boy puzzle

The boy puzzle

A transplant from Kansas, I live in Ohio and work as a book reviewer, blogger, and copyeditor. My boys are Jonah, a eight-year-old autistic firecracker, and four-year-old Gabriel, his brother’s right hand man and stinker* extraordinaire. I am married to poet and creative writing professor John Estes and mistress of Sophie and Lucy, a pair of voracious terrier mutts.

*stinker: a man who is charming, magnetic and often manipulative . . . a stinker rarely gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar, but if he does, an intoxicating look or a clever remark gets him off scot free. (courtesy of urbandictionary.com)


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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.

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