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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Saturday, January 25, 2014

L.A. Affairs

Dear Readers,
  I'm excited to share that the Los Angeles Times has published one of my personal essays in the "L.A. Affairs" column.
   Here's the link:


As always, thank you for reading,


  1. yep, that article brought me to your blog! :-)

  2. This is FANTASTIC news and I am so proud of you.I am so glad more and more people are appreciating your writing.I love you lots.

  3. Great essay.Your mother & I are very proud of you.
    love, dad

  4. Honey!
    This is so amazing! I am very proud of you. Thank you for telling our story in such a sweet and touching way.

  5. A lovely essay and an homage, not only to our neighborhood but also to your husband. And while I heartily endorse Andre's, I think you aught to try taking your so occasionally to Jan's or Swingers (both on Beverly Bl) or California Wok (3rd just west of La Cienega).

  6. Dear Wendi,

    I was thrilled to see your column--I went to Fairfax (class of 1980) and still go to Andre's whenever I'm back in L.A. In fact, Aron was in my class. A question for you: what was your husband's family's shoe business? My father also worked in the shoe business, making women's shoes for Vogue Shoe/Carolyn Shoe.

    Best regards from a neighbor,