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Tweeting for Equity? #100mlives and Just-y Jen

Tweeting for Equity? #100mlives and Just-y Jen

On Valentine’s Day I participated in something called a Twitter chat. As a person who does not consider herself adept at technology, i.e. Mom: “The VCR just kept flashing 12:00 so I put a piece of tape on it”, there were many layers of growing necessary to actually...

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“And we’re walking…”

“And we’re walking…”

"A movement requires, you know, moving"-Jennifer Olsen Integration is the word for 2017. Integration of beliefs into action. I tend to require a physical manifestation from myself and the world, and that social media ain't action. And yet… A year ago I left the train...

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5th Grader Makes History

5th Grader Makes History

Musings on race and privilege in preparation for Waterville Rotary Club’s Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast Something happened when I was nine years old that is still growing and bringing me to this place. I grew up far from here in the city of Springfield,...

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Jen-gerbread: A Christmas Story of Why

Jen-gerbread: A Christmas Story of Why

  This post is the Pechakucha presentation I gave in Waterville, Maine in October, 2016 When my kids were little I wanted to be Martha Stewart. Not the empire building, insider trading Martha Stewart that you may think of, but more the enlightened homesteading,...

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Why I love this Food

Why I love this Food

I grew up in the land of convenience foods. My hardworking mom did her best to make supper for Dad and us 4 kids after a long day of getting the bills paid. Setting the table was a daily ritual, and table manners were a must. And we had Stove Top Stuffing, Rice a...

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Michael and Millinocket

Michael and Millinocket

When the mill shut down, I went back to work. We had moved our family from North Yarmouth to Millinocket to have a home-at-night life. My husband was on the road, and the kids and I needed the full family unit. I remember saying, “I don’t care if you’re pumping gas…”...

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Fantine and Billie Jean

Fantine and Billie Jean

Maybe you remember the 80’s. Hair was bigger, spandex was on the rise, and musical theater saw an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s book, Les Miserables. Hoo-boy, did I see myself as the tragic heroine. I sang the songs over and over. I remember that feeling that the world...

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