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Are Some Dreams Psychic?

It took me a long time to believe in my psychic dreams, in my ability to dream of events that eventually came true. In fact, it took more than just “belief;” it required an alternative paradigm for experiencing time, space, and memory. As I started to understand that precognition inside dreams (or meditations, for that matter) was a real possibility (with some backing by science), I started to relate less to my dreams as “psychic” …

What’s the Weirdest Thing That’s Happened to You?

I have a vague memory of sitting at the kitchen table in my childhood home and saying to my mom, “I’m weird.” “You’re not weird,” my mom said in response. (I almost wrote “honey” there at the end, but I’m pretty sure my mother never called me a pet name.) “I don’t think weird is bad, actually,” I said to her. “I like being weird.” I didn’t understand at 17 that being weird was probably …

Seeking Guidance With Your Spiritual Awakening?

Is it necessary to move through a spiritual awakening alone? I’m not sure. Maybe for some or parts of it. But I know that on my own journey, especially over the last seven years since I turned 40, there have been times I’ve desperately sought out a teacher, a guide, or at least a teammate to share my discoveries with, and to be validated through or by. Occasionally, I’ve been fortunate enough to find myself …

Welcome to My New Web Site! (2021)

If you’ve found yourself here, I imagine you may be curious; curious to know more about my writing or my latest work, curious to know how we may work together, or perhaps, as I often do on individual web sites, you ended up here by some roundabout path, intuitive hunch, or shared interest. Whatever the reason or method, welcome.  Over the past two decades, I’ve shared writing online on various sites and platforms, including some …

Seven New Poems (2021)

In 2020 and 2021, writing essays and nonfiction did not come easy. What seemed to want to come out of me was poetry. These poems complemented a period in which I was re-discovering old music, and engaging with new-to-me music. The series of poems from the past year (and newer ones) may be found on Medium— where reading and engagement with my content supports me financially in a very small, but still meaningful way.  A …

New Lyric Essay on Love and Time (2021)

In a year in which creating felt hard, I feel proud and a little bit still-in-love with this flash essay I wrote in May 2021. In the old days (circa last year), I may have submitted it to literary journals in the hopes of being “selected for publication” (aka validation I am a writer worth reading), but this year I experimented with validating my own self by publishing poems and essays when I thought they …

Into the Dream Is Now on Patreon (2021)

I’ve been researching precognitive (aka “psychic”) dreams for more than a decade, after my dreams starting showing up as real-life waking events and images.  In the spring of 2021, following a big professional life shift (euphemism for job loss), I launched a Patreon so individuals could support my writing and research, and I could attempt to do dreamwork, writing, and research full-time, without hustling for freelance gigs, or placing myself in an unfulfilling role in …

Interview with Author Rivka Galchen (2016)

I so enjoyed Little Labors, the latest book out from award-winning novelist Rivka Galchen. A stunning, intimate, but thoughtful hybrid work, Little Labors is definitely a recommended read for this summer. Check out my review and interview with Galchen, up on The Times of Israel today.

Interview with Author Curtis Sittenfeld (2016)

Up in The Times of Israel today is an interview I conducted with Curtis Sittenfeld, the New York Times bestselling author of “Prep” and “American Wife.” Sittenfeld has a new book hitting shelves this week: “Eligible,” a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I’ve been a big fan of Sittenfeld’s since my NJ book club (make that my beloved and sorely missed book club) read “Prep” as our first selection back in 2006. “Eligible” was cleverly …

New on District Lit (2015)

My latest column is up on District Lit today. It’s not about real estate, nor about ghosts, but about the lies I tell myself about the idea of home.  Check it out.  

New Poem Up at Silver Birch Press

I’m excited to share with you my new prose poem, “Repeat,” is up at Silver Birch Press, a selection for their When I Hear That Song series. Check it out!

Book Review: The Ambassador

For all my love of time travel and exploration of whether or not we could or should alter the past, I’m surprised I don’t read more fiction in the category of alternative history. Perhaps I will now, after reading The Ambassador (The Toby Press), a novel by the late Ambassador Yehuda Avner and award-winning novelist Matt Rees. Set mostly in the late 1930s with World War II as its backdrop, The Ambassador imagines the impacts on Europe’s Jews had …

Almost Book Review: Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey

It’s an almost book review for two reasons: 1. I haven’t finished the book. Of course, I am certain many reviewers — ones who get paid for their reviews, even — don’t always finish the book they are slated to review. In my case, the early review is reasonable since Madness, Rack, and Honey is a collection of essays (in fact, most were graduate lectures given by Ruefle) and is suitable for reading at multiple sittings. After all, the lectures …

