May 5, “My Mother’s Ceramic Hippopotamus”

Good morning folks. Here’s Jack’s latest post on the YouTube. Hit the thumbs’ up, subscribe, click on the little bell to be notified when his videos go up, or subscribe here to receive it in your inbox every Thursday. In around 80 days, YouTube will let us record live again, at 9 am on Thursdays. We’ll let you know when that happens.

Changing Things Up!

As many of you know, after the last administration ended, and the new one began, Jack ended his blog post project and began a live stream on Facebook. Well, Facebook livestreams suddenly developed strange audio mishaps that we couldn’t fix, so we are switching things up in a way we think will work better for everyone by carrying his Thursday morning posts to YouTube.

You’ll find this morning’s post here… And we would love it, if you are a YouTube user, if you would subscribe to his channel, then hit the bell icon for notifications. But don’t worry! We’ll post these little bitty shows every Thursday right here.

Reminder, Poetry “Concert” Tonight, 7pm

Tonight is my favorite night of the year, when our “Landscapes of Poetry,” workshop of gifted writers, which has been running for years and years, meeting monthly to work on our work, gives their Holiday Reading. It’s free and open to the public. Just use the “Contact” links above to contact either me or Julie to ask for the link.

If you can make it, you’ll hear from:

Annie Valkema, Kathleen Markland, GF Korreck, Sharon Arendshorst, Beth McBride, Ruth Zwald, Jeff Munroe, Robbi Hartt, Marianna Maver,  Mary McSchmidt, and Peg Padnos, and me. Just a couple of poems per poet, so it will move briskly along.

Such a good way to meet the holidays in the most humane and focused way!


Landscapes of Poetry Holiday Reading, December 9, 7pm, Online


Use the contact link above to write to Jack for the link, and we’ll get you in.

Annie Valkema, Kathleen Markland, GF Korreck, Sharon Arendshorst, Beth McBride, Ruth Zwald, Jeff Munroe, Robbi Hartt, Marianna Maver,  Mary McSchmidt, Peg Padnos, and hosted by Jack Ridl, Directed by Julie Ridl, with special guest:

Events and More Events!

Warning: Sorta self-promotion here; however others involved are quite worthy of your interest.

And of course, I’m sending this to you even if it’s geographically or otherwise impossible to take in some of the following.

Here Are four events that this friend of yours is part of–
1. A conversation with Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo. You can take this in anytime by following this link:
Joy and I had a really good time talking about everything from why she said yes to being the Poet Laureate of a country that stole her own country to if she still collects rollercoaster rides. This conversion was part of The Big Read Lakeshore, a program where there are events for a month for everyone in the area based on Harjo’s An American Sunrise.

2. On Monday November 1, as part of the Big Read program, I will present “Another Way of Looking at a Poem.” The event will be held in Hope College’s Maas Auditorium, 7-8 pm. Free to the public. 

3. On Tuesday November 2, The Creation Justice Team at Douglas United Church of Christ from 6-9pm will hold small group discussions of this year’s Community Read, The End of Night by Paul Bogard. (There are still copies available at the wonderful Reader’s World Bookstore!) This book, and I trust the discussions, will arouse your awareness of something we likely seldom notice. For example, did you know that many kids have never seen the stars? I will be leading one of the discussion groups. You can register for that event here: HTTP://

4. On Thursday, November 11 The Bookman Bookstore in Grand Haven is having a reading starting at 7pm. I am invited to read along with Alison Swan, Greg Rappleye, and Theresa Scollon. 

5. Also if you are interested, watch for notices of a class I’ll be teaching at Ox-Bow. The date has not yet been decided.

6. And if you are interested in working One-on-One with me either here at our home or via Zoom, just check out details at and get in touch.

PS. To watch Jack on RattleCast with editor of Rattle Tim Green, here that is:
I hope during these difficult days that you have been able to savor the slow arrival of autumn’s color.
I am ever grateful for your abiding friendship.Jack

Tonight’s Reading: We’re On!

WHOOPS!!! UPDATE!!! We’re moving this event indoors at Isabel’s Market & Eatery. Hope to see you there! No need for woolens or folding chairs!

We’ll be dodging raindrops between one shower and another tonight, but we’re on for the Last Red Dock Poetry Reading. Come and wish Tony and Dona well. Bring a jacket or a sweater with your folding chair. Beer and Wine and snacks for sale from Isabel’s Market & Eatery, who are kindly hosting this event with Tony. All the details here.