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, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

          Recently, I came across a question a magazine posed to its readers:  What are you going to do to make 2014 great?  The question made me realize that although many things in life are out of my control, I can take steps to try and ensure that 2014 is great, or as great as I can make it.

   So, here’s my plan:

   I’m going to try and stop being so hard on myself.  I can’t change being on disability.  I can’t go back to my teaching career.  I can’t change my medical diagnosis.  I can simply take little steps to make each day as pleasurable and pain-free as possible.  I’m going to remember to breathe.  I’m going to focus on all the things I still can do.  I’m going to sit on my patio and read (and not feel guilty about it).  I’m going to hug my son and kiss my husband with passion and gratitude each day.

   And now its your turn, dear readers.  Even if you don’t want to share your plans here, think about things you can do to make this new year a great one!

   Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!


  1. I loved what you wrote.I truly hope you do all those things for yourself that you wrote,as it is really time for you to start thinking and doing for Wendy.I would give anything to be able to take away your medical condition.Each year I say I want to be able to not let things bother me,but so far it doesn't work as I also worry about something and let everthing bother me.I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.I love you and I am very proud of you.

  2. I wish you a Happy New Year.
    Love, dad

  3. Honey!
    I am so excited about our New Year together!
    Here's to an amazing 2014! I Love You with all of my heart!
    Love, me