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”
Thanks for reading!