Oh So Much Ding Dong

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Yearly Recap

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Hello readers!  Time to say goodbye and good riddance to 2016, the year that shook me to the core and gave my country a ding-donging idiot for president (I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM).

But it wasn’t all bad.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the past twelve months…

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Modeling amazing vintage clothing for my friend Chuck.

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A couple more shots from my 41st birthday.  ❤

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My Lana, jumping for joy on the day I helped her get her first car.

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The day that Chuck and I got a private performance by musician/magician Maxwell Blade in his Hot Springs theater. 🙂

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Getting to see these two faves…always best.

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A table full of beloved people who came to hear me read when I was the feature poet at Kollective Coffee.

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Spooky puss.

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Because COFFEE.  ❤

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Stripping all my clothes off and dropping my Polaroid gear to swim in a Hot Springs waterfall.

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The last day of summer, 2016.  Wearing my favorite 1970’s dress.

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A bohemian in Bohemia.  Photo by Chuck Dodson.

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No one will ever love anything as much as my Lana loves Mexican food.

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A special day in Paris.

Paris, Arkansas.  #TheOtherParis

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Above two photos:  a beautiful weekend at Mount Magazine Lodge.

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A sunset that inspired some spider lovin’.

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A new laptop.  Because people, it was TIME.

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Fun at The Ohio Club with Wednesday Night Poetry friends.

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Lana and her new boyfriend.  He might be the sweetest person I’ve ever met.

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The radiant Lana.  ❤

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Pilgrimage to Oklahoma, in hotels both expensive and cheap.

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Reason for the aforementioned trip to Oklahoma:  to hear/meet my living literary hero, former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins…

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Score.

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Oh, how I love this city.  #HotSprings

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Muffin keeps an eye on my new typewriter, a vintage Smith Corona Super G.

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On my way to a poetry reading in the hat Lana gave me.

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Good food and great espresso while on a lovely Christmas trip.


So, there it is…a brief 2016 photo recap.

Do I feel any more settled than I did last year at this time?  No, not really.

I try to be optimistic, but I’m terrified.  I’m going on blind faith, with not much reason to.  I’ve had my trust broken, AGAIN.

But I rise from the ashes, I create, and I proudly face a new day of yet another year.

I know my worth, and I never forget…

“I am Hope — the small, strong animal that stubbornly refuses to die.”

May you all have a magical 2017.

See you soon,

Jenn

xo

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