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The Lighthouse, The Lake, And The Moon.

The Lighthouse is a beacon to those that sail near the shores of Lake Michigan. The Wind Point Lighthouse is at the outer most point of where Wisconsin juts into the water.   When you stand at the base and look up its side it’s like looking up into the heavens. 

 

There is a constant breeze that comes off of the lake that cools in the summer and allows for the air to be warmer in the harsh Wisconsin winters.  The beach that surrounds the lighthouse is filled with rocks and stones that have traveled on the currents that the waves above the surface create. They travel from great distances off the shore where they find a resting place at the base of the majestic lighthouse 

  

When the moon is full and the waves crash against the rocky shore there is an energy that fills the air.  It’s the type of energy that makes you feel the strength of nature. 

With each crashing wave, the light dances across the water.  It’s reflection creating a sense of daytime at night.  The lunar shadows create hues of blues that have an iridescent glow. 

 

One of my favorite things to do when I visit the lighthouse is to search for the perfect stone to try to skip across the water.  An especially difficult task when the waves are many and tall.  The perfect stone is flat, with a rounded edge.  A rounded edge perfect for wrapping your index finger around and securing it with your thumb in preparation for the perfect launch.  Once found, the trick is to find the perfect time between the waves to do a sideways pitch sending the stone back into the lake where it had come from and hope that it will skip across the surface.  One skip is good….two is better…more than three means you are beginning to master the art of the skip.

 

I’m not sure if it is the glow from the lighthouse, the power of the water, or the luminous lunar sky on a clear night, but the energy that surrounds you feels like being wrapped in a celestial blanket.   It beckons to allow your mind to wander through memories past, skipping the bad times and remembering the good times that made your heart glisten like when the moon glistens on the lake’s surface. 

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Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

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  1. Nice! I grew up on the coast and surfed competitively for about 25 years. That ocean, those waters, and waves were/are my life and I will always be drawn to the shore and the sounds that sing deeply in my heart. Thank you for those moments….

    • Thank you Marquita. I have so many memories around this particular lighthouse that it is almost a part of my family.

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