the play's the thing….

I’ve been taking some time
to get to know myself better,
playing with soul playdough,
listening to what the shapes become,
like a second shot at kindergarten
that lets my  muchness be.

I’m a wave rider,
art maker,   star gazer,  tree hugger,   joy finder,
truth teller,   song seer,   God believer
and I’m learning to think like a farmer,
dance like a child,
cry like a girl,
love wholehearted
rest in motion,
and follow my hope.

I like sunshine and breezes,
and rivers when they ramble,
roses when they climb,
peace when it’s real,
and while I’m a dreamy soul,
I’m fierce in a fight.
I hate war
but I hate slavery more.

I’m happy when I’m pruning,
coaxing the fullness out of broken and  silenced spaces,
nudging them into healing light.
We ‘ve all got ’em,   those places
and nothing makes me quiver glad
like the strong fragile beauty
of  hearts getting free.

I like people more than paper,
facetime more than distance,
interaction more than book-writing
and playing more than perfecting.

So I’ve been un-sewing a book
that wasn’t ready to be born
and quilting pieces into playful material
for churning creative butter,
to nudge and tickle hearts childlike again.

I’ll be sharing some playhouse putty
from time to time
and loving it if you want to  play along too.


  1. Oooh oooh! These playful words and happy, brighter than bright, colorful photos of flowers and art make me smile, Jennifer! You have such a warm spirit. Big hugs back to you, kath

  2. a second shot at kindergarten
    playdough and art

    count me in !!!

  3. Your words are as colorful and playful as your photos. I love listening!

  4. You words make me want to chose mine more carefully, to write with a poet’s heart. SOmeday perhaps I’ll be brave and surprise you xoxo

  5. So love all of who you are. Thank you for sharing with me:)

  6. You know this really does need to go in the book. What a uplifting, inspiring, challenging post. There are more lines and phrases and thoughts in there to sit and ponder than I can mention. And as always love the vibrant photos and art!

  7. LOVING your muchness.

  8. Hi Jennifer! I just can’t say enough about your writing!!!! Do you have it published? If not, lets all figure out a way to get it done!!!! Love it!

    I have been working on my own soul playdough and so appreciate your post today!!!! 🙂

  9. You splash so much colorful beauty in our world with your words and photos. Your creative crayon box must be enormous.

  10. Your words speak volumes and I love reading them.

  11. this is a list filled with such joy and truth my sweet friend .. along with your photos my day is always brighter as i rest here
    ~~ thank you Jennifer for the way you share your heart~~

  12. I love how you say things and how this sounds in my head when I read it. Like a song. A happy song.

  13. some very good stuff here…playing instead of perfecting…i likey

  14. I arrive
    seeking something playful
    to lift me up
    to help me
    let go
    and when I leave
    I am light
    as a balloon
    letting go
    of gravity.

    Thanks for the joyful sojourn amidst your poetic photos.

  15. I like how you play…
    And, are you saying your are re-thinking your book at this time, or am I reading that incorrectly?

    Thank you for your comment you left on my last post…gave me air to soar a bit.


  16. “rest in motion” – your phrase brings ideas of exercise to mind. Motion can be relaxing.
    Thanks for browsing by A Few Clowns Short – that tree you were curious about is actually crocheted.

  17. Love this! Wishing I had more time to respond a wee bit more creatively, but alas, today I am a woman of few words. So “Love This!” will have to suffice. *wink*wink*

  18. Shoot. I don’t even know if that made sense! Ah well…

  19. You have so much fun … love your playful words and photos!

  20. So important to take time…to remember to play! What a beautiful tribute to the simple ‘art’ and ‘act’!

  21. An outdoor girl who loves Nature, lovely descriptions of yourself and your aims.

  22. More and more my little girl is playing once again. Gaining that freedom. Thank you Jen for sharing. Blessings and hugs.

  23. I love, love the beautiful, from the heart and to the soul of it
    words that you share here.
    Little girl me loves to twirl and twirl and twirl
    and she is so happy to have found you to twirl with, sometimes.

    xo, Anita

  24. Cousin Cathy says

    Your love for life is put into words beautifully. I enjoy reading what comes from your heart. Thanks for sharing with us. (((Big Hug)))

  25. Your words make me want to skip, and blow bubbles, and find colorful chalk and rocks for hopscotch.
    Count me in, anytime.

  26. I’m a player too, Jenny!!! Kindergarten is in my soul! LOVE your words and photos…just perfect! Thanks for saying what I’m thinking…love you….EC

  27. ah..the act of prunning………

  28. You are a beautiful soul. Period.

  29. always your words are so lovely and heart felt…i always end up reading them 2 or 3 times to take them all in!!!

  30. Posted on I’ve been absent for a while, but now I rmeeebmr why I used to love this site. Thanks , I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

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