On an Artist Leveraging a Value-Added Life for Maximum ROI

It was as if the email was written in a foreign language. One I recognized— alter ego? past life? “agenda” “objectives” “niche” “networking” But that was before. Before, when I might actually be in an elevator giving a speech. I tried not to giggle at the corporate pretense. “Why Grandmother, what big words you have!” […]

*Marking Dreams

“Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, […]

*Joy Follows

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

*Sweet Clarity

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” — Novala Takemoto • • • Photos by Jen Payne, ©2011, January 2011

At the Right Time

“I don’t really believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason,” a friend emailed this week. “What that reason is I am not sure. But I have faith. For example…our friendship. You and I have not met by chance. It was set up deliberately. All of the stars aligned and here we are emailing and […]

Bonne Année!

Some champagne for the celebration. A mushroom for good fortune. The horseshoe for protection and luck. Mistletoe for health, good luck and blessings. And a wish for a magical, joy-filled New Year! • • •