RSS Jeannie Blasberg

  • Confessions of a Boarding School Mom: Let Someone Else Play Bad Cop September 18, 2019
    This essay was originally published on The school year may have just begun, but many families are already in the process of thinking about “the next school.” If that consideration includes boarding school, read on. Even though my recent novel, The Nine, portrays a mother’s harrowing experience as her son navigates boarding school, I […]
  • The Kids, The Parents, and The Campus September 5, 2019
    This essay was originally published on When parents of teens gather, the conversation offer turns to what’s going on with the kids, which schools they attend or have attended. I’m not bringing this up to bash parents for being “too involved” or pile on more evidence that an admissions-driven obsession is dragging our culture […]
  • Let Them Make Mistakes: Parenting Teens in the 21st Century August 21, 2019
    This article was originally published on The best medicine I found for easing the anxiety of parenting boundary-pushing teenagers was remembering my own risky behavior at their age.… “One of you has got to call your parents,” said the officer at the Palm Springs police department. We’d been rounded up and taken in when […]
  • ‘Sacred Sto­ries as Metaphor’: A Mod­ern Retelling of Bib­li­cal Stories August 20, 2019
    This post was originally published by the Jewish Book Council.   My nov­el, The Nine, will be pub­lished on August 20, and as with my debut, Eden, I took inspi­ra­tion from the Torah in writ­ing it — not in lit­er­al terms, but using our sacred sto­ries as metaphor. I don’t write in an ancient set­ting, but in a mod­ern one. […]
  • Five Publishing Tips from a Sophomore Novelist August 5, 2019
    This post was originally published on as a part of the #5onFri series. As I home in on the publication date for my second novel (The Nine, She Writes Press, August 20), there is excitement whirring in my mind as well as the anxiety that comes with keeping track of a to-do list. I’d […]
  • Writing Rituals: Staying Grounded During Busy Times July 23, 2019
    This post originally appeared on as “Five Weeks To Book Launch And How My Writing Practice Keeps Me Grounded.” I am a woman with many morning practices, from skin care to yoga and meditation to blending a perfected breakfast smoothie, from walking my dog to writing long hand in my journal.  Needless to say, […]
  • 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 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 […]