Re-springing Your Step: Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?
I was raised in a home with parents who were members of two different denominations of the Christian faith. My mom was a born&raised Roman Catholic; my dad was a Lutheran Minister’s son, of what is now the ELCA. Back in his day, before the church consolidated, it was one of the Lutheran branches known as the Norwegian/Scandinavian Lutheran Church of America. Because my parents moved a good bit as my dad rose in the insurance industry, he actually was a member of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, a more conservative branch of the church. So, growing up, I attended mass and Sunday Catechism classes offered for those unfortunate children who could not attend Catholic schools full time, and on holidays, I joyfully attended the Lutheran church with my dad. That allowed me to attend Midnight Mass to sing in the choir, and then arrive at a fresh Christmas morning service to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a church who had not been up yawning through mass all night. I felt that I had the best of all worlds. In college, I attended a Presbyterian College in Memphis, Tennessee and changed to Presbyterian at some point in my faith journey. Now, since my move to Chattanooga, I have resumed my Catholic faith, acknowledged the irrevocable imprint of the Catholic language in my heart, and now attend the same Catholic church where my husband went to middle school in the ’70’s. Alas, he was welcomed by my Presbyterian church in Memphis and joined the church the spring we both graduated from law school in Memphis and he went on to be heavily involved in the administration of our church as was I because of our legal backgrounds. He has now rekindled his ties with the Catholic church and even knows a few individuals from his past years at that Church.
My moment of Re-Springing occurred at a Wednesday night service recently . Because of the convoluted schedule we follow due to my husband’s work assignments, we use Wednesday as our substitute Sunday and attend the mid-week mass at the church on Wednesday nights. At a recent mass, I became extremely jubilant at being with my fellow worshipers, as though the event were a holiday and not an ordinary day. Glad to finally and honestly acknowledge my faith tradition as my own without excluding any other religious experiences I have had in the past 55 years within the Christian church, I feel as though I have come “home” again, finally. Wholeness is a hard to come by feeling and not one to be taken lightly. I feel grounded having achieved that although it does not preclude me from worshiping in other Christian settings just as fervently. I am thankful for this aha experience!
TOO MANY CATS Content Solutions” is the name of my small business, a content-writing business, and also the name of my blog, in which I examine the balance between managing a 5-cat family in my office by day and my master bedroom by night while being heavily involved in full-time content writing for various employers from online businesses and at the same time managing my MS, which“T has been a part of my life since I was in law school, in 1984; being heavily active in participating in our extended family living arrangement, living with my husband/college sweetheart of 34 years, his older sister who is 70, her eldest son who is 50, her shiatsu who is 3, our 5 grown cats who are 15, 13, 10. 9, and 8 years old; and the ways in which all of this ferments and coalesces on a daily basis, ideally without too much heart burn or bloodshed. Some days, my balance is successful and I am working with happy, well-adjusted pets and humans. Other days, I want to crawl under the bedclothes alone and hide. Since my 9-year old cat is a grumpy old man who has taken up residence under the covers, I am not really welcome there and that would not be a good thing long term for remaining active as a way to keep the MS disability at bay….
In this blog, I sample ways of reinventing my life and my writing business to maximize their potential and my sanity. Various anecdotes from my crazy life are interspersed with other tid-bits of writing to keep the blog lively.
One of the more difficult balancing acts I must achieve daily is how to keep the 5 cats engaged in their life in the room to avoid having one or more escape into the rest of the house where they are not allowed because of serious allergies on the part of my sister-in-law. The cats disagree; they line up inside the room when they suspect that the door will open like Olympic runners at the starting line of a competition. The minute they hear activity outside the door, they are off and running. Because I am in a wheelchair, they can easily run under the chair and out the door before I even have time to yell “no” in a futile attempt to stop them. Luckily, only 3 are frequent fliers. 1 of the others wanders up to the door and try to escape occasionally, and the 13-year old won’t leave the room unless she is being carried.
I am a 55-year old writer and blogger. I am a retired real estate attorney. I practiced real estate law for 17 years. Real estate is still a favorite topic of mine. I write in that genre frequently. I also write good legal blogs and mortgage financing blogs. Writing is my passion. I write full-time, at either my desk top computer or on my Android device, where I have all of my word processing and research files handy for wherever I am!
Selecting from among the various beautiful themes in Word Press allows me to infuse my prose with visual images in an attempt to convey to my reader some of the beauty that I see as I write. Words on the page are generally the only image I am used to sharing; the option to pick a theme in keeping with my words allows me to share a portion of what I am visualizing and thus to connect with my reader to get my message across more vividly. That is an exciting new concept to me. I have attempted to illustrate my writings in the past, but am no artist. Or rather, I cannot create images which amount to any more than colored blobs on the page. My artwork has not progressed beyond the dwarf skier that I drew on my third grade class winter mura.in 1967.
Seriously, I see the ability to select themes to go along with various pieces of writing as a way to augment my writing in order to liven it up and make it more descriptive for my readers’ enjoyment as well as my own
I am Jennifer Jenson, a 55-year old ex-lawyer who now writes non-fiction articles for companies and dabbles in poetry on the side. I am here to learn how to blog effectively while navigating wordpress. In the past, I have been intimidated by word press, but am overcoming that. I have always considered myself to be tech challenged, but the more I play around with it, the more I realize I know and the more confident I become. I am looking forward to learning how all this works and to meeting new like-minded people on this journey!