[Finally Breath]

• • • ©2010, Jen Payne, altered vintage postcard, color copies, handmade papers, brass beads, original photo (clouds), acrylic paints, pieces of a John Keats poem.

From the Bottom of My Heart

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 […]

Social Networking

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 […]

Unabashedly Dreaming of Winter

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 […]

[Primate Philosophy]

• • • 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 […]

*Laundry Day

“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