When my town’s recreation and community education department sent out an email looking for instructors to teach classes during the spring and summer, I drafted three proposals. To my surprise, all three were accepted; and, if people sign up, all three will run. Although I’m looking forward to facilitating a conversation about the divorce process […]Read more "Tell Your Story: Space is Limited"
In my kitchen, right above the oven, I have these words on a plaque: Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. Everyday, at least once, I read Eleanor Roosevelt’s words and assess, based on what my mind is discussing (usually with itself), the quality of my thoughts. Six years ago, […]Read more "What Discussion Does Your Mind Have?"
https://jennabrownson.substack.com/Happy2022 It’s not too late to subscribe to GINNED UP. And for a very limited time, your subscription will be half off the standard annual subscription rate. Subscribe now, and you will get access to the archives, where all the previously published episodes are stored, and then, every Monday, you will receive a new episode […]Read more "Looking for an Incentive to Read More in 2022?"
On Thursday evening, I received another letter threatening a lawsuit, summarized with “please be informed that absent the immediate removal of your writings from the Internet . . . a lawsuit will follow.” We live in a nation where we each have been promised the inalienable right to free speech. I’m exercising this right. And […]Read more "To the Threats, I ask, “Is Life Not a Hundred Times too Short for Us to Stifle Ourselves”? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche"
On July 19th, just hours before I’d published even one word of Episode 1 of GINNED UP, I received a letter from an attorney. This attorney represents a person integral to my memoir. The salient part read as follows: “If you publish or in any way promote false and defamatory statements or information of and concerning (my […]Read more "The Looming Threats of a Lawsuit"
As you may recall, seven years and some months ago, I resigned my elected seat on our town’s Board of Selectmen. What you likely do not know is that just a few weeks after my resignation, a then-sitting board member called to warn me that The Boston Globe would likely be calling for my comment […]Read more "To the People of My Hometown"
I’m about to tell you some very personal information about me—and, I suppose, about the people I came to know, came to trust, and in the last seven years, came to question. In this years-long unearthing of myself, I have obsessively studied human nature, individual motivations, inviolable loyalties, and painful betrayals. And I had all […]Read more "WARNING: Mature Audiences Only"
I was ten when I encountered my first public penis. The early 80s found an innovative use for nylon: “running shorts,” a sportswear essential with cutting-edge fabric technology. The early 80s also found me, sitting with my classmates in a half-circle on our 5th-grade classroom floor with my teacher—a marathoner in training—proudly sporting a pair. […]Read more "A 300-Word Postcard from Lara Jenson’s Childhood"
Twenty-two years ago when my fiancé and I wrote our wedding vows, we agreed to incorporate particular words and phrases. Of course, “love” and “respect” were there, but I felt it important to include “extraordinary life.” That word, “extraordinary,” is something of an oxymoron, in that, the meaning is understood as “exceptional” and/or “special,” not […]Read more "The Perilous Comforts of Being Average"
She looks nice. Smart, reasonable, experienced. What is not clear by just looking at her is the immense power she holds. Last week on the day before my birthday, I called a car-care shop to schedule a full detailing of my car. Normally, this is something I’d do myself and manage to do with some […]Read more "Warning: Do Not Cross 50-year-old Women"