I hesitated to post this image because Maggie looks so sad. Gorgeous, but sad. It is her birthday and a handful of friends gathered at her family's beach house in Manzanita to celebrate. The ocean. The ocean. The ocean. I had forgotten how much I want and need to be near it. I had also forgotten how fun it is to be in a new situation with new, interesting, intelligent people. The women in this community- Lee, Maggie, Sarah, Polly and Lena- are to me, the embodiment of distracted, elemental beauty. The best kind.