This blog has been through so many reincarnations, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve updated this “About” section. What started out in 2012 as a personal blog and a way to process my experiences of finding myself again after a painful divorce (ie. finding “sunshine” in “winter”), eventually evolved into a smorgasbord of poetry, prose, and personal reflections centering around life wisdom and the natural world.
In 2016, my world was rocked by the sudden loss of my brother, and Sunshine In Winter once again came through as a space for me to write about grief. Several books eventually poured out of that season, including several poetry books containing collections of my work, as well as a grief book. Writing gave me a home at a time where I could find no other solace; books became word scrapbooks to help me remember my own becoming and share those very human experiences with others.
At present, life evolved once more, and my brother’s loss became the catalyst that moved me from Alaska to Kauai. I started a new site over at bethannekw.blog where I share more of my books, work, and personal reflections. These days I mostly share poetry (and a bit of occasional prose) on Sunshine In Winter inspired by life, spirit, change, and the beauty of Kauai.