Got Glow?

Have you ever met someone who seems to radiate light?

 And you wonder, is it magic?

Or love?

Or faith?

Or creative passion?

Or the simple joy of being alive?


It is inspiring.

Even contagious!

May you find whatever it is that makes your cheeks glow…


…your imagination take wing…


…and your heart sing.

All words and images copyright Naomi Baltuck.

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  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Well, I think your photo-stories/essays make our cheeks glow. 🙂

    1. Dear Jamie,
      You are so kind! Thanks for your visit, and for your constant encouragement.

  2. socialbridge says:

    Lovely Naomi. Not what I was expecting when I saw the title so a real treat!

    1. I am always glad to surprise folks. Thanks so much for the visit, and for your kind words.

  3. Hi Jamie,
    Thank you so much, as always, for your encouragement.

  4. Love it! And who is that cute lady kissing Elvis??? xo

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      That is my very dear friend Pat, who is such a good sport! She is great on a road trip, and not just because she’s willing to pose for just about any goofy shot, but that is surely a bonus. Thanks for the visit!

  5. ShimonZ says:

    I’ll go for the simple joy of being alive… and I loved that picture of the lady sending a kiss to Elvis… wonderful!

    1. Dear Shimon,
      The lady kissing Elvis is my dear friend Pat, who is a kick in the pants and a barrel of laughs. I have so much fun with her. We went out to lunch at a quirky little place more than a year ago, and couldn’t leave without a photo. I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to pull it out and use it. Here’s to the simple joy of being alive!

  6. Smiling — especially at the pensioner kissing the Elvis picture! I don’t think I have any idols like that but, if I did, I’m not sure Mister would want them on the wall!

    1. Ha! That’s my friend Pat, who got a big kick out of being called a pensioner! Thanks for stopping by–so good to hear from you, and so glad to know that you are ever so close to publishing your novel!!!!!!!

  7. Naomi says:

    I had to read this several times, I like it so much. I love the simple joy of being alive. And who knew an airplane could look so beautiful? I can’t help but wonder who you were thinking of when you wrote this, although I can probably guess. 🙂

    1. Dear Naomi,
      You are such a sweet soul! I feel so fortunate to have met you in this big wide blogosphere! I think I know what you are thinking that I am thinking. When I was twelve or thirteen, I remember sitting on the living room floor sketching–probably dragons or mermaids or big burly Vikings. My mom, who I never saw drawing even a stick figure (although she had many other talents), told me how amazed she was that I could take a pencil and a flat piece of paper and create something with life and dimension to it. Now I understand how she felt when I see my kids crafting worlds on paper, or with their words–taking ideas and having them realized by some tiny spark of divinity channeled through their fingers and brains.

  8. Pat says:

    Thank you for this day’s dose of joy and inspiration. Wonderful combination of words and photos, Naomi.

    1. Dear Pat,
      You are a joy! Such a cheerful shot of sunshine as the clouds begin to roll in. Thanks so much for making my day.

  9. Roy McCarthy says:

    Love the Voodoo Doughnut 🙂

    1. Dear Roy,
      You’d love it better in person. You wouldn’t believe the wild variety of doughnuts they carry–like maple frosting and bacon filled!
      Thanks for the visit. It’s always so good to hear from you.

  10. Mary Brugh says:

    I’m another one who loves the picture of Pat kissing Elvis! Naomi, I love your photo essays!

    1. Dear Mary,
      Thanks so much. We went out to lunch at the Luna Park Cafe, and couldn’t resist having a bit of fun. She is such a good sport!

  11. Lovely idea for the theme, Naomi. I love your words and pics. 🙂 My favourite is the street lamp and the moon. 🙂

    1. Thank you! That was a lucky shot. We happened to be in Chelan, a city with round streetlights, on the night of a full moon. My patient family followed me around the streets BEFORE dinner until I found the shot I was looking for. Then we celebrated with pizza!

      1. A great way to celebrate. 🙂

  12. Carol says:

    When I come to visit you, I always know that I will find beauty, truth, wisdom and much pleasure. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be your daughter in the glow of her tablet – there is just so much peace and contentment in that photo. Although the colors of the picture of the plane against the sunset draw me in too, but that photo projects a much different feeling.

    1. Dear Carol,
      I love that photo too. I am so happy for her to be able to feel that quiet fulfillment when she is writing, a sweet moment that I happened to catch, snapped on impulse, not even realizing at the time what it was that drew me to reach for the camera.
      Thank you so much for the visit, and for sharing your response with me. It is always good to hear from you.

  13. Those pics are awesome, Naomi. I love the one of the woman kissing Elvis. Wonderful shot.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for the visit. That is my good friend Pat, who is always fun to be with. (She’s a terrific storyteller too!) I keep hearing good things about you, and am sending good thoughts in your direction.

      1. Thank you, Naomi. My hope is we can one day meet. You keep inspiring me with your work. What a gift you have.

    1. Thanks, Cathryn! I hope you are well! I’m enjoying your photos on FB.

  14. scillagrace says:

    Who’s the Elvis fan? She looks exactly like Tweety Bird’s Granny! Great photos!

    1. Dear Scilla,
      That is my dear friend Pat. My sister Con once said that if you have a camera in your hands, people will do just about anything you ask them to, for the sake of the picture. But Pat goes beyond the call of duty. She is as fun as she looks, and also a very fine storyteller. We kind of grew up together in the storytelling community, and now I can hardly believe it, but I’ve known her for thirty years!

