out of the corner of his eye he saw movement — a woman. He turned toward her, but her face was covered by a veil of long brown hair. As she swept it back, twisting it into a long curl that draped over her shoulder, he was astonished by her familiar beauty.

She looked up at him with a kind, or was it pitiful, smile.

Feeling foolish, he quickly turned away. “Sorry, I thought you were someone else.”

He looked at his watch. The second hand ticked away all the moments they could have spent together.

“Who is she? The woman you lost?”
His head snapped around to meet her gaze, two soulful brown eyes, disturbingly familiar in their own way.

“There’s sadness in your eyes.”

A feeling of comfort washed over him, her soft voice ringing in his ears. “My wife. She wasn’t suppose to die, not yet,” he said more to himself.

“We have no control over such things.”

“I should’ve been with her,” he said, looking back out over the water. “I should’ve been there when they found her body, when they pulled her from the water. We always took out the boat together, but this time she couldn’t wait. She loved the sea and she couldn’t wait.”

“What makes you think you could have saved her?”

Anger bubbled as he looked at her, so familiar yet strange at the same time. She only said what he had known for the last seven years.

“I lost someone close to me too,” she said. “My husband.”

The man patiently waited, watching her.

“Time,” she said after a moment. “Time took him away. He lost himself waiting. Eventually time robbed him of his life and took away everything recognizable about him.”

He looked back toward the sea, shaking his head.

“Your wife still loves you,” whispered the woman as the sound of heels once again echoed throughout the building.

When the man turned, she was gone. He went back to looking out to sea, but the clicking of high-heels and the ticking of his watch resonated in his mind.

A New Blog Addition

Dear Readers,

The last few months I’ve been working hard on a new section of my blog. Many of you, along with family and friends, have asked what I’ve been up to, but I’ve kept it secret…until now.

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been dropping hints, leaving little breadcrumbs. (This was partially for fun and to see who’s paying attention.) Some of you even know about the new project I’ve been working on. This new project is the new addition.

Within the last two years, I’ve began to share my poetry on this blog. Now, I’m exciting to announce that I’ll also be sharing my fiction. I write all types of stories at different lengths, but for this new addition I’ll be sharing my 500 word stories.

The first story will be posted shortly and I’m excited to share these stories with all of you. Thank you for your support and continuous following.

~ Nicole

Stolen Hearts

like a thief in the night
he stole her heart
and the angels cried
for not doing their part

the sky lived in fear
her tears would rain down
like shooting stars
upon the ground

the universe shook
in an earthquake of laughter
with the realization
she had acted faster