Jean Ellen Whatley

A Woman With a Past Is Off the Leash

Jean Ellen Whatley

Jean Ellen Whatley
Location
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birthday
April 24
Bio
Subscribing to the notion that we're all more alike than different, Jean Ellen Whatley feels privileged in her self-appointed role of cockeyed purveyor of our human condition. She's both perceptive and profuse, sometimes profound, rarely punctual and given to alliteration. An Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Jean has provided countless hours of live reports on everything from murder to mayhem, and prize winning pickles at state fairs from North Carolina to New Mexico. Whatley never skipped on any restaurant tabs. She has attracted a growing following on her blog, A Woman With a Past: The Post Apocalyptic Approach to Men which will soon be available on Amazon.com. Operators are standing by. Her current project, Off the Leash: Road Stories With My Dog is the next installment of her memoir, only this one REALLY moves, literally and figuratively. Jean earned critical acclaim for her screenplay, THE LOVE YOU NEED, in the Cinema St. Louis screenplay competition, but no movie deal. She was recently a finalist in a nationwide writing competition sponsored by, SheWrites, a Web-based women's writing forum with more than 15,000 members. She’s been published in MORE.com, has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Albuquerque Journal and a guest host on KMOX (CBS) radio in St. Louis. Jean is the proud parent of four, remarkably well adjusted, mostly grown-up kids and two mutts. In her spare time, she cleans up the poop, the dogs’ that is.

MY RECENT POSTS

With the breathless anticipation of the impasse between the millionaire football players and billionaire owners nearing an end, I’d like to share a little story about my experience with the former — and how, my darling daughter Lauren, in DC … Continue reading

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JULY 19, 2011 12:38PM

DC, Where Quarters Are King

Getting ready to roll out of our nation’s capitol and it’s been alternately fun and frustrating. Some lessons learned: 1. Me and my 86 pound mutt can indeed stowaway in the women’s dorm for three days. 2. The money I … Continue reading

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JULY 18, 2011 1:18PM

Saturday, a.k.a. Shudderday

I’ve been so lucky in my travels so far, sunny weather, cordial people. Well, the guy who nearly ran me over on Fulton Street in Brooklyn with his BMW wasn’t too friendly. But overall, I have no reason to have … Continue reading

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I’ve already gotten used to the rhythm, of Brooklyn, on Lefferts Place, in this particular corner of this teeming city — the morning sounds;  the sidewalk construction, kids shooting hoops out on the sidewalk, mothers pushing babies in strollers that … Continue reading

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JULY 14, 2011 12:54PM

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

There were many, you know. To ignore them would be folly. One just has to be open to receiving them. Of course the first sign, the epiphany day, was like a billboard for a Triple XXX Adult Book store on … Continue reading

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JULY 13, 2011 5:48PM

Into the Light

I’m in Brooklyn, trying to write in a hipster coffee shop, with alternative music blaring, where hipster types (if you’ve been to Brooklyn lately, you know what I mean) have flocked to sip iced coffee and get out of the … Continue reading

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Sunset just west of Toledo last night and I was feeling all zenny, enjoying the late afternoon shadows laid across all manner of barns, big and small, old and new, red and weathered beyond all pallette recognition and my GPS told me I just eleven miles out from my  Motel 6… Read full post »

Libby digs it. In my next life, when I’m independently wealthy and can afford a condo in Chicago, NYC or L.A., she’ll fit right into the urban pace, a.k.a., nine walks per day.

Seriously. That’s how many times I had to take her outside to convince her that it was indeed okay… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2011 2:31PM

House By the Side of the Road


My mom, Beverly G. Garcia, who always insisted we include the “G” in her name so as not to mistake her for just any Bevery Garcia, died five years ago on July 5th, the day I launched this journey. I miss her and think about her every single day.

