With Eyes Cast Down

“In silence, oneness with everything is possible….” — Dale Carlson My mind was busy as I walked to the trail. It was one of those days. Should I go left? Should I go right? I am always indecisive when my mind is occupied otherwise. On this day, I went right—instead of left—and found my way […]

*Sometimes Running Madly

“Life was not to be sitting in hot amorphic leisure in my backyard idly writing or not writing, as the spirit moved me. It was, instead, running madly, in a crowded schedule, in a squirrel cage of busy people. Working, living, dancing, dreaming, talking, kissing—singing, laughing, learning.” – Sylvia Plath • • • Photo ©2011, […]

Got Mail?

Next week is National Postcard Week, from May 1 – May 7. This 100-year-old celebration of all things postcard began with a promotional card printed by a Florida company in 1911. The tradition spread slowly, with minor events in California, Texas, and Kansas over the years. It wasn’t until 1984 that the International Federation of […]

As Reflection…

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon • • • Several years ago, an old friend came to […]

Down the Rabbit Hole of Open Time

“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting! — Alice* How late indeed. By my watch, it is half past eight in the morning—and I am late. Not late to the keyboard; no, I have been sitting here since six, waiting patiently for words to come. To be fair, they are the ones that […]

*Happy Earth Day!

“While human ingenuity may devise various inventions to the same ends, it will never devise anything more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than nature does, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.” — Leonardo da Vinci • • • Photos ©2011, Jen Payne


“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” […]