RSS Jeannie Blasberg

  • A Song of Gratitude: Reflections on my Journey to Japan June 20, 2019
    This article originally appeared on Indagare under the title “A Song of Gratitude: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg Reflects on her Journey to Japan.” Our trip to Japan followed a week in Hong Kong where my husband had business and I spent mornings working and writing before doing my best to take in the city amidst unrelenting rain. Our introduction to Japan […]
  • How the Japanese Tea Ceremony Mirrors the Author/Reader Relationship May 29, 2019
    On our recent trip to Asia I barely scratched the surface of omotenashi, the Japanese spirit of hospitality, but I did have the opportunity to participate in a tea ceremony which gave me a glimpse. As I lay awake that night combatting jet lag, I began to see parallels between the author/reader relationship and the […]
  • Women Writers over a Certain Age May 22, 2019
    The following article was originally published on BooksByWomen.org. A friend suggested recently I write an essay about how one went about being taken seriously as a female writer over fifty. My first reaction to this suggestion was actually surprise, and my second was wonder …. maybe she didn’t take me seriously? I sat back in my […]
  • Passover Reflections on Moab April 15, 2019
    I’ve been back to Boston for a couple weeks but there are images from Utah that I’m carrying close through this cold and grey New England spring.  Not really images, more like colors: white snow, blue sky, and green trees…. And then there’s the red. We took a couple of days while two of our […]
  • The Price of a College Admission Scandal March 23, 2019
    I had to pull my  jaw off the floor reading the recent reports of parents and college admissions consultants gaming the system. Even though the college admissions process has never been ‘fair,’ the hacks these people created stooped to a whole new level. I should qualify this post with the fact that as a fourth […]
  • Book Club- It’s Okay if You Don’t Discuss the Book February 25, 2019
    The following article was originally published on NovelNetwork.com. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the disparaging comment that book clubs drink more wine than talk about that book. I’ve visited many book clubs since the release of EDEN, and people who think it is just an excuse to drink wine don’t […]
  • No One Wins at the Game of Competitive Parenting (Trust Me, I Know) February 12, 2019
    The following article was originally published on GrownandFlown.com. It’s not like a gymnastics competition where the judges hold up scores at the end of a floor routine. It’s not like you can “stick the landing” either. It’s not like the announcement comes over the PA system: “A perfect 10! She’s achieved the perfect 10!”  No, a […]
  • Skiing With My Mother’s Mittens February 12, 2019
    My mother’s mittens are soft and worn, of black leather and insulated with red nylon and down fill. I wore these fifty-year-old mittens every day this past March and wondered what she would have thought of my extravagances: an EPIC pass in my pocket and accommodations just a short walk to the mountain. She was […]
  • Learning to Say Goodbye to your Children is an Overrated Skill January 29, 2019
    The following article was originally published on GrownandFlown.com. I scoffed at the parents, briefcases in hand, dressed smartly, waving furiously and tearing up at the “Goodbye Window.” I donned an ensemble of sweats, maybe even the t-shirt I’d slept in, and a hat and down jacket long enough to cover the entire mess. My eldest son […]
  • How Instagram Helps My Writing January 16, 2019
    I took a “Writing from Personal Experience” class in Cambridge taught by Mopsy Strange Kennedy. An exercise she often assigned us involved going on “writerly walks.”  She encouraged us to travel our usual paths but make the effort to really notice – maybe for the first time – the details along the route: the bicycle […]