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.

White Robin

An almost all-white robin is nesting in one of the hemlocks in my neighbor’s yard. Her tail feathers are almost all white. So are the feathers on her wings.  Her breast is mottled – white,  splotched with rusty red. She … Continue reading

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Everything must go

I hope to sell my home, soon. I will also need to dispose of virtually all its contents. The garden tractor that cost more than my first new car, the wheelbarrows, a constellation of garden tools, hundreds of feet of … Continue reading

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White robin

A white robin is nesting in the maple across the alley. She’s not completely white – she has a red collar and a mottled breast, but most of her feathers are white. It’s a condition called leucism. It’s a genetic … Continue reading

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The Mother I Never Had to Be

While my brothers were sliding beneath the table in a restaurant in an effort to kick each other, or reaching over me or one of my parents to stab each other with their dinner forks, I’d invariably spot an older … Continue reading

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Two extra days for Spring break, thanks to bomb threats

“Harmless pranks,” said one mom, shaking her head, “kid are kids.” “The kids are ready for Spring break,” laughed another. “They get to take time off from school, but I still have to work!” Neither seemed upset. Many residents don’t … Continue reading

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I’m writing for the first time in too long

I didn’t worry that I’d lost my voice because it was constantly screaming in my head. I needed to remain still for awhile, to filter out the noise of others’ anger. Each of us is entitled to our own thoughts, … Continue reading

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We’re all troubled

Those who claim they aren’t are perhaps the most troubled of all. I’ve been most troubled lately by my inability to “be positive,” to “count my blessings,” to “bring joy,” or to embrace similar well-worn adages. I find myself constantly … Continue reading

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No trombone zone

Many of us are suffering from mental fatigue in varying degrees. The negativity that has been the recurrent theme of the past year has affected us all. We try to laugh, but it’s forced, or our laughter is inappropriate. Others’ … Continue reading

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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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