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.

My thoughts to myself for the day

It’s very easy to talk about people without mentioning their names. Those who know them will know exactly who you’ve referred to, and a fair number of others will be certain you’re talking about themselves. Avoid talking about others at … Continue reading

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I was in Jerusalem for Christmas in 1967 – six months after the 6 day war

I was 12 years old. There were piles of burning rubble and young women and men, a few years older than I, carrying machine guns, everywhere. We visited the Dome of the Rock, the Mount of Olives, and the dead … Continue reading

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There are no more summer tomatoes

I read a text on “mindfulness” recently that suggested readers surround themselves with pillows at bedtime, and imagine the pillows are another person cuddling them. In another chapter, a reference to a woman who was cutting herself was included as … Continue reading

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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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