Saturday, July 23, 2011

Welcome to Moonbeams & Fireflies!

And so I venture out

The internet is flush with excellent blogs that give voice to talented creative women and men. For me, venturing into this space is more than slightly intimidating. But, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, so, as I often do, I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool knowing little more than how to dog paddle. It’s bound to get easier as I go along, right?

Since our children have left the nest, I’ve rediscovered the rewards of doing the things I’m passionate about:  gardening, sewing, treasure hunting for items to fill out my various vintage collections, photography, repurposing found items—and the list goes on. My husband is my biggest supporter. And, he’s a good sport about the mess I make and time I devote to my many projects.

Moonbeams and Fireflies is my way of sharing thoughts and experiences about all those things I enjoy in my “free” time. And, it’s a way for me to link up to and share some of the incredible work I’ve discovered others are doing.

Moonbeams and Fireflies also is a tribute to my wonderful parents.

Dad loves astronomy and remains a star-gazer into his 80s. When I was eight or nine years old, he built a telescope so we could experience the moon and stars at closer range. It was during those heavenly outings with Dad that I fell in love with that mysterious, round-faced Man in the Moon—a romance that continues today.
On summer nights, star-gazing often was combined with a thrilling dash to catch fireflies. Mom outfitted canning jars with fine mesh in place of the metal seals, turning them into firefly lanterns for my sister and me. The release of the fireflies at the end of the evening always seemed so bittersweet.

Many years later, when my children were small, Mom created a more whimsical version of her canning-jar firefly lanterns. What wonderful treasures these are!

Building on a foundation

In the past couple of years, I’ve discovered a multitude of exceptional blogs that have inspired me to go digital with my writing. My 30+ -year career (it's not over yet!) is built on a foundation of writing and editing—for other people and mostly in the world of print. This writing, now, is just for me. And, if you’re inclined to follow along with my ramblings, I’m happy to have you be a part of the world of Moonbeams & Fireflies.


  1. Annie, I do miss fireflies! Here in California we don't have them. My children didn't have the opportunity we had as youngsters. I love this posting and look forward to reading more.
    Much Love,

  2. Congratulations on your new blog and your first post!! Those firefly lanterns are amazing, what a wonderful tradition! Thank you so much for adding my button to your site, that was so sweet of you.
    Happy Blogging!


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