Still We Learn

Just before dawn yesterday, an email arrived from a friend of mine. It had snowed overnight, the air was cold, and I was weary from the week. His email provided an intermission from a frenzy of early morning work, and I sat back with a fresh cup of coffee to spend a moment with him. […]

*A Native American Blessing

May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong. — Chief Dan George • • • Photo ©2011, Jen Payne

Welcome Spring!

A PRAYER TO FLORA Flora, thou beautiful lady of flowers, hear my prayer and fill me with your grace. Through you, the seeds of love grow and blossom, like the colorful blooms that appear where you walk. I honor thee, gracious nurturer, bringer of passion. Inspire me with your life-giving radiance. Give my love deep […]

What a Difference a Word Makes

“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” — Ezra Taft Benson – – – – – March 17 was my deadline—St. Patrick’s Day for most, but Evacuation Day in Massachusetts. Evacuation Day commemorates the departure of British forces from Boston during the Revolutionary War. It seemed […]

An Irish Wish

For each petal on the shamrock. This brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness For today and every day. • • • Cicely Mary Barker’s White Clover Fairy was first published in the 1925 classic Flower Fairies of the Summer.

Aspiring to Gratitude

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G.K. Chesterton […]

Planting Seeds & Writing Words: An Anniversary

Every year, we plant seeds we hope will take root and grow. We set them into earth we think to be fertile, cover them with our dreams and expectations, and wait patiently for those first signs of fruition. In the garden, we know the signs—this time of year especially, when the familiar shoots of crocus […]