Jenny's World and Welcome To It

Before Anything

Before anything  

did or did not go as planned  

you were just yourself  


And afterwards, when  

you got or did not get what   

you had hoped you would  



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Bless All The Mothers

There she is, my mom. Isn't she lovely?  She doesn’t want me to tell you how old she is.  She tells me she reads this, but I have my doubts.  I bet I could get away with it.  Still, out…

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Good Enough is All Perfect Was Trying To Be

Fun week!  Fun couple of weeks, actually, with Easter and a college reunion.  Even so, the most fun thing I do all week is put together this Sunday Haiku Milieu email. 

So imagine this morning, when I realized I hadn't…

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Sliding Home

You only get one group of THOSE college friends. 

You know the ones I mean.  In our case, we spent from 9 am - 1 pm together, and then depending on what shows we were working on, we were together…

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Creating together

Every year, we celebrate "FriendsMass," Christmas with my friends from college.  It is a moment of sanity in what is typically an insane season.   

Due to Covid, we missed the last two years, and finally got together this weekend. Between…

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The Oracle of the Pantry Door

When I was little, I really wanted to know how things would turn out. 

My mom still lives in the mid-century, split-level house I grew up in. You'd walk in the front door, have the living room on the immediate…

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Even Office Supplies Will Do

So, it was quite a week at the day job. 

You know, the day job, the place that gives us so many things in addition the means of keeping the roof over our heads: new friends! A sense of purpose…

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#SidewalkRorschach: a scrollable digital totem pole

#SidewalkRorschach, by Robin Bienemann  
Last year, in mid-COVID lockdown, I invented a game I play with my friends on Facebook called #SidewalkRorschach.  
The game begins with me walking around my neighborhood alone taking pictures of the sidewalk.  
Together my Facebook…

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Matt Scharpf: Marching

Matt Scharpf's video of his song "Marching."  Watch the video first, then again after you read this! 

Matt Scharpf: I knew him first when he was a teacher at Fenwick, then encountered him as a songwriter.  Empathetic, collaborative…

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"Let 'Em Get Away" (The Laws)

This unreleased song is called "Let 'Em Get Away," from back in the day. Thank you to Marshall Hjertsted for the video. 

Life is so funny.  I wanted to talk about the mid-life crisis in this blog today.  How I…

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Even Bono Gets Embarrassed 

Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP/Shutterstock

Bono just made me feel better.  

In a recent article by Devon Ivie in Vulture, he said, “maybe that’s the place to be as an artist – you know, right at the edge of your level of…

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The Junk Drawer: batteries and tape

When the apocalypse comes, Robin and I will be well provided for in two areas: batteries and tape. 

Robin buys batteries in bulk at every opportunity, “because you just never know,” he says, “I take them with me to every…

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Terry White: Roadblock

I would normally write an intro about my dear friend and collaborator - but I said it all in the video!  Enjoy, Jenny 

Roadblock – A Haiku Milieu collaboration 

It started with Jenny’s haiku.  I get a new one…

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