Day 322: Something Beautiful-Ninilchik Shore Stones

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a beautiful image for each day of the year.

Ninilchik, Alaska. On a bright sunny morning in July, I found myself on the shore of this tiny community on the western shore of the Kenai Peninsula. Facing a white volcano and a shore full of smooth, rounded stones. I found myself remembering a similar day on the shore of Lake Superior off Little Girl’s Point on the Wisconsin shoreline. My cousin and our children frolicked in the water, dug in the sand, and I built little stone zen gardens. Stacks and collections of stone assembled for their aesthetic properties. Like mules, the children carried stones up to the car trunk so that I could reconstruct my beautiful gardens in the backyard. There was no trunk to fill in Alaska and precious little weight to spare in baggage. And so, seven small mostly flat stones made the trip back in my handbag. Three flat soft charcoal grey. Two salmon, one egg shaped. One a round edged flat square. Oegg distorted I oval of white quartz. and one organic rectangle of a greyed celadon. the garden rests on my glass topped night stand. A nightly reminder of someplace beautiful where the minutiae of every day is far away.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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