Riffs of remembering….

A vivid December wind scrolls clouds across the early morning sky
and somehow it heals the tired of me,
all this living in longing to do life simple,
to gather up the edges of my hope
and shake it out hard so I can lose the fluff
and draw up solid around me what remains,
like a blanket in the night
and feel it thump comfort
warm against my chest

and it’s a strong shot of courage that there is a bright hope
that remains
and I don’t want to forget that for a minute.

There is a lot I want to remember right now,

~that it’s not time wasted,
soaking in the presence of Love,
that basking is productive.


~that there are angels ready and willing
and watching and waiting,
just listening for a prayer.

~that prayer is so much like gardening,
it’s almost too simple,
(doesn’t much appeal to busyness and bustle)
it’s easy dance with Spirit that plants and weeds and waters
no matter how haphazard or unique to you.
(that listening is prayer,  too)

~that there is enough;
nough to have and be all we’re meant for
without cutting into someone else’s goodness.


~that when we spend ourselves
throwing wood on the fire of joy in this sad world,
sometimes even belly-to-the-ground
blowing hard on graying coals,
shivering and heartsick for flame
in the cold wind of living,
it’s a beautiful thing and it matters.

In fact,  it  shrieks light against the dark
and,  whatever else this season is about,
I want to string more twinkle lights lonely places
because I’m not interested in being cool;
what gets my heart onto paper and wrapped in words
are those moments when we’re decidedly uncool,
when our hearts are hanging out there on our sleeves unguarded
and it’s all just raw and real and true.

I want to remember to say it,  the love,   when I wonder if I should,
to give it when I think maybe I might,
to be crazy generous in these tightfisted times.
Because life is too short to be cool;
I want a red hot love raging strong against the bitter cold and dark.


“The only true currency in this bankrupt world
is what you share with someone else
when you’re uncool.”
-from “Almost Famous”

So glad to be sending a copy of my December issue of Ripplesongs
to Lady Fi;
so grateful to her for the beauty she shares and shines
(please message me,  friend,  with your address)



  1. Elephant's Child on December 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful, powerful, heart stirring words which sing loud and true.
    Megathanks. As always.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 8, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Thanks for singing along with me, friend:)
      I appreciate you!

  2. Lynn Wilkinson on December 8, 2014 at 1:39 am

    words so needed at this exact moment in my life…
    that there is enough for everyone, without taking away from
    someone else.
    hanging twinkle lights
    being uncool in this time of healing…
    with angels ready to come..
    they have come and God has proven He hear’s
    even our simple plea… the answers come on
    strong, and sometimes faster than prepared to take in…
    it’s important to remember (those moments when you
    ask so that when you receive it is with the fullness of all the tis love.
    Merry Christmas Jennifer, I hope that your time slows and you
    catch your breath
    and you feel loved and warm and cozy every time you need…
    that angels will wrap their wings around you to coax you out of the
    winter breezes and into the warmth of God’s abiding love.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

      You said a whole lot of goodness right there, dearheart!
      Yes and thank you for that blessing…feeling it to my bones:)
      love and hugs,

  3. Donna on December 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Absolutely heartfelt singing a loud YESSSS!!!! Never cool but always loving, and really that is the coolest thing of all….to fling lots of love and light into the world as you do my sweet friend….I adore these pictures and especially the last….masterful and just lit my heart right up!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Never cool but always loving…..I really like that.
      Cool is so overrated:)
      Except when it happens accidentally:)
      love and thanks,

  4. Barbara on December 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Absolutely true about life being too short to be cool. And I love your description of prayer, an easy dance with the Spirit… Thank you, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:16 am

      thanks for stopping by this busy season, Barbara;
      love and bright hope that these days
      be merry and bright
      for you and yours:)

  5. Elizabeth on December 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I was going to quote a favorite line or two but realized I’d have to quote it all. Lyrical hopeful generous beauty. I can feel the words rolling around in my body like a warm hug.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thank you Elizabeth:)
      feel the words rolling around in my body…..love that:)
      So glad you dropped by!

  6. susan troccolo on December 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

    “Lose the fluff and draw up solid around me what remains…”That is going to stay with me Jennifer. When your posts come, I go back over and over to absorb your words. You have such love in your world and you share it with us all. I appreciate you more than I can say. My nutty post for the end of the year is another expression of love I guess. The title refers to the Irish expression that the deep winter shows us a very thin veil between worlds–life and death. For me, it isn’t sad. It’s the glorious truth of nature.
    Have a peaceful holiday everyone.


    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

      looking forward to reading your nutty post:)
      Thanks for your kind, balmy words, friend.
      much joy to you in the coming days,

  7. susan troccolo on December 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Jenn, I forgot to tell you that all of your zines have been distributed to cancer wards in the Portland area. See how far your influence has traveled! Just thinking that someone could find your words right when they need them is worth it all. Thank you. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

      I can’t TELL you how glad that makes me;
      heart smiling wide over here:)
      much thanks!

  8. Kathryn on December 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    You spin such pictures with your words, it amazes me cuz it’s not a talent I hold!! Love your last photo too…goes beautifully with your words!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

      spinning pictures….I love that idea:)
      thanks so much for your kindness, friend;
      your drawings do the same for my heart.

  9. S. Etole on December 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

    So much comfort in this quilt of love and beauty that you share.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

      quilt of love…..thanks, Susan; I love that:)
      much thanks for sharing this journey,
      both of us eyes wide open:)

  10. Eydie on December 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

    YES to more twinkle lights, YES to being uncool, YES to ” ~that there is enough;
    enough to have and be all we’re meant for
    without cutting into someone else’s goodness.”
    You words glow with LOVE and LIGHT. I’m reflecting them back to you, my friend. Beautiful.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:21 am

      thanks for the loving reflection, Eydie; you make my heart
      grin so wide. so often:) love and thanks,

  11. Kathy Anne on December 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I thirstily drank in your words like refreshing water that nourished my soul.
    Yes, that’s me, the uncool one wanting more twinkle lights. And coffee.
    Thank you always for sharing your beautiful heart and light.❤️

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

      I love how you described that, Kathy Anne;
      thanks for those beautiful, balmy words:)
      music to my heart:)
      big joy to you,

  12. Lady Fi on December 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

    How gorgeous and inspiring! Love the backlight on that tulip shot. And I’m so excited to win an issue of Ripplesongs. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Looking forward to sending your package on it’s merry way today, Fiona;
      thanks for all the beauty that you share,
      that you are,

  13. Kimber Britner on December 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I was thinking about angels too this week. I love how you string twinkle lights in lonely places.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:23 am

      I’m glad we get to share this journey face to face these days, friend:)
      thanks for your balmy kindness,

  14. Louise Gallagher on December 12, 2014 at 7:17 am

    You make hearts sing
    and spirits lift up in joy.

    You make words dance
    and images shimmer in the light.

    You make the world a better place.

    • Jennifer Richardson on December 13, 2014 at 7:24 am

      oh, your words:)
      reminds me of a line from Charlotte’s Web
      about how awesome to have a friend whose also a
      writer:) thanks for the loving encouragement,

  15. jeanie on December 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Sigh. there are some things, some posts, I just print out and stick in a journal to review now and then, to show to someone else. I may read this one at Christmas to share with my little family and who knows who else might be at the table. Indeed, this is rich beyond words.

  16. gotham girl on December 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I am ALWAYS amazed when I drop in…beautiful!!

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