Red And Purple Sunrise

This morning, I witnessed something magical. As I peeked through my window, the sky was transforming into a breathtaking canvas. The red and purple hues of the sunrise blended together in a multitude of fiery colors, casting a gentle glow over the world. The red was so deep and passionate, like the warmth of a cozy fire, while the purple added a touch of mystery and depth.

Watching this spectacle, I felt a sense of peace and wonder. It was a reminder of the beauty that begins each day, often unnoticed in our busy lives. I stood there, mesmerized, letting the colors wash over me, filling me with hope and tranquility. It’s moments like these, so simple yet profound, that remind me to cherish the little joys of life. As the sun rose higher, the vibrant colors quickly faded into the daylight, but the feeling of awe remained with me.

November 17, 2023


  • Cate Spader

    This is absolutely beautiful! Also, completely unrelated: I JUST now saw your comment on one of my previous posts. Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words always, and your support means a lot (and meant so much while I was going through and healing from my divorce). I’m turning my notifications on so I don’t miss another post or comment I hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving – and you always have a host if you’re in Atlanta or anywhere in Michigan, too!

    • Thomas Slatin

      Hey Cate,

      I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your incredible support. Your kind words, especially during the holidays, have meant the world to me. I’m so grateful for your encouragement and the positivity you bring into my life.

      Also, I appreciate your kind offer to host if I’m ever in Atlanta or Michigan—that’s so generous of you! In the spirit of sharing and friendship, I want you to know that you’re always welcome at our farm in Vermont. It’s just me and my best friend/wife, Amelia. We’re a pair of dorks who live in the middle of nowhere (I’m from NYC, Amelia is from Boston), but we love having friends over. While our property was formerly used for dairy farming, it is now a place serenity, peace, laughter, and good company.

      My wife and I are the only LGBTQ people in our extended families. Aside from my mom, the rest of our families don’t really understand or support our marriage. It’s been a journey, but we’ve found strength in each other and in friends like you who show us such kindness and understanding. Friends are the family that we choose to have.

      I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones. If you are ever in Vermont, or plan to be, you are always welcome to stay here at our farm! And you are absolutely welcome to bring Alex and Linley as well.

      Thomas & Amelia

      PS Comments don’t automatically show up on my blog, as they have to go through a moderation cue; I get a lot of hateful comments because my wife and I are a same-sex/lesbian couple.

      • Cate Spader

        Hi Thomas,

        Thank YOU for the kind message and I appreciate you sharing this with me – truly. I can only imagine what it would be like to not have support from loved ones in that way, but I’m proud of your mom, your Amelia and you for standing up for what’s right and for always being true to who you are. Not many people can say that about themselves! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving as well.

        When I’m on that side of the country again, I’ll be sure to reach out. Thank you for sharing your email address! Mine is catespader@gmail.com. Your home sounds beautiful and I’d love to meet you and Amelia in person one day!

        I completely agree that family isn’t always blood and friends are the family you choose. I’ve had much more support from my friends and their families than my own — both now and while I was growing up. Thank you for being one of those people, and for the beautiful reminder!

        I hope the rest of 2023 and 2024 brings you less hateful comments on your beautiful blog (I don’t know how anyone could behave that way!), and that more amazing memories come for you, Amelia and your loved ones!

    • Thomas Slatin

      Thank you, Suzanne! I told Amelia that I need to take more pictures, which is something I seem to acknowledge as a necessity, yet for whatever reason, I feel as if I have unlimited moments in which to capture images.

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