Speaking of Vanity Fair: Looking-Glass

“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.” — William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

See related post: WE ARE THE AUTHORS OF OUR LIVES. Reposted from 2016. Photos from the archives, ©2016, Jen Payne.

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Poems on death, grief, and gratitPoems on death, grief, and gratitude written from the shoreline of Connecticut and the wide and windswept beaches of Cape Cod.

Reflecting on the sudden loss of a close friend, author Jen Payne looks to the solace of nature. On the opening pages, she allows the poet Rilke to remind the reader “Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have. Be earth now, and evensong. Be the ground lying under that sky.” WaitingOut the Storm is an intimate look at life transitions and how we cope with the unexpected.

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Jen Payne has published four books: LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), FLOSSSING (2019), and Waitingout the Storm (2019). Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of…

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Finding Hope

“We create goodness in the world, and that gives us hope. We plant bulbs in the cold, stony dirt of winter and our aging arthritic fingers get nicked, but we just do it, and a couple of months later life blooms—as daffodils, paperwhites, tulips.” – Anne Lamott


A GIFT: Take a moment to read the full text of “Show Up With Hope: Anne Lamott’s Plan for Facing Adversity” by clicking here.

Photo of found message rock by Jen Payne.

Evidence: Horseshoe Crab

Each year, half a million Horseshoe Crabs are captured and bled alive to create biomedical technology. According to reports, 10-30% of them die, which is considered better than their statistical fate as fertilizer and bait. (“The Blood Harvest,” Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic.)

IMAGE: Horseshoe Crab Harvest, 1928. Delaware Public Archives, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

Evidence: Glacier

Glaciers across much of the world are retreating in response to changing climate. Since 1967, the Teton Glacier, seen here in 2016, has lost 15 percent of its surface area. If current trends continue, the glaciers of the Teton Range will disappear. Their passing will be one of the many transformations this landscape will experience in the face of climate change.

Photo ©2017 Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

Evidence: Monarch Butterfly

According to scientists, the North American continent’s Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) population has declined by more than 80 percent from its average during the past two decades — and by more than 90 percent from its peak of nearly one billion butterflies in the mid-1990s. (National Wildlife Federation, “Battle for Butterflies, The fight to bring back North America’s dwindling migratory monarchs,” by Laura Tangley.)

Photo ©2017 Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.