I am Leah and I have Bipolar Disorder. To make life even more interesting, my husband, Dan, has Stage IV Cancer. He was diagnosed at 37 and has  been in ongoing treatment for 4.5 years! We also have a healthy and rambunctious 7 year old. So follow along as we try to manage our life together and strive for love, gratitude, and joy.

North Valley Road


The llamas are splendid
No rain to drench their coats.
They remain woolly and soft,
regal in posture.
I envy their quiet eyes
The Western sky is nature's best white-blue,
a slow stretch above the horizon, underneath
a canopy of cottony clouds-- 
a pale swatch echoing stillness
The orchards are empty with smoke rising
from little piles of trimmings
The woods are stripped for winter,
but kind firs lend density
and a few trees have their moment--
Pears show their amber dressings
and a Red Oak cries out
a crash of joyous crimson.
Hay fields are quiet, green patches
folded upon themselves
with brown stitching
and the bare vineyards seem asleep
but their roots and trunks are ever vigilant,







One Week in Photos 11/26 - 12/2

Photos of Our Shine A Light 2014