*Today’s Mantra

In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time. — Marc Allen • • • Photo ©2011, Jen Payne

When Opportunity…Slithers?

“Let’s see what it means,” my friend Martha would have said before promptly pulling out her copy of Ted Andrews’ Animal-Speak. But she wasn’t with me, and… “Oh my!” was about all I could muster when I spotted this gorgeous three-foot black snake on the trail in front of me. If my amateur snake identification […]

It’s in Your Hands

“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that count. That’s when […]

August 31, 1995

It has been 15 years since my Dad died. Tucked away in a small box in my living room is a collection of reminders of him—an old watch, a letter her wrote me when I was five, Christmas and Birthday cards, some photos, and a handful of sympathy notes from friends and family. This weekend, […]

[when the heart weeps]

• • • ©2010, Jen Payne. WHEN THE HEART WEEPS. Mixed-media assemblage: paste papers, found art, rhinestones, paper maché heart, acrylic paint.

*Like a Frog

I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there ‘s a pair of us—don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog! – Emily Dickinson • • • Related Post: When Animals Speak [ […]

[ Le Petit Mort ]

Narrating the intimate and spiritual nature of life and death, joy and heartbreak, Le Petit Mort responds to a quote from the Euripides play Helen: “Oh, as I begin the great lament of my great distress, what mourning shall I strive to utter? or what Muse shall I approach with tears or songs of death […]