A transplant from Kansas, I live in Alabama and work at a fantastic public library. My boys are Jonah and Gabriel, who are not only brave and strong and true but taller and smarter than me. I am mistress to Chunk, the dearest, cleverest, fastest corgi mutt you’ll ever meet.



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  1. Hi Jennifer! Got your card–thanks so much. I have thought of you too, especially when I finally finished War and Peace! Please keep in touch. Love Cathy McCray

    • Thank you Dora. I know it’s been weeks now since you awarded me with the Versatile Blogger award, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate the honor. I’ve been slow to respond because, well, I’m just generally slow, but I also have been thinking a good bit about the blogs to which I’d like to pass this honor. I will be posting soon, and I’m thankful to have you as a reader. I’m glad that what sometimes feels like a strange mix of subjects to me fits somehow within “the versatile.”

      Sincerely, Jennifer

  2. hello Jennifer,

    thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot. Being an aspie myself (on the far side of the highly-high functioning and a female, which makes its detection a whole different matter) and having discovered it while well into my adulthood (http://turnsofendearment.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/not-in-a-easy-place-the-ding-and-the-universe/) I can’t but have an enormous amount of admiration and respect towards your unremitting devotion to your son and his needs. The internet can be a funny place and any healing an even funnier process but, in the midst of all the strangenesses and wonders of our nature, I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and journey . .


      • I have often wondered about you, but could not remember your married name. The other day I did a search on “Jennifer Jantz poem” and a couple of clicks later, I was here at your blog.

        We live in Ohio, too, and my parents just moved here this summer. I’ve been blogging for a few years under a pseudonym, but I’m switching to my real name soon, so if you want to read it: http://veronimitch.blogspot.com . It is good to read your voice again.

  3. Hello Jennifer
    I’ve been going through my boxes of “stuff” and re-discovered the Christmas card you sent years ago. It’s funny—you wrote of Jonah’s diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome and his fascination with mummies and all-things Egyptian. I was trying to remember if Inhad ever spoken of our son, Ethan. Ethan is now 22 and was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was about 4 years old. He, too, became fascinated with mummies and such. He drew mummies over and over again. We once went to Las Vegas (on a car trip from California to Missouri) where there was a re-creation of King Tut’s tomb. When he went back to school after that trip, he told his teachers and everyone who would listen about how he had visited King Tut’s tomb which created all kinds of confusion! Strange how the mummy thing would have such resonance among these young high-functioning autistic boys.

    Ethan just graduated from college with a biology degree. He learned how to do the school “thing” well. The job “thing”—learning to work with others—has been more difficult. But overall, the IEPs and separate services became less and less substantial and he has become more and more mainstreamed.

    I have enjoyed your blog. I have had some heartache in my professional life—it seems more and more difficult to find work where quality is as important as quantity to those in charge. But I soldier on.

    So you are in Alabama? And liking it? Some day maybe I’ll be traveling through your area. If so, I will certainly look you up. If you find yourself back in Columbia, please let me know.

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