  15. sue says:

    Beautiful as always. Like a fortune cookie, but with the eye candy too! (P.S. my favorite glows are fireflies and little white twinkling lights and glitter strewn on anything!) Makes me soooo happy!

    1. Dear Sue,
      I love fireflies! I wish we had them in Seattle, but they are a special treat to see when we are traveling. And you KNOW how I feel about twinkle lights!
      Thanks for the visit. It’s always good to hear from you. Green Lake this week?

  16. Island Traveler says:

    These are the glows that inspires us to face life with joy, hope, optomism and adventure. Each picture glows not just because they are beautiful but also because they all come from loving, generous heart. Wishing you and your family tons of glowing moments and memories everyday.

    1. Thank you, dear friend! I feel the same way about each post you write. I know how important your family is to you, and it makes each photograph, each story shine.

  17. Warm glow from every photo, as well as my eyes, thoughts and heart.
    You’re a master at the photo journaling, Naomi. Brilliant. 😀

    1. You are so kind, Tess. I appreciate your truly generous response, and your taking the time to share it. Speaking of trip journals, I was on the edge of my seat reading about your trip to the Toronto airport. Am eagerly awaiting the next episode!

      1. You are most welcome. 🙂
        Ha ha ha. You are a generous soul, Naomi. This is one post I had nooooo trouble writing.

  18. y. prior says:

    This was so pleasant – there was such a nice mood from the whole post 🙂 and my fav was the lap top shot – the soft glow – well it also depicts so much of life right now for so many… but really fun take on the glow word….

    1. Thank you for the visit, and for taking the time to share a very thoughtful comment. I remember my husband coming home one evening to find me and my two kids all sitting in the living room lit by twinkle lights, with the glow of our computers shining on our faces. I was posting, Bea was working on her novel, and Eli was doing homework, but it was still a glimpse into our life that made us smile–and gave us pause.
      I just visited your blog, and enjoyed it very much. I look forward to reading more.

  19. raptekar says:

    some neat spots captured forever. I like your special, unique eye.

    1. Thanks so much, Richard. So nice of you to visit. I hope you are well!

  20. delightful words and photos!

    1. Thank you so much@

  21. Beatrice Garrard says:

    Very sweet! I love the picture of Pat, and the pumpkin shot is a cute one of Eli too.

    1. Thanks, honey. I love those shots too. I also really love the one of you with the soft glow of the computer screen going as you are totally absorbed with your writing.
      So nice to hear from you!

  22. A beautiful response to the challenge 🙂

    1. I appreciate your visit, and your sharing your generous thoughts!

  23. You lifted me up! I especially love the Elvis fan and the Pumpkin carver. And the author, of course (both of them!!!!) Thank you Naomi

    1. Dear Anne,
      Thanks for stopping by. I always love to hear from you!

  24. Oh man, that Elvis picture rocks!

    1. Hi Britt,
      Thank you! I took it more than a year ago, and it cracks me up every time I see it. I was just waiting for the right moment to dust it off and use it. Hey, how are you liking Portland? I hope you are settling in. I don’t know any place where springtime is more beautiful than here in the Northwest!

      1. I’m loving it here so much! The weather was so funny today. Sunshine, rain, sunshine, rain. But, everything is getting so fluffy and green…incredible to see the transformation.

  25. These photos made my cheeks glow…love this post! The hot air balloon photo is spectacular!

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thanks for the lovely comment. They have hot air balloons here in the Northwest, but I had to go to Turkey before I was willing to get in one!

  26. I’ve said it before, but I love how you wrap the images together into a bigger heart-warming picture through your words.

    1. Thank you, Kate. It’s good to hear again–positive reinforcement! I thank you for your visit, and your generous response.

  27. t2van says:

    As always, you make me smile, Naomi 😀 Thank you for spreading your light!

    1. Dear Terri,
      Thank you for your visit. It’s always a happy occasion when you stop by!

  28. wardentee says:

    When I lived in Indianapolis every year at fair time there would be a hot air balloon test time. It was called “light the night”. It was magical. Your photo brought it to mind. Love your interpretation of the theme.

    1. Oh, that would be an incredible sight! We left in the darkness, and it was still pre-dawn when many of the balloons were being fired up to go, but I would have loved to see how they looked in the complete darkness. My only concern would be landing in the dark, but I guess they managed to land all right, or they wouldn’t have done it.

  29. I love all of these! But my favorite has to be the street light and the moon! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Linda. I got lucky with that shot!

  30. megtraveling says:

    Great pictures and story Naomi – the airplane is my favorite and makes me want to be off on an adventure!

    1. Hi Meg,
      I think that shot is a natural favorite for travelers like you. I remember seeing a camper with a bumper sticker that said, “Itchy Feet, Twitchy Toes,” and I know that feeling too. I think springtime must do that to us.
      Thanks for the visit, and for sharing your response–I always love to know which photos appeal most to which people!

  31. Amy says:

    Love this array of glow photos! The street light and moon is a cool capture!

    1. Hi Amy,
      That shot was just a photographer’s dream come true! Like looking up in the sky and finding a double rainbow! Thanks so much for the visit.

  32. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Naomi, so many things to like about it! The balloons are wonderful and I love the airplane shot. Nicely done!!

  33. susanissima says:

    Beautifully positive, powerful visuals…seeing this post is like taking vitamin N! Thank you.

  34. What a great theme to run through a series of photos. I think the glow in its various forms is the best part of our lives. 🙂 Wonderful post Naomi.

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