The Beginning of The End of The Blog

Jessie Rosen - November 13, 2017

December 8th marks the 10th birthday of this blog, my blog. I’ve decided it will also be the last official day of posting. After a full decade of writing, it’s time for this chapter to come to an end. Why?  Because 10 years is an amount of time that makes me incredibly proud. Because new creative projects have become important to me, like focusing more …

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Meet My New “Student”: The Canswer Man

Jessie Rosen - November 2, 2017

A few months ago my Dad called. “Was it all a bad dream?” I asked before I even said hello. He laughed but said no. This was not his own Bob Newart moment. He did, as the doctors had suspected, have cancer. I’m sure we both said a lot of other things after that, but I don’t remember anything until this: “But, I have an …

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Evelyn Saves America: Part IV

Jessie Rosen - October 27, 2017

Evelyn’s still at it, this time with even more help. [If you missed the earlier Evelyn Saves America stories you can find Parts I through III in links at the bottom of this story] — “Hi, I’m Judge,” Judge said as he slumped into the back of Daniel’s car. Evelyn was in the front passenger seat next to Daniel. She told him she felt strange making …

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How Could We Have Brought Down the Sexual Assaulters Sooner?

Jessie Rosen - October 25, 2017

Like many/most/hopefully all people, I am blown away by the recent takedown of prominent and serial sexual assaulters in this country. It started with Harvey Weinstein but already fashion photographer Terry Richardson has been banned by brands Valentino, Bulgari and publisher Vogue Conde Nast, an LA Times article outed Bugsy writer James Toback (more than 200 accusers), and Amazon Studios executive Roy Price resigned following sexual harassment allegations. Now articles …

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RIP AOL IM, and thanks

Jessie Rosen - October 17, 2017

Sometime in the spring of my freshman year of high school I sat down with the big glossary of musical terms that we kept in the living room and started the search for the perfect AOL AIM screen name. [Was it called a screen name? Hey, what’s your screen name? Or. Hey, what’s your IM name? That sounds more like it, but I can’t 100% …

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Evelyn Saves America: Part III

Jessie Rosen - October 11, 2017

I’ve been doing these free writes as if I am Evelyn and I’m making the moves I would make in this same completely insane scenario that makes me very happy. So far I keep having new ideas of what I’d do next, hence another little post. — The group had been meeting in the back booth at the Panera Bread on West Main Street every …

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Evelyn Saves America: Part II

Jessie Rosen - October 9, 2017

A little more from the Evelyn Saves America story, because that’s what came out during another free write.  — Evelyn did not really know where to begin with this little project because she had never been a criminal. She had been a secretary at the Newtown Board of Education, then a mother, and then run the front office for her husband’s landscaping business. This was …

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Evelyn Saves America: Part I

Jessie Rosen - October 5, 2017

I wrote this little story during my free write yesterday. More on how free writes are going, but I liked this enough to post it. No idea what it really is or where it’s really going, which is probably the biggest success of my whole free writing experiment.       Evelyn was already awake when her alarm went off at its everyday hour, 5:45am. She …

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Why I Did My Daily Free Writing Once In Four Days

Jessie Rosen - September 26, 2017

It is Tuesday. Last Thursday I set out to free write daily until Monday. On Friday I woke up, did my morning routine (walk dog, pour coffee, don’t drink coffee until it’s too cold to drink, wash face and apply 37 lotions) and head to a cafe. I putzed around (1920’s term for went on Facebook) for 30 or so minutes and then opened a document …

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