The Lady Speaks

About Me

“About Me,” huh? Should I tell my life story, beginning with how I was responsible for wrecking 7 vehicles prior to my early arrival on Planet Earth? Should I begin with why I started blogging? Or should I just tell you the most important things you need to know about me?

Short and sweet works for me!

I’m a single mom of three great and wonderful (most of the time) kids – two sons, ages 20 and 18, and a 15-year-old daughter, living in the wilds of northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m the owner of (or slave to) a new home-based business that might – just might – get up off the ground and stop needing life support sometime in the near future.

I have two mottos that pretty much describe me and explain my approach to blogging, parenting, and — well, just about everything else:

“It’s only life; no one gets out alive.”

which is, of course, why I also believe:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “YEEEHAAWW! What a ride!”



  1. How do you feel about Chuck Pennacchio? We are planning to have him back in NEPA again

    Comment by Austin | March 12, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hello, tried to leave a comment, got IE error. At least your big mouth opinion is the right opinion! “You go girl” mary

    Comment by mary | May 10, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hey Mary! Thanks!

    I’m not sure what’s up with the comments – looks like another WordPress glitch.

    Comment by PA_Lady | May 10, 2006 | Reply

  4. What’s your first name?

    Comment by jurassicpork | November 25, 2006 | Reply

  5. JP: It’s Jenn.

    Comment by PA_Lady | November 26, 2006 | Reply

  6. Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
    What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

    Comment by Antibush | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  7. Happy Mothers Day to you, and all mothers for peace. Support our troops by bringing them home !!!
    Keep getting the word out.

    Comment by mom | May 11, 2007 | Reply

  8. Hey, PA Lady…

    Hope this finds you well. I have been very busy as have we all I imagine since there is so much to fight for at this juncture in time.
    I was hoping you’d send me an email, can’t find yours to save my life, and I could then have blogger send an invite to you from The Peace Tree and you could become the 26th contributor and post when you have the need and need to voice something on The Tree.
    I have recently taken it over and am working on turning it into one of the largest group blogs that I can muster and let the call for peace rear its beautiful head far and wide.

    Let me know. You can reach me at

    Peace my friend.

    Comment by thepoetryman | May 20, 2007 | Reply

  9. hi there
    I read your views on soldiers and your support for them and not supporting an immoral and illegal acting leader
    I applaude your views as my wife and I couldnt agree more
    as I ready myself for an other tour in Iraq, the only thing that I am concerned with is getting my boys back with me in one piece, and helping my wife maintain her seanity through 15 months of stress and uncertainty.

    on a somewhat unrelated note, do you know where the quote that kris kristosferson read in the 8th of november came from?…….caught inthe act of kill or be killed, greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend

    Comment by Scott Blanchett | August 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. Scott: Thanks for stopping by, and for your support! I truly appreciate it, coming from someone in the military. I know it seems like a contrary position – “How does one oppose war, but not the warriors themselves?” – but it’s really just recognizing the fact that those who send troops to war aren’t always doing so for the “right” reasons.

    And Iraq… well, there was never a “right” reason, and now we’re long past being able to be effective at all.

    I don’t know where that came from, whether Kris Kristofferson wrote it himself or if he found it somewhere, but that introduction is quite powerful.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all our troops in harm’s way, and with your families.

    Comment by PA_Lady | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  11. I would like to add you to my blogroll and would be honored if you would consider adding my new blog to yours.

    Comment by dylanfreak | August 7, 2007 | Reply

  12. Hi Jenn,
    I saw on FDL this a.m. that you are from Sayre. I also live in Bradford County, PA and was thrilled to see a kindred soul in our area. Do you know if there are any more of *us* around? It might be fun to meet up. I love your blog.

    Comment by Sharon | August 25, 2007 | Reply

  13. Hi Sharon! I know of one other person from BC – my mom. I suspect there are more, but it’s hard to know, since we’re all trying to preserve our anonymity. I keep thinking we should all wear FDL buttons so we can identify one another. LOL


    Comment by PA_Lady | August 25, 2007 | Reply

  14. Well Hello My Lady,
    In response to Scott: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is a quote from the number one selling book of all time! It is a quote from the Bible, John 15:13.

    God Bless you Scott! I lost my younger brother over there.. God Bless all our Men and Women serving abroad.. This country, though apathetic and self serving at times, appreciates all you do! May we get you all home soon and safely at that!


    Comment by Patrick | August 29, 2007 | Reply

  15. Thanks for stopping by, Patrick! My condolences on your loss. I truly cannot imagine what you and your family, and so many other families, are going through.

    May they all come home, and soon.

    Comment by PA_Lady | August 29, 2007 | Reply

  16. Jenn –

    I love the two quotes in your above post. Are they your writing?

    Patrick and Scott –

    Thank you.

    In honor of all those who have given their lives in war and all those who protest in the streets and on paper I offer the following poem:


    there are
    no soldiers
    we have all
    died in

    Comment by qazse | October 19, 2007 | Reply

  17. Thanks for stopping by!

    No, they’re not mine. The first one is a riff of a quote I found at GeoMan’s Favorite Quotes.

    The second I saw on a friend’s blog and have since discovered it’s a supposedly-feminine version of a quote attributed to motorcycle racer Bill McKenna. The original (and some history behind it) can be found here.

    Comment by PA_Lady | October 20, 2007 | Reply

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