Author Archives: Jane Wilson

About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.

Finding peaceful moments each day

When I take time to simply observe, the ordinary often becomes extraordinary. A late night sudden downpour, complete with thunder and lightning, becomes a symphony for all five senses. A momentary glance through my front window reveals a glimpse of … Continue reading

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Listening and looking

I hear the slap of the little boy’s sandals and see a family. The little boy’s wearing white shorts. He holds the hand of a woman who holds the hand of the man on the other side, wearing a white … Continue reading

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Respite

A dried brown leaf twirls from an invisible filament a foot beneath a green and red branch, as others drift to the sun-mottled lawn below. A pine cone, the edges of its open brown petals tinged white, lands with a … Continue reading

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Change two words challenge

Create a sentence that conveys a different sentiment based on the order of the words. Examples: Do things wrong. Do wrong things. You can change the world. The world can change you.

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We want tomorrow to be better

I’m sitting on the porch, enjoying the shade, the breeze and the quiet rustle of leaves. Church bells chime every hour, and cyclists pedal by. The parking spaces lining the streets and in the parking lots are almost empty and … Continue reading

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Just don’t think

Many years ago a friend and I met another friend for lunch. He’d retired early to care for his wife, who’d been stricken with early-onset Alzheimer’s. A home health-care aide visited a few hours a week to stay with her, … Continue reading

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A fish story

I’ve lived here almost 3 years. Before then, the house was vacant. There’s a small koi pond in the side-yard, just beneath my bedroom window. The concrete’s cracked, so it doesn’t hold much water, but a bright orange and white … Continue reading

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Black Mamba

Dreaming should be peaceful. A smooth black face, with yellow eyes with slits for pupils followed by a length of shiny black scales should not jolt anyone awake. Please tell the dream fairy to send the scary snake away. I … Continue reading

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Wanting nothing

When the furnace failed in the middle of a very cold winter, I built a fire in the fireplace, cooked a chicken in the oven, left the oven door open once it was cooked, ran a hot bath and steeped … Continue reading

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Why I gave up writing

A couple of years ago, I gave up writing. The reasons for my decision are far less important than its consequences. My friends are serious about their writing. When we communicated regularly, our interactions were typically so hilarious I laughed … Continue reading

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