Jessica grew up in Redding and, after going to college in Virginia, grad school in DC, and living in Maryland for a few years, she ultimately made her way back to Fairfield County. Jessica is grateful to have her family nearby as she navigates through life with her husband, Rob, her son, Carter, and her furry firstborn, Madison. In her free time, she is an outspoken advocate for oxford commas, knowing the difference between ‘less’ and ‘fewer’, and cocktail hour. Jessica is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. When she grows up, she would like to be a backup singer.
summer cocktails

Unconventional Summer Cocktails for an Unconventional Summer

It's only June, and already Summer 2020 is not living up to the expectations I had back in January. Maybe, like me, you have had to cancel a vacation to a beautiful resort where...

Of Mice and Liars

Trusting your children is easy when they’re little, but as they get older, as they develop their own moral compass and become their own people, it gets a little harder. When they look you...
Earth Day

Don’t Forget About Earth Day

There's no denying that we have many extra burdens to carry these days. COVID-19. Social distancing. Your entire 401(k) plummeting towards zero. But while we're figuring out how to work from home while guiding...
pet grief

Grieving the Loss of a Beloved Pet

It wasn’t my idea to let the dog sleep in our bed. I went away one weekend when he was a puppy, and by the time I got home, it was a done deal....

Career Guilt and the Dreaded Question: “What Do You Do?”

I wish I were a dentist. Imagine this conversation, if you will: New Acquaintance: What do you do? Me: I’m a dentist New Acquaintance: Cool. Dentists have it so good. I cringe when I get asked what I do. Sure,...
holiday toy purge

The Post-Holiday Purge

There is a lawless, anarchic time that immediately follows the holidays. After a year of abiding by the rules of order, there is a fringe group, typically living on the outskirts of civilized society,...

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Mammogram

The first time my gynecologist suggested I get a baseline mammogram, I smiled and said I’d look into it. I didn’t. I had no idea what to expect from a mammogram and I wasn't...
temporary retirement

Temporary Retirement

I am sitting at the airport on my way home from four days visiting my grandfather in Florida. I feel rested and happy and I’ve come to a realization. There is something even better...

Nurturing a Child’s Moral Compass

My four-year-old was recently in the bathtub pretending that a green bar of soap was Chris Kratt from The Wild Kratts. When it came time to wash his body, I grabbed the little piece...
puppy love

Puppy Love

Happy National Dog Day! In 2004, August 26th was set aside by animal advocate Colleen Paige to "bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption." Whether you adopt, foster, buy, or breed,...