Jamie Harris: What’s In Your Bag?

Welcome back to my series where I get nosy with artists and find out what they take with them in their bag. My guest today is artist, writer, and graphic designer, Jamie Harris. I’ve known Jamie for about 20 years and I adore her. She is intelligent, kind, talented,...

Outside the Calendar

When January rolls around,I’ve just lived through a monthcrammed full of       emotions      activities      expectations      pressures.a whirlwind of messages,experiences,personalities,and...

Wonder Truly: What’s In Your Bag?

Welcome to the What’s In Your Bag? series, where I get nosy with artists about what they take with them to capture those creative thoughts, live their art, and express themselves. My first guest is Wonder Truly, who I met on Instagram. We connected over music...

Thanks, Cornfields

Cornfields ripple in the wind,Stalks swaying, without a care in the worldSlender leaves shimmering in the sunlightSky of summer blueGrasses tickled by the current,Empty railroad track stretching across.This is the place where I buried youThough your gravestone is...

Edge of the Wilderness is Live!

It’s here! My new EP, Edge of the Wilderness, is available now on all music platforms. Choose your preferred music app here: https://linktr.ee/jessicathecotten I’m excited to finally share my songs with you. Edge of the Wilderness features immersive electronic...

My Heroes

My newest single, “My Heroes”, released June 3. I could not be more ecstatic to have this song finally out and about in the world! I hesitate to try to explain what my songs are about because a) they’re often about lots of things, and b) I want them...

Remember the Good Times

Two weeks ago, my grandfather passed away. He was 96, lived an incredible life, was kind, optimistic, and gave the best hugs. I don’t have a single bad memory of him. He was a constant source of goodness in my life, and though I still feel a deep sense of connection...

City on Fire

My song “City on Fire” was released July 9, 2021. I wrote it off and on from 2016–2020, when it felt like so many things were falling apart…but it also felt like they needed to fall apart. So, if at any point during those years you felt disillusioned, angry, afraid,...

Me, Her, and Words Like Swords

We stood on the precipice, the wind bellowing in my ears and whipping her long dress and hair all about. She was taller than me. I had somehow forgotten about that. Maybe because she never feels intimidating.   It was easy to be with her. Even today. Even...

The Circus Is On

I would like to gather somewhere, Move with Belong to Partake in something Worthwhile Without the bologna of A group of well-dressed men Sitting on the front row Reveling in their hierarchy. Stages are set For the well-dressed. Megaphones handed To those with stories...

The Peddler

Well, aren’t you the fanciest salesman I’ve ever seen!What’s this you’re selling? GOD? I don’t recognize God in your swagger. Your clothes are a little too fancy. And your promise of “more” and “better”...

Welcome to the Wildflowers

I seek answersAmong the wildflowers.They, amidst rocksThey, throughout droughtsThey, the daring ones.Serene, subversive. “Teach me how to grow,” I say to them. They are tutors, and I listen. “SlowSteadyTrustingExuberantUniqueAn...

The Gifts No One Wants

Patience and perseverance.Patience and perseverance. I’m repeating those two words to myself.I’m repeating them here.  Patience and perseverance. They do not roll off the tongue as other words do – words like success, blessing, ease, triumph, happy...

Where Few Want To Wander

If there is a wayTo life     True life          The happy kind          The kind where we are embraced          And safe          And...

Without Fire

I saw a falling star tonightIt was beautifulWe admire the beautiful things, you knowBut did you forget?This starFallingLighting the skyWas also burning,Dying. We crave beautyWe crave gloryWe crave the gasps we makeWhen stars fall from the sky.We rarely realizeThe...

Beat Down

I don’t have much to give. My heart, though Is wide open. Wilted, you see. Ready to receive Some love All the love Any love.

Patience and Pain and Anti-Mediocrity

Edits for first draft of my book came back.I crawled into a ditch of  “I’m A Worthless Writer, This Story Is Garbage, And I’ll Never Write Anything Ever Again.”I stayed in the ditch for several days.Ate pizza and ice cream sandwiches.Watched movies.  And...

When The Light Comes Through

When the light comes through the window, I love it.I love it when the light comes through.When the light shines in the morning, first thing, I love it.I love it when the light comes through.When the light is alive because the clouds don’t block the sun, I love...

Now.

I don’t have the beaches of Kauai, but I have the hills of Pennsylvania. I don’t have a quaint, historic village in England, but I have the small town of Mechanicsburg. I don’t have the life of an “important” person who travels and speaks and is invited places to...

The Art of Conversation

It is much more difficult and costly (to our ego) To invest in the lives of those around by asking them questions about their life, by inquiring of their opinions on things, and by listening without prejudice, instead of monologuing, or dispensing advice that no one...