Based in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley
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Because we've all got stories to share

A sample of Jennifer's projects:

Profiles

Biographical sketches, professional bios, and short family histories

Writing Projects

Feature & content writing, press releases, grant writing, letters, special purpose

Editing

Newspaper, magazine, business, and personal projects

Community History

Learn more and get support for your community history project

Basics

The first time Jennifer reported a community event for The Bethlehem Press -- it was a doggie parade! -- she discovered stories rolling by in wagons, truckbeds, and even roller skates. She takes the time to listen and craft compelling portraits of what she sees and hears. Specializing in community history and personal sketches, Jennifer also puts her interview and research skills to work, with beautiful results that you can see right here on this website. So come along as Jennifer ...

Shares stories

From today's newspaper all the way back to those first newsletters and school projects, Jennifer loves to listen to people and to craft stories they inspire.

Captures ordinary life

This is why Jennifer started her blog, which you'll also find on this website. She says, "Stories flutter by me every day, and I couldn't resist."

Promotes community

Community is crucial, Jennifer finds. The books "Coming Apart" by Charles Murray and "Better Together" by Robert D. Putnam give the whys and wherefores.

Gets back to basics

Fresh air, sunlight, traditional cooking ways, and walking long miles do wonders for the heart and soul.

Services

About Jennifer

The processes of writing and editing share similarities with anthropology, in the sense of digging beneath the layers to find the structure, of story in the case of writing and of cultures or cities in the case of anthropology. It was a class for her anthropology major in college that first drew Jennifer to interviewing and storytelling and uncovered her love of life story that is the thread that runs through all of Jennifer's work. Did we mention that she is also a quilter? Whether for a family or community profile, a grant application, or a curriculum vitae, Jennifer remains fascinated by what she calls "the story in the story." Jennifer may be available to help you find, explore, and write your story. She invites you to contact her with your serious inquiry. Note that she charges by the hour and does not work on commission or for anticipated royalties. However, you can be sure that, in the words of one author whose work Jennifer has edited, "she really wants your project to succeed!"

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Vines cover the ruins of the old Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York.

Mere stones and stories they tell

While our storytelling can reshape the past, present, and future, occasionally something happens to set the events in stone. On a recent visit to Roosevelt Island, a lesser known part of New York City, stones lay nearly everywhere in sight. Originally home to the Lenni Lenape tribe, the island became…

Milkweed growing on the Trexler Nature Preserve above the Lehigh Valley

Where the runaway imagination goes

Last summer, my vegetable garden ran away and inspired me to do the same thing. The garden ran away with weeds, no see ‘ums, and platter-sized squash leaves. In consideration of this and of the previous years’ invasions of cabbage moths, ground hog and poison ivy, I’ve given up. The…