*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! • • •

Where are you going?

Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?* Twice a year, I sit back and reflect. In July, on my birthday, I ask: what am I not doing that I want to be doing? where am I supposed […]

The Best Laid Plans

When, on a last-minute whim, I decided to take this holiday week off, I imagined myself immersed in all things creative. I would write every day. I would finish that poem. That short story. That novel. I would spend hours in the art room. I would read books—remember The Unread Book Project? I would surround […]