Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Sunday, December 12, 2010


(One of my favorite sunsets in Tuscany)

I love sunsets. I never cease to be awed by them, which never ceases to amaze me when I've seen so many. I mean, it happens every night. But somehow, like snowflakes, each one is different and I feel like it's my duty to notice each one for it's unique wonder. Last night, when Ryan and I were on our way to a Christmas party (it was 80 in LA and I was complaining that it didn't feel much like Christmas) when I had to stop mid-sentence -- we were driving towards the sunset at it's exact most glorious moment -- and it seemed we were surrounded on all sides, hemmed in, above, behind and in front by the frothiest most delicious pink sky -- like a cotton candy snuggy for the whole earth. It was breathtaking -- and as a writer I wanted to capture it with a word. I wanted a word that meant that exact moment when the sunset is at it's absolute peak glory -- as the professional, I of course, couldn't think of a thing, but Ryan nailed it, and so from now on it will be dubbed "The Spectaculous." As in, "Turn off the TV and get outside or you'll miss the spectaculous!" :)


  1. My favorite sunsets are the ones with the bright pink clouds with glowing orange and purples and blue. It seems impossible that those colors could exist in nature, like God took paint straight from the tubes and painted the sky.

  2. and my word verification was "burst," which somehow seemed appropriate.

  3. One more thing (since I haven't commented enough already), the word "spectaculous," which I will be utilizing in my next game of Scrabble, reminds me of Moulin Rouge. I feel like singing "Spectacular!" now. Not sure if I should thank you for that one. BTW, I may use you as a life line when we play Scrabble to verify that the word "spectaculous" is actually indeed a word. Who needs the dictionary when we have Kara?!!!

  4. I love it! I will certainly verify it for you whenever you need:) And you just made me want to watch Moulin Rouge again!

  5. A yummy and rare spectaculous indeed! Especially since we never get clouds to bounce the burst off of here in LA...