About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Year in Numbers

365 days in a year.  7 days in a week. 52 weeks in a year. 
       A calendar year is an infinite math problem with an endless series of celebrations and special events.  Here, I offer some of the most popular monthly dates.
January 1: (1/1) New Year’s Day.  A day that holds promises and high expectations for the 364 days to follow.
February 14: (2/14)  Valentine’s Day.  A day of friendship and love.  Red and pink.  Hearts and cupids.  Roses and chocolate.
March 17: (3/17) St. Patrick’s Day.  A silly day that gives us an excuse to wear as much green as possible.
April 1: (4/1)  April Fool’s Day.  A day of pranks and tricks.  

May 5: (5/5)  Cinco de Mayo.  A day the United States enjoys celebrating in the form of margaritas and quesadillas.
June: (6/) Too many celebrations to pick just one.  The beginning of summer.  Father’s Day.  The less popular Flag Day.  Weddings and Graduations.  
July 4: (7/4) The Fourth of July; our nation’s birthday.  A reminder that our land of the free wasn’t always.  A day of barbecued food and nights lit up with fireworks.
August 8: (8/8)  A quiet month, although many feel August 8th is a lucky day.

September 11: (9/11) Nine-Eleven.  Those numbers are forever altered in our minds.  The day our world changed.  The day we realized our country wasn’t invincible.
October 31: (10/31)  Halloween.  A day of costumes and candy.  A day of tricking and treating.  
November 2-: (11/2-) Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of November.  A day of turkey and mashed potatoes, a day of pumpkin pie and giving thanks.
December 25: (12/25) Christmas.  Depending on your religion, it’s either a deeply religious day or a day to bestow gifts on those you know.  Or, most likely, a welcome day off of work.


  1. Honey,

    I love to see what you will come up with next to write about!

    I have really been enjoying our vacation time together!



  2. I so love reading your work each week.I am amazed how talented you are and so creative with your words.I love you and I am so proud of you.

  3. You didn't mention 3/7, a day when my creative daughter was born, or 3/30, when the love of my life, your Mother and Ryan were born.

    I enjoy your blog,

    Love Dad