• • • ©2010, Jen Payne, altered vintage postcard, color copies, handmade papers, brass beads, original photo (clouds), acrylic paints, pieces of a John Keats poem.
Today I am celebrating 365 days as a non-smoker! Today, I am also celebrating the folks who made the journey that much easier in the bearing… First and without question, to Fred, who arrived on Day 1 to hold my hand through Weekend 1, and let me be as foggy and weepy and irritable as […]
In the May 2009 issue of the sadly-defunct Gourmet Magazine, there was a mouth-watering article entitled “Cucina Paradiso.” The 14-page spread featured a “Tuscan-inspired meal, full of pristine ingredients and bold, epic flavors.” On the menu? vodka rosemary lemonade fizz arugula and fava bean crostini balsamic-marinated radicchio with fresh ricotta mushroom carpaccio with pecorino toscano […]
For better or for worse, it has been a long, hot summer! For worse, this summer’s heat waves (plural) have made me delinquent in my daily walks and lethargic about my writing. I lose patience quickly…with loved ones, with strangers, with words that do not come easily to the page. I lose enthusiasm…for the garden […]
• • • It had taken the pastry chef eight hours to construct and decorate her four-foot, three-tiered cake for the competition. The final step was to sit a 12-inch high monkey, intricately detailed with cake and fondant, at the very top of her creation. But, the monkey teetered and wobbled precariously, about to fall […]
“Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Louis Stevenson • • • Photo by Jen Payne, 8.7.10
“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” E. B. White • • • Photo by Jen Payne, 8.7.10