Can you believe that there are exactly 15 days left in the magnificent year that is 2013? Where does the time go? I imagine that some day, very soon, I will be in my eighties, sitting on a rocker, cocktail in hand, wondering that very same thing. This last year has been chalked full with all kinds of crazy adventures, stories of romance, and harrowing near-death experiences, but what I love so much about the holidays is the sense of calm that never fails to take hold of me. Whether it is the dim glow of a Christmas tree, or snow softly blanketing a distant hillside, there is always something about winter that forces me to slow down and acknowledge the stillness that I must nurture within.
Photography by Maria Menshenina