Tonight I realized that I should take more time to enjoy the incredible sunsets that we have here on the coast of Oregon. Beautiful displays of pinks, oranges and deepest blue can be had for just the looking. I put down my dishrag - dishes can wait - and stepped out onto the deck. Taking a seat in one of the outdoor chairs, I breathed deeply. The long day at work, the migraine that has been pressing all day, were forgotten for an instant in the beauty surrounding me. Gazing off into the horizon, I just sat quietly, listening to the sounds of our evening neighborhood; the thump of the daily paper hitting the front door as the newspaper boy tosses it onto porches up and down the street; traffic noises as people come home after their work day; the sound of voices as others move outside to enjoy the spectacular colors; soft footfalls of the neighbor out walking his dog. I am in solitude here on our darkened deck, but I am not lonely. Our evening neighborhood is full of noises, but it is not noisy, only peaceful. The last rays of light slip behind the hills and I pick my dishrag back up, better off for the few minutes of natural wonder enjoyed.