Book Review: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk

Book Details Title: Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences Author: John Moe Publisher: Three Rivers Press   Review It was in one of my favorite online magazines, Fast CoCreate (a Fast Company publication) that I first heard about John Moe’s anthology of satiric correspondences which fictionally  “exposed” the behind-the-scenes letters and diary entries of some of  pop culture’s most famous characters and relationships, including the title characters’, Darth Vader and his son, Luke. …

I wrote a letter to a friend

I wrote a letter to a friend today and inside that letter — which was not a letter but something like a letter sent by electronic mail — I composed my feelings into something like feelings. And it’s a pattern, my tendency to compose somethings like. It’s not a pattern but something like a pattern, something I do again and again, with or without noticing, with or without intention. Mine is not a compulsion, but …

Gem in the Galilee

My dad and my husband have this routine: My dad, an archaeology enthusiast, always keeps his eyes peeled for the undiscovered artifact when he visits Israel. My husband always ribs him, “They’ve already found everything there is to find, Paul.” I take my dad’s side on this one and whenever archaeologists make a big discovery in our area in the Lower Galilee, I’ll usually send the article to my husband and my dad with the subject line: “So there’s …

Their stubborness, their bodies

Yesterday wasn’t the first day I was reminded that we accidentally on purpose train our daughters to give up rights to their bodies. Even though the more mindful of us will have conversations with our young ones about ownership of their “private parts,” about “stranger danger”, about saying “No,” there is one place many of us do not let our daughters (or our male children) say when and how someone gets to touch them: At …

Color of

“War is what happens when language fails.” — Margaret Atwood * * * * * This is the color of my voice these days … Almost Silent. Imagine it there in a box of 64 crayons. In my mind’s eye, Almost Silent is wrapped in Ecru But its waxy innards are sea green. Almost Silent, when taken to paper, magically scribbles in a shade of blue known only to the indigenous people of an island …

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  • Mindfulness |

The Best Way to Spend Your Morning Hours

What is the most healthful way to spend the hours just after waking in the morning following a good night sleep? Is it best to roll out of bed, on to a mat, and spend an hour in silent meditation? In prayer? Is it best to begin your day with…
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Talking to No One

I am a talker, a writer, a person who externalizes that which is internal. Over the course of my life until now, this has sometimes looked like over-sharing with friends, or over-confessional blog posts, or over-explaining myself and my reasons for my actions. About 15 years ago, during a self-development…
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  • Dreams |

What Is Dreamwork?

You picked up a business card with the word “dreamwork,” but you didn’t know what that meant, so you searched up the web site listed and found yourself here. Or… Someone you trust told you that there was a way to intentionally and purposefully work with your dreams for healing,…
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  • Dreams |

Listen! 🎧 Six Episodes of Dreaming Out Loud

Do you know I produce a monthly “audio chat” about dreams on Patreon? It’s called “Dreaming Out Loud with Jen.” If you prefer listening to podcasts or YouTube videos over reading articles or blog posts, you might find these short little conversations on Patreon fun or useful. I call them…
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  • Announcements |

Book Giveaway – Musicophilia By Oliver Sacks

Have you visited my Patreon page, “Into the Dream?” This month, anyone who checks out my latest audio offering there (“Dreaming Out Loud: “Music and Love: Is There a Link?“) has the chance to win a free copy of this fantastic book by the late neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia:…
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  • Dreams |

Dreams and Time

Since I was a little girl, I have been as fascinated with the concept of time travel as I have with the nature of dreams. It wasn’t well into adulthood, however, that I started contemplating that one possibly related to the other. Influenced by science fiction tv shows and films…
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  • Dreams |

Is Dreamwork Like Therapy?

This week, I attended an annual writer’s conference, but instead of my writer self, I could tell it was my inner dreamworker who wanted to show up there. In a way, the writer’s conference was my dreamworker debut, if that’s a thing.  A bit shyly, but not reluctantly, I added…
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  • Dreams |

Working with Dreams for Healing

In my recent “audio chat” on Patreon, I spoke a little about why I believe we are missing an opportunity for healing when we don’t pay attention to our dreams, when we don’t dive deeper into the dream experience, and when we don’t meaningfully engage with our children about their…
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  • Dreams |

Are Some Dreams Psychic?

It took me a long time to believe in my psychic dreams, in my ability to dream of events that eventually came true. In fact, it took more than just “belief;” it required an alternative paradigm for experiencing time, space, and memory. As I started to understand that precognition inside…
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  • Writing |

What’s the Weirdest Thing That’s Happened to You?

I have a vague memory of sitting at the kitchen table in my childhood home and saying to my mom, “I’m weird.” “You’re not weird,” my mom said in response. (I almost wrote “honey” there at the end, but I’m pretty sure my mother never called me a pet name.)…

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