Jen’s thoughts

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So How’s That Vegan Thing Going Anyway?

Depends on who you ask. Rumpy is not pleased. He misses bites of tasty morsels as I noshed to my heart’s content. Last week I was checking out at the grocery, and the kid ringing me up asked if someone in my home had a dairy allergy. I said no, this way of eating is a choice. … Continue reading

Women Shaming Other Women? Shame on You!

This morning on Facebook a local news outlet had posted a heartwarming story of police officers giving out ice cream to community kids on a hot day. But many of the comments in the thread were about one young woman in one of the photos who wasn’t wearing a bra. “You should have bought her a bra.” “No … Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day to My Dad!

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there! I went and visited with my dad last night, and he told me stories of my family. This time he showed me some pictures of his father that I hadn’t seen before. I’ve been thinking this weekend about the gift my father gave me that I’m most … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day to My Mom!

Today is Mother’s Day and I am not available to celebrate with my mom. Instead I will be assessing if children are safe in their mother’s care. My mother raised 3 kids alone during a time when it was still taboo to be a single mother. She worked crappy jobs and put up with a lot … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Homeless Cats

When Rumpy and I are out for walks, the homeless cats remain still until we pass by.    It’s a smart strategy. When afraid, most animals either fight or flee. But being still throws a predator off guard. “Hmmm…. not afraid? Maybe I should keep looking.” When I’m afraid, I tend to start running my … Continue reading

Message to Michael

I often talk of the things Rumpy and I see while on our walks. Today we saw this: There’s no similar sign posted anywhere else that I’ve seen. This is the only one. So who is Michael, and why does he need our prayers? I first thought of this song recorded by Dionne Warwick: But … Continue reading

How a Curmudgeon Learns to Be Positive

She was a petite cream-color kitty with black facial markings and striking blue eyes. I often noticed her seated in the upstairs window of the apartment building Rumpy and I passed by on our morning walks. And then a week ago we spotted her outside. She was fearful of Rumpy, though he was across the … Continue reading

Of Pets and Power Suits

First thing this morning I had to appear in court. WAIT! No, this is NOT a post about work, I promise! But it’s important to tell you that I had to put on my best game face today, and we women know all too well that wearing that power suit makes you look and feel more confident. … Continue reading

Springing Forward!

Soon the time will change. And my schedule with change. Again. Different time for walkies. Different time for meals. It’s all so confusing. Why do you humans keep doing this? I don’t know. Lucky for me, I’m a go-with-the-flow kinda dog. I will embrace the earlier walks that will bring with them the warmer days. … Continue reading

How NOT to Sell a Car to a Woman

I know I write about sexism and gender bias more than some of you want to read, but I have to tell you this story, because I still can’t believe it’s true. And yet, I know it is, because it happened to me earlier today. As I mentioned before, I’ve been mulling over whether to trade in … Continue reading

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