Jen’s thoughts

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I Still Hate Mondays

When I went from a Monday to Friday work schedule to a Saturday to Tuesday schedule, I thought that would take away Monday’s power to make my life miserable. I was so wrong. It made Monday even MORE powerful. Now Monday has the power to reach out across the week and make Saturday- happy, wonderful Saturday- … Continue reading

Thank You for Serving Your Country…..

There are veterans in my life who left their homes, their families, and all that was comfortable and familiar to fight for……. What? In World War II it was easy. It was clear who our enemy was and why were there. In the Pacific we fought Japan because Japan brought the war to our doorstep. … Continue reading

Does One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Bunch?

Around the world, government agencies charged with protecting the vulnerable are perpetually having a rough go of it in the media. So while perusing the regional newspapers as I am sometimes wont to do, I found an article about children who had died despite there having been recent involvement with that area’s child protective services agency. And wouldn’t … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo With a Twist of Lemon

Have you noticed anything different about me? Uh, no, I did NOT change my hairstyle. I’ve been writing every day! YAY! In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I decided I would, in true American style, steal the event and reshape it to meet my deepest desires. And that desire is to get my blog back … Continue reading

Everyone Called her Nell

It’s only when we’ve survived the trials of life ourselves that we learn to appreciate the difficulties faced by others. My grandmother’s name was Ellen, but everyone called her Nell. Nell and her 5 siblings grew up in poverty in England between World Wars. She was 16 at the start of World War II. Nell was determined to find a … Continue reading

I Come From a Long Line of Amazing Women

November 5th is my maternal grandmother’s birthday.  While writing about her, I started thinking about the other amazing women in my family. So while I continue to think and write about my grandma, I’ll tell you a bit about these other women. . My paternal grandmother was what we today call a foster parent. Granny … Continue reading

The World According to NCIS

I watch NCIS. Yeah, I admit it.  I started watching after several Facebook friends posted they watch the show and talked with each other about the episode while watching. I wanted to join in the conversation, so I started watching too. But Facebook has long since deleted Rumpy’s account, and I got tired of the bullshit that … Continue reading

Thursday Was an Ordinary Day

Thursday was a sunny day. I baked dog cookies using peanut butter, pumpkin, flour and eggs. Rumpy loved them and I love that even my dog can also enjoy the fall flavor blitz. I went shopping and bought myself some new clothes. You see, I made this list of things that I want and need, and I’m making … Continue reading

Why Do We Still Believe Sexism Doesn’t Exist?

I have questions.  Is Joy Behar truly sorry for her comments, or is she sorry she messed with the mostly female nursing profession when she dissed Miss Colorado for her monologue on her career as a nurse? And is it irony that she becomes more contrite as more sponsors break ties with The View? Is it … Continue reading

The Season of the Angry Man

It is the season of the angry man. Oh, who’s kidding who. It’s always the season of the angry man. Angry men have been beating the shit out of their wives, their kids, their parents for years, and nobody cared. They started wars and we called them brave. They forced their religious beliefs down our throats … Continue reading

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