Like many who find themselves living in the Michigan dunes, I spent most of my childhood summers with my family at the Lake house. My grandfather named ours ‘Morning Star’. Having recently retired after 35 fulfilling years teaching high school English, I am still mesmerized by the exquisite interplay of the ever- changing Lake, the forests, and the living dunes. I am attempting through art to respond to the enchanting rhythms of waves, winds, sands and light. Though self-taught, I have found painting to be a wonderfully intimate way to “get in on the action” of the stunning beauty that surrounds us here.