Words + Images

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.” — Henry David Thoreau • […]

*The Whisper of Angels

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. – Raymond Inmon • • • Photo ©2011, Jen Payne

Take a Moment?

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. — Chinese Proverb

Not Just a “Pretty” Role Model

Who didn’t fall in love with Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars? For most boys, it was that infamous Jabba the Hutt pseudo-bondage scene, right? But for girls—ah! for girls, we finally had our swashbuckling role model who could battle storm troopers with the best of them! Finally, we got to be brave […]

*I’d Rather Be a Forest than a Street

I’d rather be a forest than a street
 Yes I would 
If I could, I surely would

 I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet,
 Yes I would.
 If I only could, I surely would. – Paul Simon • • • After a chance encounter with the PBS broadcast of Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of […]

Out in the World

“What do I want to put out there?” I find myself asking as I putter around the house this morning. The gray and rain have given me permission to keep close to home, so I am housekeeping—dishes, laundry, organizing thoughts. “What do I want to put out there?” A three-hour car ride on Thursday allowed […]

*Flirting with Butterflies

Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again. — Max Lucado • • • Photos ©2011, Jen Payne: Limenitis arthemis astyanax, Red spotted purple, and Vanessa virginiensis, American Lady.