Long Days and Short Years

just trying to pay attention so I don't miss my life


My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours. —Frederick Buechner

My name is Jen and I write from the beautiful urban woods of Pittsburgh.  I am a seminary grad, the mom to two ferocious little girls, and a fledgling triathlete.  In this blog you’ll find stories, poems, and the occasional chicken quiz.

Somehow I have become most well-known for How Having Kids Ruined my Life.  If you have gotten to this blog by googling that something or someone has ruined your life, you’re not alone.  I hope that you will join me here as we search (sometimes desperately) for courage and joy.  If you’re specifically looking for parenting posts, check out Little Ones and Long Days/Short Years.

Another big piece of my life is that for the past almost-decade I have been living as a minority, that is, I am a white woman living in an African-American neighborhood.  This is a new experience for me, and I am still figuring out what it means.  For my urban foibles and reflections, check out the Stop Shooting posts and Beware of White People with Chickens.

***I also blog with friends at http://www.youareherestories.com***


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