What summer have we here?

SUMMER by Alexander Pope See what delights in sylvan scenes appear! Descending Gods have found Elysium here. In woods bright Venus with Adonis stray’d, And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade. Come lovely nymph, and bless the silent hours, When swains from shearing seek their nightly bow’rs; When weary reapers quit the sultry field, And […]

*Sunday Magic

“It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.” – Charles de Lint • • • Photo ©2011 by Jen Payne

Words + Images

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.” — Henry David Thoreau • […]

*The Whisper of Angels

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. – Raymond Inmon • • • Photo ©2011, Jen Payne

Take a Moment?

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. — Chinese Proverb

Not Just a “Pretty” Role Model

Who didn’t fall in love with Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars? For most boys, it was that infamous Jabba the Hutt pseudo-bondage scene, right? But for girls—ah! for girls, we finally had our swashbuckling role model who could battle storm troopers with the best of them! Finally, we got to be brave […]

*I’d Rather Be a Forest than a Street

I’d rather be a forest than a street
 Yes I would 
If I could, I surely would

 I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet,
 Yes I would.
 If I only could, I surely would. – Paul Simon • • • After a chance encounter with the PBS broadcast of Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of […]