*And Thee, Across the Harbor

“I love to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. To be standing out in the center of the Brooklyn Bridge on a good spring day in the city of New York with the wind blowing. It is one of the great places in America. It’s like being on the rim of the Grand Canyon and nobody […]

Making It So

“Make it so,” is the often-heard directive from Captain Jean Luc Picard on the Star Trek series The Next Generation, and I am more and more inclined to make it my own. This week marks my 45th anniversary here on planet Earth. If you’re anywhere near my age, you know this feeling: things are beginning […]

*Peace & Love

“Thinking with Love results in Peace.” — Sri Sathya Sai Baba • • • ©2011, photo by Jen Payne; Peace & Love at the Hard Rock Cafe, New York City, May 2011.

*Passers-by

“People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” — Augustine of Hippo • • • ©2011, Photo […]

Canal Street Epiphany

Maddy and I were shopping on Canal Street in New York City. My polite “No thank you” replies to the onslaught of “Tiffany! Tiffany! You buy?” catcalls clearly indicated my novicity. Thirteen blocks of brand-name idolatry was her pilgrimage, but I didn’t see any religious icons in the dimly lit backroom we entered solemnly. Behind […]