Summer go softly….

It’s good to be back here again,
to settle back into the gentle rhythm that I love
and let my swollen fingers walk soft across the keyboard
in the lingering way that I’ve missed.
I’ve felt homesick for the quiet of it all.

It’s been a swirl of change and ache and beauty and stretch
and I’m grateful that we’re free to walk in whisper
when words feel unready to be said.
I like letting ripe happen.

I haven’t many words today
but have a handful of fresh,  summery zines
that I’d love to give away.
If  you leave a comment,  I’ll plunk your name into the basket
and draw 5 or so next Sunday.
I want to share the bounty of my garden with you:)

“One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But ’til that morning, there ain’t nothing can harm you,
with Daddy and Mammy standing by.”

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy
(Ella Fitzgerald)


  1. Elephant's Child on June 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Heartfelt hugs, and oceans of caring flooding to your tired self.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      thanks for those oceans…..settling in beside the waves and dipping my toes:)
      heartfelt hugs back,

  2. Susan Troccolo on June 9, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I used to sing that song every summer. It’s got a beautiful chord progression of Am (sliding down the frets) to Dm and Em. I had a concern hurting my mind when I turned to your post and it answered my question. It doesn’t get any better than that does it. The photo of you is so very beautiful. You look as though you were made for summer Jennifer. Made for yellow and daisies. I’d love to be considered for zines. And if I don’t win, I’ll buy some, because I love sharing the wealth. Have beautiful rich and happy days.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      thanks, kind Susan:) I’m good. Tired, but good.
      I’m grateful for the zines you’ve already scattered for me
      ….I appreciate it in a big way, friend.
      Keep singing,

  3. Sue on June 10, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Summer- my favorite time of year. Love hearing your thoughts and beautiful photos

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      I love so much about Summertime, but it’s the slow that I like the most.
      How the day seems to go long and drawn out and so it can slow down and take
      it’s time about it:)
      Glad for your visit always,

  4. Brenda thebeau on June 10, 2015 at 6:55 am

    That one line “you can’t fix this, let it go” …straight to my heart. Thank you girl!

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      So glad it spoke to you, too.
      That’s something I need a daily dose of in order to keep
      my thinking out of rescue mode. I do love a rescue:/
      Still keep my cape handy, sometimes,

  5. Julia on June 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Warm flowery thoughts and cool refreshing breezes sent your way Jennifer. I hope that you can have time to pamper yourself a bit now that the rush is over.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      thanks for the breeze:)
      No pampering but I’m making slices of time
      to do what lights me up. That seems more
      energizing these days.
      Peace to you, too,

  6. Jane on June 10, 2015 at 8:19 am

    No flowery words from me…just the plain old truth! I would love to have one of your zines, as they brighten and encourage and enlighten and remind me of you! I’m with Susan, though. If I don’t “win” one, I’ll buy one; it has been too long since I did! Love you, Beautiful Girl!

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hey Jane:) I just love you:)
      Always happy to write your name on an envelope.
      Happy summering,

  7. Lady Fi on June 10, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I hope the summer beauty refreshes and heals you! Lovely shots.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      feeling healing happening, friend, thank you:)
      I appreciate you and your visit,

  8. gotham girl on June 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

    “I like letting ripe happen.” That is one amazing sentence. LOVE it and your postings and art!

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks for getting me:)
      So glad you dropped by in all of your wanderings
      (you so stir the wanderer in me)

  9. Kathryn on June 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I can feel your Tired. I share it, Jennifer. I have two weeks of teaching left, then some summertime. It was an exceptionally difficult, challenging year. I am ready to rest, breathe slowly, reflect, create…and did I mention rest?! I always love your photos. You are beautiful. Make your beautiful gardens and BE. Rest, too. Hugs, kathy

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I’m so glad you’ll be set free from your schoolday schedule soon!
      Happy with and for you:)
      Resting and being,

  10. jeanie on June 10, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    That photo of you is totally fabulous — looks like a magazine cover! But just as much I love “You can’t fix this. Let go.” Very wise words from a very wonderful woman. You have been missed and it’s joyful to wrap myself in your magical color and enchanting words once again.

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I love the way you relish! You are way good at it
      and I’m always inspired to look and see more.
      Thanks for your encouraging words.
      and way:)

  11. CherryPie on June 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    You have lovely vibrant blooms in your garden and the photo of you is lovely too 🙂

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      thanks, friend….it feels funny to take pictures of yourself sometimes,
      doesn’t it:) Trying to get over the shy:/

  12. Kathryn on June 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Nice to see you with your beautiful flowers!!!!

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      thanks, Kathryn…..I’m making a practice to photograph people
      more this summer. Kind of a photo challenge. Started with myself:)

  13. Becky on June 13, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Beautiful words, fabulous pictures, inspiring and comforting to me as always. I’d love to purchase one of your sines for a friend who went through a difficult loss this year.

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      I’m so grateful that you come around,
      that you take the time;
      thanks, Becky, I’m honored.
      You make me glad:)

  14. Kimber Britner on June 13, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I feel those words to my bones. The words don’t come as easily presently, so the paint does the talking. I love this gentle whisper of beauty.

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      thanks for feeling it with me
      and enjoying with me, also, the freedom to say
      or not say and still be loved and okay:)

  15. Donna on June 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    It feels good to have you back Jennifer…missed, loved and we are here to give big hugs. I agree with Susie you are made for summer….so fresh, happy and a flower child.

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, Donna:) I love so much about summer but the heat sometimes
      seems to slay me. Nevertheless, the bounty makes up for the bummer:)

  16. Sandra L. on June 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Are you familiar with Janis Joplin’s version of “Summertime”? It stole my heart more than 30 years ago and it still makes the hair on my neck stand up.

    • jennifer on June 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      yes, I remember, but I’m going back to find and wallow there
      now that you mention it! I love it that you brought that back
      to my mind:) thanks, friend!

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