Who Turned on the Lights?

People find the light in their life in so many ways and places.  It can be as easy as turning on a switch.


Some find all the light they need in a sunset…

…or a moonrise.

Others find illumination in a church…

…a synagogue…

…a mosque…

…or a library.

Sacred is a place that lights up your heart.

It isn’t always easy to find…

Some look for it in food…

…at the bottom of a wine glass…

…or through yoga.

Some light up with the joy and anticipation of adventure.

And what constitutes an adventure is very personal.

Sometimes light comes from the joy of creation in all of its many forms…


Everyone’s light shines through differently.  To each his own.

For me, love shines brightest of all.


It’s our life’s work and pleasure to follow the light…

…or to make our own.

It is there.

It is there.

It is there.

All words and images copyright Naomi Baltuck.

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  1. What a fabulous topic to display in photographs, since we spend so much of our lives talking about it. The images both say it all and yet also jumpstart our own creativity to keep exploring the question. Wonderful post.

  2. I imagine you get a lot of enjoyment going through your photos for these challenges. What wonderful memories you’ve captured–especially the baker/chef and yoga.

    1. Hi Patti,
      It’s a good thing I raised such incredibly good sports! I do love going through the photos–it’s time consuming, but I can be all by myself in a room, laughing and crying as I look through them in preparation for a post.
      Thanks so much for your visit.

  3. What a fantastic gallery … about light and how it comes to us .. in many forms and shapes … some we can turn off and some we can’t. Truly wonderful post. My favorite is the “tunnel”

  4. I so appreciate your visit, and I love to hear which photo you like best. I’m glad you mentioned that particular one, because I wasn’t sure about that one. It’s positive reinforcement for going ahead and following my instinct.

    1. Thank you for your kind response. I have always been fascinated by the interplay between light and shadow. Thank you for the ‘follow.’ I visited your blog, and enjoyed what I saw. I look forward to following your blog too.

    1. Thank you, Shimon. Sometimes I think I probably should stick to writing about writing and storytelling, but I always seem to drift back to what gives me joy, and that is my family.

  5. I feel all warm and tingly and buoyant…a lightness of being! Thanks for the lovely way you put words and pictures together. I never did grow out of my love for picture books!

      1. Oh, that’s so perfect! Steve sets aside all the picture books before he sells them, just so that I can get first dibs if I want! I also find that my children tend to give me them as gifts…just as I did for them when they were younger. Actually, I’m looking forward to getting really old so that my grandkids will come visit and read me stories!

      2. That is so sweet! I saved my kids’ picture books. Now I have lots of fun stiff for visitors, and I am hoping that I will one day have grandkids to read and to pass them on to.

  6. A fabulous and positive post, so full of love and light Naomi 🙂
    Is that card with the sketch of the Blue Mosque hand made by one of you?

    1. Dear Madhu,
      That was a sketch my son Eli made after breakfast when we were staying in Istanbul. Art is better than an ambassador. One of the women serving at the breakfast buffet saw the sketch and asked him to do a portrait of her. He was pleased to, and then the guy waiting tables saw his portrait and teased her, saying Eli had made her look too young and pretty. It was a sweet way to break through the reserve and actually have a more real conversation with them.

      1. HI Madhu,

        Thank you. I will pass that on to him. Eli is actually a pretty talented artist, and is collaborating with my daughter on a graphic novel. It’s not easy when one is in Argentina and the other in California, but they will have some time to brainstorm when we go see Eli this summer.

    1. I love stained glass too. I try, whenever possible to visit churches on sunny days, so that the glass will really light up. Even so, I got lucky with this shot. Thanks so much for the visit.

    1. Dear Roy,
      Thanks so much for your very generous response. I enjoy knowing which photos people like best. Thank you for your visit, and for taking the time to comment.

  7. I want to embrace every bit of light, hope and joy you shared in this photos. Light is everywhere. All we need is to really open our eyes as see it. One of my light is my family. But the light that sustains my soul is up above me…God of course! Have a blessed weekend.

  8. Gorgeous photos! Definitely lit up my day! I love the one of you with your kids–your smile is brighter than the sun. 🙂

  9. Dear Kourtney,
    Thanks so much for the visit, and for your really sweet response. Nothing lights up our life like those kids. It was true then, and it still is today.

  10. I have never seen an ordinary post on your blog. Each time a new post appears, it tugs at some corner of my heart or makes me relive a memory from my own past.
    Sometimes I wish I had taken some time out to document each one of those memories, like you did, lest i start forgetting them as I grow old (and I am probably just half your age, or maybe even lesser!)
    I love the photo of you with your daughter (your daughter, isn’t it?) in the grass.
    And yes, love does shine brightest of all! 🙂

    1. Dear Mona,
      I am so moved by your thoughtful response. It is never too late to start documenting–with a camera, a journal, or simply by telling your own stories. My kids remind of stories I’ve told them and long since forgotten, so sometimes they come home to you on the breath of another teller! Many of the stories I tell draw from memories or experiences that go way back, such as that photo of taken of me and my sister Constance that you refer to. We had just set out on bicycles together to seek our fortunes out west, and she is still one of my closest friends. I do hope that you document your stories and experiences, because even if there isn’t the time or inclination right now, one day you will be so glad to have the seeds of a story you want to share in a picture or a journal. Thank you again for making me smile. Warm wishes, Naomi

  11. BEEYOOTEEFULL, as always Naomi, loved the pics of the all the kids young and in that incredible pose. Have a blessed week!

    1. Dear Mary,
      Thank you, thank you for your wonderful response. You always make me smile! I have been out of town, and trying to catch up on my blogging. I hope your Mother’s Day was a happy one.

    1. Dear Carol,
      Thank you, as always for your visit, and your really thoughtful comment. I have been traveling, and am about a week behind on my blogging. I do hope that you had a Happy Mother’s Day. I smile to think of the fun you all have together (the photo of your daughter meditating in the middle of the highway comes to mind). If anyone has a heart full of love, it is you.

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