Epilogue: Cutting Strings

In the movie The Sound of Music, Maria says “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” It’s the moment when Captain Von Trapp says he is not marrying the Baroness because he is in love with Maria. While I understand what she is trying to say, I don’t think there is […]

*Happy Flowers

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars…and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are […]

*Nature is Divine

Watching clouds roll by on a sunny day Who needs church? Nature is divine. – Carrie Latet Harbor and Gray Seals sun themselves in Long Island Sound, April 2011. • • • Photos ©2011, Jen Payne.

Ask And Ye Shall Receive…but what if there are strings attached?

I’ve been working on “manifesting” for a while now. The idea that if you put something out there—offer up a need or request, ask for assistance—you will manifest, or make real, that very thing. Is this praying? Perhaps. But even that practiced form of manifesting feels abstract for a left-brain-leaning, right-brain person such as me. […]

At the end of the day, asparagus.

John Denver used to sing: “some days are diamonds, some days are stones.” Surely we all know what he meant. Some days? Ah! They just move along seamlessly. Morning to night, hour to hour, moment to moment. And other days tick along about as slowly as the second hand on a clock. Tick. Tick. Tick. […]

Earth Hour 2011: Imagine What We Can Achieve

“Within hours, people in a record 134 countries and territories across the globe will switch off their lights for an hour in a unified show of support for action towards a sustainable future for our planet. Hundreds of landmarks in thousands of cities will go dark at 8:30pm Saturday local time, as hundreds of millions […]

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. […]