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. […]

*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 […]