Out in the World

“What do I want to put out there?” I find myself asking as I putter around the house this morning. The gray and rain have given me permission to keep close to home, so I am housekeeping—dishes, laundry, organizing thoughts. “What do I want to put out there?” A three-hour car ride on Thursday allowed […]

*Flirting with Butterflies

Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again. — Max Lucado • • • Photos ©2011, Jen Payne: Limenitis arthemis astyanax, Red spotted purple, and Vanessa virginiensis, American Lady.

ceci n’est pas un nuage

My spirit has ways of seeing that my eyes cannot comprehend. — Philippe Benichou • • • ©2011, Photo by Jen Payne. Title of post, “this is not a cloud,” inspired by René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images. So, what do you see?

*On a Day’s Walk

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. — John Muir • • • ©2011, Photo by Jen Payne, Great egret

*I will write to you of butterflies.

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes […]

Ordinary Art

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. — Camille Pissarro My bank is located in a 1970s-styled building in the corner of a shopping plaza parking lot. Mid-century modern, I believe they call it (maybe?): steel post-and-beam, open floor plan and lots of windows. The only facelifts […]

*Change Gives Us Branches

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. — Pauline R. Kezer • • • Photo ©2011 Jen Payne.