Days like these 

Balsam for the soul.

 

 

Honningsvåg Harbor, North Cape, Norway

 

Honningsvåg Harbor, North Cape, Norway

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Before the Storm

Day two of Phototherapy.

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Before the storm

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Indre Billefjord, Norway

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Phototherapy

Phototherapy:  Exposing oneself to images of bright, warm, distant summer days, in the midst of a 7-month long winter.

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Kongsfjord Gjesthus, Finnmark, Norway

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Inside, looking out

Inside, looking out, icicles mesmerize.   Ice castles: Blue, gray and white.

 

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Winter Clothes

Two nights ago, while we slept, 40 centimeters of snow fell silently to the ground.  Instead of the whipping, wailing winds that sculpt snow formations in some areas and leave bare ground in others, we awoke to a gentle blanket of fresh, white powder.

The ordinary clothed in extraordinary winter clothes.

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Ever-changing Light

From my house, I view the mountains and sea and never cease to be fascinated by the play of light and shadow.  The solid rock and steady waves displaying different faces throughout the day.

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11:00 AM

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12:00 PM

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1:00 PM

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2:00 PM

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3:00 PM

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4:00 PM

And I contemplate how the circumstances around me affect the constants within me?

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Unexpected Journeys

We’re all on this journey called life.  Along the way, there are adventures and experiences we get to choose, create, and share with others.  My course lead me to a life at 71˚ North of the Equator and “Experience North Cape” evolved out of a desire to share this amazing arctic region with others around the world.

As in all of our journeys, we don’t always have control of what lies around the next bend.  My recent post, Arctic Sun, holds a clue as to why I’ve been out of the blogging world for quite some time.

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My scarf is the outer part of a Jonas thermal mask.  Inside is a mask with a steel filter that warms the air and helps with breathing.

The short and to-the-point version of the story is that this non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant, and we’ve been navigating our way through this unexpected journey ever since.

Radiation and chemotherapy treatment worked well on the 5 centimeter tumor in my right lung, and the spreading to my mediastinal lymph nodes. And my current biological therapy has kept 7 brain mets from growing larger the past 7 months.  One day at a time, as the saying goes.

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So, I’ve decided to take up blogging again.  I don’t know which direction it will take.  Unexpected journeys lead to uncharted territory, but I’m still along for the ride!

All the best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

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