Stop with me for a moment, and let’s enjoy the vespertide …


Photo by Alofok via Wikimedia Commons

Vespertide (ves-per-tide) is the “period of vespers” (evening), and it is never more enchanting than in the winter, when the world is cast in hues of snow-lit blue.


Photo by Marcus Vegas via Wikimedia Commons

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,  

But I have promises to keep,  

And miles to go before I sleep,  

And miles to go before I sleep.

– Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love Robert Frost’s poem and this photo of the snowy woods shrouded in blues and black is inspiring. It makes me feel like I am riding in the sleigh on a cold day!

  2. HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY of your lovely magazine MaryJane! I have tried to get as many early back issues of your magazine as I could and have saved every one that I subscribed too as well. Juat wanted to thank you again for making my life as a ” farmgirl” sweeter and richer.

  3. Colleen Gotori says:

    Thank you SOOO much, Mary Jane, you and your lovely family, for enriching my life in so many ways. I have enjoyed your magazine and your products over the years and you have remained a constant source of security, friendship, inspiration and fun. Thanks so much for all you do!

  4. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Beautiful “vesper tide” photographs. As always, a moment of serenity in an otherwise crazy time. So appreciate all that you provide to us, here online and through your magazine. Came to your magazine only a few years ago and fell in love, immediately. Am thoroughly enjoying this latest issue. Lived in Idaho for 8 years on Mountain Home AFB and we had hoped to retire in Idaho. That was not to be. My husband died shortly have our relocation, so have only made some visits to to friends since then. Look forward to another 15 years of your work.

    • MaryJane says:

      Good morning Nancy. Your comments here are a bright light in my life. Thank YOU! Fifteen years and counting it is then.

  5. Delores Harris says:

    Beautiful scenery! A welcome respite from looking at words on the computer screen. Thank you!

  6. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    I love the bottom photo. Eerie, haunting yet so inviting.

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  8. Mary Ragno says:

    Thank you, MaryJane, for reminding us to value those quiet moments in our lives. Vespertide is one of those beautiful times.

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  10. Renee Cariglia says:

    Yummy, peaceful prose! Renee Cariglia

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