Why We Wait

The recent news is staggering yet not surprising: Women everywhere in our nation have been victimized by sexual harassment and assault. Actors, Olympians, state legislators, business leaders, graduate students, you, me, too. Many men express gratitude for this new understanding of the scope of the problem and the way it benefits even those men who […]

Bike Racks and Acorns

I’m reading over the minutes of a staff meeting and it reminded me of two ways I’m trying to change my own business meeting language and, I hope, the language of my colleagues. I’m sure there are more, but these two—while reading the news of two more mass shootings in the sweltering heat of a […]

You Are the Reinventors

Commencement address by Jennifer Morales to the graduates of University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, 20 May 2017   Thank you for inviting me to join you on this important day. I’ve enjoyed so much the opportunity to get to know this campus community. I’ve spent time on many of the University of Wisconsin campuses over the years, you […]

Why You Should Run, Even Now. Especially Now.

Why You Should Run, Even Now. Especially Now. By Jennifer Morales It’s inspiring to see so many progressives stepping up to consider running for office after this disastrous, “unpresidented” election. I know it can be scary to consider putting yourself out there to run for election, especially if you’re wondering whether it actually matters, given the […]

Were You There?

It started at 3 a.m. the morning after the election, with a call from my former foster son, D. “Ma,” he said. “What are we going to do?” D is black. He said his friends had been texting back and forth as the election results became clear, trying to decide which of them had light […]

Meet Me Halfway is Wis. Book of the Year

Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories has received a number of honors in recent months: Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 Selection (Wisconsin Book of the Year) 2016 Outstanding Achievement award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Chosen as the “One Book, One Conference” common read for librarians who will be convening this October in Milwaukee for […]

A Gift for Your Book Club

Virtual Author Visit to Your Book Club or Other Group It’s been a great year and I want to give back to my readers. Here’s a gift to you: If your book club, community group, workplace, school, church, or other organization commits to reading Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories, I will do a virtual author […]

Preventing Another Charleston

The sickening, racist killing of nine black people in a Charleston church last night has me thinking about what might be a real solution to this now-predictable pattern. The mass murderer in this case fits the “quiet-loner-who-holds-extremist-views” (let’s shorthand that as QLWHEV) description, as per usual. The mass murderer is by far the most to […]

I’m Finally Starting My Voucher School

Back in the late 1990s-early 2000s, when I worked in education research at UW-Milwaukee, I was very fond of a professor in the School of Education named Walter Farrell. Walter and I had a running joke that, for us, never got old. Milwaukee’s private school voucher program was nearly 10 years old and requirements for […]