Because we've all got stories to share
A sample of Jennifer's projects:
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 ...
From today's newspaper all the way back to those first newsletters and school projects, Jennifer loves to listen to people and to craft the stories they inspire.
Celebrates 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."
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.
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!"
Featured photo: At the ready — a scene from Maine
I like the little red boat, don’t you?
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…
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…