Author Archives: jeanehs

Daughter: Nurture Yourself

I was feeling sorry for myself on Mother’s Day since my mom told me told me to “go find another mother” just the day before. “I’m done!” she said on voicemail. “I’ll find another daughter, and you can find another … Continue reading

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Middle School and the Job Market

My 12-year-old daughter is definitely going through a growth spurt. She is thriving on Krave chocolate cereal and Edy’s ice cream, bowl after bowl. She’s gotten longer, more self-assured, more stylish, and more sarcastic seemingly overnight. I catch glimpses of … Continue reading

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On Becoming the Person I Loved

In 1991, When I was 18, I took my first creative writing class at UW-Milwaukee and fell pretty hard for my teacher. Susan was alive. I bet she taught that Intro class repeatedly. But you’d never have known; she brought … Continue reading

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Skipping School to Get an Education With A Camera

Ten days ago I called my 18-year-old son in sick to school so he could actually learn a thing or two. On February 13, tens of thousands marched from Voces de la Frontera (Voices of the Border) on 5th and … Continue reading

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A Permission Slip for My Son on his 18th Birthday

To Whom it May Concern: I hereby give permission for my son to do the following: Disappoint me Make as many mistakes as necessary Change his mind Adopt a point-of-view different than mine, in any area Stop worrying about me … Continue reading

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Harper Lee and Standardized Tests

My daughter, who is a high school freshman, is reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Well, she’s supposed to be reading it. She told me when she was attempting to read the book, she was constantly drifting off, reading the same … Continue reading

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What’s Your Problem?

The other day I listened to Jonathan Fields’ interview with Mark Manson (author of The Fine Art of not Giving a Fuck) on Jonathan’s (extraordinary! inspiring!) podcast Good Life Project. The title of the episode is “Mark Manson: On Pain, Possibility, … Continue reading

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