Although I’ve been blogging since 2002, this is my first completely public blog. Rather than writing about my day-to-day life for myself and maybe a few friends, I’m trying to frame things differently in my mind. I’m now looking for the stories in stuff.

I want this site to be a place you can visit a few times a week to read interesting content that’ll provoke thoughts and conversation. At the very least, I hope to entertain you and give you something to read while you pee.

As far as who I am, I’m Jennifer Lawson and I live in Philly with my husband Mike  and our pets. Some other stuff about me:

  • I have two jobs, one paid and one unpaid. I’m a full-time web content manager (I work from home) and I’m a lead volunteer at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.
  • In February 2016, my 15-year-old dog Sassy — my very best friend and my interspecies life partner — passed away after struggling with canine cognitive disorder, or dog dementia, as well as kidney failure and other ailments. I wrote so many posts about Sassy’s struggle, and I hope you can get something out of it if your dog is going through the same thing. At the very least, I hope it’s a source of comfort to know you’re not alone. Read more here.
  • I’ve been a vegetarian since 1997 and I’ve been an off-and-on vegan for the past two years.
  • I was a journalist and freelance writer previously, most notably at the Las Vegas Sun, where I covered crime. My byline was By Jen Lawson, which is where I came up with the name of this blog.
  • I’m a feminist. I’m interested in uplifting and encouraging women — especially young women — not slut shaming and making them feel “less than.” The world does enough of that to us as it is.
  • As of Oct. 2014, both of my parents are dead. Unfortunately, dealing with parental death is something I understand. If you need someone to talk to, please feel free to email me at lawson dot jennifer at gmail.com or use the form below.
  • I love beer. Not just any beer — great craft beer. I spend way too much on it, but I have no regrets.
  • I believe in finding the good in all things. It’s always there.
  • I’m an NPR junkie and Ira Glass is my ultimate dream man.

I think the rest will come out in the telling.

“let me live, love,

and say it well

in good sentences”

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Thanks for reading!

Hawthornes, South Philadelphia, beer
At Hawthorne’s in 2013


  1. said:

    Thanks for finding and following my blog! How did you like your reading experience? Come back soon 🙂

    February 5, 2015
  2. Great pic! It’s so cool how it points to you. I like the way you formatted this page and may use this idea on my “About” if that’s ok?
    How much time does it take to be the “Lead Volunteer” for an animal welfare society? I’d love to help my local animals in need….

    February 5, 2015

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