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JULY 4, 2011 1:37AM

Windows, Gazing

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I took it as a sign, the special exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I was in New York in May. I trotted up the stairs to the Met and smack dab in front of me was a huge banner with this painting by
Caspar… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2011 11:30PM

Fear and High Water

I  want to talk to you about fear --  fear over this impending journey.

It rises and falls like the water in my basement last night. I have an 82 year old house. We had torrential rain. Sometimes the storm sewers swell beyond capacity, and the water runs backwards, up through the… Read full post »

Standard Artificial Limbs

The sign in front of the Standard Artificial Limbs store always makes me think of my step-dad, Mike. On the day he died at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, after my mother and I summoned the rest of the family to tell them he’d passed, once everybody took turns

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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 15, 2011 1:07AM

Off the Leash: Road Stories With My Dog

I’m taking my dog on a road trip. Not a short one, a long one. It’ll be about 8,400 miles, more or less, by the time we get back home. Lord knows what I’ll find when I return. I planted drought resistant flowers just to hedge my bets. I hope they… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2011 1:32AM

Bearing Up, No Camelot




Caroline Kennedy’s  story on the Late Show Tuesday night about her mother’s character building exercises for her and her brother John, might be construed by some as child abuse. In case you missed it, Caroline told about Jackie’s penchant for adventures in self-reliance, andRead full post »
MAY 8, 2011 1:32AM

Bearing Up, No Camelot




Caroline Kennedy’s  story on the Late Show Tuesday night about her mother’s character building exercises for her and her brother John, might be construed by some as child abuse. In case you missed it, Caroline told about Jackie’s penchant for adventures in self-reliance, andRead full post »
MAY 8, 2011 1:31AM

Bearing Up, No Camelot




Caroline Kennedy’s  story on the Late Show Tuesday night about her mother’s character building exercises for her and her brother John, might be construed by some as child abuse. In case you missed it, Caroline told about Jackie’s penchant for adventures in self-reliance, andRead full post »
APRIL 30, 2011 2:53PM

Dreamers, The Definition of Insanity

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I’m multi-tasking.

As I continue to summon the benevolent writer Gods to fund my quest to bag the day job to embark on a cross-country road trip with my dog, to among other things, find my long-lost half-brother in California, (provided he’s alive) and to freely engage in the writ… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 1, 2011 2:49AM

I Will if You Will


Until my mother’s stroke took her voice away, the grand dame of story telling used to preface the 100th recitation of the same Okie anecdote she’d told 99 times before by saying, “have I told you this story?” and then claim jump the pregnant pause which followed by adding &ld… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2011 1:11AM

The Irish In Me




I normally get this way on Father’s Day, this vague feeling of disconnect, as if I’m lacking some authenticity in which to participate. But here it comes on St. Paddy’s. Not like it takes some silly Hallmark holiday to open up a vein, it’s just that on certain days, the needle

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MARCH 9, 2011 8:57AM

My Dog, My Muse, No Voltage

 *** Peace and love to you all on this fine March day! Below is an entry I wrote last August, but didn't publish it because I was tweaking it when my sweet brother passed away and I ended up writing something else, more timely, his eulogy. I am posting it now,Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 5:39PM

It's Fun To Be at the Y-M-C-A



The locker room at my gym is the great un-equalizer.  

Whereas some things place us on a level playing field, like, "put your feet in the stirrups and scoot on down," the ladies dressing room at my local Y is a never ending tableau of what once was, what is… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2011 8:47AM

Fear and Loathing in the Middle

I just got back from a millionaire conference. Not that I’m a millionaire, I was there to interview a few at their annual meeting to share best practices on how to be millionaires and stuff.  They’re fine people and thank goodness we have them. Thousands of people make a living thank… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 30, 2010 5:57PM

Peace, Goodwill Towards the Old Man

 

Twas the season.

 

So, I invited my ex-husband to Christmas Eve dinner.

 

I figured he wouldn’t have too many invitations, with him fresh out of prison and all. However, I did ponder it for a few days before I actually picked up the phone. I conferred with the kids, they… Read full post »