It has been 15 years since my Dad died. Tucked away in a small box in my living room is a collection of reminders of him—an old watch, a letter her wrote me when I was five, Christmas and Birthday cards, some photos, and a handful of sympathy notes from friends and family. This weekend,… Continue reading August 31, 1995
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• • • ©2010, Jen Payne, altered vintage postcard, color copies, handmade papers, brass beads, original photo (clouds), acrylic paints, pieces of a John Keats poem.
Today I am celebrating 365 days as a non-smoker! Today, I am also celebrating the folks who made the journey that much easier in the bearing… First and without question, to Fred, who arrived on Day 1 to hold my hand through Weekend 1, and let me be as foggy and weepy and irritable as… Continue reading From the Bottom of My Heart
In the May 2009 issue of the sadly-defunct Gourmet Magazine, there was a mouth-watering article entitled “Cucina Paradiso.” The 14-page spread featured a “Tuscan-inspired meal, full of pristine ingredients and bold, epic flavors.” On the menu? vodka rosemary lemonade fizz arugula and fava bean crostini balsamic-marinated radicchio with fresh ricotta mushroom carpaccio with pecorino toscano… Continue reading Social Networking
For better or for worse, it has been a long, hot summer! For worse, this summer’s heat waves (plural) have made me delinquent in my daily walks and lethargic about my writing. I lose patience quickly…with loved ones, with strangers, with words that do not come easily to the page. I lose enthusiasm…for the garden… Continue reading Unabashedly Dreaming of Winter
• • • It had taken the pastry chef eight hours to construct and decorate her four-foot, three-tiered cake for the competition. The final step was to sit a 12-inch high monkey, intricately detailed with cake and fondant, at the very top of her creation. But, the monkey teetered and wobbled precariously, about to fall… Continue reading [Primate Philosophy]