Author Archives: jesslynann

Home Alone 4: Stranded in Orem

Scene: a warm summer evening, Provo, UT, about 6:30 pm. I’d just awoken from a 3 hour nap. I emerged from my bedroom and saw my roommate, Heidi, who told me she was going to our ward’s FHE. “They are … Continue reading

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Best (And Worst) Books of 2016

Inspired by Liz, my fellow Girl Gone Oscar Wilde, I compiled a list of the best (and worst) books I read in 2016. Now that 2017 is half done, I figured I should finally finish and post this: 2016 was … Continue reading

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End of the Year Classroom Management

With the end of school approaching, my students have been worse than ever at concentrating on anything for more than 18 seconds. Seeing as I teach junior high and their normal attention span is about 27 seconds, this is not a … Continue reading

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What I Learned

Last Friday night, Maren and I went to a storytelling event in SLC. As we sat in our seats waiting for the show to start, I complained to her that a student from two years ago had come up to … Continue reading

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Autobiography

[For the 2004 smash hit Ashlee Simpson album of the same title, click here.] Recently, I’ve been inspired by such modern classics as Bossypants, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, and Yes Please to write my own memoir, you know, … Continue reading

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I am a Rock

“I am a rock. I am an island.” I reminded myself of this every day. I didn’t need anyone else in my life and I didn’t want them. I stood alone, far away from those who were continually reaching out … Continue reading

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Soul Searching

[More Girls Gone Oscar Wilde] Important things I’m discovering: I hate it when people say something “looks so [me].” In my mind, they are saying, “That looks like something hideous that only you would wear but no self-respecting person would … Continue reading

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