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Paperback Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9905651-0-9
  • 288 pages
  • $24.95
Jennifer Payne
LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness is a journal of one woman's reconnection with Nature, told through essays and poems by writer Jennifer Payne, and illustrated by 100 stunning, full-color photographs of the woods and shoreline of Connecticut. LOOK UP! narrates Jen's personal journey from running her own business 24/7 to the rediscovery of the joys she knew as a child playing outdoors and a new connection with the world around her. Follow along on this journey, season by season, through journaled reflections about nature, life, breath, mindfulness, balance, spirit.


Seldom do I pick up a book that I turn to for my daily fix, one with which I close or start each day. Jen Payne's meanderings through the woods in LOOK UP! have an uncanny way of drawing the reader along on a most engaging journey. Through the use of words and photos that sing and play, that dig as well as soar, this compact yet expansive compilation of reflections is more than a recounting. It is an unfolding—of self and of discovery.

Page turning in LOOK UP! is addictive. Yet I find myself lingering on each page before moving on for fear of missing one tiny piece of the solace, joy, connection and peace that are the heart of this noteworthy book.

- Mary O'Connor, author, Life is Full of Sweet Spots

New Haven Register, Donna Doherty

Branford author Jen Payne invites us to ‘Look Up!'
By Donna Doherty, New Haven Register, October 4, 2014

The rain falls softly on the pond in a hypnotic rhythm. It patters overhead on the leaves of a bower of stately oaks. Swans and ducks paddle quietly near the shore, oblivious to the visitors on the adjacent trail. It is relaxing, meditative and a bit spiritual – the perfect setting for Branford author, graphic designer (Words By Jen) and poet Jen Payne to illustrate in real time the feeling she conveys in her new book, Look Up! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, her homage to the power of walking meditatively as opposed to power walking, to breathing in the palliative effects of nature to find “peace, solace, joy, connection ...”

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March 29 Book Reading with Writer Jen Payne

Join Seaside Home & Gifts in welcoming Branford, CT writer Jen Payne for a book reading and signing on Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. Following a trail of readings from her new book, LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, Jen will lead a conversation about slowing down, reconnecting with nature, the many ways to be mindful, and how the simple act of looking up can create more balance in our lives. 

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing during the event. Refreshments and give-aways.Seaside Home & Giftsis located at 172 Thimble Islands Road in Stony Creek, CT, (203) 208-4312. For more information, visit

Summertime Reading: LOOK UP!

Three Chairs Publishing is pleased to announce that LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness is now available at Breakwater Books in Guilford, Connecticut.

Breakwater Books
81 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-4141

LOOK UP! is also available at the following Connecticut merchants and independent booksellers:


Branford Book and Card
1024 Main Street, Branford, (203) 488-5975

Martha Link Walsh Gallery
188 North Main Street, Branford, (203) 481-3505

Rock Garden
17 South Main Street, Branford, (203) 488-6699

Seaside Home & Gifts
172 Thimble Islands Road, Branford, (203) 481-1177


1250 Boston Post Road, Guilford, (203) 453-4000 


Madison Wool
56A Wall Street, Madison, (203) 245-5921

For more about LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, visit today!

This book is an oasis…and a great gift idea!

“This book is an oasis, a place to visit to reconnect with beauty and nature. I like to randomly open to any page and read where I land, poetry or prose, interwoven with gorgeous photographs. Invariably, what I find is calming and centering, like a little vacation from the swirling world. An inspiring collection!” (Amazon Review by Kat Lehmann, July 2016)

Written by Jen Payne, this full-color journal includes essays and poetry about nature, stunning photography, and a collection of quotations by philosophers, poets, naturalists, and famous writers. Direct-order books are signed by the author and include a free bookmark. Final price includes shipping & handling, plus CT sales tax.  


Paperback Details
  • 09/2014
  • 978-0-9905651-0-9
  • 288 pages
  • $24.95