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, May 28, 2014

Seeds for Writing and for Life


                 Since I stopped teaching a year ago, the number of people I speak to each day has drastically decreased.  It was one of those adjustments I hadn’t anticipated.  Don’t forget, I used to spend most of my day with an audience of thirty-plus students.  And then there were the conversations with my students’ parents and my co-workers. 

   Now, I spend many days in my own company while my husband is at work and my son is at school.  Those hours when my son is in kindergarten are my precious “me-time.”  People will often ask what I do all day, now that I‘m not teaching.  Actually, I believe my days are quite productive, and I’ve never yet had a day when I would say I was bored.  I take care of our house, run errands, and attend my doctor’s appointments.  Basically, I have much more flexibility to get things done at a more relaxed, less frantic pace than I did when I was teaching.  And, I have time to write.  

   Writing used to be something I wanted to do, something I liked to do, just for me.  When I was teaching, I was lucky if I could carve out a solid hour a week to write.  Now, I have hours available to me, and I need the time to write.  I’ve got deadlines -- my personal blog as well as my two weekly posts on MomsLA.com.  Writing has gone from an “I want to write” to an “I have to write.”    And, I must admit I’m ecstatic about that change.

   So, maybe my quieter, less-people-filled days are really benefitting my writing. This quote is attributed to Kathleen Norris:  “I am learning to see loneliness as a seed that, when planted deep enough, can grow into writing that goes back out into the real world.”

   Writing is generally a solitary occupation, which matches my personality well.  I’ve never been one who needs to be surrounded by a large group of people.  I am perfectly content taking myself out -- for a coffee, for a snack, for a walk.  I need those quiet moments to think and to remain open and receptive to new ideas. For it is those ideas that will take hold in my brain and in my heart and lend themselves to my writing.

“The place of stillness that you have to go to write, but also to read seriously, is the point where you can actually make responsible decisions, where you can actually engage productively with an otherwise scary and unmanageable world.”
Jonathan Franzen


  1. Honey,
    You are an incredible writer and I am so happy that you have more time to create! I Love You!

  2. I am thrilled for you that you are able to write more and that you are having so much of your work being published.I am just so sorry you have this medical condition which is why you had to leave your teaching position.I love reading your work.I love you and I am very proud of you.

  3. I enjoy reading your work. You certainly have a way with words. I am so happy for you that your work is being published. Your mother & I are proud of you.
    love, dad