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.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Feel free to comment and share my blog with others!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A to Z Recipe for a Successful School Year, Part 2

Happy First Day of School!  Ryan's off to kindergarten with a happy face, and the second part of my essay was posted online at MomsLA.com.

A to Z Recipe for a Successful School Year, Part 2


  1. Your writing is fantastic,and everything you wrote is so true.I am so happy for you that so many of your essay's are being published and I can't wait for your book to come out.I love you and I am so proud of you.You have done a wonderful job in preparing Ryan for kindergarten.

  2. I enjoy reading your stories. I am proud that your work is being published with greater frequency. You are a credit to chosen profession of writing. Ryan is an excellent person and student.

    Love, Dad

  3. I love love love it!!!!! I love how you captured teaching!!! I could picture you in your classroom handing out brain food and working on writing!!! I miss working with you.

  4. Honey,
    This is so great! I am so happy that Momsla has been such a great supporter of your wonderful writing! Your writing is wonderful and insightful.