The View from the Top

I stumbled across the photo below on my computer and had to share. Like me, my older brother has a thing for lighthouses. Last winter (or the winter before?), he decided to climb one of the lighthouses in New Jersey. There were a couple of young guys hanging around the base of the lighthouse, and he wondered what they were up to but didn’t think much about them as he made the climb to the top. Once out on the gallery, though, he knew exactly what they’d been up to and he snapped this shot. You’ll have to scroll down to see what he saw. It makes me smile.









I hope she said yes! (bottom photo by Tom Lopresti)


  1. Margo on December 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I Love It!!…fabulous photography too!!…I bet she said ‘yes’…(-O:
    Diane, from your previous blog, yes…I’ve started a new painting of a night swimmer…quite large…I just love painting in my studio when I’m on vacation!

  2. Denise on December 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I love it!!!

  3. Ann on December 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

    That is a true work of art – she is a lucky woman.

  4. brenda on December 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Who could think of a lighthouse without thinking of our favorite books by D. C. The choice for my book club in January-although we had to cancel November for illness and now probably January for weather.
    I have been off sick and with snow days–what a week…what weather for this time of the year…amazing…

  5. Diane Chamberlain on December 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

    So sorry you’re not feeling well, Brenda!

  6. brenda on December 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Thank you.
    Antibiotic is kicking in. Margo checks on me. She has become a great friend.

  7. Diane Chamberlain on December 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Margo, I’m reading Homer’s Odyssey. I love that cat! Thanks so much for recommending it.

  8. Margo on December 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Diane, I’m so glad you decided to read it!…isn’t Homer absolutely wonderful!…love that book so much…have bought several copies to give as gifts this year (along with your’s…I always give ‘Diane’ books as C-mas gifts)
    Ann loved the book too…
    Brenda, you’re a great friend too…so glad you’re starting to feel better…with this bitter cold and snow, best to stay inside…everyone, our temps have been around 5 degrees with below zero windchills…lots of snow…our bitter cold temps and snow seem to find their way to Brenda’s hometown.

  9. Brenda on December 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Diane it is time for your new years resolutions
    The greatest invention in the 21st C is the iPhone. My opinion…and the ereader
    Still need to get one of those. I plan to make big changes next year as I will finally be vested in a little retirement. Also want to write more letters

  10. Brenda on December 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I am so thankful for your blog and for your friendship. You are a dear. It has also brought me one of the sweetest friends ever, Margo
    Diane she sent me pictures of her family and she looks like a girl in her 20’s or 30’s. I look at her and think of a brunette Alice in wonderland. We share the love of books and
    She is your biggest fan besides moi

  11. Diane Chamberlain on December 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for reminding me about my resolutions, Brenda. i know what they are. i have to check back and see how I made out with last year’s.
    I know Margo’s a real beauty, inside and out. I hope she’s shared some pixes of her amazing artwork with you. i have one of her pieces hanging in my beach condo.
    I’m loving Homer, Margo.

  12. Margo on December 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Brenda and Diane…I’m turning every shade of red…honestly, I just ‘me’.
    I love the friendship I have with Brenda and want to thank you Diane for bringing us together…we have so much in common and I love ‘talking’ with her through e-mail and your blog.
    Diane, you are such a wonderful person and we all love you…I want to thank you for keeping up you blog on a regular basis so all of us can communicate with you and each other…I love talking to you, Brenda, Ann, Denise, Gina…can’t name everyone but we all love this blog.
    I plan on sending Brenda some photos of my artwork soon…I told her alot about my ‘swimmer’s’ so will send the pics of those to her soon.
    Diane…I KNEW you’d fall in love with Homer!! (-O:

  13. Ann on December 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I love this blog!! I feel like all of you are my friends and love chatting this way.
    Margo, I brought home the book you recommended “I Can See You”. Have you finished reading it and is it good all the way to the end? It looks good.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on December 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I just glanced at my front door and noticed Margo’s cardinal on the wall next to it…forgot I have that one hanging up too! It’s my favorite. I love that some of you “chat” with one another both on the blog and off.

    January 1 I have to stop reading for pleasure and focus on work, so I just have a few days to cram everything in and I’m such a slow reader! Still loving Homer. I found some YouTube videos of him if you want to check them out. Hugs.

  15. Margo on December 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hi Ann…I’m halfway into I CAN SEE YOU…I’m a slow reader like Diane but am particularly reading this slowly since there are so many characters…it’s still really, really good…thx to Brenda, we have another author to read with Karen Rose…I want to find all her books now.
    Diane, I’m so glad you love the cardinal…he was quite a character with an attitude that I just had to capture with my watercolors…I told Brenda that she will one day own 1 of my paintings too…I love to paint and give them to people I really care about.
    Homer is a one of a kind guy, isn’t he?…I went to the author’s website and watched the interview video with Gwen and Homer was in the spotlight too…Ann, since you’ve read the book you might enjoy ‘meeting him’ on Gwen Coopers web.
    Happy Holidays everyone…Diane’s website, simply awesome!!

  16. Brenda on December 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Merry cmas all
    My family. Some of them
    Will arrive 12 27
    Weather permitting
    I so thankful for Margo

  17. Ann on December 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I certainly will watch the Homer videos – he is one of my favorite animals and I have never actually met him!

  18. Margo on December 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Brenda…I feel blessed to know you too and am very, very thankful for our friendship.
    Ann, Homer is one of a kind…I have loved all my dogs throughout the years and now I can say I have a cat named Homer to add to the list. (-O:

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